Welcome to the Elermore Vale Lions Club in New South Wales, Australia
N3 District’s newest Leo Club, Merewether High School (sponsored by the Lions Club of Elermore Vale), was officially chartered at the Hunter Wetlands Centre on Sunday, 17th September.
Leo Members & Guests, Robin Byrne, Inga Kasch, Keith Stewart, Andrew Roberts-Thompson, John Mulhearn, and Leo Coordinators, Pam Bennett & Brenda Scarfi.
Merewether High School Leo Club President, Teza Sankoorikal
The Lions District 201N3 Zone 6 Clubs Centennial Project - the Hunter Brain Injury Respite Options (now I Am Here - A Place to be Me) was officially opened on the 19th September
The Lions Clubs, working in Community Building Partneships with Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation and Australian Lions Foundation completed a sensory garden and rest and recreation area for children and adults with acquired brain injuries.
Jesmond Centre First Coint Trail raised $547 for the Australian Lions Childhood Cancer Research Foundation. Pictured: Wallsend MP Sonia Hornery, Club secretary Paul, committee member Val and Coint Trail Founder and Chair Ron MacLeod. Since 2006 Ron has orchestrated the raising of near $40,000 for research.
Walk of Hope for Huntington's Disease Sufferers Sat Sept 10th Speers Point raised $20,000 +. Elermore Vale Lions provided free labour for the BBQ.
Visiting Youth from Overseas share our dinner meeting and give a talk on their countries. Left to Right. Youth Exchange chair Brenda Scarfi, visiting youth Lorenzo, Sebastian, Nicholas, Franca and Yendle. Pam Bennett N3 Camp Kookaburra Co-ordinator on right.
LIONS PRESIDENT KEVIN DONATES $4098 TO HUNTER BRAIN INJURY RESPITE CENTRE PRESIDENT JAN AT 18 ISABELLA CLOSE - TO REPLACE WASHING MACHINE, DISH WASHER AND UPRIGHT FREEZER.
IN 2016 WE ARE LOOKING FOR NEW MEMBERS, NEW IDEAS AND ENERGIES - DON'T THINK YOU CAN'T CONTRIBUTE MUCH - EVERY LITTLE SUGGESTION IS VALUED
Lions start work on the Sensory Garden at Hunter-BIRO Brain Injury Respite Option Centre at Isabella Close Elermore Vale. Temporary Grassing laid;
We are the Lions Club of Elermore Vale
Elermore Vale is located 13km west of Newcastle and before becoming a residential suburb in the 1960s was used for chicken farming, cattle farming and coal mining.
The Lions Club of Elermore Vale was chartered on the 9th November 1983.
WHAT’S LIONS ELERMORE VALE ALL ABOUT??
WE ARE A CLUB OF 29 PEOPLE WHO ARE WORKING FULL TIME, SEMI-RETIRED OR RETIRED, WHO WANT TO HAVE FUN AND RAISE MONEY FOR WORTHWHILE CAUSES.
WE MEET TWICE EACH MONTH AT WALLSEND DIGGERS RSL WHERE WE HAVE A FUNCTION ROOM FOR OUR DINNER MEETING TO WHICH MEMBERS AND PARTNERS ARE INVITED.
DINNER MEETINGS INCLUDE A GUEST SPEAKER AND AL A CARTE MEAL, THE COST PER PERSON $20. THIS A SOCIAL LIGHT-HEARTED MEETING AND VOLUNTEERS MIGHT BE SOUGHT FOR VARIOUS ACTIVITIES WE PLAN.
THE PLANNING OF ACTIVITIES IS CONDUCTED AT A SEPARATE BOARD MEETING AT THE BEGINNING OF THE MONTH BY THE ELECTED BOARD MEMBERS IN RESPONSE TO REQUESTS FROM THE LIONS AND LOCAL COMMUNITY.
THE CLUB HAS A LONG HISTORY AND HAS BEEN ONE of THE MOST SUCCESSFUL CLUBS IN OUR ZONE FOR MANY YEARS – SO WE ARE DOING SOMETHING RIGHT TO KEEP PEOPLE motivated and INTERESTED.
WHAT WOULD I BE DOING??
WE HAVE A NUMBER OF ACTIVITIES WE DO, SO YOU CAN PICK ONES YOUR COMFORTABLE WITH. FEEL FREE TO TRY THE ONES THAT YOU’VE NOT DONE BEFORE – THERE WILL BE PLENTY OF PEOPLE ON THE SAME PROJECT AND YOU WONT BE THROWN IN AT THE DEEP END AND WILL BE GUIDED THROUGH THE PROCEDURES.
WE HAVE SOME WRITTEN PROCEDURE FOR NEW RECRUITS WHICH THEY CAN READ IN DETAIL BEFORE BEING PUT IN HARNESS.
ACTIVITIES WE DO INCLUDE;
BBQ - MOST TIMES WE PROVIDE ALL THE DRINKS AND EATS, SET UP AND CONDUCT THE BBQ WITH ALL THE PROFITS GOING TO A WORTHY CAUSE.
RUGBY AND SOCCER GATES – WHERE WE ARE PAID TO COLLECT ENTRY FEES AND OCCASIONALLY MANAGE PARKING OF VEHICLES.
SPECIAL PROJECTS– EG COIN TRAIL FOR CHILDHOOD CANCER RESEARCH, WHERE WE SET UP IN SHOPPING CENTRES TO ASK FOR DONATIONS TO THE FUND.
WHO DO WE HELP??
WHO DO YOU WANT TO HELP? WE DONATE TO LOCAL, AUSTRALIA WIDE AND INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATIONS AND NEEDY CAUSES. IT’S AS VARIED AS OUR MEMBERS PREFERENCES AND CHANGES WITH WHATS HAPPENING AT THE TIME.
AS A LIONS CLUB WE HAVE A COMMITMENT TO LIONS AUSTRALIA AND LIONS INTERNATIONAL ASSISTANCE BUT OUR “LIONS” SHARE OF FUNDS RAISED BY US IS DONATED TO OUR DISTRICT NEEDS. WE ARE ALWAYS LOOKING TO SEE WHAT OUR COMMUNITY NEEDS ARE AND IF WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE - WE INVITE OUR MEMBER INPUT AS THEY ARE THE EYES AND EARS IN THE COMMUNITY.
DO I HAVE TO BE IN A COMMITTEE OR CLUB POSITION??
THIS IS A COMMON CONCERN. THE ANSWER IS NO; WE DON’T FORCE PEOPLE TO BE ON COMMITTEES OR BOARDS.
HOWEVER THE FACT OF LIFE OF MOST LIONS CLUBS, WHICH HAVE SMALL NUMBERS, IS THAT THE CLUBS WILL NOT FUNCTION OR SURVIVE UNLESS THEY HAVE PEOPLE VOLUNTEERING TO TAKE POSITIONS OF RESPONSIBILITY. FOR OUR CLUB WE HAVE ABOUT 50% OF OUR MEMBERS IN SOME ORGANISATIONAL ROLE.
WE ARE VERY PATIENT AND FIND, AFTER A TIME, PEOPLE ARE LESS THREATENED BY THE PROSPECT AND HAVE KNOWLEDGE OF WHAT WE ARE ABOUT – SO THOSE INCLINED TO DO SO, SLOWLY EMERGE.
WHAT DOES THE CLUB EXPECT OF ME?
CODE OF ETHICS AND PURPOSE; AS A LION WE STRIVE TO FULFILL OUR PERSONAL OBLIGATION TO FOLLOW THE LIONS CODE OF ETHICS AND PURPOSE, WHICH SOMEONE ALWAYS READS OUT AT OUR DINNER MEETING.
COMMITMENT AND VOLUNTEERING.THERE’S NOT MUCH SENSE IN BEING A MEMBER UNLESS KEEN TO DO SOME GOOD FOR THE COMMUNITY AND WILLING TO CONTRIBUTE. NOT ALL PEOPLE WILL CONTRIBUTE THE SAME, AS WE REALISE PEOPLE HAVE LIVES TO LEAD AND OTHER COMMITMENTS. SOME PEOPLE MAY NOT BE ABLE TO PHSICALLY DO SOME ACTIVITIES OR ATTEND MEETINGS FREQUENTLY – TALK TO US, EACH CAN CONTRIBUTE AS THEIR CIRCUMSTANCES PERMIT.
WHAT WILL IT COST?
CLUB MEMBER COSTS.
AS A LIONS CLUB MEMBER YOU INITIALLY PAY A JOINING FEE AND AN AMOUNT TO COVER THE CLUB RUNNING COST FOR THE NEXT 6 MONTHS (CLUB DUES). THEREAFTER, EVERY 6 MONTHS THE CLUB DUES ARE PAID.
AT PRESENT THE JOINING FEE IS $25 AND THE 6 MONTHLY DUES $45 PER SINGLE MEMBER OR $80 PER MEMBER COUPLES.
THAT’S A LOT YOU SAY.
THE LIONS CLUB CHARTER DICTATES THAT ALL FUNDS RAISED GO TO CHARITABLE WORKS AND NOT ONE CENT IS USED FOR CLUB COSTS. THIS MEANS MEMBER FEES HELP CONTRIBUTE TOWARDS RUNNING COSTS. BEING PART OF A LARGE AUSTRALIA WIDE AND INTERNATIONAL ORGANISATION WE ALSO HAVE TO PAY ISURANCES AND PARTOF THE NATIONAL/WORLDWIDE RUNNING COSTS.
WE WORK VERY HARD TOKEEP MEMBER COSTS AT A MINIMUM.
WHEN FUNDRAISING YOUR ARE REQUIRED TO BE VISIBLY A LION MEMBER IE LIONS SHIRT AND OR HAT. THE COST OF THESE IS APPROX $12/HAT AND $40/GOLF SHIRT.
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