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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, 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

    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 2019 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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    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: 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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