October … another month, and more events, meetings, projects and activities.
A group of our lions supported the APGA Convention Committee at the Adelaide Convention Centre by packing all the registration promotion bags, we filled them with pads, pens, calculators, USBs, brochures, programs and so much more. We thank APGA for supporting our club in return with a donation towards our community projects. Thank you.
Other events this month included catering for the Adelaide City Council’s social club event and the Kids on Country event which supporting over 500 indigenous children.
This month, we also held the 30th Annual Lions Children of Courage Awards at Government House. These Awards recognise the tremendous effort made by children living with a disability in overcoming their personal challenges. These Awards also recognise the love and dedication of the parents and guardians of these children for their total devotion in supporting their child’s development and to reach their goals. This year twenty-three (23) children were awarded a personalised medallion by the Governor of South Australia.
On October 26th, SCASA (Service Clubs Association of South Australia) held their annual Community Service Awards at the Glenelg Golf Club. I attended with Andrew, Indiana, Addison, Tony, Marilyn, Nikki, Scott, Tobias and Kara. We were very excited to have accepted two awards on behalf of our club.
- The Hear Me Roar! Project was a joint winner in the Premier’s Community Activity Award, being awarded a certificate and $600 for the project.
- The Little Roarers Cubs Club won the Premier’s Community School / Harry Tillyer School Community Service Award, receiving a certificate and $1,000 for the project.
The Hear Me Roar! Project has now collected over 3,300 children/teen books this year. A few of our members, and cubs, started sorting, labelling and packing them into bags ready for delivery. This month we made deliveries of book bags and/or cushions & port pillows to St Andrews hospital, AnglicareSA Elizabeth, and Camp Quality.
The Little Roarers Cubs Club have been very busy. As you know, we have been collecting clothes and shoes for The Salvation Army. These will be sorted and sold in their stores … for every bag we donated, they are giving us $5 to go towards our projects. We collected 38 bags. We are now making small edible gifts, packing them up and sending them to the district convention. These gifts are our way of saying thank you to the lions in our district for the work they do to help the community. They will be given out to the lions at the convention. Nikki made a trial batch so we could taste them before choosing which recipes we wanted to make. Choc fruit balls (with Lions fruit cake), milo balls, cherry ripe balls, chocolate balls and apricot balls. They were delicious. Now it’s our turn to make some (but we are not allowed to eat these ones).
Thank you to everyone who attended our club social event on the Port River Dolphin Cruise. What a fantastic afternoon. About 60 of our members, families and friends attended, joined together for lunch and a relaxing afternoon on board. And we actually saw a couple of dolphins in the end too.
November was a busy month with lots of BBQs and events. Thank you to everyone who got involved and volunteered or attended events. We supported Craniofacial Australia with the Client Christmas Party, catered for the DonateLife SA Rose Planting Ceremony, Warren and his team cooked and served another successful Hutt Street Centre Breakfast, we catered for the Can:Do 4 Kids Client Christmas Party, and also catered for the Magill Children’s Community Centre BBQ. Yes, a busy month indeed, and that’s just the BBQ events we were involved with.
Another fantastic dinner meeting where we welcomed District Governor Kevin Masters and a visiting Lion from India. We also welcomed Don from Techspace Learning who presented about the robotics club and classes he founded. Very informative and inspiring. We also inducted another 2 new members at our November meeting. Welcome Aashish and Scott.
The Hear Me Roar! Project has had another successful month extending its reach even further. The project is now delivering book bags to Puddle Jumpers, and cushions and port pillows are now also being delivered to patients at Ronald McDonald House and the Memorial Hospital in North Adelaide. When going to the district convention, we even made a big delivery to the Wallaroo Hospital. We are continuing to receive overwhelmingly positive feedback from staff and patients. Hope to see you at the next working bee in February 2020.
On November 21st, the Lions & SAPOL Citizen of the Year Award was presented to Mr Shawn Hicks at SAPOL Headquarters. It was a lovely morning recognising the amazing work of Shawn Hicks in the education and prevention of domestic violence in the Murraylands. Thank you to Warren for working with Geraldine at SAPOL to make this award possible, and to Warren, Greg, Petrea and Steph for being involved on the judging panel with senior SAPOL officers.
The Little Roarers Cubs club held their last meeting for the year on November 26th. It’s been a fabulous year and we have received so much positive feedback about what the kids are achieving and how much they are enjoying it. A big thank you to Andrew, Nikki and Petrea for coordinating this program. All your time and efforts are very much appreciated by our club, the cubs and the school. We are looking forward to Cubs Club in 2020.
Our district convention was held in mid-November on the Copper Coast. It was great to have the club represented by 7 members and 2 cubs this year. A great weekend with Lions and friends from across the district. Congratulations to Cub Indiana for giving a fantastic speech at the convention, and to Tony for being elected as our district’s District Governor for 2020-21. We look forward to seeing you in Peterborough in October 2020.