Lions Club of Bathurst Macquarie (Inc)

NSW, Australia, District 201N4


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  • ANZI Pacific Forum Details

    Attached is the registration form and information for the ANZI Pacific Forum being held in Perth in September 2020

    Please Copy and paste into your browser this link to see the brochure on the ANZI Forum

    Please Copy and paste into your browser this link below to get your registration form for the ANZI Forum:

  • Guiding Lions Training Course Cancelled

    Unfortunately, due to a lack of numbers, the Guiding Lions Training Course has been cancelled and rescheduled for Saturday, 1st August in Young.
    Attached is an invitation and information for all members.
    Club Secretaries please forward onto your members.

    Judy Ryan
    Cabinet Secretary, District 201 N4

    "We Serve, with Passion for what we do and Pride in who we are"


  • Multi District Convention Rego Form

    Attached below is the link to the Registration Form for the Multi District Convention being held in Adelaide from 15th-18th May. Some of you may already have it but I thought I would send it out just in case you don't.
    Even though you may not have registered yet can you please let me know if you will be attending the Convention Gala Dinner on the Friday night as I thought I would book the tables in advance this year. Seating is limited and tables seat 8.
    There will be a District get-together and as soon as I have information on that I will let you know.
    Can you please forward the Registration Form onto your members.
    Judy Ryan
    Cabinet Secretary
    District 201 N4
    PO Box 372, BATHURST NSW 2795
    Ph: (M) 0431 849 853 (H) 6331 2254

    Attachment: MD2020-Registration-Form-06022020.pdf

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    Youth of the Year District Finals

    The Lions Club of Bathurst Macquarie Inc is hosting this year's Youth of the Year District Finals and attached is an invitation inviting you all to attend.


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    Above is an invitation to a GREAT IDEAS FORUM being hosted by District 201N3 at Raymond Terrace Bowling Club on 8th March 2020.

    This is open to all Lions, Leos and Lioness.

    Having said that Inga is keen that the incumbent club officers and those that are considering being club officers in 2020-21 attend.

    Lunch is included and hence we need numbers for catering purposes.

    So that no double counting occurs would club secretaries please advise me the number of attendees from each club.

    Your advice to me on attendee numbers is required by Sunday the 1st March."

    With thanks

    PDG Bob Findley OAM

    Cabinet Secretary 2019-20

    Ph 0417 398 611

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    National Appeal Bushfires

    National Appeal Bushfires
    Every Raised will go to help the Community


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    LCIF Helping Bushfire Victims

    LCIF Helping Bushfire Victims


  • You can join LCIF and support your fellow Lions during this bushfire disaster

    As bush fires reach historic levels of destruction in Australia, Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) is there during this time of need

    Just click the link below for more information.

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  • Australian Lions Hearing Dog Newsletter

    Click the link below to read the latest newsletter from the Australian Lions Hearing Dog's

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  • LEHP Vision Screening Summary

    Attached is a summary of the LEHP Vision screening summary to December 2019.


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  • Remembering First Vice President Haynes H. Townsend

    Dear Lion,
    It is with great sadness that I am writing you today. We have experienced an incredible loss to our Lion family. On December 17, International First Vice President Judge Haynes H. Townsend passed away. We are heartbroken by this tragic loss to our Lion family, to the Townsend family and his loving wife, Donna.
    Judge Townsend was a capable man, a humble man, a man who believed in the power of kindness to help and to heal. He was a judge who presided over his courtroom with integrity and heart, knowing that lives and destinies hung in the balance. He was a leader who believed that big ideas should drive us but that compassion should guide us. And above all, he was a Lion.
    For 40 years, Judge Townsend served. He was an active member of the Dalton Noon Lions Club in his home of Dalton, Georgia, USA. He believed that acts of kindness, both big and small, could change lives. And that’s just what he did as a Lion.
    It is difficult to lose an international leader of such importance. But it is even harder to lose a man of such character. We will always cherish the time we had with Judge Townsend, and we will continue to move forward, working to bring his vision for Lions, and a world of kindness, to life.
    Dr. Jung-Yul Choi
    International President


  • December District Newsletter

    To view and download the December District Newsletter please click on the link below


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  • Dates for the Diary

    Club Development Days
    Saturday, 2nd May - Bathurst
    Sunday, 3rd May - Dubbo
    Saturday, 30th May - TBA
    Sunday, 31st May - Narrandera

    District Changeover Dinner & 1st Cabinet Meeting - Young
    Saturday, 1st August - Changeover Dinner
    Sunday, 2nd August - 1st Cabinet Meeting

    District 201N4 Convention - Young
    October 30th/31st, November 1st.



    Please click on the link below to access a video on the 2020 District Convention to be held in Young.


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  • "Serving with Pride" - September newsletter edition

    "Serving with Pride" - September newsletter for download.
    Just click on the next line in blue print that starts off with Attachment to download the newsletter to your computer

    Attachment: Newsletter Serving with Pride SEPT 2019 Issue 01.pdf

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    Changing of the Guard in District 201N4

    2019/2020 District Governor for 201N4 Peter Bright congratulating IPDG Gavan Ellis on the job he done running our District during 2018/2019 at last Saturday night's District Changeover hosted by the Forbes & District Lions Club.


  • 2019 Convention Registration Form

    Please find below the link to the registration forms for the District 201N4 59th Convention to be held in Wagga Wagga on 18th – 20th October 2019

    Attachment: District 201N4 59th Convention Wagga 2019.pdf

  • District 201N4 June 2019 Newsletter for download

    District 201N4 June 2019 Newsletter for download.
    Just click on the next line in blue print that starts off with Attachment to download the newsletter to your computer

    Attachment: June 2019 district newsletter.pdf

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    Farmers in drought-stricken Dubbo receive helping hand from Royal Freemasons' Benevolent Institution

    During his recent CEO Roadshow visit to RFBI Dubbo Masonic Village, RFBI (Royal Freemasons' Benevolent Institution) CEO, Frank Price met with Anne Jones OAM and learned of the hardships drought stricken farmers are facing and work the Lions Club District is doing to support them.

    Since hearing about their plight, RFBI has generously donated $175,000 to the local Lions Club District to provide hay to 150 farmers across the region.

    “Farmers in Dubbo have entered their third year of drought and are doing it tougher than ever,” RFBI CEO Frank Price said.

    “The $175,000 will buy eight bales of hay each for 150 farmers, which is enough to give them some temporary relief.” he said.

    “For RFBI, it’s important to support people in our local communities. We understand first-hand just how big of an impact drought conditions are having on farmers and this is our way of showing them our support.”

    John O’Leary is one of the farmers to benefit from the donation.

    He says the hay is invaluable and will allow him to breathe a brief sigh of relief, at a time where living on the land has been extremely challenging.

    “On behalf of all farmers, I thank you and the community for your incredible support,” John said.

    Anne Jones OAM from the Lions Club District said the donation is much needed.

    “It’s life-saving, not only for the thousands of starving stock but also for our farmers who find themselves on the edge of despair,” she said.

    “It’s organisations such as yours that gives hope, courage and strength to continue. Knowing that you care, makes all the difference.”

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    District Governors Representative Visits Hillston Lions Club

    Hillston Lions Club recently hosted a dinner for 2nd Vice District Governor Stuart Freudenstein and wife Lyn.
    Stuart and Lyn hail from the Young District where he was a farmer for many years and later on the Young shire Council, serving as Mayor during the time of the Hilltop’s Shire amalgamation.
    During the afternoon Lions Stuart and Lyn were given a cook’s tour of the local area and they were very impressed by the diversity of agricultural development in the area.
    During the meeting Lion Stuart congratulated Hillston Lions Club on the very active role they played in supporting their local community having read a number of reports on the activities of the Club.
    He went on the speak about encouraging others to take an active role in their community by joining Lions.
    During the meeting VDG Stuart presented Lion Ross McLauchlan with a Melvin Jones Fellowship award for his service to Hillston Lions and the local community.
    A Melvin Jones Fellowship is the highest award a Club can bestow on a member Lion. Lion Ross had served 5 years as treasurer and been elected president for four terms as well as standing in for an extra three terms as President when he was needed.
    Mention was made during the meeting of his long-standing association with Lachlan Lodge and his work with the Show Society since his retirement to Hillston 12 years ago.
    Members of Hillston Lions Club would like to congratulate Ross McLauchlan on his award and thank the Freudensteins for taking time to visit Hillston.


  • District 201N4 April 2019 Newsletter for download.

    District 201N4 April 2019 Newsletter for download.
    Just click on the next line in blue print that starts off with Attachment to download the newsletter to your computer

    Attachment: April 2019 district newsletter.pdf

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    District Youth of the Year

    District Governor Gavan Ellis, District Youth of the Year Chairperson Jackie Stremple, outright winner and public speaking winner Natalia Burgess and State Youth of the Year Coordinator PDG Peter Perry at the District Finals of Youth of the Year Quest held in Griffith.


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    District Youth of the Year Finalists

    District Governor Gavan Ellis with the three entrants at District level in the Lions Youth of the Year Quest, held in Griffith on Saturday night. L-R: Emer Spora, Jamie Mitton and Natalia Burgess. The event is sponsored by the NAB Bank.


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    District 201N4 Youth of the Year Quest winner

    District Governor Gavan Ellis with the winner of the Lions Youth of the Year Quest at District Level was Natalia Burgess who represented the Coleambally Lions Club. Well done Natalia. She now goes onto the State Finals to be held in Tamworth in April.


  • Regional Lions Leadership Institute in Adelaide 22nd – 24th February 2019

    As you are all aware we are holding a Regional lions Leadership Institute in Adelaide 22nd – 24th February 2019.
    At this stage applications are very light on. The advertised closing date for applications was 11th January and with Christmas and New Year not too far away we do not have a lot of time to get applications in.
    If we do not get sufficient numbers we would have to cancel or postpone the institute, something that is definitely not desirable.
    The institute is open to any Lion or Leo (of adult age) but is targeting those who are taking on leadership positions within their club for the first time. This does not preclude someone who has been a club President in the past or even someone who has only recently taken on a cabinet position.
    In our discussions in the past, and from feedback from previous attendees, the RLLI is a really good programme to develop leadership within clubs. During my visits throughout the Multiple District in recent times I have definitely seen the need to further skill our membership in taking on leadership positions.
    This is the link to the application form:
    Could you encourage applications using the fillable PDF form and electronic signatures. It makes it so much easier.

    How do you target the right people?
    1. Talk to your Zone Chairpersons and see who they have identified as future leaders.
    2. Talk to other cabinet members who visit clubs and will have identified people with potential.
    3. Suggest that clubs should be considering their succession planning and identify future leaders.
    4. Talk to clubs about who they might be considering to nominate for President and Vice Presidents when they start their nominations process (should be happening very soon)
    5. Put information about the Institute in your district newsletter/mail outs/email blasts.

    The best way to encourage people to enrol in these programmes is by personal approach. Don’t rely on others to make the approach, don’t just send an email or mail out and expect people to respond. We all respond better when someone personally approaches us with encouragement and support.

    The cost of the institute is not great. Applicants are required to pay a registration fee of $125 plus their own transport. Other than that, all costs are borne by the MD & LCI. Some districts have a policy that they will fund or partially fund members to attend the various institutes. Clubs should also be encouraged to provide some financial assistance for their members to attend – they should see it as an investment in their future. Please bear in mind that these costs would have to come out of administration funds.

    Ok, so much for my pleading….

    I am heading off overseas this weekend to spend Christmas and New Year with family in China. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your efforts in leadership development over the past six months and look forward to working with you all in the New Year.
    I will have email while I am away, but internet and email can be a little patchy in China so it may take a while to respond if needed.


    PDG Tim Irvine
    Global Leadership Team Area Leader


  • It’s here! Visit our new website today.

    It’s here. The all-new is live and ready for you to explore. Be among the first to experience its exciting features:
    • The Resource Center
    • The reengineered Club Locator
    • The Service Launchpad
    Enjoy the new site—and make sure to share it with others!


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  • 5 Ways Can Improve Your Service

    Getting the most out of our new website

    Our all-new website is almost here! And it’s been designed to improve the experience of Lions and potential Lions alike. The website is a critical part of Lions’ and clubs’ experiences, and we’re extremely proud to be launching a product that’s the result of years of research and development—listening to members’ and clubs’ wants and needs, and incorporating them in useful ways.

    So, exactly how can our new website enhance your service? Let’s take a look!
    Click the link below to go to the website

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  • September 2018 District Newsletter

    District 201N4 September 2018 Newsletter for download.

    Attachment: September 2018 newsletter.pdf

  • DG Message - August 2018

    My theme “Looking Towards the Future” is very relevant with our International President’s message of “Looking over the Horizon” If we want to go forward we need to look toward the future to provide SERVICE and make differences within our communities. Looking over the Horizon will allow us to have things in order so that our Clubs are there for the next 100 years, the way that our Clubs do things might or will be different to how we achieve today but the objectives will remain as they were when Melvin Jones had his vision then as to how things will be achieved within the next 100 years’.
    Many thanks to all Clubs and members of the N4 District for their support for farmers and businesses who are facing difficult times with the severe drought conditions that have seen Lions taking a major role in providing Drought Relief by the way of Need for Feed and Family Picnic days. Special thanks to Geurie and Orange Clubs.
    Donations of money is the best support for drought relief. Small community centres are fragile, and it only takes a small decline in business to cause difficulties within these communities. One community has openly advertised its willingness for visitors to travel to their community stay a night and have dinner at the local pub and a coffee the next morning at the café, this initiative supports the locals as all these businesses employ local people.
    Our District Convention is scheduled for 19-21 October 2018. Now is the time to submit your registration and support the Convention Raffle, if you have sold all your tickets send in a request for more as this is one of the major fundraisers to enable the Convention to function. The program for this event is currently being compiled with guest key note speakers invited to inform and entertain all. Saturday night promises a bit of colonial entertainment, having fun and friendship is a must. Registrations can be sent to the District Secretary.
    Lions Clubs within the N4 District have engaged in many different projects that benefit and make differences in their communities, they are also making contributions to Lions foundations that enable greater support for research and improvements in lifestyle for those less fortunate than ourselves.
    Membership is of concern, for the past five years or so our District has been in transition with membership numbers being below 1250, currently 970 members in 48 Clubs. This situation is a task in which all Lions can assist. Ask people if they would like to be a Lion, make our Clubs attractive organisations that people want to be a part of.
    I would like to acknowledge your District Cabinet members, these are the people who ensure our District is functional and managed in a positive manner. We have been active in many areas and without the support of the Chairpersons of the different functional areas we would be not be able to achieve the results and give SERVICE to the many needy causes we support.
    Many thanks to all.
    DG Gavan Ellis


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    Cheque Presentation

    At the District Changeover held in Bathurst last Saturday PDG Peter Perry presented IPDG Anne Jones OAM with a cheque for $10,000 from the stall holders at Guerie Markets to purchase fodder for the farmers in the district affected by drought. Well done to the Guerie Market holders for such a generous donation.


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    Changeover Photo

    IPDG Anne Jones OAM pinning the DG badge on Gavan Ellis at the changeover held in Bathurst


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    District Changeover Photos

    DG Gavan pinning the IPDG badge on IPDG Anne Jones AOM at the district changeover last Saturday night in Bathurst


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    Many thanks to Lions members who have supported my journey to becoming your District Governor. Thanks for the support I have received from my wife Jenny, the members of my home Club Bathurst and Past District Governors who have offered advice. I offer special thanks to Past District Governor Barbara Andrews who has been instrumental in making sure I signed the right paperwork and made myself available to serve as your District Governor.

    After some starts and stops then a restart I thank Peter Bright and Stuart Freudenstein for standing as my Vice District Governors. I also thank my District Cabinet and look forward to working together for the next twelve months. On completion of all the pre-District Governor training I now feel that I have the knowledge and a good team behind me to make my Theme “Navigating Towards the Future” a reality. Our District presents numerous challenges in the foreseeable future. With planning and teamwork, we will achieve known goals. As a single identity I can only achieve what time and strength permits, but with support and cooperation from Lions within the District my strength will increase so that we can achieve as a team.

    The Lions motto “WE SERVE” is one of the things that has been with me since I was twelve years old, I can’t remember saying no whenever someone needs assistance, Throughout my working career I progressed and enhanced my experiences knowing that I could achieve and make the situation better by my efforts, this is what I want from my year as District Governor. Making a difference and achieving better outcomes for all our efforts as “WE SERVE”.

    Thanks to all

    Your District Governor

    Gavan Ellis


  • Drought Funds Sought


    As you are aware our District is currently in the grip of a major drought, with around 60% either in Drought or Drought Onset.

    Our district has some funds available, but at current prices this will only buy 108 round bales of hay which equates to 2 semi trailer loads.

    We have access to much more hay but do not have the funds in our Drought Fund to purchase more than the 2 semi trailer loads mentioned above.

    We have received an offer from District 201N5 that they will fundraise in their District to assist us with much needed funds which will allow us to hopefully purchase more feed.

    Your Leadership Team is requesting all clubs in our district to dig deep and contribute to our Disaster Fund which will allow us to provide timely assistance to the farmers in our area.
    Of course we recognise that some clubs are already involved in some form of assistance and we do not expect those clubs to “double up” if they are already assisting.

    Sometimes, it is not the amount of assistance we give, but the fact that WE CARE enough to give them a hand.

    PLEASE – Do what you can and send any available funds to Cabinet Treasurer, Lion Bob Gnezdiloff.

    Yours in Lions
    Annemarie Jones OAM
    District Governor
    District 201N4
    21 June, 2018.


  • June 2018 District Newsletter

    Please find attached the District 201N4 Newsletter for March 2018

    Attachment: District 201N4 June 2018 newsletter.pdf

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    Australian Motorhoming Lions Club News

    Dear Lions
    As the current President of the Australian Motorhoming Lions Club I am contacting your club today and asking for your support.
    This is not a financial request but merely a request for your support by placing the attached flyer on your website and or Facebook page.
    We are trying to raise as much money as we can for local charities and Angel Flight, at Barcaldine, QLD., as they no longer have a local Lions Club so we are doing what we can for the community as we are a national club.
    The AMLC main objective is to assist as many local Lions Clubs as we travel this vast country with their main events, to find out more please visit our website:
    Thank you for the opportunity and I hope that your club will be kind enough to spread the word where ever you can as we hope to smash the current record of 672 RV's.
    I ask that your members share this with as many of their friends on Facebook if possible.
    Lion Len Waddington
    President and a Founding Member of the AMLC.
    We are seeking major and minor sponsors for this event from the business community nation wide if anyone is interested please contact our sponsorship and merchandising manager:
    Lion Lorna Cameron Email:


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    Changing of the Guard

    Dear fellow Lions members, in 3½ months time we will see the changing of the Guard from myself to District Governor Elect Gavan Ellis. I would like to congratulate District Governor Elect Gavan on his upcoming appointment as our District Governor and wish him every success in the year ahead as he leads our district during 2018-2019.
    I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank my Executive Team – DGE Gavan Ellis,
    IPDG Roger Thomas, Lion Di Smith, PDG Kerry Williams, Lion Bob Gnezdiloff and PDG Richard Leonard. Without their support and encouragement I would not have been able to represent you all on a local, district and multiple district level.
    There are also other lions members who have gone far beyond what is expected of them by a District Governor and I would like to recognise these lions as they are a true example of what we lions strive to achieve in our organisation. Lion Terry Carroll, Lion Peter Bright, PDG Tony Smith, Lion David O’Sullivan, PDG Barbara Andrews, PDG Bob Smith and PDG Ian Warren. Thank you for your outstanding service and support over the past 8 ½ months.
    As our district continues to struggle to increase membership, it was decided to hold a 2 day Global Action Team Workshop in Bathurst facilitated by PDG Ann Eldridge. The attendees at this workshop were DGE Gavan Ellis, IPDG Roger Thomas, PDG Tony Smith and myself.
    A Membership Action Plan was developed and this was presented to Cabinet at the Cabinet Meeting in Young. I encourage you all to enbrace this plan and take the actions back to your Zones and Clubs.
    As at 1st July, 2017 our membership was 1,006. During the period from 1st July, 2017 to 28 February 2018 we inducted 56 new lions members but lost 81 members, this now brings our membership to 981. In the next 3 ½ months our district Global Action Tean Plan will address the following:
    Continue to work on re establishing a lions club in Blayney or at least a branch club.
    Continue to work on establishing a new Leos club in Winmalee
    Continue to deliver Zone Chairpersons training at Cabinet Meetings
    Continue with the dropped members strategy and complete exit interviews.
    Encourage clubs to continue to find activities to subsidise membership dues.
    Promote information nights so that communities are aware of what our Lions organisation is all about and encourage membership.
    Promote Lions Awareness Day as a tool to encourage new members to join.
    Ensure that all promotional material is up to date and encourage the use of this material in each community.
    If we want our District to succeed we will all need to work together as a cohesive, united and committed team, not only for our District but for our organisation Lions Clubs International.
    At the beginning of my term as District Governor I set myself 8 goals for the year. A number of these goals have been achieved and the others will come to fruition during 2018-2019.
    1. Three of the potention five new leaders have been identified and are well on their way to becoming our new leaders in the next 3 years.
    2. It is anticipated that the new Leos Club in Winmalee will be chartered before 30 June, 2018.
    3. A new Lions Club in Blayney is expected to become a Branch Club before 30 June, 2018.
    4. Unfortunately, although the goal of 50 new members was reached, with the drop of 81 we have not as yet achieved this goal. Hopefully in the next 3 ½ months we will be able to induct a further 55 members which will meet the original goal of 1,036.
    5. The increase of female membership to 30% was almost reached, but with some of the female members leaving, we are just under the 30%.
    6. Unfortunately, as stated in Item 4 unless we induct 55 members and have no drops we will not achieve this goal.
    7. Our GMT Coordinator PDG Roger Thomas has been working vigorously on our Membership Retention Plan and continues to be assisted by the new Exit Survey Strategy.
    8. Our Centenary Project of furnishing 4-6 rooms at Dubbo Macquarie Home Stay has been all but achieved. An application was submitted to Australian Lions Foundation (ALF) for $15,000 matching funding which has been approved.
    A second application was lodged with Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) for $60,000 matching funding and receipt has been acknowledged. We will not know the outcome until possibly the end of May, 2018.
    A total of $69,000 of the required $75,000 has been received from various clubs with only $6,000 still required. It is anticipated that this will be raised through the sale of chocolate buyups from inmates at the new Macquarie Correctional Centre in Wellington.
    I would like to take this opportunity to thank those clubs who contributed to this worthwhile project.
    As your Disaster Alert Chairperson I wish to mention a major project which our district will be involved in with District V3 – Need for Feed – This project is run by the V Districts and helps areas where natural disasters, such as flood, fire and drought have occurred.
    On Saturday 17 February, 2018, I received a phone call from Lion Graham Cockerell, Chairman Humanitarian Disaster Relief, Need for Feed Coordinator, Lions District 201N3. He advised me that each year they prepare for the potential bushfire season in Victoria by collecting donations of fodder from right across the state, and if not required they try to put most of it to good use by helping others. One of their projects last year was to take 13 semi and B Double loads of feed to the fire area at Dunedoo.
    They have identified some severely rainfall deficient areas in our District and N3 which are within easy enough reach from them. They have an opportunity coming up in March being 10-12 March, 2018 which is the Labour Day long weekend in Victoria to get together a convoy of 15-30 truck loads of feed.
    I made contact with NSW Farmers Association who identified the most in need areas in our district are Wilcannia, White Cliffs and Cobar and farming families have been contacted to prepare them for the Need for Feed Hay Run on 11 and 12 March, 2018.
    The convoy was to first meet up in Deniliquin and then proceed on to Cobar, Wilcannia and White Cliffs. After numerous telephone calls and discussions it was decided by the organising committee that Griffith was more appropriate.
    The convoy meet up in Griffith on the afternoon of Saturday 10 March, 2018. I organised the Griffith Showground through Griffith City Council, which is owned by the Department of Lands, where the volunteers will stay overnight- the food will be provided by Griffith Lions Club and prepared by Leeton and Narrandera Lions Clubs for the Saturday evening BBQ and Sunday morning bacon and egg cooked breakfast. Unfortunately Griffith Lions Club is catering at a very large fundraiser on the Sunday and were unable to do the cooking for the meals on Saturday and Sunday. My sincere thanks go to Griffith, Leeton and Narrandera Lions Clubs for their involvement in this lifesaving event, particularly at such short notice. Your clubs have truly performed in the true spirit of lionism.
    It is anticipated that the convoy will roll out of Griffith at 5.30pm on the Sunday morning 11 March, 2018 and travel to Cobar where they will stop for lunch at Ward Oval. I contacted the General Manager at Cobar Council advising them of what Lions Need for Feed Project was all about and they have offered to supply the sandwiches, fresh fruit and cool drinks to the volunteers at their rest stop at Ward Oval. The Deputy Mayor and media will welcome the convoy to Cobar.
    After lunch the convoy will travel to Wilcannia with their final destination that afternoon/evening being White Cliffs. I contacted the Administrator of Central Darling Shire Council, Mr Greg Wright advising him of the Need for Feed Hay Run. He has offered the council caravan park facility – showers and toilets for use by the volunteers.
    The local sporting club in White Cliffs will prepare a BBQ evening meal and a cooked breakfast on the Monday morning for the volunteers before they turn their trucks around and head back home to Victoria.
    As District Governor and Disaster Alert Chairperson of our district, PDG Peter Perry and I will be joining the Need for Feed Hay Run convoy on Saturday 10 March, 2018 from Griffith to White Cliffs and back home again on 12 March, 2018.
    This project yet again demonstrates why we are lions and why we belong to Lions Clubs International.
    Yours in Lions
    Annemarie Jones OAM
    District Governor


  • March District Newsletter

    Please find attached the District 201N4 Newsletter for March 2018

    Attachment: District 201N4 March 2018 newsletter.pdf

  • December District Newsletter

    Please find attached the District 201N4 Newsletter for September 2017

    Attachment: District 201N4 - December Newsletter.pdf

  • September District Newsletter

    Please find attached the District 201N4 Newsletter for September 2017

    Attachment: District 201N4 - September Newsletter.pdf

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    Hillston Lions Donate Wheelchair

    PHOTO: 3 1/2 year old Adam Taylor being presented with a wheel chair by President Hillston Lions Ross McLauchlan

    3 1/2 year old Adam Taylor who suffers from Mitochondrial Disease, his mother Jenny Matheison, Occupational Therapist Belinda Mud who organized and fitted the wheelchair, his father Ben Taylor and President of Hillston Lions Club Ross McLauchlan. The wheel chair, valued at $9,800 was a joint funded project between the Lions NSW/ACT Public Health Care Foundation and Hillston Lions Club. The wheel chair can be modified and resized and should cater for Adam's needs until he is 10 years old.

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    Will It Your Way Accepted as National project

    Ross Catanzariti has advised us from the MD201 Lions Convention in Hobart that Griffith Lions Club project,’Will it your Way’ has been accepted as a national project for the next 3 years by the convention delegates. Job well done and congratulations to Ross and President Brian Bortolin.


  • Darlington Point Lions hefty hospital donation

    The Darlington Point Lions Club made a generous donation towards the Griffith Base Hospital Renal Unit last Monday.
    The service club gave the facility $10,000 to assist with the running of the important services the community needs.
    "This is a deserving organisation," Lions member, Robert Guest said.
    "It is a basic necessity for the community and we all know the budget cut backs don't help. We help because we are a service club and it's what we do best."
    The club gathered the massive amount of funds together despite having a drop off over recent years.
    Deputy Director of Nursing Debbie Charles said the donation is essential to keeping services available.
    "If we didn't have our community and service clubs we would not be able to have some of die service the town needs," Ms Charles said.


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    Hillston Lions Explorer's Park Renaming

    Last Saturday 29th October Hillston Lions Club held a renaming ceremony for their park. The park is now known as the "John Fensom Lions Explorer's Park" in honour of John who passed away earlier this year.
    DG Roger Thomas and his wife Lion Licia were present at the ceremony.
    Photo is of DG Roger Thomas, David Fensom (John's son) and Sylvia (John's wife).
    John was a charter member of Hillston Lions Club and was very active in both Lions and the community of Hillston.

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    Lion Danny Vardanega - Griffith Lions member for 50 years

    At the Griffith Lions Club Dinner Meeting on 19th July, District Governor Roger Thomas presented Lion Danny Vardanega his 50 years of service Certificates, one from our club and the one from Lions International President: Bob Corlew. Congratulations Danny on a remarkable achievement.


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    Top of the line Lions honour for Buster

    Yanco Lions Club president Buster Ryan can now add quite the achievement to his name.

    Mr Ryan was presented with a life membership to Lions International during the organisation’s recent changeover dinner.

    Mr Ryan, who will return as president for another year, was presented with the honour by Ron De Martin, who is also a life member. During his speech Mr Ryan mention of his love for Lions and how he has been a dedicated member for 27 years.

    Helping Mr Ryan in the year ahead will be Sue Parker as secretary and Allan Stott as treasurer.

    Mr Ryan was hopeful of recruiting more members in the coming year. In the past 12 months, the organisation has been keeping “quietly busy”, according to Ms Parker.

    “Donations have been made) towards a new garden area for Assumption Villa, fuel money to the Burrumbuttock hay runners, Relay for Life, as well as helping to send children to Licola Camp and more,” she said.

    PHOTO: WHAT AN HONOUR: Ron De Martin (left) presents Yanco Lions Club president Buster Ryan with his life membership to Lions International.

    Article and photos courtesy of The Leeton Irrigator


  • Lions and Lions Club International (LCIF) are very active in the fight against trachoma.

    LCIF’s SightFirst program has awarded more than US$47 million to The Carter Center, a leader in combating trachoma. Since 1999, LCIF has awarded US$20.5 million for 26 trachoma control projects in Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nepal, Nigeria, Senegal, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda. Ethiopia alone has received more than US$7 million in funding since it is the most endemic country in the world for the disease. “Trachoma: Defeating a Blinding Curse,” a documentary feature film that follows Carter Center staff, global health partners, and Lion and former U.S. President Jimmy Carter engaged in a comprehensive strategy to eliminate blinding trachoma in Ethiopia, is airing on American Public Television stations nationwide. - See more at: utm_source=blog&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=LionsBlog#sthash.Rm8e13lt.dpuf


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  • Who are the Lions?

    Who are the Lions? Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service club organization, with 1.4 million members in 210 countries and geographic locations, dedicated to making a difference. We serve where we live as well as globally. What do Lions do? Where there’s a need, there’s a Lion. We meet the needs of our communities and the world, ranging from assisting the visually impaired and working with local youth to medical missions and disaster relief. What types of service are Lions involved in? Though well known for its successful initiatives in vision health, Lions service is as diverse as its members. We meet all sorts of needs, from assisting the elderly to helping victims of natural disasters. I would like to volunteer in my community, but why should I do so as a Lion? Lions meet the needs of those in their own communities as well as around the world, and we have fun doing it. Working together locally and internationally, the worldwide network of Lions has a vast amount of resources and is able to accomplish much more than individuals and small groups working alone. How do I become a Lion? If you are interested in becoming a Lion, contact your local Lions club and express interest in learning more. Visit to find a club and fill out a prospective member form, or visit to learn more about Lions. Find more key messages and other Public Relations tools on the Lions Clubs website. - See more at:


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  • One of the best ways to promote your club and get the word out about Lions

    One of the best ways to promote your club and get the word out about Lions is to proudly display the Lions logo at your activities and events. This includes wearing your Lions apparel, hanging your club’s banner and handing out Lions-branded communications. But before you start designing your own Lions T-shirts and websites with an individualized logo for your club, know the correct and incorrect way to display the Lions brand. Below are just a few Do’s and Don’ts to keep in mind when designing an individualized club logo. Refer to the LCI Graphic Identity Manual for complete guidelines, including specifications regarding color palette, typeface, images and more. Don’t: Change the Lions logo by using unacceptable colors. Add text to the Lions emblem. Apply graphic elements to extend or layer over Lions emblem. Use the full-color Lions emblem for print or Web applications. Do: Use the approved Lions Clubs color palette. Consistent use of color will promote recognition and strengthen the Lions identity. Keep text clear of Lions emblem. Be sure Lions emblem is layered over other graphic elements, not under. Use full-color Lions emblem only for embroidery and other club supplies items - See more at:


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  • The Centennial Service Challenge

    The Centennial Service Challenge numbers are in: During the 2014-15 year, Lions served 40 million people through environment, youth, hunger and vision service activities. We’re almost halfway to our goal of serving 100 million by 2018! Great work, Lions! Here is the breakdown of people served by each campaign: Youth: 15 Million Environment: 10.5 Million Hunger: 7.5 Million Vision: 7 Million Where there’s a need, there’s a Lion. Keep planning projects that make an impact, and don’t forget to report your activities using MyLCI. Share your Centennial projects by submitting a photo to LCI, or post your photo on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #LIONS100 - See more at:


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    Photographs of presentations made by Griffith Lions and NSW/ACT Save Sight & Public Health Care Foundations

    Following I have listed the names and details of each photograph and details of the equipment provided. Photos 1 and 2 . David, number 1 Shows myself Liam Trecasse and his Mother being presented with a Nicklas Free Stand Lifter costing $4995.00 purchased by donations from Fth. Lions, $2000.00 and Enable NSW Health, $2995.00 to be owned by Kalinda Special School in Griffith. No. 2 includes Griffith President, Lion Jeff Gardner on the right hand side.

    Photo 3 & 4 shows myself as a Director of NSW/ACT Save Sight & Public Foundation, Abraham Al-Jawfi and Physiotherapist Judith Young from NSW Health, 5 Is RM, Abraham & President Jeff while 6 & 7 show Abraham in full flight using his newly acquired Grillo Walking Frame. This was funded for the Kalinda School as well with the assistance of Gth Lions Club, $2000 and a grant from the Foundations of $1995.

    Both Jeff and I were astounded to witness the joy of both of these young Boys as they guided their new “Wheels” around the School.

    Please contact me if you require any further information. Cheers, Bob.

  • Centennial Service Challenge goal of helping 100 million people before the end of the association’s 100th anniversary,

    100 million is a lot. Ask anyone. So, last year, when Lions announced our Centennial Service Challenge goal of helping 100 million people before the end of the association’s 100th anniversary, people may have thought we were a little crazy. But now we’re happy to announce that in a few short months, Lions’ service has already benefitted 20 million people! This data, which measures Lion activities through December 2014, represents the first big step on the path to our Centennial celebration. Thanks to the incredible response from Lions like you, we’re on our way to achieving our goal! Lions serve. From the Worldwide Week of Service to screening the vision of children in their community and Relieving the Hunger, Lion service touches the lives of people in every corner of the world. Leading up to our Centennial in 2017, Lions have an incredible opportunity to demonstrate the positive impact of service by joining together to help those in need. We’re off to a great start, but we still have a ways to go. Keep serving and supporting the Centennial Service Challenge by visiting, where you’ll find info and resources to start planning your next Centennial service project today. Remember, when Lions come together to serve, we can change the world! - See more at:

  • Barry J. Palmer Chairperson, Lions Clubs International Foundation: fight against measles

    As a Lion, I truly believe that there is strength in numbers. There’s tremendous strength in partnerships, too. That’s why Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) decided to partner with Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. With our help, Gavi has averted the deaths of seven million children. I recently represented LCIF at “Reach Every Child,” a pledging conference for Gavi, hosted by German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin. To help fight this deadly disease, Lions have committed to raising US$30 million to improve access to vaccines through Gavi. I am sure that I don’t need to remind you that measles is an extremely infectious disease. Every single day, 330 children die from measles. You can make a contribution to LCIF today to create a healthier, brighter tomorrow for the children who need you most. Thank you for continuing to fight against measles to ensure all children everywhere receive life-saving vaccinations. Sincerely, Barry J. Palmer Chairperson, Lions Clubs International Foundation - See more at:

  • Enliven Your Lions Club – Sponsor a Leo Club

    Leo club logoLeos are an integral part of the Lions family. "Strengthen the Pride" and celebrate a global network of young people committed to serving others by sponsoring a new Leo club. Lions can make a positive impact on the next generation of leaders by serving as mentors and motivators for Leos. Sponsoring a new Leo club will enliven your Lions club and provide young people with an opportunity to develop as leaders. Charter your new Leo club in preparation for Leo Club Awareness Month in April and support youth development in your community.

  • Membership Resources

    Take Advantage of Membership Resources and Improve Your Club
    Mmebership resourcesWhen it comes to starting new clubs, inviting new members and keeping your current members happy, the LCI website offers all the materials you need to get started and improve you club. The Just Ask! Guide offers steps to recruiting new members, while the Membership Satisfaction Guide helps your club provide the experiences your members are seeking. Take the How Are Your Ratings? Survey to evaluate your club, and download the New Club Development Guide if you're thinking about organizing a new Lions club. View the complete list of Membership Resources available to help your club grow and make a bigger impact today!

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    Oz-Clubhouse Clean up needs YOU!

    Thanks for using Oz-Clubhouse but our server is groaning under the weight.

    We'd like your support in deleting old files, including documents,images and videos. Please have a look around your site for very old materials that can now be deleted!

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    Beware e-mail scams targetting Lions

    Lions should be aware of common e-mail and social media scams targeting club members. Sadly, some of our members have been targeted with these scams.

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    Lions Hearing Dogs on WinTV!

    Head on over to the Lions Australia Facebook page to check out this nice story on WinTV Canberra about our Hearing Dogs


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    Our new TV advertisment launched #morethansausages

    It's here! We are very proud to announce the new Lions Australia television campaign - #MoreThanSausages.

    It showcases the breadth of work Lions do in our communities, helping real people through disaster relief and recovery, medical research, youth programs and more. Lions Serve - more than sausages!

    Follow the link to see our video and find out more!

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    Attention All Lions OZ Clubhouse Webmasters

    The "Text Instructions" for webmasters of Lions OZ Clubhouse websites have been updated as at 29th December and can be found by clicking on the attachment below or by clicking on the website link.

    Your MD201, OZ Clubhouse Webmaster, Lion Graham, recommends that all club webmasters review the revised instructions.

    If you have any queries, Graham can be contacted by email which you will find in the website link below.

    Attachment: Oz-Clubhouse-Instructions-Revised-29th-December-2015.pdf

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