Lions Club of Canberra Kambah Inc

District 201N2 ACT Australia


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    Lions Christmas cakes and puddings on sale in Canberra and Queanbeyan

    Lions Christmas cakes and puddings now on sale in Canberra and Queanbeyan

    Canberra and Queanbeyan Lions Clubs are now selling the ever-popular Lions Christmas cake to raise funds for community causes and Lions projects.

    Australia-wide Lions have been selling Christmas cakes for fifty years. Annual takings top $6.5 million and cake sales have brought in $50 million in funds since the program started.

    Buy your cake and Christmas pudding from Lions and support Australia’s largest service organisation. Cake sells for $12 and $16 in one-kilogram and one and a half kilogram sizes.

    Lions Clubs are now selling cakes and puddings at:

    Belconnen Mall Bunnings Tuggeranong (weekends)

    Canberra Outlet Centre Cooleman Court

    Jamieson Centre Riverside Plaza Queanbeyan

    Southlands Shopping Centre Sunday Markets at Woden

    Tuggeranong Hyperdome Westfield Woden Plaza

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    Bunnings BBQ 18 Nov 16

    Lions from Canberra Kambah enjoyed a day in the sun on Friday 18 Nov running a sausage sizzle at the Tuggeranong Bunnings store. A great chance to be out where people can meet a Lion and find out what we do!

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    DG Sharon Comes to Kambah

    For the first time in our new venue, Canberra Kambah Lions hosted the District Governor for the official visit. DG Sharon, accompanied by Lion Tim, joined members at the Town Centre Club on 27 September. President Ken welcomed our guests.

    Members paid close attention to DG Sharon's address and were please when she presented President Ken with his Certified Guiding Lion certificate and then presented Lion Stella McLeish of the Canberra Woden Club her 30 year chevron.

    Congratulations to both Lions for their efforts in support of our great organisation.

    Following Lion Tim's presentation on the Reading Action Program, the club agreed to purchase 20 books for distribution to local schools.

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    Lion Chris meets International President at ANZI Pacific VI Forum in Yogyakarta

    While at the recent Australia New Zealand Indonesia and Pacific Islands Forum VI at Yogyakarta, Lion Chris had the chance to meet Lions International President Chancellor Bob Corlew.
    During the meeting, Lion Chris presented International President Bob with a Canberra Kambah club pin.


  • New Members at Christmas

    During our work at the Marymead Fete, our Lions engaged with Carolyn and Michael who were also providing service to that worthwhile cause. They were invited along and at our Christmas dinner meeting 2nd Vice District Governor Chris inducted them into the club and Lions Clubs International.
    An excellent Christmas present for the club and the beginning of a hopefully long and productive association with Lions for Lions Carolyn and Michael.


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    Another Successful Year Wrapping at the Tuggeranong Hyperdome

    From a slow start in mid-November to the rush of activity on Christmas Eve, the Lions of Canberra Kambah (with assistance from the Brindabella Lions and volunteers) have wrapped anything the community has brought to them - some nice easy things like small, boxed perfume through to an open wicker picnic hamper!

    Now the scissors have been laid aside for another year, the sound of rending paper is gone and the ribbon stored for next time.

    Cakes and puddings were sold and the annual raffle held.

    Thanks to all who helped. Now for our next activity.

  • Guess Who is Coming To Dinner?

    On 27 October, our District Governor, Sally Wilton of the Nowra Lions Club, will visit the Lions Club of Canberra Kambah.
    Members and guests will enjoy an opportunity to hear the District Governor's plan for the year and have the opportunity to meet both DG Sally and her husband, Stan.


  • Guest Speaker from Diabetes ACT

    At our meeting on 13 October, we were joined by representatives from Diabetes ACT and the Doug Rawle Memorial Trust Foundation.
    Doug Rawle was a charter member of our club and passed away untimely following a short illness. The club awarded Doug a Melvin Jones Fellowship in recognition of his involvement with Diabetes education.
    Doug was diagnosed as a type one diabetic in rather unexpected circumstances. He heard that another member's, Bob Dowling, young child had been hospitalised following her diagnosis with type one diabetes. Doug went along to the hospital as part of his concern for a friend and his family. While in the hospital, Bob commented he was not sure how he would go with all this finger pricking to get blood samples. Doug offered himself as a pin-cushion for practice. He blood showed seriously high sugar levels so he ended up in the same ward.
    So began Doug's work on diabetes which the club is pleased to continue to support in his memory.


  • Citizenship Night - 2015

    Another great citizenship ceremony with over 70 new citizens taking their oaths of allegiance to Australia on 28 July. The evening was well attended by members, local politicians and government officials.

    Canberra Kambah Lions Club is honoured to have been able to conduct Citizenship ceremonies for more than ten years.

  • Changeover Dinner

    The club gathered on 9th June to celebrate the achievements of President Ray's year and witness the induction of President Ken by our District Governor, Lion Lorraine.
    It was a great evening enjoyed by all who attended. Lion Ray recognised several Lions for their extended period of service.


  • Lion Frank Brown Memorial Community Service Award

    The Lion Club of Canberra Kambah incorporated decided to institute an annual award for community service in memory of our recently departed member, Frank Brown.
    A committee worked to develop the award criteria and processes to select and recognise an individual from the Tuggeranong Valley for service to that community.
    The inaugral award was made at Lions Youth Haven, Frank's most enduring project for Lions, on 29 May.


  • Outward Bound Participant

    On 26 May, the club was addressed by a student from Lanyon High School that the club had sponsored to undertake an Outward Bound Navigator course.
    This young man had undertaken a 14 day experience of challenge and self discovery which he shared with club members.
    While many experiences were quite personal and touching, he was prepared to share them with club members.
    Members were very appreciative of the time and honesty of the sharing.


  • Vale Lion Frank Brown

    On 5h May 2015, Lion Frank Brown, a Charter Member of this club passed away from the effects of Motor Nuerone Disease.

    Frank had been a stalwart of the club and an enthusiastic Lion.

    The club mourns Frank passing and has undertaken to ensure his efforts in community service are not forgotten.

  • Anzac Day Speaker

    We were privileged to have LCDR D. Woods, RAN, speak to the club in the lead up to ANZAC Day. LCDR Woods provided and interesting perspective on many of the activities of the Royal Australian Navy prior in the Indian and South Pacific areas from the outbreak of war until the ANZAC landings on Gallipoli.


  • Lions Clubs International - Club Excellence Process

    Recognising that all things change, the Canberra Kambah Lions Club invited the District N2 Global Membership Team Coordinator, Lion Gary Parker, to run the club excellence process for the club with a view to identify opportunities for growth and development.
    On 14 April, Gary took us on the first step by having members complete the How are your ratings? survey.
    We will wait on the results.


  • Tuggeranong Community Garden

    Following discussions with the chair of the Tuggeranong Community Garden, the club agreed to provide seed money to get the project on-the-road.
    Over coming months, the club expects to see a desolate block near the Erindale shops converted to a flourishing garden.


  • Canberra Running Festival

    Kambah Lions turned out in the early hours of 12 April to staff two drink stations for the Canberra Running Festival marathon, ultra-marathon and half-marathon.


  • Helping out a Single Mum with autistic children

    Lions from the Kambah club donated their time and effort to help clean up a garden for a single Mum. The Mum, who has an impairment due to a stroke, has three children at home under 5. Needless to say, she has little time to work in the garden and because of her condition very limited capability.
    Lions gave their time to clean up the garden to make it safe for children to play.


  • Lions Help-out in Garden

    Members of the club were involved in assisting the widow of a Lion, not from our club, to maintain her garden and maintain her lifestyle.


  • Lions Get Together 7-8 February

    Lions from across Zones 7 & 8 gathered at the Belconnen Soccer Club, Hawker for an intensive workshop "How Public Relations Works and How to Make It Work for Lions".
    Our own Lion Bob facilitated the workshop with nearly 20 Lions attending.
    Everyone enjoyed the opportunity to learn and understand.
    We now look for good things for their efforts.

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    Frank Brown Leaves Lions Youth Haven

    Several club members joined with Lions from across Zones 7 & 8 to make a crowd around 70 strong to Farewell Frank Brown from Lions Youth Haven and to thank him for his excellent work over many years.
    Frank advised clubs he would be finishing at the end of his term as his health would not allow him to continue.
    His foresight and guidance had been instrumental in seeing Westwood Lodge at Youth Haven from concept to a going concern.

  • 2015 Kicks Off with gardening

    Lions from our club responded to a request for help from a disabled mother with three young children under 3. Lions Robbie, Terry, Bob and Chris turned out to clean up the backyard and make it safe for the children to play.

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    How do you wrap this?

    Well, it's big so work around it till it's entirely wrapped.

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    Annual gift Wrapping, Trailer Raffle and Cake Sales

    The club has been involved for several weeks in the Tuggeranong Hyperdome in wrapping gifts, selling Lions Christmas Cakes and Puddings, and selling tickets in the annual trailer raffle.

  • Students Advising Youth Project

    During November the Canberra Kambah club supported the Lions club of Mandurah and the WA Police Students Advising Youth project.
    SAY is a competition initiated by the WA Police and supported by the Lions Club of Mandurah that gives secondary school students the chance to make a 90-105 second video on a nominated issue of concern.
    The 2014 prize was an all expense paid trip to Canberra, a meeting with the Prime Minister and the local member for Mandurah and the chance to present to a local Lions Club.
    Will's presentation was both challenging and invigorating with members inspired to look at similar opportunities in our area.

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  • Congratulations to Our Candidates

    Lions Chris and Ken presented themselves at the recent 201N2 convention as candidates for District positions. Lion Ken sought re-election to the Board of the NSW/ACT Save Sight and Public Health Care Foundation while Lion Chris was a candidate for the position of 2nd Vice District Governor for 2015-16.
    Both our candidates were successful, so well done and hearty congratulations.

  • Hope in a Boat

    Over the weekend 22-24 of August, the Albany Lions Club hope in Boat project came to Canberra.
    The team stayed at Lions Youth Haven on the nights of 23 & 24 August.
    Kambah Club hosted the team to an informal dinner on the evening of 23 August at the Burns Club, Kambah. One of the team, Guy, celebrated his 60th birthday with members.
    President Ray advised the team of the donation of a cheque for $500 to the project.
    Kambah club will farewell the team with breakfast on Monday as they departed on track for the ANZI Forum in Adelaide.

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    District Award to Lion Chris

    During the dinner meeting on 12 August 14, Lion Ken McLeish presented Lion Chris with a Neil Williams Award in recognition of service to Lions in the District.

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    Lions International Youth Exchange 2014

    Mako and Momotaro, Japanese students sponsored by the Kambah Club attended our meeting on 12 august to thank the club and tell of their experiences.
    Lion Chris and Lions Lady Mary hosted Momtaro in their home while Mako was hosted by Steve Carroll, whose father is a Lion in Grenfell, and his wife Esmee plus their children Sarne and Pip.
    Both exchange students spoke on their experiences and what the opportunity meant to them.

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    Mr Gentleman presents Lion President Ray with plaque

    In conjunction with conducting the citizenship ceremony, Mr Gentleman took the opportunity on behalf of the ACT Government and the Minister for Multicultural Affairs, to present a plaque to Canberra Kambah Lions President Ray in recognition of ten years of citizenship ceremonies.

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    Citizenship in the Valley

    On 22 July, the Lions Club of Canberra Kambah Inc. hosted a citizenship ceremony for 75 new Australian citizens. Our new citizens were accompanied by approximately 230 friends and family members.

    Mr Mick Gentleman, MLA, officiated at the ceremony representing the Hon Joy Burch, Minister for Multicultural Affairs. Mick is shown with Canberra Kambah members who assisted in running the ceremony.

    We were delighted that Ms Gai Brodtman, Member of the House of Representatives, was able to attend.

    The Burns Club was represented by the club President, Mr Alex Murray.

  • Annual Changeover Dinner

    On 10 June 2014, the lions Club of Canberra Kambah celebrated its 36th changeover dinner. Outgoing President Lion Chris Howard handed over the gavel and gong to Lion Ray Wilson, a charter member of the club, who took on the role for a third time.
    The ceremonies were officated by Past District Governor Theo (Carl) von Stein.
    Our local MHR, Ms Gai Brodtman, offered the toast to Lions International.
    Lions, ladies and friends joined in a convivial night of celebration.

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    Canberra Running Festival - 2014

    It was an early start for the stalwarts of the Canberra Kambah Lions Club as they swung into action to help out at the 2014 Canberra Running Festival.
    In the small hours we gathered to set up our drink station and transform an ordinary piece of roadside into a place where runners could get a drink of either sports drink or good old water.

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    Canberra Running Festival - 2014

    Many hands meant we would be ready before the runners came along.
    Hundreds of cups of sports drink stacked ready for the onslaught.

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    Canberra Running Festival - 2014

    A satisfied customer

    Sports drink - first station, Water second the oft repeated cry of the morning.

    This is still the calm before the storm.

  • Pegasus Riding for the Disabled

    On 11 March Ms Jane Thompson, EO of Pegasus Riding for the Disabbled spoke to the club.
    Jane provided an informative and useful presentation that covered the history of Pegasus and changes that have been made or are in prospect to ensure this valued organisation continues in Canberra.
    Jane was able to outline the many ways in which clubs, companies or individuals could assist Pegasus. These included pony sponsorship, purchase of horses and provision of a scholarship to allow a disadvantaged disabled person to enjoy the benefits of horse riding.
    Members present enjoyed Jane's presentation very much and responded with a range of interesting questions.

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  • Donate Life BBQ at Bunnings

    On 23 February, Kambah Lions participated in a fund raising BBQ at Bunnings during which the Lions also handed out promotional material for Donate Life to promote organ donor week and provide education materials about organ donation to members of the public.

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  • Greening Australia

    On 11 February Jason Cummings, the CEO of Greening Australia (GA) - Capital Region, addressed the club and described the role and activities of Greening Australia in our area. Jason's informative presentation covered many of the activities of GA in areas including habitat restoration, river bank rehabilitation, Whole-of-paddock (WOPR) restoration.
    following the 2003 bushfires in Canberra, GA was instrumental in re-establishing native plant species into the lower cotter catchment.
    Jason concluded his presentation by describing some of the range of opportunities for people to volunteer to help GA in its valuable work.
    Jason included the idea that other organisations, such as Lions Clubs, could arrange a special planing activity.

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  • Marymead Fete 2013

    Again in 2013, the Lions Club of Canberra-Kambah assisted at the Marymead children''''s charity annual fete. Eight Lions gave up two to five hours and raised some $1300 for Marymead.
    More information about Marymead is availabe via their web site.

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    Lions Gift Wrapping at Tuggernaong

    Lions Club of Canberra - Kambah have started their annual gift wrapping sessions at the Tuggeranong Hyperdome. Lions will be in attendance from 19 November to 24 December 2013.
    As well as wrapping gifts, the club is selling Lions Christmas Cakes, Christmas Puddings and tickets in their annual trailer raffle.

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    Lions Identikid

    One of the longest running community service projects by Lions Clubs International, Identikid, is still operating in Canberra. The Spring fete season has seen our keen Identikid team all over Southern Canberra. Lions Jim, Gayle and Lorraine are seen here at the Tuggeranong Hyperdome for a community access session.

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    Happy Birthday Rohn-Napa

    Following our very enjoyable fellowship dinner, the Kambah Lions were invited to Lion Rohn-Napa''s 84th birthday the following night. Here we have the happy Kambah Lions party relaxing at dinner.

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    Children from the Baan Bang Thom School with sports and school supplies

    As part of our inter-club visit, the lions of Kambah presented the Baan Bang Thom school school supplies, story books and sports equipment to make students time at school more worthwhile. The students happily hold up items delivered.

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    Inter-club Visit

    Over the period 24 -31 August, 6 Lions from Kambah with 5 partners travelled to Patong Beach, Phuket, Thailand to visit with our twinned club - the Lions club of Patong Beach. Patong Beach is a small but active club in Patong Beach. Patong Beach was charteredon 29 May 2009 in District 310B, Thailand. At the regular fellowship dinner, bannerettes and pins were exchanged.
    Patong Beach Charter President Rohn-Napa and current President Jean with Kambah President Chris.

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    Lions International Youth Exchange

    Two young ladies from Tokyo and Chiba in Japan have visited Kambah as part of the Lions International Youth Exchange program.
    Shown here telling Canberra Kambah Club about some of their experiences during her exchange to Australia.

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    Lions Floral Dislay - Drakeford Drive, Kambah

    In response to an enquiry by the Canberra Kambah lions Club, the ACT Government''''s Territory and Municipal Service Directorate decided to plant the centre reservation of Drakeford Drive at Kambah with the word "LIONS" to recognise the work that Lions Clubs International perform in the community.

  • Lions ANZAC Day Two Up

    The Canberra Kambah Lions Club has again conducted the ANZAC Day Two-Up event on behalf of the Burns Club.
    There was a good roll up and the patrons seemed to all enjoy the experience.

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    Addison''s Hart Walker

    Tuesday 12 March 2013, Addison was fitted for her Hart Walker at Cerebral Palsy Alliance Canberra.
    A pretty 3 year old taking her first steps and enjoying the challenge.

  • Welcome Back Terry

    Canberra Kambah lions had the privilege to welcome a former member of the Canberra Kambah Lions Club. Lion Terry had resigned from the club some 20 years ago, but has now elected to rejoin the club and enjoy the fellowship and opportunities to serve. Lion President Chris conducted the induction with Lion Brian standing as sponsor for Terry.
    Congratulations Lion Terry and welcome home.

  • Dinner Meeting Guest Speaker

    A rewarding night for the Canberra Kambah lions on 26 Feb.
    We enjoyed a visit by two families with children with cerebral palsy (CP). Julie, adopted Mum of Sebastian, gave a warm, thoughtful and informative presentation on children with CP using experience with Sebastian to illustrate some of the points. Sebastian is quite challenged and has been the recipient of a Hart Walker previously. Julie''''s parents and one of her nieces accompanied her. Another guest was Kylie and her son Tristan. Both ladies shared with the group how much they appreciated the support that Lions and our club had provided to their circle of friends. We all were impressed by the dedication and love these two women and their families showed towards their severely challenged children.

    PS The day Addison was in to be fitted with her Hart Walker, Julie''s son Sebastian was at the Cerebral Palsy Alliance to be re-fitted to his Hart Walker.

  • Dinner Meeting 12 February 2013

    We were pleased to enjoy a presentation by Mandy Nyhof an audiologist who provided a useful and informative talk on hearing loss and the biology of the ear. All in attendance listened intently and clearly learned something new. Many thanks to Mandy.

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    Third Year of Kambah Lions Gift Wrapping at the Tuggeranong Hyperdome

    The Lions Club of Canberra Kambah have once again undetaken the charity gift wrapping activity at the Tuggeranong Hyperdome in the lead up to Christmas.
    Our members, partners, friends and community volunteers have wrapped presents for the past four weeks. In conjunction with the gift wrapping, we have been able to sell Lions Christmas cakes and puddings and our annual fund raising trailer raffle.
    The early comments about men wrapping presents disappeared over time and many people came back several times to get more presents wrapped. So the men can do it!

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    Delivery of Swimming Platform

    The swimming platform for the cerebral palsy support group has been delivered and assembled and used.
    Watching the children take advantage of the platform''s support while stretching limbs to test the limits imposed by their conditions was one of the most rewarding things I have been involved in. Hopefully, photos of children enjoying the opportunity this device offers.

  • Good News for Lions Youth Haven

    Story published in Canberra Times on Tuesday 23 July 2012.

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  • Guest Speaker -Jocelyn Plovitts

    The dinner meeting of 10 July was entertained by Ms Jocelyn Plovitts, Chair of the Friends of the National Arboretum in Canberra.
    Jocelyn provided a lively and engaging talk that kept all in attendance enthralled as her passion for her work on behalf of the Arboretum shone through.
    A great time was enjoyed by all.

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    Local Member Visits Canberra Kambah

    Ms Gai Brodtmann, MP, Member for Canberra, joined us for our regular meeting and spoke to our club about her life and experiences leading to her service in many voluntary areas and as a politician.
    We were all impressed with her candor and the information she shared.

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  • Lions Identikid in Canberra

    Lions Identikid project in the Southern Canberra Region is managed by Canberra Kambah. Regular activities at local shopping centres, school fetes and other community events provides an opportunity for parents to be provided with a Lions Identikid child identification card.

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