STRATHFIELDSAYE Lions Club

and GOLDEN CITY, BENDIGO Lioness Club

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Picture above shows two of our life-members sorting through re-cycled eye-glasses for distribution to the National Eye-Glass Recycle Center

 


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    Bob Georgeson 90th Birthday


    The Club celebrated Bobs 90th birthday in conjunction with a Christmas break-up at the Lions Hall. Bob, shown with his wife Claire, has over 50 years service with Lions


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    Groovin the Moo

    16,000 young (and not-so-young) people converged on the Bendigo Showgrounds on Saturday 4th May for what has become an annual event - "Groovin the Moo". A concert of many different groups and bands, under a big-top erected especially for the event, lasting from early afternoon until nearly midnight when noise restrictions kick in.

    Strathfieldsaye Lions members park cars of all descriptions until our paddock is overflowing, with many attendees planning on sleeping in their cars as all accommodation for miles around is booked out well in advance of the weekend.

    Bottles and cans line the footpath where fans had to line up prior to the gates opening - with alcohol not allowed to be brought in, much was consumed prior to entry.

    With a mere $5 carparking fee, it was interesting to note the empty wallets of many of these young people - with them being of uni age, and on restricted incomes, they must have dug deep to afford the entry ticket. Coins were scrounged from gloveboxes and compartments, with some not quite making the full $5. I hope they didn''t need petrol to get home! Or maybe they rely on credit cards, as we seem to be a cashless society these days.


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    Volunteer Expo

    Every year, local volunteer groups are invited to hold a publicity stall in the Hargreaves St mall, and once again, 4 Lions clubs took up the challenge.

    Our marquee was decorated with Lions flags and logos, banners, A-frames and posters. Members from those four clubs were rostered on, to hand out brochures and encourage members of the public to join their local Lions club, and John, Bob, Graeme, Lorna, David & Jill did a great job. Bendigo secretary Maxene produced a brochure, listing contact details and activities of all the zone clubs.

    Ross from Maiden Gully-Marong was able to speak live on local radio, Phoenix FM, about activities in which Lions participate in this area.


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    Legacy Ladies Lunch


    Three times annually, Lions clubs in the Bendigo area host a lunch for our local Legacy ladies. On Sunday 14th April, Strathfieldsaye Lions and the Lioness Club of Golden City, Bendigo combined once again to host 32 ladies for a roast lunch at the Maiden Gully-Marong Lions clubrooms.

    Nine members plus one wife each collected 2 or 3 ladies and delivered them to the hall, where 2 members from each club produced a delicious lunch of roast beef and vegies, followed by apple slice, custard and cream.

    Entertainment throughout the lunch was provided by another Lions member, who brought his portable organ along, and played and sang (who knew Ian could sing that well!!!) all the old songs so loved by our senior ladies.

    A free raffle concluded the afternoon, with four ladies taking home either a surprise small gift, or a Lions Christmas cake.

    Once again - a great success.


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    Aaron the Lion


    Aaron the Lion (a great hit with the kids) and his two handlers from Bendigo Lions Club at the Easter Parade.


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    Bendigo Easter Parade Marshalling


    Bendigo, Strathfieldsaye and Maiden Gully Marong Lions Clubs combined to assist with marshalling and lining up the floats and bands at the Bendigo Easter Procession.

    Vehicles towed a giant Lions Christmas Cake and a giant Lions Mint (on loan from Maryborough Lions).

    Also we had Aaron the Lion who tried to shake hands with all the kids along the way. Weather was excellent and the crowds looked like a record.


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    Wine on the Vine Social outing


    Every year, Sebastopol Lions Club holds a Wine on the Vine fundraising day at Wightwicks Winery, just north of Ballarat. Everyone is welcome to enjoy an afternoon of entertainment by 2 local bands, enhanced by gourmet sausages, hamburgers and bruschetta provided by Sebastopol LC.

    Members of Strathfieldsaye Lions have supported this fundraiser for the Oncology unit of Ballarat Hospital for a few years now, and enjoyed a great day out.


  • Australia day BBQ at the Strathfieldsaye shopping centre

    Once again, Strathfieldsaye Lions members cooked and served a BBQ breakfast for hundreds of locals from 8.00am on Australia Day. Eggs, bacon, sausages, hamburgers, onions and gallons of sauce were devoured by the hungry hoards, prior to the official welcome by the Scouts.


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    Lawn Bowls night - November 2012


    Hoots of elation and moans of despair filled the air at the Strathfieldsaye Bowling Club recently, when Lions members and partners had a "Come and Try" night.

    For those who had bowled before, at least they knew what they were supposed to do.

    The rest of us - well - we had a go. And sometimes, beginners luck kicked in, and we won the end. (See - I even know some of the lingo!!)

    Mostly though, the pernicketty bowl just went where it wanted to go, which wasn''''''''t anywhere near that little white kitty, way down the other end.

    Bowls club members fed us a well-deserved meal afterwards, and awarded the winning team a Bowls Club stubby holder and pen, to the acclamation of the unlucky Lions. We all had a great time though, and who knows - some of us may even join the Bowls Club.


  • New Member April 2009

    Lion Michael Toman was inducted into the Club in April 2009


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    Operation Friendship 2006


    Lions Jill and Malcolm Qualtrough visited Indiana as part of Lions Operation Friendship in March 2006, picture shows them presenting our Club bannerette to the president of the Churabusco Club.


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    Point Cook Lions Club Breast West Effort


    Members travelled in easy August 2012 to Altona for the Point Cook Lions Club Breast West Fundraising Effort which consisted of an auction and raffles to raise funds for the Western Suburbs hospital.

    Picture shows Cheryl Lawry, Secretary Jill Qualtrough, President Jim McGregor and Shirley McGfregor enjoying the night.


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    Safe-plate and Bike Marking Day


    The Club once again Operation Safe-plate at the Strathfieldsaye IGA Supermarket on a Saturday morning. This time also we had a bike marking day. Both were advertised at the local schools prior to the event.

    Picture shows Lions Cheryl Lawry, Graham Allen and Malcolm Qualtrough.


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    New Presidents for 2012-13


    Picture shows incoming President of the Strathfieldsaye Club, Jim McGregor with Golden City Bendigo Lioness President Marg Davis.

    Both were installed at a combined changeover night dinner at the Bendigo RSL in June


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    New Member June 2012

    New Member of the Club - Lion Cheryl Lawry was inducted on the Club Annual Changeover night in June 2012 by PDG Jill Qualtrough.

    Pictured at left is President 2011-12 Lion Alan Andrews and sponsor PDG Graham Allen.


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    Graham Allen 30 Years Service


    Lion Graham Allen is shown left receiving his 30 Years Service award from Club President Alan Andrews at the December 2011 Club Christmas Dinner.


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    National Tree day July 2011


    An annual event for our Club is assisting the Axe Creek Landcare Group in July by cooking a BBQ lunch for them on the Lions-Planet Ark National Tree Planting Day.

    Picture shows Lions Jill Qualtrough and Graham Allen at the BBQ. Lions Malcolm Qualtrough and Brian Fry also assisted.

    The day was held beside the main Coliban to Bendigo Water Channel at Sutton Grange, just below the crest of Mt Alexander.


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    Waverley 50th Charter Visit



    On Nov 5th 2011 Strathfieldsaye Lions along with Claire Georgeson took Lion Bob to the 50th Charter Anninversay of the Lions Club of Waverley.


    Bob was a long time member of Waverley before transferring to Strathfieldsaye in 1982.

    The lunch was held at the Wheelers Hill International Best Western in Jells Road. Lion Bob has 48 years service in Lions. He began his Lions Career his career in Adelaide, assisting with the charter of many Clubs.

    In 1985 Bob headed up the Charter of the Lions Club of Micronesia through the Strathfieldsaye Club.


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    Club Peaceposter Winner 2011



    More details: http://www.lionsclubs.org.au/pposter


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    Safe Plate Day

    Alan Andrews gets down and dirty changing number plate screws to prevent the theft of number plates at the Strathfieldsaye IGA.

    Operation Safe Plate is a program introduced by Victoria Police and their community partners to deter thieves from stealing your number plates. This is achieved by removing the existing fixing screws attaching your number plates, and replacing them with one way security screws.

    Programs have run throughout Victoria at shopping centers and other venues. Victoria Police are assisted by volunteer community organizations such as Neighborhood Watch, Lions Clubs and others to run the program.


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    New Presidents for Lions and Lioness Clubs

    Picture shows incoming President for 2011-12 Alan Andrews with incoming Golden City - Bendigo Lioness President Marg Davis. They were duly installed at the Bendigo Pottery on June 14th by Zone Chairman Wayne Drummond (on the right)


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    Ray Blandthorn - 35 Years of Service

    Charter Mmeber of the strathfieldsaye Lions Club, Ray Blandthorn shown at the 2011 Changoever night with his 35 Year Monarch Award.


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    Ken Bock - 10 Year Monarch Award

    Lion Ken shown receiving the 10 year Lions Membership Certificate


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    Bob Georgeson is Appreciated by the Lions International Stamp Club

    Lion Bob Georgeson received an appreciation certificate from the Lions International Stamp Club for his dedication over the years in collecting used postage stamps which are packaged up and distributed for sale around the world. Proceeds go to support Lions Projects.


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    Jill Qualtrough Awarded Melvin Jones Fellowship Award

    Secretary of Strathfieldsaye Lions Club and Immediate Past District governor of District 201V1-4 is shown with President Alan Andrews receiving her MJF award for services to the Club and Lions International over a 26 year period.


  • Changeover Night Bulletin



    More details: /files/strathfieldsaye.vic/changeover-night-2011.pdf


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    Jill Qualtrough Wins Top Lions PR Award


    Our Secretary Jill recently went to the National Convention in Launceston where she was awarded the prestigious Syd Packham Award for the best contribution to Lions in Australia Public Relations.

    Jill in her role as District Membership Chairman, obtained a PR grant from the National Office. The money was distributed around the District and used for Zone Chairmen to purchase Public Relations material for use with their Clubs.

    Jill also followed this up with displays in various towns and assisted with the charter of two new Clubs.

    Photo shows Jill receiving her award from MD201 Executive Officer Rob Oerlemans. The actual trophy which is too large to transport around the country resides in the Newcastle office.



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    New Members March 2011


    On Monday 28th March 2011 new members Russell Brown and Debbie Lowe were inducted into the Club. Picture shows them receiving their membership certificates with President Alan Andrews.


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    20 Year Membership Award


    Local well known identity - Lion Tony Brown receiving his 20 year award from President Alan, in March 2011


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    Flood Clean-up at Carisbrook

    Picture shows President of Bendigo Graeme McDonald with Stathfieldsaye President Alan Andrews


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    Membership promotion at Bunnings


    Jenny from Righteous Pups Australia brought Pepper along to support our information stand at Bunnings on Saturday 11th December. Lions clubs throughout our District support the work of Righteous Pups, who train autism assistance dogs for autistic children in Australia.

    Members from local Lions clubs in Bendigo distributed flyers about their clubs'' activities to interested families - new member enquiries are always welcome.


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    Sutton Grange Tree Planting Day August 01 2010


    Photo attached shows Lion Alan Andrews (President) and his wife Lion Bev cooking lunch for the Sutton Grange Lad Care Group who were taking part in National Tree Day. The Land Care Group have for years now planted trees around Sutton Grange, on the slopes of Mt Alexandra and the head-waters of Axe Creek. Each year the Strathfieldsaye Lions support them by cooking lunch. It was wet and windy. This has been typical of the first day of August for the last few years when the Lions have supported the Land Care Group.

    For many years Strathfieldsaye have supported either the Sutton Grange or Axe Creek Land Care Groups. Axe Creek runs from Sutton Grange through Strathfieldsaye to join the Campaspe River downstream of Axedale. It was a joy after 12 years of drought in the area to see water running through the paddocks and across the main Bendigo road in many places.



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    25 Year Membership Award

    Lion Malcolm Qualtrough was presented with his 25 year Monarch Membership Certificate by President Alan Andrews, at the Changeover night in July 2010


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    Club Youth of the Year Contestant Reaches State Final


    At Ballarat on 27 March Connor Rochford won the Lions District 201V1-4 YOTY Final and will now compete at the State final in Bendigo on April 10th 2010.

    Connor is third from left.

    More details: http://www.lionsclubs.org.au/yoty


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    Life Membership Awards


    Life memberships were awarded to our three long serving members, from left to right, Ray Blandthorn, Ray Bennett and Bob Georgeson.


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    Winery Day

    Sebastopol Lions, 14/02/10

    Strathfieldsaye Lions members Bev and Alan Andrews enjoying the sunshine at the Sebastopol Wine in the Vines day.




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