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. This was expanded to include quarterly Car-Boot Sales at which the Clubs Chocolate Wheel and Barbeque are successful fund-raisers. Current membership is forty one and growing steadily.
Some of our current great projects are: Mannering Park DELTA Big Breakfast; the Gwandalan Spring Festival; 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; 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!
* With assistance from our Lionesses we provided a BBQ. and helped with the Canteen at Gwandalan Public School's Athletics Carnival at Tunkawallin Oval in mid August. The following week we visited the School on Wednesday regarding the Colouring In Competition for the Spring Festival, and then on the Friday we had representatives at the School's Open Day which included a special assembly and tour of the classrooms. We were particularly impressed with the smartboards!
*0ur quarterly Village Markets were held on August 21st, as usual in conjunction with the Lioness Clothing Sale. Some of our new Leos also assisted, especially with the Chocolate Wheel!
*August 23 was a very special day in our history, with a triple celebration - Lions 29th Anniversary, Lionesses 26th Anniversary and Charter Night for our Gwandalan Leo Club! We had over 100 in attendance including National, State and District Leo Co-ordinators as well as DG Cliff Coleman. A wonderful and memorable night. Leos are meeting regularly, have been assisting with Leo/Lion activities and are working with Gwandalan School Principal Don Begg on Technology Tutorials which should kick off early in the New Year.
*We are sharing 3 students with our Lionesses for our Youth of the Year Club Final on Monday 8th November at Gwandalan Bowling Club 6.00 for 6.30pm. All Clubs welcome, but we must have numbers by 1st November.
* On 18th Sept we attended Charlestown Lions 50th Anniversary which was a top night. We recently enjoyed a Lawn Bowls Fun Day with the co-operation of the Bowling Club.
*0ur 4th Annual Spring Festival on Sunday September 19th was an outstanding success â€“ our best festival ever! We donated more than $8,000 to various community organisations. We had more activities for youngsters, and big kids, and our biggest crowd yet. With lots of music and stalls there was something for everyone. Weather was also kind to us. In all a great day!
*ln response to a request from one of our Lionesses, several Lions attended the Australian Junior Motocross Championships to help out on the BBQs. This was a big event with riders even coming from New Zealand and America. An interesting experience to witness the skills of these young people!
*Also in September we organised an Orientation Day Picnic at Gwandalan School, where the current Kinders welcomed the new enrolments for 2011. Last Saturday we also had a Picnic Day where we catered for the Merry Makers Group. As usual, this was a fun day and much appreciated by our guests.
*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 Performing Arts Programme at Gwandalan Public School. We are also continuing to provide a barbeque and marshalls for the Central Coast Triathlon Association, on the 4th Sunday of each month.
*We have also in recent weeks been part of a maintenance working bee at Tunkawallin Hall, with excellent results!
*We have several representatives attending the District Convention at Gloucester and we are already thinking about plans for the Launceston Convention in 2011.
*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 Bruce on 4972 5502.(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.