The year is flying by and we were very busy again during September and October. We had lots of events involving many different groups and organisations.
We welcomed Libby Kosmala, paralympian, as our guest speaker at our September dinner meeting on September 3rd. We heard inspiring tales from her travels, paralympic experiences and her incredible journey.
On September 13th, Warren and his team headed to the Hutt Street Centre and cooked up a storm for breakfast, which is always appreciated by those in need. A few days later, we had a team of lions cooking up a BBQ storm with Fred’s Van, providing a hot meal for Adelaide’s homeless and hungry.
Lions Andrew, Warren and Greg attending the Lions & SAPOL Citizen of the year judging on September 20th at SAPOL Head Quarters. Another impressive lineup of nominations received from across the state. A difficult decision as always.
A few of our lions attended Annesley Junior School on September 22nd, and worked with a group of students and their parents to sort over 1,600 children’s and teens books into age groups. These books were then packed into library bags ready to be delivered. A couple of days later, Lions Andrew and Petrea packed up their cars and delivered 320 bags of books to Ian Steel, the founder of Kickstart for Kids. These book bags were then transported and distributed to South Australia’s vulnerable and disadvantaged children at locations across the state where five (5) camps were being held during the school holidays catering for these kids.
October proved to be just as busy as the previous month. On October 3rd, a number of our lions and partners attended Government House for the Lions Children of Courage Awards. This year we had 21 nominations, and the awards were again presented by the Governor. A moving ceremony with a room filled of inspiring youth people, their families and supporters.
The guest speaker for our October dinner meeting was 2nd Vice District Governor, and our very own lion club member, Tony Pederick OAM. He presented us with the District Governor’s message and provided a lot of interesting information from District. We also had Secretary Craig draped in North Adelaide Roosters colours after President Andrew’s team beat Craig’s Norwood Redlegs in the SANFL Grand Final – they had a small wager which led to a small donation to the club.
We had 7 lions from our Club hit the road and travel to Port Augusta for the 2018 Lions 201C1 District Convention in mid-October. What a great three days we had. We caught up with lion friends we hadn’t seen for a while, and made lots of new friends. We heard from incredible guest speakers, and some truly inspiring young people in the youth of the year competition. The weekend finished up with a fantastic trip on the Pichi Richi Railway; beautiful scenery.
We catered for an event at Tonsley Tafe for the students on October 17th and attending the Lions & SAPOL Citizen of the Year Awards presentation on October 24th. Another lovely afternoon spent at SAPOL Head Quarters. Lions Andrew and Petrea, and their children, attended the Prospect Fair to assist the Prospect Blair-Athol Lions Club in cooking and serving their BBQ extravaganza. A fabulous, and crazy busy, afternoon it was. The kids did a great job putting together burgers with the lot and serving customers.
On October 28th, the 201C1 District held their first Women In Lions Forum. What a fabulous event. We heard from inspiring speakers including Lady Mayoress Genevieve Theseira-Haese, MP Paula Luthean, PDG Carlene King OAM, our very own Club 1st Vice President Petrea Stacey, and PDG Ken Bradford. Truly inspiring hearing their stories, their journey through lions and achievements. West Lakes Seaton Lions Club did a fantastic job putting the morning together and we were provided with a delicious lunch to follow.
We look forward to another busy couple of months ahead as we head into the ‘silly season’.