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Lions work for their community

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May 23, 2018

Berrigan Lions members Inara Fox, Kurt Bauer, Bruce Rendell and Les Dart admire the mosaic installation at Hayes Park.

Where there’s a need, there’s a Lion.

Lions are friends, family and neighbours who share a core belief that the community is what they make it.

They make your community a better place to live, work and play.

There are four local clubs you can join.

Berrigan

Berrigan Lions Club members are active in their community, hosting fundraising street stalls and an annual blanket and clothing drive, as well as hosting a pensioners’ Christmas party and maintaining the local cemetery.

As well as running the annual Lions Youth of the Year competition, the club supports Finley High School, Berrigan Public School and Berrigan St Columba’s Catholic Primary School.

Club members collect old newspapers and old car and tractor batteries to be traded for cash, with all proceeds going back into the community. It gratefully accepts donations of any of these important fundraising items and the club also supports many different charities.

With Lions Australia approaching its centenary celebrations, Berrigan Lions incoming president Les Dart said now is a great time to get involved.

‘‘Unfortunately our numbers are reducing, but we want to keep up the good work. Anybody who would like to join us should not hesitate to contact a local Lion,’’ he said.

For more details, contact Mr Dart on 58852116.

Finley

The Finley Lions Club was chartered on March 18, 1969 and currently has 26 members who have kept up a fine tradition of serving the community with many hours of voluntary work.

Each year the Finley Lions Club is involved in running Junior Public Speaking and Lions Youth of the Year competitions.

Six young people are sponsored to attend the Lions Licola Village Camp each year, and the club also supports the school steer competition at the Finley Show.

This year Finley Lions will be supporting Georgia Webb to travel to Malaysia as part of the Lions Youth Exchange program.

Finley Lions also host a Show and Shine / Swap Meet each March with great success, and the annual NSW Seniors Festival afternoon teas are very popular.

Each winter the club holds weekly wood raffles from which proceeds assist local events and people in need.

Members also maintain the cemetery grounds and this year with the help of the Berrigan Shire Council built a unisex toilet block.

A number of community members assist with the running of the ‘driver reviver’ site during peak holiday periods.

Each year the members cater at the Finley Tractor Pull and the Christmas Extravaganza. They also sell Lions mints and Christmas cakes and collect old spectacles and postage stamps for recycling.

For fun and fellowship the club participates in activities and social outings for members and their partners.

Meetings are held on the first and third Tuesday of each month at the Finley Bowling Club, 7pm for a 7.30pm start. For more information, contact president Peter Braybon on 0428826337, or email [email protected]

Jerilderie

The Jerilderie Lions Club is a sponsor of many local events and projects, including the Jerilderie Sports Centre’s Good Friday Appeal.

The Lions Club is also working in a team effort with Murrumbidgee Council, residents, Apex and Tidy Towns to ensure the Independent Living Units project can get off the ground.

The club supports events such as the annual Show and Shine and League of Silent Flight in June every year.

The club also supports the Portsea Camp, Jerilderie Hospital and the local NSW Ambulance Service, and the Care Bears initiative for children.

Members also assist in the kitchen at the annual B&S Ball, Jerilderie Gold Cup day and other local events.

Jerilderie Lions fundraising efforts have supported the Lions Australia Spinal Cord Fellowship, with its contribution honoured with the dedication of a plaque as a show of gratitude.

For more information on how to become a member of Jerilderie Lions, please call Colin on 0484269026.

Tocumwal

The Tocumwal Lions Club was chartered in 1975 and currently has 18 members who continue to provide a service to the community.

Members cater for morning and afternoon teas and/or light luncheons for up to 40 people at the Tocumwal Railway Station and Museum.

They are also responsible for block slashing and maintenance of the skate park and cemetery, and organise garden walks, Clean-up Australia Day activities, can collection and Junior Public Speaking competitions.

Members recently held a big working bee, in conjunction with the two local schools and the Men’s Shed, to make fruit fly traps for the community. It was a great success and the kids loved it.

Most of the money raised by Tocumwal Lions is donated locally or to worthwhile national and international causes.

Members have also helped to form a steering committee to try and secure a NSW Ambulance Service station in the town. A petition will be available to sign this week.

Tocumwal Lions is also responsible for running the Lions Retirement Village, Lions Care Centre and a minimum of two members are directors at the Tocumwal Lions Community Hostel.

Meetings are held at 4pm during the winter months and 7pm during daylight saving time. For more information, contact incoming president Sandra Williams on 0458 788 031 or incoming secretary Gail Bourke on 0437 003 766, or email [email protected]

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