BENDIGO Lions Club

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  • Zone Winner - Alyssa Lai

    Congratulations to Alyssa Lai who was the Public Speaking Winner and Overall Winner of the YOTY Zone Final held in Marong. Well done Alyssa...a well deserved win. We wish you continued success as you progress through the next level of the YOTY.


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    Youth of the Year 2018

    Since 1964 the 'Youth of the Year' Program has fostered and optimised the leadership and citizenship qualities of thousands of school leavers including many notable Australians.
    This year the Lions Club of Bendigo sponsored Grace Falconer, Toby Scott and Chaelim Ko from Girton Grammar School and Alyssa Lai from Bendigo Senior Secondary College.
    The 'Overall Winner' of the Bendigo Lions Club Final was Alyssa Lai from Bendigo Senior Secondary College. Alyssa now proceeds to the next level of judging, the Zone Final.
    The 'Public Speaking Award' was won by Chaelim Ko from Girton Grammar School.
    Congratulations to all of the contestants who confidently kept the audience engaged in a variety of well presented topics.
    Thank you to our judges Stephanie Kinsman, Colin Christie and Anne Brosnan who provided enormous encouragement to the contestants and provided their time freely ensuring the success of this years Bendigo Club Final.

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    Philippines project

    Last year the Lions Club of Bendigo donated toys and books to the Wisdomville Daycare Centre in the Philippines. The children were so delighted to receive the boxes full of gifts... just in time for Christmas too. As well as receiving a gift each, the centre now has a variety of educational toys that all the children get to play with.

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    Philippines project

    The children from Wisdomville Daycare Centre in the Phillipines have a big surprise coming to them in time for Christmas. Our club has managed to fill 3 large boxes full of gifts.


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    Life Membership Award

    In December 2018 our Club awarded Lion Graham Macdonald a Life Membership due to his 31 years of committed Lions Service and the event of his 80th birthday.

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    Youth of the Year 2018

    Lions Club of Bendigo Youth of the Year Competition was held at the Bendigo Pottery - contestants from Girton Grammar School Samuel Hilson, Gracie Jackel, Emily Shoebridge and Bendigo Senior Secondary College Billie Taylor with the judges, Colin Christie, Tim Dooley and Pam Harvey and Lions President David Paterson.

    Congratulations to Overall winner Samuel Hilson and Public Speaking winner Emily Shoebridge.


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    Committee 2017 - 2018

    LIONS Wayne Drummond,John Kelly, Alan Cowling Tawney Leithhead-Craigie,Maxene McHardy, Steve McHardy, (Front) Nancy Winderlich, David Patterson,President Bec Day
    Absent : Jeanette Turner
    Installed by District Governor Malcolm Qualtrough


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    Cutting the cake

    President Bec Day with DG Malcolm Qualtrough


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    Celebrating 100 years of Lionism world wide 1917 - 2017

    CHANGEOVER 2017-2018 : A fresh year starts with the new committee installed by DG Malcolm Qualtrough. President Bec Day and the committee look forward to continuing to serve our local community and to the challenges that lie ahead

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    Getting ready for the Easter Parade 16 April 2017

    Having fun at the Easter Parade whilst showing the Community we are there to Serve.

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    Ongoing support for our Community

    Our Club was proud to donate to Bendigo Foodshare who helps feed those in need in our Community. Our $3,000-00 donation provides 48,000 meals.

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    Centennial Project - Bendigo Health

    As part of our Centennial project and commitment to our Community our Club had great pleasure in donating $5,000-00 to the Bendigo Health Foundation to help towards its development and growth as one of the outstanding and modern hospitals in Australia. We were escorted on a private tour last night of the hospital by Bendigo Health Kiri Earl and Jane Anderson and were amazed at the technology introduced and very proud that our Community has been blessed with such an outstanding hospital.

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    Youth of the Year 2017

    Our Club was thrilled to host another successful Youth of the Year competition. The students from Girton Grammar and Bendigo Secondary College certainly made it tough on the judges. They were all very good and the final decision was not easy. We congratulate Alexander Nielsen as winner of the Public Speaking section with a big congratulations to Olivia Tangey from Bendigo Secondary College as the Overall Winner of the competition. Well done to all. Thanks to the judges who give their time freely and to the dedicated teachers who make the event possible.
    Students who competed were : Rory Marshall (Girton Grammar), Alexander Nielsen (Girton Grammar), Nicola James (Girton Grammar), Tessa McNaulty (Girton Grammar) and Olivia Tangey (Bendigo Secondary College).

    Winner of the Public Speaking was Alexander Nielsen (far left) and the overall winner was Olivia Tangey (middle).


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    Celebration Day for Emily - Saturday 25 February 2017

    Chairperson of the Australian Lions Childhood Cancer Research Foundation and Club President Bec Day arranged for our Club to attend and cater a BBQ for a special fundraising day at Cooinda Park, Bendigo.

    The event was held as a Celebration Day for Emily (who has bone cancer), daughter of Natalie O'Neill and Luke Simons


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    Annual donation to Relay for Life

    Our annual donation to a very worthwhile cause, Relay for Life. President Bec Day is seen presenting the cheque to Chair of Bendigo Relay for Life Teresa Jones and colleague Robin Gray.


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    Welcome to our new President Rebecca Day

    We welcome our new Club President Lion Rebecca Day. Congratulations Bec, we look forward to a happy time with you in the seat and hope that you find the position rewarding and fulfilling.


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    Donation to OTIS Foundation - Kez's Hideaway

    Our Club once again proudly supported Kez' Hideaway by presenting the Otis Foundation with a donation of $6,000-00. Funds will go towards the soft furnishing's of Kez's Hideaway in Redesdale.
    Kez’s Hideaway is an amazing homestead being built in memory of Kerri Gray for the OTIS Foundation.

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    New Member induction

    We welcome new member Jeanette Turner who was inducted on the 14th July 2016. Jeanette is seen with Sponsor Lion Mary Thomas and PDG Maureen Thorpe.

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    James D Richardson Award

    The James D Richardson Award was presented to Lion Colleen Callister for her commitment to Lions and our Club. Working full time Colleen still finds the time to complete all the Club's printing requirements for formal and informal occasions, fills in at the last minute when called upon and her dedication to ensuring the Legacy Ladies Lunch is completed with small but meaningful gifts to the ladies.

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    New Committee for 2016 - 2017

    New installed Board Members for 2016-2017

    President Rob Tamblyn, Secretary Steve McHardy, Asst Sec Maxene McHardy, Treasurer Mark King, VP1 Aaron Bentley, 2VP David Patterson, 3rd VP Bec Day, Directors Wayne Drummond, Joy Crabtree, Nancy Winderlich (absent Tawney Leithhead-Craigie and John Kelly), Membership Director Mary Thomas, Tail Twister David Patterspn, Lion Tamer Alan Cowling, Bulletin Editor Colleen Callister


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    60th Anniversary of our Club's Charter - Celebrated 16th April 2016

    Our Club celebrated its 60 Years of Service in our Community at the Bendigo RSL.

    Oh! What a night, we were entertained, enthralled, great food, spoilt with lovely home made cakes and lots of great raffle prizes. Funds were raised for the Australian Lions Childhood Cancer Foundation. A great night had by all and a night to remember.

    Here's to the next 60 years. Well done to Charter members, past members and current members for your commitment in keeping LIONS alive in Bendigo.

    See our facebook page for more pictures.

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    Youth of the Year 2016

    Congratulations to Kelly Phan for reaching the State final of Youth of the Year, sponsored by the Bendigo Lions Club


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    25 years as Treasurer- what an effort. A big thank you to Lion Alan Cowling

    Lion Alan Cowling has finally handed over the balance sheets to new Treasurer Lion Mark King.

    Lion Alan was presented with an outstanding service award for his great effort and very efficient running of the treasurer's job. PDG Kevin Tait is proud to present the award on behalf of the Club.


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    Our new committee for 2015 - 2016

    Our new board was installed on the 9th July by Lion/2nd Vice District Governor elect Malcolm Qualtrough.


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    Youth of the Year - Public Speaking winner 2015

    Matthew Keech with Jane Foster from NAB (who sponsor this program each year)


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    Youth of the Year overall winner 2015

    Claudia Crawford with judge Jane Foster from NAB (who sponsor this program each year)


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    Youth of the Year 2015 - Club Finals

    This years Club finals were conducted on the 26th February; competition was very tight and it was a tough decision for the judges.

    Students who participated were all from Girton Grammar - Claudia Crawford (overall winner) Matthew Leech (Public Speaking winner) Rani Jayasekera, Matilda Gibbs, Hugh Feary and Jacob Waller.



    Students are presented their certificates by President David Patterson.


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    James D FRichardson Award

    Secretary Steve McHardy and Assistant Secretary Maxene McHardy were awarded a joint James D Richardson Award for their combined services to Lions in the 6 years they have been members.


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    Donation to Relay for Life

    We are proud to sponsor the Bendigo Relay for Life Team and wish them every success in reaching their $3million dollar mark since commencing the program.


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    Win Tyquin Award - Lions Australia Spinal Cord Fellowship

    Our Club was awarded the Win Tyquin Award for our support given to the Lions Australia Spinal Cord Fellowship in the pursuit of a cure for chronic spinal cord injury.
    President Wayne Drummond is seen with Lion Maxene McHardy and District Governor Stan Falloon.


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    Melvin Jones Award

    Lion David Patterson was awarded the Melvin Jones Award for his commitment and service to Lions and the local community for over 33 years. A well deserved award by a Lion who proudly demonstrates the values of Lionism.


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    Membership Award

    Our Club was presented with a Membership Award for growth in the 2012-2013 year. This was handed to a representative of our Club at the Melton convention.


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    Relay for Life

    Our annual donation for the Relay for Life fundraising activity.


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    Bendigo Health Fun Run 2013

    An annual event organised by Bendigo Health to raise funds for the Hospital's various needs.

    The 2013 Bendigo Bank Fun Run took place on 3 November showcasing a new inner city course highlighting the CBD’s majestic and stunning gold era architecture and a new 15.55km distance. There was almost 3000 participants who took to the streets of Bendigo and raised a record $121,316.85 for the hospital's operating theatres at Bendigo Health.

    Our club starts the day bright and early to help with the great demand for breakfast after the run.


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    Youth of the Year 2014

    Overall Club Quest Winner Roshan Jayasekera with Chairperson/Judge Anne Brosnan


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    Youth of the Year 2014

    Public Speaking Winner 2014 - Samuel Webb with Chairperson/Judge Anne Brosnan


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    Youth of the Year 2014

    Another excellent night with a high standard of competitors from Girton Grammar School. Group Photo of the participating students :
    Samuel Webb, Oliver Cox, Roshan Jayasekera, Olivia White and Kaitlin Waterson


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    Care Packs to serving members of our Armed Forces

    We were very happy to send three care packs to troops serving overseas in Afghanistan, the Middle East and other parts of the world. The packs were sent for Christmas 2012


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    Life Member awarded to Lion Harold Jennings

    A well deserved award to Lion Harold who joined Lions in November 1967. Lion Harold has been active in many roles in our Club and as a retired Technical Teacher became the Club's handy man with his talented building skills.


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    Life Member awared to Lion Alan Cowling

    A well deserved award for Lion Alan Cowling, Lion Alan has been a member since October 1975 and has represented Lions in many roles with his longest serving post as Club treasurer since 1996. Lion Alan can be seen with PDG Ray Powles, President David Patterson and Secretary Steve McHardy.


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    Winner of Public Speaking Mills Alexander




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    Overall Winner William Hogan with Judge/Chairperson Anne Brosnan




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    Youth of the Year 2013

    Once again six students from Girton College competed in our Club''s Youth of the Year competition. All gave very interesting speaches and were challenged with the impromptu question by the judges.
    Thomas Morrall, Steven Maharaj, Mills Alexander,Pearce Harrison , William Hogan and Angus McCormack seen with President David Patterson


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    World Festival of Magic Show

    The annual Magic Show was held in November 2012 and was enjoyed by over 400 children, teenagers and adults. Without the support of businesses and individuals, too many to mention, the show would not be possible. We would like to thank all those who purchased tickets to allow those less advantaged to enjoy a really wonderful show. Our picture shows Brydon Gardner with the Magic Show cast, Brydon attended the show with brothers Kael and Xavier as well as Dad.


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    James D Richardson Award presented to Lion David Patterson July 2012

    President Ken Martin is proudly presenting the James D Richardson Asward to Lion David Patterson. Lion David has served 31 years of committed service to Lions and the local community and is an inspiration to our younger Lions.


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    Melvin Jones Award presented to Lion Graham Macdonald July 2012

    President Ken Martin is seen proudly presenting a well deserved Melvin Jones Award to Lion Graham Macdonald. Lion Graham has served 26 years as a Lion with our Club and his unquestionable committment to Lions and the Community is to be commended.





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    Youth of the Year 2012 - Bendigo student competes in the National finals in Perth.

    Youth of The Year Quest

    National Finals Perth 2012



    Congratulations to our National Finalists in the Youth of the Year Quest for 2012.
    Ishaa Sandhu WA, Elise Delpiano NSW, Anusha Jayasekera Vic, Nicholas Connelley Tas,
    Mia Roberts SA & NT, Molly McInerney Qld



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    Donation to Righteous Pups

    February 2012
    Righteous pups is a Lions Club project and RPA raises and trains assistance dogs to do a variety of practical tasks for children and adults with disabilities. The impact each dog makes on the life of their recipient is priceless, giving recipients a greater level of independence, self esteem and an overall improvement in psychological well-being and quality of life.

    President Ken Martin and Past President Graham Macdonald present a donation toTrainer Jenn Atkins from Righteous Pups. Jenn is seen with one of the dogs in training "Dixie". The cheque was for $10,000-00 and will go towards the purchase of a bus which is required to transport helpers and families to their new premises in Lockwood. Victoria.








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    Lions Hearing Foundation - front row to go - hearing system

    April 2011 - President Graham presents the plaque for the classroom sound system at St Kilians School. He is seen with the prep students, their teacher and Lion Maxene while the system is put to use. The sound system is used by the teacher and students; all students benefit from the classroom sound system, however it has special benefits for children who are deaf or hearing impaired and for those who suffer from the various attention deficit disorders.


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    Picture of the Dragon Boat

    November 2010
    Our Club proudly sponsors the Prostate Cancer Mens Support Group and assisted in the purchase of a Dragon Boat


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    Support for Prostate Cancer

    Blessing of the Dragons Afloat Dragon Boat Proudly sponsored by our Club

    On a cold miserable day in October 2010 the blessing and launch of the Dragons Afloat Dragon Boat was held. Those who braved the weather enjoyed the festivities with Dragons Abreast Ladies supporting the Dragons Afloat (Prostate Cancer Men''''s Health Group) on the day. President Graham Macdonald can be seen paddling in the inaugral row.




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    Youth Exchange visit

    On the 16th December 2010 members of our Club and Youth Exchange Student Georgia Howie and her family met at the Art Gallery Cafe to meet and welcome Youth Exchange Student from Malaysia, Xiou. Xiou was staying with Georgia and her family as part of the Youth Exchange Program




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