District 201V1-4, Victoria, Australia


Club news

  • Lions Club of Doutta Galla - Esprit de Corps update

    This project is flying. Check out the Doutta Galla Newletters article on this website for a connection into the District Newsletter and a full update on where this project is heading.
    Congratulations Robyn and Rose for taking this project to great heights.

  • Congratulations Robyn Falloon - selected as a Faculty member for the Advanced Leadership Institute in Melbourne

    Congratulations to President Robyn Falloon for being selected as a Faculty member for the Advanced Leadership Institute in Melbourne in November, 2013. All your training at Adelaide FDI has paid off Robyn - the students will be lucky to have you supporting them.
    Message from Richard Simmons

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    Doutta Galla Changeover 2013

    Congratulations and Good Luck to our new team:

    Hamish Jones (President)
    Robyn Falloon (Secretary)
    Justin Bourke (Treasurer)
    Justin Noonan (Membership)

    We hope that you have a wonderful year ahead and achieve great things.

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    Lions Club of Doutta Galla sponsors the wonderful Quilt - Esprit de Corps Project.

    Thousands of visitors to Expertise Events Craft & Quilt Fair at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre in Melbourne last week stopped in their tracks at stand K09 to see a very special and beautiful quilt made by twenty one quilters from throughout Victoria.

    The project objective is to raise funds for the Caroline Chisholm Society which supports young families, women experiencing the stress of pregnancy and cases of domestic violence. This organisation is in need of financial support to fund their forthcoming move to new premises which will be significantly more accessible, inviting and friendly for those who need assistance.

    The target is a minimum of $20.000 and we are nearly a quarter of the way there already! Your Pledge or Donation will be immensely appreciated.

    A $20.00 Pledge to Make a Difference in Womens Lives will deliver a ticket in the draw to win this spectacular quilt.

    The draw will take place on Thursday 5 June 2014 at a Dinner to celebrate the Quilt - Esprit de Corps project and for the presentation of the cheque to Caroline Chisholm Society CEO Helen Cooney.

    Winners will be notified and results will be on the Lions Club of Doutta Galla website from 19 June 2014.

    The Esprit Quilt will be touring major quilt shows and events during the lead up to the Dinner.

    Pledges (tickets) can be purchased through the link provided. Follow the prompts to complete the purchase. Donations can also be made here.
    Please note: a 30 cent Try Booking fee will be included in the transaction.

    For fast response, email your notification of this transaction to and details of your ticket will be sent to you.

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  • News from the Kokoda Trek 2013

    A nice little article from the local paper.
    Some great shots from another successful trip.
    You look as if you have to work hard on one of the days Justin

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    Stan & Robyn: International Convention Hamburg

    Just Received this latest update from Stan and Robyn:-

    It has been a huge and historic day here in Hamburg with the excitement of Barry Palmer taking over from IPP Wayne Madden and then ribbons coming off our DG"s.

    Now 5.20pm and the partners have just returned from a half hour invitational presence of the Aussie troupe at the International Board Meeting with International President Barry Palmer in the chair. Very large and ceremonial as expected and now the DG"s have moved on the their off shore Council Meeting.

    At 7pm we are making tracks back to the Grand Ellysee Headquarters Hotel for the International Officers Reception which Australia is hosting. It is a hectic schedule of events as you would know and will be great to get back to grass roots in Australia and in V1-4!

    Lovely friendly city and wonderful atmosphere.

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    Stan Falloon - District Governor

    Here''''s wishing you a wonderful year ahead now that you are the District Governor for the District 201V1-4. We know that you will be a great District Governor and that you will really enjoy the challenges that role will offer you.

    I know the Lions Club of Doutta Galla and all the other Clubs in the District will be right there with you and will be supporting you throughout the year.

    Make the experience memorable.

  • Helen Cooney (Caroline Chisholm Society)

    We have been supporting Helen at the Caroline Chisholm Society and we all know the great work both she and the Society have been doing for our community.
    Helen has taken her community support to another level and is supporting the St Vincent de Paul CEO Sleepout. Check out the Moonee Valley Weekly dated 18th June for an article and a picture of Helen preparing for her "night out" on the streets.

    Helen, you are a bit special and hope that you achieve your goals for the project.

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  • Kokoda Track 2013

    The Lions Club of Doutta Galla are well represented on the trip that started on June 21st. Justin Noonan has been in training and is currently on the Track.
    Keep an eye open for reports and pictures in the Moonee Valley Weekly. In last weeks paper (dated June 18th), there was a full article outlining the police involvement and what is means to them and its impact on the community.
    Last year James Rankin came back with fabulous recollections of the track and his experiences. I"m sure we will get a similar report from Justin.
    Thank you Moonee Valley Weekly for the reports and looking forward to some time with Justin on his return on July 1st.

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  • The Warwick Foundation

    The Lions Club of Doutta Galla are now supporting the Warwick Foundation. This is a non-Govt supported charity supporting cancer sufferers in the mid-years age brackets, where support has been very poor.

    Check out their website for a very moving presentation.

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    All Nations Picnic Day

    What a great day.
    And boy did we all have fun being part of this event.
    This is community work at its best.

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    Zone 3 & 4 Regional YOTY Final

    Report from Murray Baud (District 201 V1-4, Zone 3 Chairman):
    It was a little warm, but nevertheless a wonderful afternoon yesterday. Excellent speeches on a broad range of topics from the 5 contestants, and the students received warm praises from the judges and audience.

    The overall winner, moving to the next round at Bendigo, was Chelsea Hogarth, Bacchus Marsh Grammar School representing the Bacchus Marchs Lions. The public speaking award went to Deniz Atakan, Melbourne High School from the Glenroy club.

    The judges enjoyed the day, albeit with the difficult task of separating out a winner. Thank you Robyn, Kent and Toby. Greatly appreciated.

    Thanks to all the Lion helpers on the day, the paparazzi, club support teams, the caterers Lions Jackie and Heather from Taylors Lakes, and PDG Helen Campbell for her assistance with organising the day. I''''''''d also like to thank Lionsville, for the use of the facility.

    I have taken the liberty of uploading my camera pics (thanks Lindsay) to my public Dropbox.
    You can review and download any for private or club use. Please do not circulate them any further without the express permission of the folks in the pic.
    Please contact me if you have any problems with the process.

    Apologies for the large files, but I have left in high res ~5MB per pic in case someone wishes to print.

    Best wishes to all contestants for the completion of their studies this year and their future.

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    Lions Club of Doutta Galla Youth of the Year Competition

    We have had another successful night at this years Youth of the Year competition, with 3 very talented young ladies competing to go forward to the Zone Final. Thank you to Supipi Amarasekara, Caitlyn Strang and Leah Romero for an entertaining evening.

    The competition required our 3 contestants to be engaged in an open interview, respond to impromptu questions and speak on their prepared topic, in front of parents, friends and Lions members, and of course 3 judges. Thank you Yvonne McRae, Natasha Boyd and Andrew Elsbury for again supporting the competition.

    The ladies performed very well indeed. Supipi was successful in the public speaking segment and was also the overall winner. She will now go forward to the next round. Our best wishes to her in the Zone Final.

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    Barefoot Bowls at Glenroy

    It is Feb 17th and a "pleasant Sunday arvo" for Lions V1-4 Zone 3. It is also time for dinner and "Barefoot Bowls" at the Glenroy Bowls Club.
    We enjoy a drink at the bar ahead of a very generous and tasty 2-course hot/cold carvery before a short team building "test" ahead of the main event.
    It may be 36 degrees out there (sunscreen and hats a "must") but 10 of use venture out on the greens for an initial "how its done" session. I dont think there was anyone who could say they mastered the art but plenty of laughter and a little bit of competition to seen.
    The aim was to get close to the little white "jack" but we are finding it hard to keep on the lawn and or even stay in the right lanes. By the end we were getting better - I think
    Thanks Murray Baud for putting this day together.

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    Lions Trauma Teddies to the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute.

    Trauma Bears have found their way into the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute!!
    This photo captures the handing over of Lions Trauma Teddies to the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute.

    In photo from l-r are: Ms Leonie Thiele, Research Co-ordinator (Allergy) and Dr Jennifer Koplin Lead Research Officer (Allergy), with Lion Joseph Tigani.

    Joseph then issued the 1st Teddy that same afternoon to a little 4 year-old girl who had just had some painful allergy tests and was feeling quite upset and ill. When she received the Teddy, a great smile appeared on her face which warmed everyones heart. The little girls name is Katie who is 4 years old, her teddy is named Lulu.

    The allergy researchers are asking all the children who take Lions Teddy Bears home to give them a name before they go. Lets hope we can help more little Katies and bring a smile to their faces.

  • Lions of Doutta Galla Youth of the Year this month

    The Lions Club of Doutta Galla is extremely proud to welcome students, guests, school staff and judges to this year''s Lions Youth of the Year club final. The YOTY competition originated in 1964 by the late Jamie Jamieson and a small committee of the City of Brisbane Lions Club. It was later adopted in other States before becoming one of the most successful
    national Lions projects in Australia.

    The Lions Club of Doutta Galla is looking forward to conducting our Youth of the Year club competition again this year. We have 3 nominated students already and our 3 judges primed for the tests.

    Our competition will be held on Friday 25th February 2013, with initial interviews in the afternoon and the public speaking component at a Dinner meeting in the evening from 6:30.
    Members are encouraged to come along on the night to provide a good audience for the students to impress.

    Venue: Moonee Ponds Bowling Club, Mt Alexander Road, Moonee Ponds
    (at Queens Park)
    Two Course Carvery Dinner: $28.00 per person
    Drinks At bar prices

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  • Lions of Doutta Galla Supporting the Kokoda Track Foundation

    Hamish is a member of the Kokoda Track Foundation and has let us know the Foundation has recently launched a dental hygiene program in PNG.

    I am hoping you can all help Hamish support this worthwhile program by buying a toothbrush or two over the weekend and bringing them to our Monday night meeting.

    He will post them up to the Foundation on Tuesday morning to be hand delivered along the track.

    If you have any questions about the Foundation or this program please let Hamish know.

    The Kokoda Track Foundation is an Australian philanthropic organisation which aims to repay the selfless help given to Australia during WWII by the ''''''''Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels'''''''' of Papua New Guinea by helping to improve the lives and futures of their descendants.

    It does that by assisting with their education and healthcare, by trying to protect their environment, by helping to foster the growth of an eco-friendly trekking and tourism industry from which they can benefit, by working to keep the story of Kokoda alive, and by seeking to identify and foster the next generation of PNG leaders.

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  • Happy New Year to all our members

    Hope 2013 will be a special one for everyone.

    Don''t forget our 1st general meeting will be on Monday 4th February. Watch out for a meeting agenda coming your way.

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    Christmas Cake Stall 2012

    Well done guys looks like just a few cakes to go on the stall !!

    Thanks Robyn and Stan for spending the time in a very windy North Essendon!!

    Thanks to Sue, Hamish and Terry for helping with setting up the stall initially.

    I noticed Santa and his helper were about I hope we managed to get him to buy a cake or two!!

    I believe we are down to just a few small cakes to be sold.

    Check out the Facebook page for more photos from the day.

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    The District Governors Visit

    December 3rd was our last formal gathering for the year, with the added pleasure of a visit from the District Governor. Thanks Murray for giving DG Fred such a warm welcome and an insight into his very distinguished history.

    We were treated to a very enlightening talk about the DGs project for the year - Beyond Blue. I think we were all moved by the reports on what he had witnessed. Many families not only suffered physical loss they have been left with emotional issues.

    The Doutta Galla Lions, and its individual members, are united in supporting this project. (please check out our link under Projects). The club provided a cheque for $500 on the night and more money is being raised through the purchase of some very special badges.

    The DG was again fortunate to win the raffle (actually he won 3 of the 4 prizes!!). He did donate his special prize of the Doutta Galla Tram to our other guest, Helen from the Caroline Chisholm Foundation. Thanks you Fred.

    After a very heart-felt greeting from Lion Rose Piper, we enjoyed an update from Helen on the plans for the Caroline Chisholm. Rose had introduced a major initiative to try and raise $20,000 through a very special quilt being created by a number of very talented individuals, including both Rose and Robyn.

    Helen stated that they are still very busy and demand is growing for their support to needy families, or families in crisis. The support offered by Caroline Chisholm is amazing and performed in such a personal and comforting manner.

    To the male members it was a day of transition as Caroline Chisholm is expanding and have bought the site of the old lawn mower shop in Mt Alexander Road. Where do we go now for our mower blades The plans for the new centre sound fantastic and a great opportunity to extend community support.

    Again our members have thrown their support behind Caroline Chisholm with Christmas presents for the kids, and a promise to stay connected as the Foundation grows.

    Around all this news, we did conduct the Lions Business and poor Justin was left juggling money coming in all over the place - dinners, raffle, mints, cakes and donations. Hope it all balanced Justin. Various reports and acknowledgements were tabled and accepted.

    Have a safe and happy festive season everyone.

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    Australian Lions Childhood Cancer Research Foundation

    Robyn and Stan were invited to a Lions photo shoot at the Royal Childrens Hospital on Wednesday 28 November 2012 along with a group of Lions from Districts V1-4, V6 and V3.

    V1-4 Cabinet Secretary John Thorpe was filmed in the lovely gardens at the RCH, doing an interview for the Australian Lions Childhood Cancer Research Foundation. Lions funding through this Foundation is highly valued by the Hospital for providing some degree of certainty for important medical research into childhood cancer. Over the years, childhood cancer has reached around 82% successful recovery rates. Some forms of cancer are around 90% whilst others are far more difficult to diagnose and treat.

    The lofty objective of the ALCCRF is the elimination of childhood cancer and funding clearly relates to the great progress being achieved.

    Several participants from the Lions Club of Nathalia "Postie Bike Tour" from Perth to Melbourne joined the group and the photos, and it was fun to chat with them and congratulate their $46,037 effort for ALCCRF.

    Also there, was Council Chairman Lou Onley and Diane Michael (Public Relations) from the Multiple District office in Newcastle. Royal Childrens Hospital CEO Aileen Boyd-Squires and Community Liaison Manager Childrens Cancer Centre Mary McGowan gave us a wonderful insight into the philosophy and operations of the new hospital, and of the specialist research staff and laboratories.

    There certainly is nothing better that first hand knowledge and this experience really gave us a greater appreciation of the wonderful work being done at the RCH.

    In the photo: Maureen and John Thorpe, Lions Multiple District Council Chairman Lou Onley ( V5 District Governor last year and was elected CC by that group of governors to take the position for this year) Stan and Robyn Falloon.

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    MVCC Community Grant Presentation

    The Lions Club of Doutta Galla was invited to a formal presentation of the Moonee Valley Community Grants.

    Robyn Falloon and Sue Phippen attended, along with over 80 other recipients of Grants from the MVCC for 2013. Our Club was presented with a $1,000 grant.

    The newly elected Mayor of Essendon, Narelle Sharpe, is seen here presenting the ladies with our grant certificate.

    Thank you Moonee Valley.

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    Following light refreshments, Inspector Nigel Howard gave the opening address with a brief history of the Kokoda Project.

    He then conducted the program, introducing students from St Bernards College and Mt Alexander High along with their teachers. Each school had prepared video presentations and comments on many aspects of the training and the trek, which gave an outstanding insight into their 2012 Kokoda experiences.

    Acknowledgements and presentations were made to the 2012 sponsors and supporters of the project, followed by the presentation of framed certificates of achievement to the 2012 Kokoda participants in attendance.

    Also attending and acknowledged was Sgt. Ed Formosa - one of the Flemington police who founded the project. It was great to chat with him again.

    President Robyn Falloon of the Lions Club of Doutta Galla was then introduced along with Lions Stan Falloon and Justin Noonan. President Robyn then presented the Doutta Lions Club cheque for $36,000 to Chief Commissioner Ken Lay, who accepted it with much delight. He commended the club on this very significant effort and gave his firm commitment that whilst he remains at the helm as Chief Commissioner, the Kokoda Project will continue as an extremely important and valuable program for young people, police, business supporters, service clubs and the general community in this area.

    Sgt John Briscoe from the original 39th Battalion was also present and acknowledged. He offered some of his recollections as a soldier defending the position in New Guinea from the Japanese during World War 2. It is his firm belief is that the 700 young Australian soldiers, most of whom paid the supreme sacrifice, saved Australia from invasion. This inexperienced Battalion fought for six weeks in intolerable conditions, against an advancing army of 2000 Japanese soldiers. To hold out against such odds is almost beyond comprehension and Sgt John gave full credit to the ''Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels'' who were invaluable in assisting the Australian soldiers.

    Along with the Rotary Club of Williamstown, the Lions Club of Doutta Galla are the principal service clubs supporting this project. Our Lions Justin, Robyn and Stan enjoyed a chat with the Williamstown Rotarians attending the evening - they even wanted to know how we raised such a grand total.

    The evening confirmed the strength of support from the community and police for this project. It also reinforced the project as a positive life changing event for all the participants. Long may it continue!

    Moonee Valley Racing Club - Committee Room; 7 November 2012

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    A little news item I found the other day

    Did you see the write up on the Gala Dinner in the "LionsTales" September Edition
    Looks a little like someone was taking notes on the night.

  • Congratulations Taylors Lakes

    Our sponsoring club have been voted winners of the best website award.
    Great result for Murray and the team.

    Take a look at the website:

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  • Celebrating 10 years of Sight for Kids

    Check out this months "Lion" magazine on the article showing us what an impact the efforts of the Lions Clubs is having in several areas. We are already supporting the recycle for sight program and reading this article hits home how a small donation gave have such a huge benefit.
    What great initiatives are out there!!

    Check out the "The Eye-Phone - miracle for the blind" . I used to just think of my iPhone as just a phone. I never really appreciated what sensational features are there for the sight-impaired. I think I value my little phone a lot more now!!

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    Induction Night September 17th 2012

    Welcome to Joseph Tigani, John Morello and Ben Carroll to the Lions Club of Doutta Galla. This was your night!!

    Steve Gordon led the proceedings as we inducted our new members this evening. The dinner meeting at Philhellenes allowed us to formally welcome Joseph, John and Ben into the group.

    It was also a belated opportunity to formally appoint our club officers for the year ahead. Thank you Murray Baud for leading this appointment ceremony.

    Check out our Facebook page for some more photos.

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  • Congratulations James on surviving the Trek

    Couldnt resist adding this link into our website. That was some adventure.
    Good luck Justin Noonan on next years event.
    Hamish - are you going to try for next year

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  • Strathmore Community Services Sponsorship

    We have just received a wonderful letter from the Chairman Peter McKie stating that the Strathmore Community Services have agreed to continue their sponsorship, to the tune of $5,000 for the year ahead. We have a significant sum now to kick start some new projects.

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    "Coeur de Lion" has happened

    A Huge thanks to the whole team.

    Justin N put in a fantastic, fantastic effort filling seats, securing sponsorship, and his infectious enthusiasm created spirited auction bidding. Stan spent heaps of time on the phone with sponsors and adding to the guest list. Rhonda, Sue and Terry worked like beavers running around in the weeks leading in and setting up yesterday and last night along with Ian. Glenn and Mick put in a 15 hour day setting up the rig for the show. Hamish and the DG team did a great job. Thanks also to Catherine and Liz.

    To John Morello - you spun some real magic as you worked the auction bidding upwards for some fabulous results. We thoroughly appreciated your valuable skills and the fun you put into this part of the evening. Hope you enjoyed it and many THANKS!

    And how could I not mention James Rankin who trained with the 2012 team and walked the arduous track. His interview with the students on the night was brilliant. The impact of this program and the Kokoda experience for him is clearly obvious. Wonderful James!

    Still to reach a final figure but its looking like a fabulous result for the Kokoda project. What a GREAT investment in our future!!

    The 1st Facebook pics are up!! A 1st draft Youtube video has been cut. Lots more photos to come .

    1st draft video from the "Coeur de Lion" Dinner night

  • Taylors Lakes Change Over Dinner

    Congratulations on completing your 2nd year and all that you have achieved in that time.

    Thanks to Murray and the Lions of Taylors Lakes for a very enjoyable night.
    I think every one of your guests were made to feel very welcome.

    A lovely meal and social banter to compliment the formalities of the night.

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    Checkout the New Drum Circle Flyer

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    A Day at the Races

    A few guys were able to help out at the Calder Raceway this weekend. Lions Club of Taylors Lakes had secured a few spots for car park duty for the event and offered an opportunity for us to be involved.

    Check out Robyn in her official jacket.

    Stan managed to be working without a jacket.
    Yellow not your colour Stan

    Check out our Facebook page for more photos

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    Club Officer Training Day, Melton

    Last chance for some refresher courses for the President, Secretary and Treasurer. This year hosted at Melton. Pretty well attended as the presentation room looked to be filling fast. No spare seats at the start.
    An early start to the proceedings introduced all attendees to the changes happening in the management structure for our District. Great to see Frederick "Fred" Jacobs attending and holding his own within the schedule. It should be a great year under his leadership.
    The various groups broke off for individual presentations on changes in the respective fields. How things are changing as its all Powerpoint presentations and all material supplied to the team on flash drives!! We are going to need the laptops!!
    Very generous and tasty lunch was provided. Couldn''''''''t decide on the desserts so it had to be both the homemade apple pie and the cheesecake!!
    Back to business after lunch and formal presentations on other initiatives happening within our District. Plenty of positive thoughts and ideas being put to the Group.
    A full day but very informative around the changes for the Lions in our District.

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    Doutta Lions PR Day Success!!

    Well done to the team today with a successful 4 hour PR exercise in the North Essendon shopping strip.

    Robyn, Rhonda, Sue, Stan and Terry handed out about 100 or so small bags containing info on our Recycle For Sight spectacle collection and Doutta Galla Lions information and contact numbers. We managed to sell cakes, chocolates and take in a few donations during this time as well.

    Chatting with shoppers (with hardly a moment to catch breath) was a great experience for all of us - very enthusiastic responses as well as a few showing strong interest in possibly joining Lions - and we will see where this leads.....

    Our new banner was on display for the 1st time and looked fantastic! Photos hopefully on the website soon.....

    Great to see Catherine and Liz during the morning - and Liz has a very interesting idea in the pipeline for us. More on that in due course.

    Thanks heaps to all attending today and we are planning a follow up day in North Essendon in about a month''''''''''''''''s time - date to be advised.

  • Books For Kids - another collection

    Thanks again to the customers at Book Bonding in Niddrie for filling the donation box. We have collected another great set of books to be passed on.

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    Drum Circle is happening !!!!!

    Justin has entertained a whole class of Year 10 students at the Buckley Park Secondary College, keeping them very involved over a double study period.

    Great work Justin as that was a whole class of I believe - 26 students plus the teacher. A few more than the original number you had planned for !!

    By all accounts, a huge success.

    Thanks to Sue and Rhonda going going along for the session. Hope you guys took notes and managed a few beats on the drums.

    What a fabulous start.

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    Club Shirts

    Members have already ordered their new shirts and aprons have been bought for up-coming events. There were a few variations but in the same colour scheme. All very smart.

    In the end we have opted for 2 styles, one Polo and one Striped Casual shirt:-

    "Nitro" Black/Grey/White Polos with our logo (check out item P10112 for men, Item P10122 for Ladies)

    "Cuban" Biz Cool Black/Silver bold stripe shirts (without the logo) (check out item S10410 for men, Item S10421 for Ladies)

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  • Recycle for Sight - where do the glasses go

    We have just received a letter from the Program co-ordinators stating that over 34,000 pairs of glasses have been sent to Sri Lanka, 1,800 to the Solomon Islands and another 24,000 sent to Tanzania. That is some achievement. Congratulations Rhonda for your efforts in supporting this initiative.

    Would you believe we have provided close to 800 pairs of glasses to this program since our charter in May 2011.

    We have also introduced many people to the existence of this and similar recycle programs operating in many of the local optometrists.

  • More about Kokoda

    Thank you Nigel Howard for coming out and giving us a wonderful insight into how the Kokoda project came about and its impact on our local community. So good to hear that this project is still so strongly supported and looks to have a great future.
    It sounds such a challenge to organise to the fine detail needed for a successful trip. 2012 looks like it will be an even better experience for the team.
    We look forward to an involvement in 2013, both with funding and, by the sounds of things, one or more of our members will be walking the Track!!

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    Youth of the Year

    The Zone final of the YOTY for 2012 was keenly contested by 6 candidates.

    Another stunning performance from all the girls made it very tough indeed for the judges. 6 very controlled and measured speeches were delivered and you just couldn''t choose between them.

    No wonder the judges took some time to reach a decision. Madeline did not "win" as such, but can come away from the evening feeling very proud of her achievements.

    Thank you to the Lions Club of Broadmeadows for putting on a lovely evening, and Steve Gordon for a very polished MC performance.

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    Robyn, Stan and the International Connection

    Our President and Membership Chairman have had the pleasure of meeting with the president of Lions International.

    They look pretty good, dressed for the black tie affair.

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    Thank You Book Bonding

    We had the pleasure of hearing from Judy McDonald about the response from families coming through the Womens refuge, to the donated books from our Books For Kids program. Judy expressed her thanks to everyone who is supporting Natasha Boyd''''s shop, BookBonding at which the Books For Kids collection bin is located. We thank Natasha and her customers for their kindness and generosity!

    Judy told us how much these books mean to the children in these difficult and traumatic times. "Their little faces light up when given a book of their own, or have the book read to them" she said.

    Judy described how every book is enjoyed, and not just by the children.

    They are very special gifts to these children, who may not otherwise own a book of their own.

    BookBonding seems to be a rather appropriate name, as your books are helping to form a bond between families, providing a little pleasure and relief from their distressful situation.

    THANK YOU SO MUCH to everyone at Book Bonding, and to the customers who continue to support the collection. Your gift may seem small but the books are a very special gift to others.

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    Congratulations Madeline

    Well done everyone on the wonderful occasion at our Youth of the Year club final.

    I must express appreciation on behalf of the Lions Club of Doutta Galla, to Pascoe Vale Girls College and Principal Miss Jackson and Mr Tullio Giansante for supporting and coaching the three students to such a fine standard. Also for such wonderful cooperation with us during the necessary organisational matters.

    Congratulations to the three entrants - Madeline, Jessica and Elo. It was an absolute delight for us all meeting you and your families. The Lions Club of Doutta Galla has been privileged to hear your public speaking presentations and you have all obviously worked very diligently during your preparation. We hope you enjoyed the experience and will take away a great sense of accomplishment. You are all to be commended for accepting the judges invitation to discuss aspects of your presentation where improvements can be made and I am sure you will take their comments on board.

    Congratulations to Jessica on receiving the Public Speaking Award for the evening. Congratulations to Madeline as the overall winner progressing to the Zone Final on Tuesday 6 March at Northern Golf Club. We will be there to support Madeline and cheer her on as she joins the winners from the Lions Clubs of Coburg, Brunswick, Glenroy, Essendon and Broadmeadows for the next stage of this competition.

    Huge thanks to Youth Chairman Catherine Hogan for her work in contacting schools, arranging the judging panel, preparing the paperwork and all other matters for the evening. It is quite a task for a new Lion having not organised this event before and she has done a wonderful job with it. I also acknowledge Catherine Baldwin''''''''s early assistance prior to her travels this year. And also Hamish Jones who took on several tasks in relation to the night.

    Additional huge thanks to our Judging Panel who so willingly and enthusiastically agreed to take on this commitment and responsibility. It was evident that they paid attention to every aspect of the process and were fair and thorough. Natasha indeed gave the most wonderful and valuable summary of the panels deliberations and observations. Her delivery was certainly very inspirational for everyone in the room. So huge thanks to Andrew, Yvonne and Natasha.

    Great hearing from Judy McDonald as a recipient in relation to the Books For Kids program. We thank Natasha Boyd and her customers for their wonderful generosity in donating the books and they are certainly being appreciated at the women''''''''s refuge where Judy volunteers her time in such heartfelt circumstances.

    Further thanks to Justin Lewis and Beyond The Box for his donation to the YOTY winner, and to Terry Phippen for arranging the Myer voucher for the Public Speaking winner.

    We now look forward to supporting and cheering on Madeline at the next stage Zone final in two weeks time.

  • Zone 2 Combined Clubs Dinner

    What a great way to start the new year...we enjoyed a very entertaining night at the Zone 2 Combined Clubs Dinner on Wednesday, hosted by the Lions of Taylors Lakes. Thanks to Murray and the Lions Club of Taylors Lakes for organising and hosting this event. Nice to go home with 2 raffle prizes as well!!

    We also got to meet, listen to and be inspired by Samantha Lehmann, the founder of the Warwick Foundation. She has founded a support network for cancer victims aged between 18 - 40 following her own personal tragedy and loss. The foundation offers support for young people diagnosed with cancer in this age range, who seem to fall between the normally well supported younger and older age support programs. She has been running this foundation without Government assistance but looks to be creating quite an impression. I think the Lions will be looking to help her in due course.

    Check out her website for more details on the Warwick Foundation

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    Just a Rumour

    2 "Old" Lions at the beach in Sorrento.
    Sue and Terry seen prowling the area for a cup of coffee.

  • Christmas Greetings from our President

    Stan and I wish you all a peaceful and joyful Christmas - a time to reflect and appreciate our wonderful families and friends, and the fortunate lives we enjoy. Take time to rest and relax and refresh!!

    May I take this opportunity to thank you all for being such special members of this great club and for the wonderful emerging friendships that brings. Little by little, we are growing our programs and finding a stronger heartbeat!

    Very best to you all and your families for the festive season.

    Robyn xx

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    All smiles at the Dinner Meeting

    The Lions Club of Doutta Galla got together to celebrate the end of our first year at "Philhellene", for provincial Greek cuisine. The evening just flew by as we enjoyed some wonderful Greek food and the occasional beverage.

    It was also a very busy night for Club recognitions and business.

    Rose and Owen Piper received their Charter Certificates.

    It was great to see a lovely collection of gifts to be added to our donation to the Caroline Chisholm Society. Catherine walked away with with what we are sure will be well received gifts for the kids. Thank you to everyone for your support.

    Our highlight has to be the presentation of a cheque from the Bendigo Bank, Strathmore Community Services. A fabulous donation was presented by Strathmore Community Services (Bendigo Bank) Board member Kerrie Osborne at the dinner to our President, and eagerly accepted by our Treasurer. This money will help initiate Youth Programs in our local area, especially the new Drum Circle group.

    Check out Facebook for more photos from the night.

    Merry Christmas everyone, and have a safe and happy 2012.

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    Sebastians Big Day out at Miners Rest

    Believe it or not, the Lions Club of Doutta Galla have regained the ownership of Sebastian, after some strong bidding!!

    It was a great night at Miners Rest, which is shaping up to be a great club with 24 members already. The Lions Club of Doutta Galla was also acknowledged on their menu and on the night as a sponsor.

    One of their Auction items was the two bottles of wine from the Lions Club of Miners Rest and the Lions Club of Doutta Galla, which we thought was a fantastic gesture.

    Sebastian had a great night as you can see from the pics on Facebook.

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    Lions District Quilt In, Ballarat 27th November

    Robyn and Rose have just come back from starring roles at the District Quilt-In at Ballarat.

    Robyn was invited as a guest speaker, and Rose (right) is seen here presenting a quilt that she donated for the major Raffle to organiser Gayle Marrett who received it on behalf of the winner.

    One lucky winner from Ballarat took home the prize possession.

    Check out our Facebook page for the photos.

  • Christmas Donations

    After our Christmas meeting Catherine Hogan will be taking donated Christmas gifts to the Caroline Chisholm Society. Members are asked to purchase one gift (feel free to ask your friends to do the same) and some gift-wrapping paper.
    Catherine will make sure she has an empty car to carry the goodies! Her car is even red - just like a sleigh.

    The gifts were very well received. A huge "Thanks" to all who donated and Catherine for giving up her time to co-ordinate the effort.

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  • Young Lions Sharpen Their Focus

    Community service clubs are having difficulty attracting and holding membership. Rotary and Lions are struggling to maintain their level of projects as memberships decline and in some instances ageing memberships limit the type of projects that can be undertaken. Apex and the Jaycees withered on the vine years ago.

    So how refreshing it is to see the chartering of a new Lions Club in Niddrie - 22 members, mostly young, energetic and community spirited.

    Their first project is to collect unwanted spectacles which will be repaired and distributed to communities without access to eye glasses.

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    Thanks again, BookBonding

    Another collection of books for the kids. Thank you to Natasha and Mark at BookBonding, Niddrie, and your customers, for your on-going support. We have received so many books from you for this program.

    Our club will place these new books into the hands of at-risk children through collaborations with schools, social service agencies, preschools, and early childhood centres. I am sure there will be many smiling faces reading their new books.

    If you are looking for a book, drop into the Niddrie store to look through their great range. You will find just what you need on the shelf. If not, just ask one of the staff and they will help you finding that special book.

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  • Lions of Doutta Galla supports the 2012 Kokoda Project

    The Lions Club of Doutta Galla endorses this as an exceptional local community project. We have undertaken to raise funds for the 2012 Kokoda Project. The success of this project has now been established and the Lions Club of Doutta Galla sees it as an outstanding way of building community relationships and assisting the youth of our area to become positive leaders and role models in our community.

    Check out our Projects page on the Project for some background and where we hope to take this activity.

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    Congratulations Stan

    On your election as 1st Vice District Governor 2012-2013 at the All Clubs District 201V1-4 convention. We know that you will be a great 1st Vice District Governor, and really enjoy the challenges that role will offer you. Have a great year ahead

  • A message from our Guiding Lion, Murray Baud

    Congratulations Doutta Galla! A well run and fantastic night and you should all be proud of the outcome! I think you have firmly established your club in the V1-4 district fraternity now.
    My personal thanks for the certificate, gift, and card. Most thoughtful and appreciated.
    I look forward to the many photographs and a selection on the web (I also loved the drums!!).

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    Charter Dinner a great Success

    Congratulations to the organising committee for putting on a great evening. Plenty of smiling faces around the room last night, so it must have been pretty good! Somehow we managed to get through all the formalities, a 3-course meal and entertainment, and still left on time. Congratulations Robyn, Hamish and Arthur for getting your timings spot on.

    Check out our Facebook page for the 1st cut of some snaps from the night. We are looking forward to another batch of professional shots very soon.

    There is also about 9 minutes of video to put together with Justin, Catherine, James, Robyn and Stan all dancing their hearts out!! Paste this YouTube link into your internet browser and watch them fly!

    It was a very special night for the Lions Club of Doutta Galla. Thank you everyone for making it a night to remember. Thanks also to all the other Lions Clubs who came along to support us on the night.

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    Youth of the Year Initiative

    The Lions Youth of the Year (YOTY) program is up and running and the Lions Club of Doutta Galla have registered to run a club in support of this initiative. PDG Ron Thomas addressed one of our meetings and provide an insight into the history and some suggestions for the running of our club.

    Catherine Hogan and Catherine Baldwin have done some initial work towards the YOTY club program, and have begun the process of identifying candidates in the local community.

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    Support for Recycle for Sight has been great

    Rhonda had a very pleasant surprise of 2 more boxes of glasses from our contacts in Airport West!! They are thrilled someone is prepared to recycle the glasses.

    Do not worry Rhonda, I have already a small bag of glasses for the next batch to Queensland.

    Initially, 3 new contacts have been made and an amazing gift of close to 200 pairs of glasses collected and passed on to the recycling centre in Queensland.

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    More Bears handed over today

    Stan was up at the Essendon Airport and has been recognising the efforts of the Air Ambulance team, and providing a few more bears to add to their medical bags.

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    Sharing tips at the Euca Oil Distillery Museum, Inglewood

    A few of our members took some time out for a little interaction with the Lions Club of Taylors Lakes, on the way home from our day at Wedderburn. We managed to learn a little about the unique "Blue Eucy" industry at Inglewood.
    Thanks Jackie and Murray Baud for opening the museum and showing us around. Great to see some of Victoria''''s rich heritage being saved. A lot of hard work has gone into the displays.
    Thanks for the afternoon tea and the opportunity for a chat with yourselves and Sue and Ian Kluken.
    Perhaps this should have been put on the agenda for the Officers Training Day!!

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    Incoming Officers Information Days, Wedderburn and Melton

    4 members from the new Lions Club of Doutta Galla, Robyn Falloon, Stan Falloon, Susan Phippen (Secretary)and Terry Phippen, attended the Club Officer Training at Wedderburn on the 14th May 2011, whilst Justin Bourke (Treasurer) attended the Club Officer Training at Melton on the 21st May 2011.

    Robyn and Stan are experienced Lions and have taken a leading role in promoting and launching the new Club. Their efforts have been rewarded by the establishment of the Lions Club of Doutta Galla.

    Justin, Susan and Terry Phippen are new Lions and have gained a much better insight into the structure of the District, and have met many new friends and contacts to take them forward with the new Club.

    Susan has taken on the role of Secretary and attended the presentation from PDG John Thorpe, along with Terry and Stan. Justin has taken on the role of Treasurer and was given a full workout on the new processes. Plenty of useful information has been shared. "Thank you" to everyone who offered their support to helping Susan and Justin settle into their new roles.

    "Thank You" also to Malcolm Qualtrough for getting this website in place. It is great having the site available to the new members and for us to share our news with other Clubs.

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