30th Anniversary Luncheon at the Gwandalan Lions Club
Our Guest Speaker Past Council Chairman Keith Parry
30th Birthday Cake gets wheeled in to celebrate
Charter member Don Piper has been the surprise package in the "Cake"
Some members and guest enjoying a fantastic afternoon with friends from all over the District celebrating 30 years of Gwandalan Lions.
Brief History of Gwandalan Lions. The Club was chartered in 1981 with 35 members and under the sponsorship of Swansea Lions Club. The Lions Shed was built in 1982 on a Council reserve in Gwandalan and paper recycling the initial funds raising activity, along with barbeques at local events. The Club maintained an average membership of 30 or so and was incorporated in 1988. Activities, based at the Lions Shed grew steadily to take in aluminum can recycling and finally our ongoing Saturday morning Garage Sales based around second-hand furniture donated by local residents. Our Saturday morning Breakfast BBQ is very popular! This was expanded to include quarterly Car-Boot Sales at which the Clubs Chocolate Wheel and Barbeque are successful fund-raisers. Current membership is twentyfive and steady.
Some of our current great projects are: Mannering Park DELTA Big Breakfast; Anzac Day Services, Remembrance Day Service, Christmas Carols by the Lake; Tennis Clinic for School Children; Maintenance of Lions Parks in Gwandalan and Summerland Point as well as Fish Cleaning Facility at Gwandalan, Foreshore Benches; assisting local Schools, Scouts and local Fire Brigades as well as looking after needy members in our local community!
Some News and a short report!
We have been very busy!
*0ur quarterly Village Markets will be held on August 19th, as usual in conjunction with the Lioness Clothing Sale. Some of our Leos will have their own Market Stall!
*0ur main project continues successfully every Saturday morning at our Shed Complex, including paper recycling. The BBQ is proving more and more popular, and the funds raised are currently going towards the Lions Children Cancer Research Foundation.
*We have several representatives attending the District Convention at Cessnock and we are already thinking about plans for the Townsville Convention in 2018.
*Gwandalan Lions are working well together and enjoying ourselves!
IF YOU HAVE FURNITURE OR BRIC-A-BRAC TO DONATE. PLEASE CONTACT Lion Phil on 4972 5240 or Lion George on 0404 898 731.(Pick up & delivery available in Gwandalan, Summerland Point & Chain Valley Bay).
The Gwandalan Lions Tennis Clinic
Gwandalan Lions recently instigated a tennis coaching clinic for kids under 16 who for any reason were not able to obtain coaching but wished to. So far over 60 children have participated and the club is now approaching other schools in the area for more recruits. This project is fully funded by our Saturday Lions BBQ, estimated cost for the year is $ 7840.
The picture shows a happy bunch of trainees with Lions Peter Lewis and Des Tuillier (who organised the clinic) with tennis coach Mark Ugri.