Lions Club of Bathurst Inc.

Post Office Box 200 Bathurst NSW 2795


Club news

  • Upcoming Events

    It is Christmas Miracle Appeal time again and there are a number of events coming up over the next few weeks.

    1. Friday 4th November – Trivia night at Bathurst RSL club – 7pm for 7:30. (note that there is a parking event on the same night). Our club had 3 tables at this event last year – including a 3rd placed group. If you are not helping out with parking, this is a fun night out. Please let me know if you would like to attend this event. Please also let me know numbers as your friends are welcome to join us.
    2. Friday 4th November – from 1pm until 9pm – Inland Sea of Sound parking at Sulman Park Mt. Panorama. If you have not already advised your availability to Lion Gavan, please do so as soon as possible.
    3. Saturday 5th November – 10am until 9pm – Inland Sea of Sound parking at Sulman Park Mt. Panorama. Please contact Lion Gavan if you are available to assist.
    4. Thursday 10th November (optional) – Christmas Miracle Appeal movie night at Metro Cinemas. 7pm for 7:30pm
    5. Wednesday 23rd November – (optional) Bathurst Liquor Accord Charity Golf Day. We could enter a team if someone would like to organize that.
    6. Sunday 27th November – 2BS Bathurst Lions Family Fun and Bowls Day. This will require assistance in selling tickets for entry, selling raffle tickets and cooking the BBQ. We had a great crew last year and it would be good to have a similar turn out this year. Please let me know if you can help out.
    7. Saturday 3rd December – sausage sizzle for Bathurst Community Transport. Please let President Bruce know if you can help out.


District news

  • District 201N4 Newsletter

    Please find attached the District 201N4 Newsletter for June 2017

    Attachment: District 201N4 - June 2017 Newsletter.pdf

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    Future Lions Leaders

    The programme is now out for the various institutes being run for the next Lions year.

    Might I recommend that the attached be circulated as you see fit. I would be grateful if the District Governor Team and Zone Chairs cover these development programmes during club visits, zone meetings and at the next cabinet meeting.

    I would like to see each member of the DG Team and all Zone Chairs each have at least one Lion enrolled in one of the attached programmes.

    Now is the time for us to identify and encourage our districts future leaders to enrol. The deadline for the Lions Advanced Leadership Institute (ALLI) is not far away.

    These Leaders are the future of out district.

    You can access the Advanced Lions Leadership Institute & the Emerging Lions Leadership Institute application forms on the LCI website.
    The Regional Lions Leadership Institute forms will be available on the MD site in the next few days however I have attached a copy so that you can access as needed.
    Each of the application forms are in a Fillable PDF Format, can you please encourage applicants to complete and sign these electronically as it is so much easier to decipher than hand written forms that have been scanned a couple of times.

    Information on each of these will also be on the MD site shortly under “Members/Leadership Programs”.

    Advanced Lions Leadership Institute
    Dates: 5th – 7th September 2017
    Location: Melbourne, Australia
    Application deadline: 22nd June 2017
    The Advanced Lions Leadership Institute focuses on building the skills required to become leaders at the zone, region and district levels.
    Candidates must be Lions that have completed a successful term as club president, but have not yet obtained the position of 1st Vice District Governor.
    Application form can be downloaded at:

    Regional Lions Leadership Institute
    Dates: 23rd – 25th February 2018
    Location: Brisbane, Australia
    The Regional Lions Leadership Institute focuses on building the skills required to become leaders at the club and district levels, and having been a club President does not automatically exclude selection. This programme is targeting newer Lions & Leos who wish to develop their leadership skills for the future & who may be considering taking on a club or district leadership role.
    Candidates must be Lions or Leos (of adult age).
    Application form can be downloaded at:

    Each of the above Institutes are run as a residential institute and all candidates are required to commit to all days of the institute, attend all sessions and group meals. Meals and lodgings on twin share basis are provided by Lions Clubs International and Multiple District 201

    Kindest Regards,

    PDG Anthony J (Tony) Smith


  • Lions Clubs International celebrate 100 years this week

    Lions Clubs across Australia and the world are celebrating 100 years of worldwide community service as 7 June 2017 marks the centenary of the first Lions Club meeting.
    Lions Clubs International (LCI), the largest service club organisation in the world, was founded by a Chicago businessman named Melvin Jones on 7 June 1917 in response to his vision that ordinary people could use their talents to better service their communities. LCI now has 46,000 clubs and over 1.4 million members globally, working together to provide humanitarian support to communities in need.
    Lions Australia’s National Executive Officer, Rob Oerlemans said:
    “This significant international milestone also coincides with 70 years since our first Australian Lions Club began in Lismore. We aren’t looking backward though; we are building for the next 100 years of caring, humanitarian projects to support our Australian communities”
    The 1200 Lions clubs across Australia will mark the Centennial with free barbecues, special dinners and other community events, but in keeping with tradition, it is what’s going on behind-the-scenes that is worth noting.
    “Two years ago we set ourselves an ambitious target of celebrating our Centennial by helping 100 million people by June 2018. A year away, our Lions have already eclipsed this goal by helping 150 million, and looks like achieving double our original target by the end of the Centennial year.”
    Lions Clubs in Australia are also supporting their communities with infrastructure projects to provide a lasting legacy for the future.
    “From upgrading parks and public walkways to building new facilities for carers, Lions across the Australia are making a significant contribution to their communities. For example, the Lions Club of Kiama NSW is transforming a dilapidated council building into a seaside retreat for carers of people with special needs, while in Brisbane, Lions have commissioned a commemorative mosaic which will be unveiled in the heart of the CBD and in Port Macquarie, Lions have built a paediatric therapy playground. This is just a taste of the wonderful Centennial Projects Lions have undertaken,” said Mr Oerlemans.
    Australia Post will release a Centenary commemorative stamp. The $1 stamp was designed by Hobart-based designer Lynda Warner and will be available online and from participating Australia Post shops from June 7.
    Lions Australia is also set to launch a new national television campaign, which was recently filmed in Newcastle by local multi-award-winning agency, Good Eye Dear. The new commercial aims to showcase the breadth of work that Lions Clubs do and will appear on national television in the coming months.
    “I would like to thank and congratulate our Lions in Australia for their continued service and support of their communities and wish Lions all around the world the very best for our next 100 years of service,” said Mr Oerlemans.


  • DG Roger’s Message June 2017

    Our Lions year is coming to a close and I wish to thank every lion in the Clubs and those on Cabinet for your support during my year as District Governor. The year saw many enjoyable times during our club visits and, yes there were challenges faced, and the majority satisfactorily resolved. These highs and low are just part of being a District Governor overall I am very pleased and honoured to be your DG.

    I do strongly recommend that all of us to consider taking on leadership roles whether at Club or Cabinet levels, the rewards are there be it in personal satisfaction, increasing skills or that feeling of giving more to others.

    Being a Lion is giving service to others and generally when asked, a Lion may answer “we are supporting the community”. I believe that in helping our community we should be looking to the Lion working next to us, ensuring that we give empathy and ensuring that our Lion friends are being supported and respected. Meeting the expectations of the Club members and having projects that keep us busy will see a club that is having fun whilst doing service is a successful Club. If we demonstrate that Lions are enjoying life while doing the BBQ, it has the potential to encourage others to join, remembering also that “just asking” is a potent way of getting new members.

    When a new Lion joins a Club we should give thought to a suitable mentor to pass on our Lions knowledge. We can see what we do locally, but I have met a number of Lions that are not aware of our impact nationally or on the world scene. For instance do you know that LCI has a seat at the United Nations. Lions is the only service organisation to have a seat. This demonstrates the global impact Lions has earned. How do we earn this honour? The main answer is the submission of the monthly LCI Activities and Membership Reports. The complied statistics go to many places including the ABS and goes to State and Commonwealth governments. Please ask if your Club is submitting the monthly reports.

    Training Forums are being held throughout the District. It is vital to get the Lions information to the Club Boards and all Lions are invited to attend, you don’t have to have a Board position to attend. The forums cover the roles of president, Secretary, Treasurer and Membership Chair. The LCI On-line Learning Modules are excellent references and are available to all Lions ( /MyLCI.) Face to face Forums allow you to meet others and to form networks that will assist when “that” question arises. Please try to attend a Forum, ask your Secretary for one near to your location.

    Being an informed Lion I believe allows us to be involved and gives us personal satisfaction. Not knowing and feeling left out has a potential to dropping out of Lions. A way of learning more is to attend our District Convention. The 2017 District Convention is at Wellington on 13-15 October 2017, please endeavor to attend. Ask your Secretary for details.

    My last Council of Governors meeting was held prior to the Hobart Convention. The National Convention is where we learn of projects in the other Districts and the future direction of Lions Australia. Networking and socialising with other Lions are also important aspects of the yearly convention. A Convention highlight was the approval of the “Will it your way” as a National Project. Congratulations to Griffith Lions and Lion Ross Catanzariti.

    WE are 100 years old, and we should celebrate centennial milestone with special celebrations in a public way. Let the community know of our achievements and how Lions serve in your town. So if not already done, please plan and conduct a special event on 7 June 2017. If this date has passed, please consider another date to suit the Club and Community. Remember we can celebrate all year long to recognise our Lions Centenary Year.

    DG 2016-17
    It’s great being a Lion - serving with compassion and fun


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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.

    More details:

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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.


  • District 201N4 March Newsletter

    Download your copy of the current March 2017 District 201N4 newsletter by clicking on the "attachment" section below

    Attachment: District 201N4 - March 2017 Newsletter.pdf

  • District 201N4's Convention October 2017

    Go to the link below for more info

    More details:

  • DG Roger’s February 2017 Message

    It has been a busy start to the New Year with activities going on all over the district. This busy pace continues with YOTY Quests at Club Zone, District and State Finals. Personally I am always moved by the presentations of our youth and I endeavor to attend all the events.
    Our District Final is at Cowra on Saturday 18 March and this year N4 District is hosting the State Final at Forbes on Saturday 8 April. For an inspiring few hours plan to attend one or preferable both events, you will be amazed with the talent and community spirit of our young people.
    I attended the January Council of Governors meeting and of the discussions and announcements include:
    • Promote Lions Awareness Day 4th March and plan a number of community events for our March to April membership promotion. Perhaps a street stall, community breakfast could be considered.
    • Lions have been in Australia for 70 years and 100 years since its start on 7 June 1917.
    • The Lion magazine will be reduced to 4 issues per year in 2018
    • Secretaries please check that member details are correct as there are many returns of the Lion. If you are not receiving the Lion please advise your Club.
    • The MD Directory distribution and purchasing is changing, and information has been given to the Clubs
    • MD 201; the Australian Convention at Hobart 5-8 May 2017 is close. Please register soon
    • Those attending the Chicago International Convention, please arrange your tickets for the Down Under breakfast and Reception as tickets are limited.
    • Lions Christmas Cakes have new packaging, and there is a Centennial cake tin being introduced.
    • School Sound Systems for 2017 have been distributed. Put in orders for delivery in 2018.
    • Recycle for Sight – Please give the Christmas cake cartons to those clubs recycling spectacles. The program receives 130,000 pair every 3 months and distributes 100,000 cleaned, repaired, graded spectacles to our Outback and overseas. A great project and well done to all involved.
    Australia Day community celebrations events were conducted by a number of clubs, and a number of Lions received awards from their communities. Lion Ian Sutherland of Coleambally received a Lifetime Achievement Award, and Lion Darryl Fliedner of Canowindra Lions Club received the Cabonne Council Citizen of the Year. If you know of other Lions receiving awards please let me know so we can acknowledge their achievements.
    It is reassuring to hear of new members to Lions, but we still see Lions leaving for personal reasons that perhaps could have been avoided. My DG Theme in part is “compassion and fun”. The compassion bit for us Lions, being the respect, empathy and assistance we show to others. Here I am talking about retaining members but we do need new Lions and please remember that we are all advocates for Lions – please ASK ONE person to join you for a meal at the club. Our Club Membership Chairmen provide the ideas to recruit but need us all to join in achieving their ideas.
    On a positive note I have been working with Zone Chairman Mick Medcalf and the Lions from Cowra, Orange, Wentworth Falls, Bathurst and Bathurst Macquarie Clubs in a project to charter a new club at Blayney. I am pleased to say that at this early phase we have four new Lions. The next month’s recruitment will see if we can charter a full club or a Branch. I am hoping for a full club and this will be the first new club for a long while. I do wish to thank the New Club Consultant PDG Deyann McDonnell and PDG Dr. Phil Bower for their guidance and excellent presentations.
    “March to May” are the months when we concentrate on Membership Growth, with every Club throughout Australia encouraged to conduct a minimum of one pro-active club promotion and Lions Awareness activity. 4th March is a national wide LIONS AWARENESS DAY and I ask that the clubs show the flag by street stalls, a story on a Lion activity or a prominent local lion in the local paper, television, social media, community notice boards and face to face talking to name a few ways. There is a load of information on the LCI and Lions Australia Websites.
    Please think about attending the Australian Convention, the District Changeover at which Anne Jones will in installed as the 2017-18 District Governor and our District Convention in October.
    Have a great year filled with service, compassion and having fun.
    DG Roger.


  • Hobart Convention District 201N4 Dinner

    A message to all our Lions,
    It's four months to go, before the start of the Hobart Convention, so now it’s time for the travel and accommodation planning. This Convention is special, being the Centenary of Lions International and Seventy years since the first Australian Lions Club was formed. The location is spectacular, as is the rest of Tasmania. Many District Lions are indicating that they will be there to enjoy the Convention and to catch up with old friends and meet new friends.
    Sunday 7th May is the date for our District Dinner. The venue is yet to be set and to ensure we get the planning right I am asking for expressions of interest for attending the Dinner. This year we are joining with the other four N Districts and going by the experiences I have had at other Conventions, we will be in for a good night.
    Our Cabinet Secretary Dianne Smith is compiling a list, so please send her an e-mail indicating your expression of interest, if you decide to attend the Sunday night dinner.
    Hope to see you in Hobart for the Convention and at the District Dinner.

    With warm regards,
    Roger Thomas
    DG 201N4
    It’s great being a Lion, serving with compassion and fun


  • DG Roger’s January 2017 Message

    My best wishes to the District Lions, their family and friends for a wonderful and rewarding year in 2017.
    I have been your District Governor for six months, so we are halfway through the year. Being a governor has and continues to be a rewarding leadership role and I am still pleased with my original decision to be your governor. Meeting our lions and learning a little of the diverse projects along with the personal abilities and skills available in our Clubs is something I find impressive everywhere I visit.
    Our lives are full of change and we should be open and perhaps challenge ourselves. So when an opportunity shows itself, be adventurous and give it a go. We have a wide pool of knowledge, skills and abilities that made our Clubs remarkable. The elections for Club Boards and some Cabinet positions are coming up. Perhaps there is a position that meets your passion and skillset, if you are interested, make the enquiry. For each position there is just so much information available from the Club, Cabinet officers and the Internet. The Internet on-line training modules may be for you, they are self-directed and you set the pace. Try the Lions International website and go to LCI Member Services. You will need your member number and Club Secretary can provide the number, or give me a call.
    Our centennial birthday is on 7 June, and every 100th birthday is special. Is your club celebrating and letting the community know of the service and support you give as local Lions and Australia wide through our Foundations? It’s our opportunity to do a special event or regular events with something extra. The Newcastle On-line shop has promotional items, and Lion Stan Pianko our district Centennial Coordinator may have ideas for local celebrations.
    The Centennial year celebration events are opportunities to increase club membership by having brochures available. There is a very good brochure that showcases our N4 District, each Zone Chairman has copies and further supplies are available from cabinet offices and me. Our 2017 district convention is on in early October. It’s going to be special, so best to get the diary out and book it in.
    I have only two clubs yet to visit and these will be hopefully done by March. Please note that I am more than willing to arrange an additional visit, just give a call and I will try to see you.
    In closing, please take care and give respect, remembering that all of us try to do the right thing. Sometimes we need to engage our empathy and perhaps ask more questions to achieve full understanding of a person’s action or words.
    Have a great year filled with service, compassion and having fun.
    DG Roger.


  • Lion Stan Pianko our new 2ND VDG

    Hi All,

    It is with pleasure to advise that the nomination of Lion Stan Pianko of Wentworth Falls Club for 2nd Vice District Governor for N4 for 2017-18, has been approved by LCI and he is appointed to the position.

    Our Congratulations to Lion Stan on his appointment.

    Dianne Smith
    Cabinet Secretary
    District 201N4


  • 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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    District Governor Roger's November Report

    Hello all...
    Convention 2016. The Lithgow Convention is over and was an outstanding success. A big vote of thanks and appreciation goes to Lithgow Lions for the well planned and executed convention. Friday nights’ Remembrance Ceremony was impressive and moving. Then the “casual” party set the atmosphere of friendship and fun for the weekend event. The Flag Ceremony and the “Touch of Tartan” on Saturday night were highlights, and the speakers were informative and engaging. Associate Professor Jennifer Byrne spoke on the research by the Westmead Hospital team in eliminating childhood cancer. Lions are providing large funds to Westmead and other Childhood researching groups, and LCIF has recently granted a $2M research grant to Australian research. A first for any Australian research project
    Another keynote speaker was PDG Tim Irvine. Tim spoke on “Leadership” and using audience participation and storytelling techniques he pointed out the importance of effective leadership to club harmony and keeping members engaged. He also told of the training modules for Lions to become good leaders available from LCI Members Centre.
    The Story of Lithgow’s rich history was given by a local historian. Did you know that Lithgow was the site for Australia’s first iron and steel mill and produced 13,000 tons of steel for Sydney’s’ Harbour Bridge, the rail across the Nullabour and our first Shale Oil refinery.
    Conventions are for meeting up and partying along with learning of the projects we do in the District and what Lions do nationally. Hopefully we will see you at the 2017 convention at Wellington in October 2017.
    District Club Visits. A big thank-you to the District Clubs that have made welcome the District Governors team, your friendship and hospitality is appreciated. It is most pleasing when we are asked to induct a new member into a Club or have prospective members and community representatives at a meeting. These visits allow the DG team to meet with Lions and at times learn of new ideas for passing on to other clubs. Zone Chairmen’s Club visits and Zone meetings are vitally important in the District’s communication circle and I wish to pass on my appreciation for their work.
    Compassion and Fun. That’s part of this year’s theme. Here we are talking on the importance of “Club Care” having for example; respect for an individual’s set of skills and abilities and ensuring that all Lions have their say at meetings and have projects / jobs that they like doing. Keeping us engaged and our ideas acknowledged lead to interesting meetings. We need to enjoy Lions. As an organisation we can attract new members but we are seeing Lions leaving the Clubs. Some are Lions that have been members for a year or two, and it’s a shame as we need these very people with their fresh ideas, different approaches and energy in our Clubs.
    If you are concerned about a member, ask them how they are going and see that they are involved in an activity that they may have an interest in doing. We all have an interest to be involved and valued. Busy and friendly clubs attract new members.
    Late October I attended the Naming of the John Fensom Explorers Park at Hillston. It was a humbling to be involved in the ceremony that honours David John Fensom OAM; a Lion for fifty years, a Charter member of Hillston and an outstanding community and rural industry leader and innovator. Hillston Lions are to be congratulated for the impressive ceremony acknowledging John’s impressive involvement in the Hillston area.
    See the separate article on this webpage.
    DG Roger


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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.

  • Lions Peace Poster News

    Good afternoon All,

    Congratulations to our new Peace Poster Chairs for 2016/2017, welcome board.
    I have advised the webmaster with details of the new District Chairs for 1016/17, so hopefully your details and other amendments will be on the PP webpage soon. If these details are not correct please advise me.

    It was great catching up with so many DC at the MD Convention in Echuca and putting a face to a name.
    The PP stand was certainly a buzz with many queries and compliments and the 19 District posters looked great.

    Peace Poster Kits: I would like to recommend that all Chairperson purchase your personal PP Kit.
    The Kit is valuable when making a presentation at a Zone or Club meeting, where you can model both
    the Kit and materials to demonstrate exactly what the Clubs / Youth Groups will receive and how to use
    the materials.
    To date the sale of PP Kits from National Office Club Supplies has been very good with over
    252 Kits sold by 26/06 and awaiting the delivery of another order.
    Please note that the PP Kits can be ordered from National Office Club Supplies Australia till October 7th.
    Another reason we recommend that DC and Clubs order their Kits from National Office Club Supplies.

    Peace Poster Brochures: Hopefully there was a handover to the new PP Chairs with any leftover brochures from your predecessor.
    Should any DC require more PP Brochures please send me an email.

    Essay Contest: Just a gentle reminder that we cannot overlook this section of the Contest for the Visually Impaired child.
    Each Kit contains an Entry form with full Contest details. It would be great if M201 was successful with at least one participant this year!
    Please encourage your Clubs to also push the Essay Contest whenever they have the opportunity as well as seeking out schools for
    the Visually Impaired to promote the Contest. Please ensure there is also a reference to the Contest on your District or Club webpage.

    Lioness Clubs: At this time of the year, it is important that the Lioness Clubs understand the requirements when entering a school / youth group
    in the PP Contest. We are delighted they are participating in the Contest, however, unless the sponsoring Lions Club sponsors the contest it
    cannot be accepted for judging at any level…..
    The Contest Rules and Conditions state:…… “A Lioness Club can sponsor the contest through its sponsoring Club”

    Whilst a Lioness Club can seek out the schools / youth group, the “Winner Sticker” would need to show details of the sponsoring
    Lions Club. However, what they write on the Certificates is up to the Clubs concerned or between the Lioness Club and the schools.

    In the past two years a DG has chosen a Lioness Club poster as the District Winner. It was a shame because the posters were disqualified from
    the National judging. Please advise your Lioness Clubs we do want them to participate in the Contest, but we must follow the International “Contest Rules”.

    Please don’t hesitate to contact me should you have any queries to discuss.
    Enjoy the year.

    PDG Helen Campbell
    National Peace Poster Chair.
    Lions Australia
    M: 0419 586 262


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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


  • 2016/2017 Youth of the Year Quest

    I am pleased to write to you as District 201N4 Chairperson for 2016-7.

    Next year the District judging will be much earlier than this year. I encourage you to consider having your club judging in term 3 or 4 this year and not leaving it to February next year. Please remember that students need sufficient time to prepare their paperwork and speech. Adopting this will give you and your students greater flexibility without the stress and will also enable your club to invite your club winner to meetings as a guest speaker, allowing the student practice and gain confidence.

    Remember! It is multiple district policy that a WORKING WITH CHILDREN clearance is required for all club chairpersons and others working with youth. If you have not sent your clearance number and details to PDG Barbara Andrews, (email joycoone@dodo please do so ASAP.

    Dates for 2016-7
    Club entry form by15th October 2016
    Club judging by 19thFEBRUARY 2017
    Zone judging by 4TH MARCH 2017
    District judging by 19TH MARCH 2017
    State judging on 8TH APRIL 2017 in N4

    I have attached a Club Entry form. Please return to me preferably by email or by post.

    The ENTRY FEE OF $30 (THIRTY DOLLARS) IS TO BE SENT DIRECTLY TO CABINET TREASURER, LION BOB GNEZDILOFF, PO. BOX1218 WAGGA WAGGA 2650. Please make your Activities Account cheque payable to District 201N4 Youth of the Year. On receiving notification of payment, I will send you stationary or the password.
    Good luck, I hope you will support this project once more and please contact me if you are uncertain on any matter.

    Yours in Lions,
    Lion Jackie Strempel
    District Chairperson
    Mobile: 0429336645

    Attached is the Club Entry Form, see link below to download the form

    Attachment: club registation form 2016-7.pdf

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    Change of Guard in District 201N4

    Immediate Past District Governor Tony Smith handing over the gong and gavel to District Governor Roger Thomas at the District 201N4 Changeover held in Bathurst on Saturday, 16th July 2016.


  • Landmark Lions project to provide genome sequencing to hundreds of Aussie kids with cancer

    Hundreds of Australian children with high-risk cancer will have access to new genome sequencing technologies that could guide their treatment, following the announcement today of substantial Lions Club funding for the Lions Kids Cancer Genome Project – an important new component of the Zero Childhood Cancer Program for diagnosis and treatment of childhood cancer.

    The Project, which was announced by Dr Joe Collins at the Lions Australia 2016 National Convention in Echuca, Victoria, is supported by the Lions Club International Foundation (LCIF) and by the Australian Lions Childhood Cancer Research Foundation (ALCCRF). Together, the two organisations are contributing AU$3.2 million – one of the largest single philanthropic gifts for children’s cancer in Australia – with a commitment from ALCCRF to raise an additional AU$0.8 million over the next three 3 years.

    The Lions Kids Cancer Genome Project is a collaborative partnership, bringing together Australia’s national personalised medicine program in childhood cancer – the Zero Childhood Cancer Program, led by Children’s Cancer Institute and the Kids Cancer Centre, Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick – and state-of-the-art capability in whole genome sequencing and analysis at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research.

    In its first three years, the Project will provide whole genome sequencing and analysis for 400 children with high-risk cancer in Australia who will be enrolled in the Zero Childhood Cancer Program – one of the most detailed genetic and biological analyses of a child’s cancer globally to date. Whole genome sequencing will take place following diagnosis or relapse of cancers with the poorest prognoses, such as brain tumours.

    Whole genome sequencing looks at the entire genome and its 20,000+ genes in order to define the genetic changes associated with a given cancer. This makes it possible to develop personalised cancer treatment by integrating this genetic information with other biological and clinical data.

    In addition, the study will identify genetic changes in each child’s DNA that might predispose to cancer, helping to build up a database of genetic risk factors that could assist with prevention and treatment strategies in the future. Genome sequencing and analysis for the Project will be carried out at Garvan’s Kinghorn Centre for Clinical Genomics (KCCG), which is the largest genome sequencing facility in the southern hemisphere.

    Barry Palmer AM (past International President (PIP) of Lions International and LCIF), a long-time advocate for research to improve outcomes for children with cancer says, “I am delighted that LCIF and Lions Clubs internationally have taken a strategic step towards developing a genome database which will benefit clinicians and researchers who work tirelessly to help children with childhood cancers.

    “Lions are renowned worldwide for their service to the community. This project is another wonderful example of how we Lions are making a difference by helping create a brighter future for young people who deservedly need our help to have a better chance at a healthy life as they are growing up.”

    Professor John Mattick AO FAA, Executive Director of the Garvan Institute of Medical Research, has worked closely with the Lions Clubs of Australia in developing the Kids Cancer Genome Project.

    “This project has the potential to help kids and their families, not only in Australia but also around the world, and shows once again the extraordinary vision and generosity of the international Lions community,” Prof Mattick says.

    Professor Glenn Marshall AM, Director of the Kids Cancer Centre at Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick and Clinical Lead for the Zero Childhood Cancer Program, says, “This funding provides the hope that we can better individualise treatment to fight cancer in children at high risk of relapse. It is an honour to stand with Lions Australia in advocating for our youngest Australian citizens.”

    “This is a very exciting initiative that will revolutionise the way in which treatment decisions about childhood cancer will be made,” says Children’s Cancer Institute’s Executive Director Professor Michelle Haber AM. “The global Lions community’s extraordinary contribution will enable us to provide new knowledge and hope for improved outcomes for children with the most challenging forms of cancer.”

    The project will roll out through the Zero Childhood Cancer Program to children’s hospitals across the country in 2017, and is ultimately intended to be implemented internationally, in accordance with the Lions’ ethos that “Every child deserves a chance at a healthy life”.

    PIP Palmer says, “Lions will be focussed on making this project a success for all concerned but especially those children we want to see benefit from this project. It’s early days, but if successful in Australia this pilot project could well provide a mechanism for many other countries to join us in our fight to eradicate deaths from childhood cancer – so that one day 100% survival for children with cancers becomes a reality.”


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    District Governor 2016 / 17

    Lions District 201N4 incoming District Governor for 2016 / 17 is Lion Roger Thomas from the Bathurst Macquarie Lions Club.

  • Worldwide Week of Service

    This August 8 –14, join incoming international President Chancellor Bob Corlew and Lions around the world for a special Worldwide Week of Service event dedicated to engaging youth in our communities. From organizing a new Leo Club to inviting youth to serve alongside you, there are countless ways to join the Worldwide Week of Service for Youth. To learn more about how your club can serve, visit and start planning your service project today!


  • New District Election Procedures: Effective July 1, 2016

    Understanding the need to improve the district election process, the International Board of Directors chose to implement mandatory election rules and procedures across the organization effective July 1, 2016. Each district is responsible for reviewing and amending its constitution and by-laws in accordance with these changes. Please review the annotated Standard Form District Constitution and By-Laws available on the Legal Division resource page. Election-related seminars will be held at area forums, and e-learning opportunities will be available via the online District Resource Center.


  • New Leo Club Program Training and Orientation

    New Leo Club Program Training and Orientation
    Leo logoDo you sponsor a Leo club or work closely with Leos? The Leo Club Advisor Training and Orientation is designed to provide Lions with a clearer understanding of the Leo Club Program and the role of the advisor. The training includes six PowerPoint modules that cover important tools and resources to help Leo club advisors serve effectively and confidently. All six modules are available for download from the LCI website.


  • 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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  • Australian Government funding

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    Australian Government funding is now available for organisations to apply for grants between $1,000 and $5,000 to help with costs of volunteering.

    To be eligible to apply, organisations must be Australian not-for-profit organisations whose volunteers support families and communities across Australia.

    These funds can help to pay for costs of fuel, training, background security checks and transport for volunteers with disability who cannot drive. The funds can also be used to help with the expense of small equipment items like iPads and printers, helping organisations to keep pace with technology and ensure their volunteers have access to digital and electronic equipment.

    Further information on how to apply for the funding is available at


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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!

  • 2015-16 Peace Poster Contest

    Announcing the 2015-16 Peace Poster Contest Theme
    Peace Poster logoThe new theme for the 2015-16 Lions International Peace Poster Contest is "Share Peace." Kits for the contest, which include the official guide and rules, flyers, stickers and certificates, go on sale January 15. Lions clubs interested in sponsoring a Peace Poster Contest in their community must order a kit, either online through Club Supplies (Item Search: Peace Poster Kit) or by downloading the Order Form.

    For more than 25 years, the Peace Poster Contest has encouraged children across the globe to express their thoughts on peace through art. Learn more about the contest and order your kit starting January 15!

  • Australian Taxation Office

    To assist non-profit organisations better understand and manage their obligations and safeguard their reputation, the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) have developed a self­ governance checklist. This checklist will help you to identify, access, and avoid material tax and super risks and help your organisation maintain high standards ofcompliance.
    The Self-governance checklist for non-profit organisations helps you review your organisation's status as a non-profit organisation and also encourages you to review your organisation's tax obligations.
    Refer to enclosed A TO guidefor Self-governance for non-profit organisations and checklist.
    NSW Office of Fair Trading
    The NSW Office of Fair Trading administers the Associations Incorporation Act, 2009.
    Under the Associations Incorporation Act, 2009, associations are classified as either Tier 1 or Tier 2 associations depending on their annual gross financial receipts and current assets.
    Tier 2 associations are the smaller associations whose gross receipts are less than $250,000 and current assets are less than $500,000. At each AGM of a Tier 2 association, the committee must submit the association's financial statements for the previous financial year to the members and within one month of the AGM, or no later than 7 months after the end of the financial year, the association must lodge a summary of the association's financial affairs (Form A12) together with the prescribed fee. This information can all be found on the web page and aSSOciations/Running an associ reporting.
    There is no requirement under the Associations Incorporation Act, 2009, for Tier 2 associations to have their financial statements audited each year.
    NSW Office of Liquor, Gaming & Racing
    The NSW Office of Liquor, Gaming & Racing administers the Charitable Fundraising Act, 1991, and issues the Authority to Fundraise.
    Section 24(1) of the Charitable Fundraising Act, 1991, requires associations to have their financial statements audited each year. However, if fundraising income is less than $50,000 per annum, an association may apply to the Office of Liquor, Gaming & Racing for approval to engage a person to conduct the audit who has no formal accounting training provided they possesses other suitable qualifications and experience, including experience and expertise in the field of commercial or government finance and sound accounting knowledge and experience. The person engaged to conduct the audit cannot be a member of the association or a near relative of a member of the association.
    The Office of Liquor, Gaming & Racing normally only requires associations to provide a copy
    of their audited financial statements for the most recent financial year when the association
    applies initially for an Authority to Fundraise, or when applying for renewal of their
    Authority to Fundraise, or if called upon to do so at other times. An Authority to Fundraise is
    normally issued initially for 2 years and then every 5 years after that and the expiry date is
    shown on the authority document. The Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing sends a renewal
    notice to the association's last registered address approximately 3 months prior to the
    expiry date of their Authority to Fundraise. They do not send follow up reminder notices.

    The Office of Liquor, Gaming & Racing web address to do with Charitable Fundraising is home.asp which has links that will take you to all
    the information above, and more.

    The status of an association's Authority to Fundraise can be checked online by going to the
    webpage https:/!
    Column 1-select 'Charitable fundraising.
    Column 2 - enter the Club's name (or part of the name), licence/authority number (if
    known), and postcode.
    Column 3 - click on the 'I Agree' button.
    If the association has ever held an Authority to Fundraise, a page will come up that shows
    the Organisation's Name, Charitable Fundraising Number, Start and End Dates of the
    Authority to Fundraise, and the Registered Address.

    The four attached Fact Sheets concern the annual audit, the Auditors qualifications and the
    Authority to Fundraise. Other Charitable Fundraising Fact Sheets can also be downloaded by
    clicking on the links on the Office of Liquor, Gaming &Racing webpage fund publications.asp.

    NSW Food Authority
    The NSW Food Authority and NSW Government recognise the valuable work charities,
    Food Authority Helpline on

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