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    Vale Peter Stapleton OAM

    Our club and indeed all of the Queanbeyan community were saddened by the passing of our longest serving Lions Club Member, Peter Brian Stapleton.

    Peter passed away on June 10 2021 at Warrigal Retirement Village in Queanbeyan. He joined the Lions Club of Queanbeyan in 1958, the year after its Charter in 1957, giving 63 years of service to Lions and to the Queanbeyan community.

    Peter worked for the original J. B. Young Department Store in Queanbeyan. In those days it was the only department store in the area, until they opened a store in Kingston.

    Peter was past President of the Club on five occasions in 1973-74, 1993-94, 1994-95, 2007-08 and in 2006-07.

    Peter was honoured as a Lions Life Member and with a Melvin Jones Fellowship for his outstanding service to Lions Clubs International. Peter also received the Australian Lions Foundation (ALF) Ian M Stockdale Humanitarian Award and James D Richardson Award in recognition of his outstanding service to Lions and the community.

    In 2011 Peter was awarded an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for service to the community of Queanbeyan.

    Peter featured prominently in the Club’s 60th anniversary event in 2017 and in the Club’s hosting of the Lions District Convention in October 2017.

    In November 2018 Peter joined with fellow Lions legend the late Noel Reid OAM and QPRC Mayor Tim Overall to cut the ribbon to officially open the Lions Community Bookshop.

    Peter continued to regularly attend Lions Club meetings up until 2020 and to support the Club and his community, in particular through his generous donation to enable young people to attend Outward Bound Programs.

    Peter had been a staunch supporter of Lions Youth Haven over many years. He will be missed by many in our community and beyond. We remember and give thanks for Peter’s great tradition of service in Lions and to his community.

    We extend our deep sympathy to all of Peter’s family and his many friends at his passing.

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    Commencing Tuesday 4 May 2021, our very popular Lions Community Bookshop will open every Tuesday in addition to opening every Wednesday to Saturday inclusive.

    Hours will be the same, viz: 10 am to 4 pm

    Come along and grab one of our many bargains - most books from just $1 and $2.

    146 Monaro Street, Queanbeyan just near the Leagues Club.

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    Easter 2021

    The Bookshop will be closed on Good Friday, Easter Saturday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday.

    We will open again on Wednesday 7 April 2021.


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    Lions Community Bookshop open for 2021

    Our Bookshop re-opened on Wednesday 6 January 2021 and will operate from 10 am to 4 pm each Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 146 Monaro Street, Queanbeyan (near the Leagues Club)
    Drop in and find lots and lots of terrific fiction and non-fiction books from $1. Card payments (min.$5) and cash are accepted.

    All our books are categorised and many categories like General Fiction, Crime and Popular Authors are in alphabetical order by author.

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    Thank you to all the good people of the Queanbeyan area who purchased tickets in our Christmas Raffle this year. The winners were drawn on Monday 21 December 2020 by Anne and Justine, staff of Flight Centre, Riverside Plaza, Queanbeyan.

    First Prize - Judy of Queanbeyan

    Second Prize - Leonie of Karabar

    Third Prize - Greg of Queanbeyan

    Fourth Prize - Sharon of Queanbeyan

    Our photo shows a happy first prize winner collecting her prize.

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    For Christmas 2020, the famous Lions Christmas cakes and puddings will be on sale from 12 November at the following sites:

    Riverside Plaza, Queanbeyan, outside Flight Centre - every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 26 November to 20 December

    Jerrabomberra Shopping Village, outside Woolies - Saturday and Sunday from 5 December to 13 December

    Lions Community Bookshop, 146 Monaro Street, Queanbeyan - every Wednesday to Saturday inclusive from 12 November to 19 December

    All sites will be open from 10 am to 4 pm on the days above.

    Prices are unchanged at $17 for 1.5 kilo cake, $13 for 1.0 kilo cake, $13 for puddings and $2 for cake slice.

    Help us raise funds for those in great need - we appreciate your support.

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    Last Sunday 16 August 2020, Lions Club of Queanbeyan lost one of its much loved members when former QPRC Councillor Peter Bray AM died in Queanbeyan Hospital.

    For many years Peter ran the Charity Book Fair in Queanbeyan until in 2018 he approached our club to take over his stock of used books and helped us set up Lions Community Bookshop in Monaro Street, Queanbeyan.
    With his extensive network of contacts in the community he was able to arrange supply of a suitable shop front, unused shelving from the Library and a beneficial lease of shop fronts from Queanbeyan Leagues Club. The Bookshop has been very successful and is now recognised as the best second hand bookshop in Queanbeyan and further afield. Over $45,000 has been raised for charities and agencies since opening in November 2018.

    Peter loved to come into the Bookshop on his own, early in the morning and potter around looking for rare and interesting books to supply to his many contacts. To ensure he was covered for insurance while at these pleasurable respites, I urged Peter to become a member of our Lions Club to which he readily agreed. He joined the club in November 2019 and became a very popular member with the rest of our membership.

    Peter Bray will be remembered in our community for his lifelong dedication to his family and those less fortunate. He was recognised by being appointed a Member of the Order (AM) of the Order of Australia on Australia Day 1995 and has received numerous other accolades.

    Now in a better place – Rest in Peace, Peter.

    Max Carrick

    August 2020

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    Lions Community Bookshop in Queanbeyan will hold its first book sale since opening and all funds raised will go to support local charities and community groups.

    Fill up your regular shopping bag (or we can supply one) for $5 with great used books and magazines.

    Books will be on sale over 2 weeks at 150 Monaro Street (next door to the Bookshop) 10 am to 4 pm on Friday to Sunday 28-30 August and 10 am to 4 pm on Friday and Saturday 4 & 5 September.

    To support safe shopping, the book sale will be a COVIDSAFE site and offer customers cashless transactions ($5 min) via EFTPOS tap and go. Cash will also be accepted.

    For more details ring 0405 026 315

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    Crawford Street safety measures

    QPRC has announced funding has been secured for a safety upgrade on the corner of Crawford, Campbell and Erin Streets, Queanbeyan an area that abuts the Apex Park (see photo on home page). This upgrade was suggested to Council at the time Lions were rehabilitating Apex Park and will provide much greater safety for aged care residents in the immediate area.

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    We are very pleased to advise that our community bookshop will re-open for business from 10 am Thursday 4 June 2020.

    The bookshop will be open as before; from 10 am to 4 pm, but now also on Wednesdays,Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 146 Monaro Street, Queanbeyan, near the Leagues Club.

    We look forward to welcoming back our regular customers and to meeting newcomers at what has become the most popular second-hand bookshop in Queanbeyan and the wider area.

    New stocks have been placed on shelves and all books have been well quarantined over the last two and a half months. We have also installed an EFTPOS facility from Bendigo Bank so card payments (min. $5) will be accepted as well as cash.All major cards including American Express are accepted.

    All donated books will be isolated in a back room for a week before their usual sorting and cleaning.

    Come along and share the delight our members and volunteers are expressing for this long awaited event.

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    Coronavirus COVID-19 and Lions Community Bookshop

    Due to risks associated with this dreadful virus and in accordance with Government regulations, we have CLOSED THE BOOKSHOP for the foreseeable future.This is in effect from Monday 21 March 2020.

    We very much appreciate your past support and look forward to greeting you again in the bookshop which we know has become a welcome facility in the Queanbeyan and wider area.
    We will re-open as soon as it is advised we can do so.

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    Recycle your old specs to be used again

    We collect your old specs/glasses and we ensure they are forwarded to the Lions Recycle for Sight programme to assist people all over the world to overcome sight difficulties.

    It's good to know your glasses can make a real difference.

    Just call at Lions Community Bookshop, 146 Monaro Street, Queanbeyan on any open day (Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm) and drop them off.

    Thank you

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    Noel Reid OAM, 1924 to 2020

    Vale Past District Governor NOEL REID OAM

    PDG Noel Reid OAM was an original Charter member of the Lions Club of Queanbeyan formed in 1957. Noel was a former Club President of Queanbeyan.

    In 2006 Noel was admitted Into the Australian Lions Foundation Hall of Fame Honour Roll in recognition of his exceptional service to the Lions organisation and the community.

    Noel was also honoured as a Lions Life Member and with a Melvin Jones Fellowship for his outstanding service to Lions Clubs International.

    In 2010 Noel was awarded the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for his outstanding service to the Queanbeyan community.

    We celebrate Noel’s life and his proud legacy in helping to start the sale of Lions Christmas cakes.

    Noel worked with the late Ern Smith to introduce the Lions Christmas Cake program to this district back in 1965. The story goes that Ern suggested to his District Governor that Lions should sell Christmas Cakes and it be expanded to a National program. His District Governor told him he was crazy. Nevertheless the idea was formulated, moved, seconded and adopted that Lion Ern Smith be given just one week to form a plan to bring his idea into being. Ern and Noel rolled up their sleeves and got on with it and the rest is history!

    The first Lions Christmas Cakes sold 13,470 in its first year and is synonymous with the Lions brand. Annual sales nationally are around $6.5 million and over $50 million in funds have been raised since sales began.

    Noel played a vital role during the 1960s and 1970s in Lions fund raising events to set up new services and amenities for the Queanbeyan community, such as:

    • An adult scooter race three years running to raise money for a filtration plant for the much needed Queanbeyan Swimming Pool

    • Winter clothing for the needy

    • An annual Christmas party for senior citizens

    • Fund raising to start what became George Forbes House

    • Fund raising for a shelter for homeless women

    • Fundraising for an ambulance, and

    • A kilometre of dollars for purchase of hospital equipment.

    Noel featured prominently in the Club’s 60th anniversary event in 2017 and in the Club’s hosting of the Lions District Convention in October 2017.

    In November 2018 Noel joined with fellow Lions legend Peter Stapleton OAM and QPRC Mayor Tim Overall to cut the ribbon to officially open the Lions Community Bookshop.

    We remember and give thanks for Noel’s great tradition of service in Lions and we extend our deep sympathy to Joan and all of Noel’s family at his passing on 7 January 2020 at Tuross Head.

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    Lions Christmas Raffle 2019

    Our Christmas Raffle this year was won by Kirsten of Jerrabomberra and we are grateful to everyone who purchased tickets. The money raised will go to worthwhile community charities and agencies.
    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all.

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    Christmas Cakes and Puddings 2019

    Lions Club of Queanbeyan will be selling the famous Lions Christmas Cakes and Puddings at several sites in the lead up to Christmas 2019.

    Look for our volunteers at Riverside Plaza, Jerrabomberra Shopping Village and Lions Community Bookshop, 146 Monaro Street, Queanbeyan on these days:

    * Riverside Thursday to Sunday from 28 November to 22 December

    * Jerrabomberra on Saturdays from 7 December to 21 December

    * Bookshop Thursday to Saturday from 14 November

    All sites will operate from 10 am to 4 pm.

    Lions Christmas Cakes originated right here in Queanbeyan in 1965 and are now sold Australia wide.

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    The Battle of Waterloo 16 June 2019

    Car Clubs representing British and French cars assembled in Queanbeyan Park on Sunday 16 June 2019 to showcase their beautiful vehicles and vie for "Best in Show".

    Lions Club of Queanbeyan provided steak sandwiches, sausage sandwiches, egg sandwiches (some toasted) and Peter Bray organised to sell British and French themed books from our Community Bookshop.

    A great day was had by all.

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    Queanbeyan Rodeo 9 March 2019

    Lions Club of Queanbeyan and 1st Jerrabomberra Scout Group were asked to assist with the clean-up of Queanbeyan Showground after the biggest and best Queanbeyan Rodeo yet.
    An excellent turn-up of members from each group meant we could get stuck in and make a difference to the clean-up and the organisers were very happy with our efforts.


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    Lions Awareness Days - 2/3/March 2019

    Lions Awareness Day

    Saturday 2 March & Sunday 3 March 10am to 2pm

    Riverside Plaza (Outside Flight Centre), 131 Monaro Street Queanbeyan

    Please come along have a chat with us about the Lions Club of Queanbeyan’s fund-raising activities and projects.

    After more than 60 years proudly serving the Queanbeyan community, we know our role as a service club is more important than ever. It may be providing emergency relief during natural disasters, supporting young families in need, supporting critical medical research into childhood cancers and diabetes, working on local community projects or simply reaching out to people in hardship who need a helping hand.

    So please come along and talk to a Lion and ask us why we decided to give our time and effort to helping others. We warmly welcome people who would like to join us and be of service to others and their local community.

    Just two more hands can make a difference!


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    Lions Community Bookshop, Queanbeyan

    Our latest venture, the Lions Community Bookshop, was officially opened by Mayor Tim Overall on Friday 2 November 2018 at 146 Monaro Street, Queanbeyan, just along from the Leagues Club. Tim was joined by foundation and long-time members, Noel Reid and Peter Stapleton.

    We have been asked by Councillor Peter Bray AM who has successfully run the Charity Bookshops for many years, to continue his work to raise funds for the Queanbeyan community.

    A wide variety of books will be available and most will be priced from just $1 and $2. There will also be magazines,DVDs and Lions famous Christmas Cakes.

    Opening hours will be 10 am to 4 pm, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and if you have any questions, please contact us at or 0405 026 315

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    Lions Burra Open Gardens - 2018 and 2019

    Unfortunately due to the continuing drought, we are unable to present the Lions Burra Open Gardens this year. We hope to stage the popular event again in 2020 and we hope for good rains for Burra and the entire drought-affected area of the country.
    We apologise for any inconvenience.

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    Lions Di & Winston Masters winners of 2018 Country Music Service Award

    The 2018 Peel Valley Lions Club Country Music Service Award has been won by Queanbeyan Lions Di and Winston Masters. The award was accepted on their behalf by country music performer Diane Lindsay - the daughter of the legendary Reg Lindsay - from Peel Valley Lion’s Club project chairman Lion Terry Hill in Tamworth on 24 January 2018.

    The award includes a cheque for $500, which the Masters’ will donate to the Lion’s Children’s Cancer Research Foundation. Diane plans to present the award to the Masters on stage at the Bungendore Country Music Muster in February 2018.

    Di and Winston Masters won the Award in recognition of their exceptional voluntary service to the community through their strong connections and outstanding contributions to the Australian country music industry.

    Di and Winston have been tireless workers behind the scenes of the Lions Club of Queanbeyan’s hosting of regular Country Music Concerts over the past 10 years to raise funds for local charities to support children with cancer and the highly successful Bungendore Country Music Muster.

    Both Di and Winston are long-term Lions members and have provided outstanding service to the local Bungendore and Queanbeyan communities over many years.

    Di and Winston richly deserve to be honoured as quiet achievers who never sought recognition or praise for their charity and community efforts. They are an inspiring couple, who have, despite frequent illness, given their all to helping others and to their local community, usually with jokes, laughter and a cheeky grin.

    They truly exemplify the essence of Lionism “We serve” and that high Australian honour of being “true blue”.

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    Lions Club of Queanbeyan Proudly Celebrated its’ 60th Anniversary in 2017

    Lions Club of Queanbeyan celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2017.

    Our club was presented with its Charter on 21 September 1957, at a time when Bob Menzies was our Prime Minister and Elvis was King, when Slim Dusty sang about a pub with no beer and when a 16 year old singer called John Lennon first met a 15 year old guitarist named Paul McCartney at a church garden fete.

    Queanbeyan established its own Lions pride, the first town in our region to do so, and went on to build a proud legacy of community service. We come together to celebrate those 60 extraordinary years.

    We honour Lion Noel Reid OAM, the only original Charter member remaining and Lion Peter Stapleton OAM who became a member shortly after in 1958. Noel and Peter are both former Club Presidents and have been honoured as Lions Life Members and were awarded the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for their outstanding service to the community.

    We celebrate the proud legacy of our Club in helping to start the sale of Lions Christmas cakes, with original charter member Noel Reid playing a key role.

    The Lions Club of Queanbeyan that began 60 years ago was the only Lions Club south of Sydney.

    The driving force behind the formation of our club was Steve Mauger and this club owes much to him. Sportsman, Alderman on the Queanbeyan Council, Deputy Mayor, Liberal MLA for Monaro were some of the positions Steve held and lastly Minister for Youth, Ethnic and Community Affairs. What a great loss to the Club it was when Steve Mauger died in 1976 at age 57. It was a measure of the man that 600 people attended his funeral.

    Looking back the major fundraising activities in those early years included an adult scooter race three years running to raise money for a filtration plant for the much needed Queanbeyan Swimming Pool. Other projects followed over the years such as Saturday night dances, firewood raffles. street stalls, winter clothing for the needy, fundraising for an ambulance, funds to start what became George Forbes House, shelter for homeless women and a kilometre of dollars for hospital equipment to name just a few.

    In the early years the Lions Club of Queanbeyan sponsored Lions Clubs in other towns in the district, notably the Yass, Goulburn, Canberra (City), Braidwood and Bungendore Clubs, as well as having a hand in the formation of the Lions Club of Cooma.

    When the Club was first formed it was strictly men only but these days Lions has moved with the times and women are now represented in all levels and activities of Lions across Australia and internationally. Our biggest challenge now and into the future is to attract young people to join Lions and to show the community that Lions is for everyone, not just for their Nannas and Grandpas!

    Our major annual fundraiser is the Lions Burra Open Gardens event which is held in the last weekend of October and which continues to be a great success after more than 10 years, where funds raised enable us to support local community services, like supported housing by HOME in Queanbeyan.

    We raised funds of over $10,000 from our Gala Dinner Dance in July 2016 which we donated to Cystic Fibrosis ACT to assist children and young people and to St Benedict’s Community Centre to assist the homeless.

    In recent years we are very fortunate to have Di Masters as a long standing member of the Lions Club of Queanbeyan. Di organises regular Country Music Concerts at the Tigers Club to offer entertainment from some of Australia’s finest country music artists to local residents and to raise funds to donate to the Cancer Support Group to assist children with cancer and to Queanbeyan Children’s Special Needs Group to assist children with a disability.

    We raise funds selling Lions Christmas cakes and puddings and from regular monthly BBQs outside Woolworths and other community event BBQs. Funds raised go to support local community services and to assist children with special needs, such as the purchase of a Hart walker and specialist equipment, and assist young people and families in need.

    We are hands-on in the community, working with staff at Moudji Respite Centre, which provides respite for families and carers of people with disabilities, to rejuvenate their garden so that residents can enjoy nature.

    We pay for high school students from families in need to participate in Outward Bound courses to help them to gain confidence, self-esteem and develop their leadership skills and to fulfil their potential.

    We have enjoyed a long and fruitful partnership with the Kirk Family Foundation to help distribute its funds to selected children and young people in needy families to reach their full potential.

    Through the Australian Lions Foundation Disaster Emergency Grants we are able to help when disasters such as flood and bushfire strike our community. A recent local bushfire in Carwoola left people with loss or damage to their homes and damage and destruction to farm buildings and loss of feed for livestock. This fund was able to give us $20,000 to distribute to those affected by this disaster.

    But it’s not all hard work alone for Lions. We all benefit from the social aspect of meeting new people and working together on various projects. There is great personal satisfaction and joy in giving of our time and energies to serve our local community and to be of service to children, young people, individuals and families who are in need and face hardship.

    We are a part of large Lions family - a local, district, national and international family of people who have joined together for common purpose and commitment.

    Our Lions Centennial Legacy project for the Queanbeyan community is a rejuvenation of Apex Park to make it far more accessible and inclusive for the whole community, for children and young people of all abilities, for adults with a disability and for older residents, and for parents, grandparents, carers and their families.

    The Club wishes to acknowledge the generous financial support it has received grant funding $50,000 for this project from the Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council’s and the NSW Government's Stronger Community Grants program.

    All these achievements looking back over the past 60 years has been fostered by men and women of diverse ages and backgrounds joining together with the shared goal of creating and fostering a spirit of understanding among all people and of promoting the principles of good citizenship, high ethical standards and of service to others without thought of personal financial reward or private agenda.

    And as we look forward to the years ahead, the way forward is lit for us by the vision set forward by Lions International in this the Lions Centenary year; our mission is clear and the challenges are great, but so are the rewards.

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    Lions Club of Queanbeyan celebrate Lions international centenary 7 June 2017


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    Lions Club of Queanbeyan celebrate Lions international centenary

    The Lions Club of Queanbeyan is joining in to celebrate the organisation’s international centenary this year with a number of local projects underway including our Lions Centennial Legacy project to rejuvenate Apex Park to make it more inclusive for the Queanbeyan community.

    Lions Clubs International (LCI), the largest service club organisation in the world, was founded by a Chicago business-man named Melvin Jones on 7 June 1917 in response to his vison that ordinary people could use their talents to better service their communities. LCI now has 46,000 clubs and 1.6 million members globally, working together to provide humanitarian support to communities in need.

    Lions Australia’s National Executive Officer, Rob Oerlemans said:

    “This significant milestone provides an opportunity to celebrate the Lions legacy and look ahead to our next century of service.

    “The 1200 Lions clubs across Australia are marking the centenary by engaging in a wide range of projects to support their local communities, and the Lions Club of Queanbeyan is no exception.

    “While Lions celebrate 100 years internationally, Lions Australia will also celebrate its 70th anniversary this year, following the first Australian club’s foundation in Lismore in 1947.

    “I would like to thank and congratulate Lions in Australia for their continued service and support of their communities and wish Lions all around the world the very best for our next 100 years of service.”

    Lions Club of Queanbeyan President, Jamie Walker said:

    “The Lions Club of Queanbeyan is proud to celebrate its 60th anniversary this year as one of the oldest Lions Clubs’ in the country.

    “In 1957 Queanbeyan established its own Lions pride, the first town in our region to do so, and went on to build a proud legacy of community service.”

    “We have a membership of men and women of diverse ages, from diverse backgrounds and new members are always welcome.”

    “We are a part of large Lions family - a local, district, national and international family of people who have joined together for common purpose and commitment to be of service to others.”

    “Our Lions Centennial Legacy project for the Queanbeyan community is a rejuvenation of Apex Park to make it far more accessible and inclusive for the whole community, for children and young people of all abilities, for adults with a disability and for older residents, and for parents, grandparents, carers and their families.”

    “The Club wishes to acknowledge the generous financial support it has received for this project from the Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council’s and the NSW Government's Stronger Community Grants program.”

    In 2016, Lions Australia launched its ‘Community 100’ Centennial Project. 100 Lions Clubs around Australia donated $1000 grants to community organisations of their choice to support areas like Youth, Vision, Hunger and Environment.

    As part of the Centennial, LCI has encouraged clubs to launch a ‘Centennial Legacy Project’ – a visible gift to their communities to celebrate 100 years. The Lions Club of Queanbeyan will formally launch its Centennial Legacy Project – Apex Park Rejuvenation later this year.

    To coincide with the Centennial, Lions Australia’s Newcastle-based National Office is about to launch a new television campaign, which was filmed locally by multi-award-winning agency, Good Eye Dear. The new campaign aims to showcase the breadth of work that Lions Clubs achieve and acknowledge 100 years of international service.

    The Centennial Celebration runs for a three year period in total, beginning in June 2015 and ending in June 2018. Internationally, Lions have set a goal of serving 200 million people a year by 2021, tripling their current humanitarian impact.


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    Club email: queanbeyan.nsw@lions,org,au

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    Lions support Carwoola Bushfire Appeal

    Queanbeyan Lions Club president Jamie Walker said the Carwoola fire was a fitting cause to allocate $20,000 from the Lions' natural disaster relief fund.

    "I know people are in desperate need for support, so we want that money to get to them as soon as possible," he said

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  • Find Lions Club of Queanbeyan on Facebook!

    Find us on Facebook and see what we are up to! 2007 is going to be a massive year for all Lions and for our Club. Our Club turns 60 next year! And its the Lions Centenary year- 100 years of service to the community around the world! And our Club will hosting the Lions 201 District Convention in Queanbeyan on 20-22 October. As well as our usual fund raising events such as Lions Burra Open Gardens. Come and join us in what will be a fantastic year!

    Sign up to our page and come to one of our meetings! We'd love to meet you and tell you more about why it's great to be Lion!


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    Lions Clubs donated more than $100,000 to community projects throughout Australia through the Lions Australia’s Community 100 program to mark the Lions' Centenary in 2017.

    The Lions of Queanbeyan was proud to give funds of $1,000 to the Community 100 program, which saw the Queanbeyan Children’s Special Needs Group (Treehouse) successful in receiving a grant.

    The Lions Club of Queanbeyan supported the submission made by Treehouse because its project has strong links with Lions’ priority to engage with and support young people in our local community.

    Treehouse is building a Centre of Excellence in Queanbeyan where children with disability or developmental delay and their families can come to learn and play in a safe and welcoming environment.

    This facility will include high quality, aesthetic, disability accessible indoor and outdoor spaces and fill a long term gap in infrastructure and program delivery options for local families. The playground will be a unique and specially designed space where children can play, learn and achieve their developmental and functional goals. A huge peppercorn tree will be the central feature of a purpose designed, disability friendly, sensory garden.

    In 2006 the Lions Club of Queanbeyan had partnered up with many local businesses to build a lovely Sensory Garden at the current Treehouse facility.

    Treehouse CEO Caitlin Callan says, "Treehouse’s goal is to move the infrastructure of this previous garden to its' new facility and incorporate history with its' present and future services."

    As the new facility has a bare back yard, there remains much work to do to create a wonderful therapeutic, play space for children to use. The Lions 100 Program grant will make a valuable contribution to this work.

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    Lions proud to be helping to inspire young people in our local community

    The Lions Club of Queanbeyan was pleased again this year to financially support two young people from the Queanbeyan community to attend Outward Bound courses.

    Nyah Croke and Emily Hawker, along with staff from Outward Bound Australia, attended the Club's Dinner meeting on 2 May to speak about their experience.

    It was clear from the way the two young women spoke that it had been a rewarding experience that had helped to build their self-awareness and confidence.

    The experience had helped to enhance both their team and leaderships skills, gain an understanding what were the really important things in life (family and friends) and to help then release their true potential.

    Both also spoke about how the course had taught them about the concept of service to others and the community.

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    Queanbeyan Lions Pitch in to Spruce up Moudij Respite Centre

    Lions members are pitching in to help with a major clean-up of the outdoor area and renovate the garden at Moudji Respite Centre so that residents can enjoy being outdoors and interacting with nature, which is highly beneficial for their health and wellbeing.

    The Club’s tireless leader, President Jamie Walker, recently put in some hard yakka on a hot weekend on a much needed initial clean-up of the centre surrounds, with bobcatting of scrub and tree pruning and removal.

    Club members and centre staff will be doing a working bee at Moudji on Saturday 7 May to do some planting and pruning to further spruce up the garden.

    The Moudji Respite Centre opened in late 2010 after a group effort from parents, the organisation Life Without Barriers, the State Government and the Queanbeyan community to make it happen.

    The Moudji Respite Centre has clients in Queanbeyan and surrounding areas like Yass and Goulburn. Clients stay at the centre for a week at a time and range from ages eight to 60 years, and who range from those with high needs to mild intellectual disabilities.

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    Queanbeyan Lions Proudly Supporting Kids with Cancer

    The Lions Club of Queanbeyan was pleased and proud to recently donate $2,057 each to the Queanbeyan Children’s Special Needs Group and the ACT Eden Monaro Cancer Support Group and to help support children undergoing treatment for cancer and their families.

    Club Present Jamie Walker presented cheques to Caitlin Callan, CEO of the Queanbeyan Children’s Special Needs Group and to Melissa Gardiner, CEO of the ACT Eden Monaro Cancer Support Group at the Club’s dinner meeting on Monday 15 February 2016.

    The donations were only possible due to the tireless efforts and passion of Queanbeyan Lions legend Di Masters and her highly successful fundraising from Country Music concerts held throughout 2015.

    Di is busy organising another Country Music Concert which will be held at the Tigers Club, 30 Queenbar Road, on Sunday 22 May 2016, with proceeds going to Queanbeyan Children’s Special Needs Group.


  • Lions Legacy to Bungendore Country Muster 2016

    The Lions Club of Queanbeyan is a proud supporter of the Bungendore Country Muster, providing it with financial support of $3,500 to assist with the completion of the Bush Balladeers Place, to be built in the Bungendore Park.

    True blue legends and long-standing Queanbeyan Lions Di and Winston Masters have given freely of their time, energy and passion over many years to help build the Bush Balladeers Place and serve the Bungendore community.

    Di and Winston are driven by their love of Australian country music and giving back to the community. They were there at the Bungendore Australian Country Music Festival 5-7 February 2016 with other Lions to serve food, raise money for the community and celebrate great Australian country music!

    The Bungendore Country Muster is a shining example of how Queanbeyan Lions connects with and serves its local community. It celebrates and leaves a lasting legacy for the upcoming Lions International Centennial and Queanbeyan Lions 60th anniversary in 2017.


  • Recycle for Site - Lions Club Project & Used Glasses Collection Points

    Glasses donated to the Local Lions Club are then forwarded to Queensland and then they are quality tested, washed and dried. They are then graded in lensometer machines, sorted and packed. The glasses are then forwarded to Lions Clubs, Church Missions and Humanitarian groups in third world countries to be given to people in need

    Queanbeyan Lions Club collects Used Glasses

    Collection Points

    Queanbeyan: Lions Community Bookshop 146 Monaro Street, Queanbeyan, Tobin Brothers, OPSM, Eyecare Plus and ACT Optical

    Manuka: Focus Eyewear Manuka Arcade

    Curtin: Curtin Optical Curtin Shopping Centre

    Fyshwick: Special Eyes Barrier St

  • Country Music Concerts

    The Lions Club of Queanbeyan regularly hosts Country Music Concerts. Money raised from these concerts supports Queanbeyan Children's Special Needs Group and ACT/Eden-Monaro Cancer Support Group.

    For further information and bookings, please contact Di Masters on 6238 2380

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    The Australian Lions Foundation is part of Lions Clubs International in Australia. The Foundation is supported by the 1400 Lions Clubs within Australia.

    It provides direct financial assistance to individuals and organisations through the Lions Clubs in the local areas of need including:

    Emergency and Disaster relief (Fires, Floods, Cyclone and Drought).
    Compassionate Grants for people in need.
    Funds are distributed in partnership with our local Lion Clubs, who work with the beneficiaries to manage projects, ensuring that every cent is used in the way that it should be. The Foundation is committed to using the funds quickly and efficiently to help those people in their time of need.

    The Australian Lions Foundation does not charge any administration costs and your total donation will be used to support the relief that you have nominated or may be used in cases of humanitarian or compassionate need.

    More details:

  • 2020 District N2 Convention

    Venue: TBA Cooma NSW
    Dates: 6th February 2021.

    Hosted by the Lions Club of Cooma.

    This will be a one day event with the a local Cooma Guest to Open the Convention, the day will including our Flags and Remembrance Ceremonies . There will also be a visiting Key Note Speaker. (Details TBA) The important business session of the day will include 'Notices of Motion', as well as the election of FVDG & SVDG. and the election of the District Director for the NSW/ACT Public Health Care & Save Sight Foundation.

    The registration form will be online within the next week.

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    Lions Youth of the Year Facebook Page



    More details:

  • Lions District 201N2 Facebook Page

    More details:!/pages/Lions-District-201n2/219386554776249

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