Our Lions had a fairly busy couple of months during July and August. We had a variety of different events and a lot of fun.
In July we held another BBQ fundraiser at the Kensington YMCA while a sporting event was held. We fed the competitors, coaches and supporters at the event. It was a lovely day to be outside and we received a lot of support. A number of our Lions also delivered a large number of blankets to shelters and organisations across Adelaide ready to be distributed to those in need.
On July 2nd, our Club held its annual handover dinner. President Andrew Stacey was reinducted as President as he is continuing on in the position for another year. Craig Wilton was inducted as Secretary, Tony Pederick OAM as Treasurer, Petrea Stacey as 1st VP, Alex Haddad as 2nd VP, Ray Najar as 3rd VP (absent due to travelling overseas) and Lindsay Miller as Membership Chairman. We were honoured to have the Lord Mayor, Martin Haese, attend as our guest speaker. The evening was filled with reports and reflection over the past 12 months, well deserved awards to members for their efforts and a lot of laughs.
On July 21st, a few of our Lions attended the Lions District 201C1 District Governor’s Handover dinner at the Mawson Lakes Hotel. What a fantastic evening with great company, meeting old friends, making new friends, celebrating community service and the past year with our District Governor, Megan Butler. Congratulations Megan on a great year, and we wish our new District Governor, Phil Bowman, a fabulous year ahead.
The District Governor’s handover dinner was filled with surprises for members of our Club. 2nd Vice District Governor, Tony Pederick OAM, and Lion Petrea Stacey were both awarded by DG Megan District Governor Appreciation Awards, and presented with a Melvin Jones Fellow in the name of their company, Forerunner Computer Systems, for their dedication to Lions. The club’s Hear Me Roar! Project was also presented with a cheque for $250 for the project.
On August 5th, while a few of our Lions were cooking up a storm at Priceline Stadium for a children’s netball clinic, many of our other lions were at the Comfort Inn Regal Park in North Adelaide at the Hear Me Roar! Project Working Bee. What a successful working bee, with lots of our Lions, family and friends. We were also joined by members of the Paralowie Lions Club, a Lion from Kenya and a Rotarian, also from Kenya. We stuffed and sewed over 100 cushions for patients in our hospitals. What a fantastic effort and we had a lot of fun along the way. Thank you to everyone who came out to support the project and our Lions Club.
At our August Dinner Meeting we were honoured to have Tamaru come along as our guest speaker. We learnt a lot about Kaurna culture. It was very interesting and inspiring. Our President even had a go at playing what we call a didgeridoo.
On August 11th, a large number of our Lions and friends arrived at Victoria Park between 4 and 4:30am to prepare for the Variety Bash SA Launch. Over 300 competitors were fed a gourmet bbq breakfast before setting off on the bash raising money for SA’s kids. We met Elvis and Wiggles impersonators, there were brides and superheroes. An amazing event and we were lucky to only get one downpour of rain, although it was a very chilly morning. Thank you to everyone who came out so early on a Saturday morning.
Our farmers are going through a tough time, and have been for a long time. Our Club made a $2,500 donation to the Australian Lions Drought Relief Appeal where 100% of the donation goes directly to farmers who need it. If you’d like to support our farmers and make a donation, please visit: http://www.alf.lions.org.au/