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  • [03May] downloadable May'21 N3 Newsletter or ViewHere
  • [14Apr] Club Development Days 2021- see here 15,16&29May
  • [11Apr] Vote on best AwarenessDay projects submitted
  • [08Feb[ Change of Venue -MayWar Blind&VI Lions
  • Earlier Years
  • 2020------------------------------
  • [28May] Denman Lions win MD Top Club Service Project
  • [22Apr] Online Webinar Videos listed 
  • [05Feb] Great Ideas Forum 8March
  • 2019------------
  • [24Oct] Mudgee Convention - results & photos
  • [30Aug] LionsAustralia Child Safe Policy
  • 2018------------
  • [20May] Glossary of commonly used jargon in Lions
  • [12May] Club Secretary & treasurer manuals for  now online
  • 2017-------------
  • [20Nov] Summary of 2017 Convention Proceedings added
  • [11Nov] Results2017 Convention Resolutions & Elections
  • [01Oct] List of most club FB page links added 

  • "The N3 Grapevine" - next Copy Deadline - 15 Jun 2021 
    District Newsletters (click edition to download):-             May 2021 [1.1Mb] 

    Previous year's District Newsletters:-        [all previous]


    2021 Lions Awareness Day - Incentive Prize entries

    posted Apr 10, 2021, 7:08 PM by Alan McKim   [ updated Apr 14, 2021, 9:37 PM by webmaster lions201n3 ]

    DG Geoff Kilmurray had arranged and offered two $100 prizes as incentives for best promotional display and best Lions Awareness project during March.
    •  In a letter to all clubs 22March, the offer was made to submit an entry in the AwarenessDay Incentive Prize competition by 31st March.
    • Four clubs submitted an entry and their submissions are listed below.
    • ALL clubs in the district are now invited to view these, and  to submit their choices via the Voting Form here  - NOTE... ONLY one response per voting club will be considered by DG Geoff when deciding who to award the prizes to.
    • Voting closes on Tuesday 27th April 2021.
     Club & submitted details Photos
     WestMaitland Centennial:-

    WMCLC combined Lions Awareness Day with awareness of Ovarian Cancer at Telarah Bowling Club.  This was a way of showcasing that Lions Clubs are not all about barbecues but are concerned with issues that effect ordinary citizens.  My daughter Elizabeth and myself manned the stall on the day with Lyn Dark giving assistance during the day.  Possibly 45 people were exposed to the display on the day and were given explanations as to what it was for.  Unfortunately was not able to promote prior to the day as did not receive permission until very late in the week.  Our Lions Club was aware that the promotion was planned.  It will be reported on MyLion.


    Starting bright & early we had a much-needed clean-up and out of the storage sheds, mice included! With many new members coming onboard over the past 2 years, it was a good chance to reorganise and acquaint ourselves with the vast array of equipment on hand. Drum Muster and membership awards were hung on the kitchen wall, which now has a dust and mouse-proof door seal.

     A huge collection of donated goods were displayed for sale, resulting in a very successful garage sale. Thankyou to all community members who supported this venture.

    Alongside the sale was our monthly DrumMUSTER collection Day. . Whilst all this was going on, the conversation was had about what Lions do, how you can become a Lion and the camaraderie experienced.

    Approximately 90 non-Lions were exposed to our event which was promoted beforehand via local radio station, Facebook &  announcements at Dunedoo Sports Club Friday night draws and afterwards in a Dunedoo Diary article, Facebook, MyLion & announcements at Dunedoo Sports Club Friday night draws

    We also launched a series of weekly interviews with members submitted to the local newspaper outlining why each of those members were Lions.

     Hunter Business:-

    Hunter Business Lions Club staged a community event at the Norm Bassan MBE Lions Park Stockton to celebrate the commencement of restoration work on the monuments within the park. The monuments have important historical significance and strong links to the community.

    The event was promoted through local newspapers and Facebook Community Group pages and the issuing of invitations to other clubs and the local member of parliament.

    Defying threatening weather, eighteen people gathered at the park to  inspect the first stage of the work, network with other Lions and community members, learn about the great work Lions do and meet the project team and the builder coordinating the work.

    Included in the group were people who donated to the My Cause crowd funding page set up to raise money for the project and family members of past Lions whose service is commemorated by plaques affixed to the monuments.

    Seventy five positive comments regarding the event were received on Facebook afterwards.


    Branxton Lions celebrated Lions Awareness Day by conducting a Clean Up Australia event.  The Lions Clean-Up event was a joint venture between the Lions, Branxton,1st Branxton-Greta Scouts and Cessnock City Council.  The Lions, Scouts and even the Deputy Mayor of Cessnock City Council cleared a length of Maitland Road as well as the Branxton Cemetery of refuse including paper, bottles, cans, other unidentified rubbish along with a child’s pushbike.

    Scouts Leader explained the event was very appropriate for the Scouts as participating youth members completed part of their Landcare Badge by helping with Clean up Australia Day project. Lions presented Scouts with a $500 donation.

    Prior to the event, hundreds of community members were exposed to the Lions promotion via emails to local community groups, sports groups and not-for-profit groups plus the local newspaper, Hunter App, community radio and several bulletins in local Facebook groups

    The Lions Community Engagement Unit (CEU) was deployed to Lions Park for the event, raising Lion’s visibility in the area as well as acting as the base for the volunteer activity.


    • Link to the Voting Form here  - NOTE... ONLY one response per voting club will be considered by DG Geoff when deciding who to award the prizes to.
    • Voting closes on Tuesday 27th April 2021.

    Change of Club Meeting venue

    posted Feb 7, 2021, 11:08 PM by Alan McKim

    [from 20Feb2021] MayfieldWaratah Blind&VisionImpaired Lions Club new meeting venue is 
            The Beauford Hotel, Cnr. Maitland Road & Fawcett Street, MAYFIELD.

    Denman Lions win Lions National Top Club Service Project award.

    posted May 30, 2020, 5:38 PM by Alan McKim   [ updated Aug 13, 2020, 8:14 PM by webmaster lions201n3 ]

    "Denman Lions supporting Communities Battling the Drought". 

    "After weeks of planning, Denman Lions hosted a day for farmers and their families on 14th December 2019. 
    Drought stricken Farmers from 13 different communities from Dubbo to Denman were provided with free all-day barbecue and evening meal, activities and entertainment for all ages, gifts from Santa as well as stock feed, water, hay, pet food, water, clothing, shoes, food and ladies cosmetics. Total amount of donated goods and vouchers handed over on the day exceeded $120,000. All of this after the club has been supporting their community with drought relief for many months prior to this day. 
    The Club has received great publicity, with many heartfelt testimonials from great-full people. 1,477 people were served on the day, and as a result of their wonderful Service, the club has been successful in gaining 5 new members, one returning member, 4 more prospective members and 1 ex member wishing to rejoin. Said one of the many appreciative wives on the day 'I could not believe what was being offered at your event. I saw firsthand how much respect your club has - I would like to give back and help you start a club in Merriwa'. " 

    This MD201 Top Club Service Project subsequently went on to represent our Multiple District at the Constitutional Area 7 Judging and won that title.

    Great Ideas Forum

    posted Feb 5, 2020, 1:55 PM by Alan McKim   [ updated Feb 5, 2020, 1:56 PM ]

    Must book in with CabSec by 1st March

    Lions Australia Child Safe Policy

    posted Aug 30, 2019, 12:22 AM by webmaster lions201n3

    Clubs & Districts are encouraged to adopt Child Safe policy similar to those that Lions Australia has adopted concerning Youth of the Year, Leo Clubs and Youth Exchange.
    Resources pertaining to this can be found  HERE  and also this Link to explanatory video 

    Members give up a Weekly Coffee !

    posted Aug 16, 2019, 1:29 AM by webmaster lions201n3

    Lions fundraising 100percent because member fees cover admin costs

    Upper Hunter Drought Relief - June2018

    posted Jun 13, 2018, 4:06 AM by webmaster lions201n3   [ updated Jun 24, 2018, 8:33 PM ]

    Through the support of many clubs in N3 district, we have secured a Hay Run convoy to arrive Upper Hunter on 23 June 2018, courtesy of the Lions Club of Pakenham Victoria's "Need For Feed Disaster relief" project.  They (N4F) have a great system of enlisting volunteer drivers and trucks to form the convoy and our funding will support their fuel costs and meals plus some fodder purchases while they can sometimes pickup some fodder for such relief efforts at much below going rates.

    Lion's Need for Feed Upper Hunter Hay Run a great success!

    Lion Helen, our Need for Feed Ambassador, from Belmont Lions has been pushing, for some time, for a hay run to support for our drought affected Upper Hunter farmers. The Victorian Lion's Need for Feed team overcame the logistical complexities and signed up trucks and drivers. In two weeks District 201N3 clubs raised $33,000 to purchase scarce hay. Local company Ireland Bulk Haulage provided six big tippers with dog trailers to bring 240 tonnes of donated grape marc from Griffith to the Hunter. Lions, and other groups, in Victoria and NSW donated hampers, care packs and other items. Lions in our District enthusiastically joined in, and in just two weeks our first Need for Feed Hay Run happened!

    The enthusiasm of Lions in this project was outstanding! Many Lions quickly learned the ins and outs of bulk haulage, farming, and production lines. Saturday morning saw about 25 Lions from 12 clubs packing hampers at the Muswellbrook Combined Service Club's shed. A donation of $900 worth of fruit and vegetables by local business people Nicole and Paul saw Lions packing forty big fruit and vegetable packs. Meanwhile other Lions and Lionesses worked on the logistics for the hay delivery and distribution, and catering for the drivers, Need for Feed crew, Lions and other helpers.

    On Sunday Lions had the opportunity to work with local people in delivering Fruit and Veg Packs, Hampers and Care Packs to over fifty struggling farming families in the Sandy Hollow, Murrurundi, Gundy and Noonan Flats areas. This was an overwhelming experience! The gratitude of the recipients was unbelievable. These people are struggling through perhaps the worst drought conditions on record, and many are not confident of surviving with the limited support available to them. Stock feed and the other gifts have given them both practical support and hope for the future. The Lions involved have not previously felt so touched by a project.

    Meanwhile, Lions at the shed continued to pack hampers. This is a great project and it needs to continue! It has brought Lions together to serve! There has been incredible effort, great camaraderie and very moving results. Thanks Lions!

    A de-brief and establishing plans to continue this work is proposed for Sunday 15 July 2018. Details TBC

    National Youth of the Year

    posted May 11, 2018, 5:09 PM by webmaster lions201n3

    We wish to congratulate our N3 Youth of the Year State Finalist, Lucy Witherdin, for winning the Public Speaking section of the National Final.

     Lucy will be a great ambassador for our district over the next year.

     Tom Rockliff from Tasmania won the overall competition.

     It was a great achievement for our District and I wish to thank all participating clubs that either held Club, Zone, Region & District Final or made donations to the event.

     I have attached a photo of National Finalists.

     I wish to increase our 26 Club participation rate for this year, so please give your consideration to enter the 2018-2019 competition.

     Lion John Mulhearn

    Youth Projects Group Chair &

    Youth of the Year District Coordinator

    Diabetes Kids Day

    posted Jan 19, 2018, 1:56 PM by webmaster lions201n3

    Taking Diabetes to new Heights
    Lions District is pleased to sponsor the Diabuddies Day at Treetops, Minmi arranged through Diabetes NSW to allow kids with diabetes & their parents to network while having an exciting & challenging activity in company of other kids with diabetes. 
    (article published in Newcastle Weekly on 18/1/2018)
    Lions sponsor Diabuddies day at Treetops adventure park

    2017 Convention Resolutions & Elections

    posted Nov 13, 2017, 1:47 AM by webmaster lions201n3   [ updated Nov 20, 2017, 2:58 AM ]

    At the 2017 District Convention held at Cessnock on 4th November, the following resolutions were carried:-
    • Project NM1 - Extension of Internatuonal Youth Camp (Lions Camp Kookaburra)
    • Project NM2  -Extension of Children of Courage Award project
    The following Lions were elected to positions:-
    • District Governor Elect for 2018-19 -VDG Keith Stewart
    • 1st Vice DG Elect for 2018-19  VDG Inga Kasch
    • 2nd Vice DG Elect for 2018-19 - Lion Geoff Kilmurray
    • Trustee for 3 year N3 Diabetes Foundation - Lion Jim Cowburn
    • Director  3 years NSW/ACT SaveSight/PublicHealthCare Fdns - PDG George Kinealy
    • Director  1 year  NSW/ACT SaveSight/PublicHealthCare Fdns  VDG Inga Kasch
    • Public Officer Lions District 201N3 Inc - PCC Keith Parry
    Keith&Carole Parry Perpetual Trophy for best Convention Display - Youth Exchange (Brenda Scarfi)
    Tailtwisting Trophy - PDG Ken Hallam

    217 registered attendees plus visiting (unregistered) guests for Remembrance ceremony.
     *Summary of Convention Proceedings  Downloadable here

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