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Annual Swap Meet
Camp Reserve Castlemaine
One of the largest swap meets in the Southern Hemisphere!
The annual Lions Club of Castlemaine Swap Meet is a one day event that is held at the Camp Reserve, Castlemaine early in April each year.
The oval and grounds are packed with stalls of vintage & veteran car parts, motorcycle parts, tools, collectables & memorabilia.
Over 600 sites are regularly booked - runs back-to-back with Horsham Swap Meet, with attendances exceeding 9000 in recent years.
Castlemaine is located in the heart of the Central Goldfields region only 75 minutes from Melbourne. It is steeped in history - so why not make this a weekend to get away and stay over, there are many accommodation options available including B&B's, Caravan Parks with cabins, camping and Motels.
For more information including the 2018 date check our calendar.
Caters for mainly car enthusiasts, but will accept bookings for almost anything.
Contact Lion Ron Gartside (03) 5472-1955
BELOW: The weather for the 2017 Lions Swap Meet was the wettest for 35 years, but the show went on.
Castlemaine Lions members have begun the year with two woodcutting activities along the Campbells Creek at Guilford which produced some 20 meters of Red Gum and Yellow Box wood. This will be distributed to the needy and elderly, or sold and the money used for donations to groups and individuals in the community. The Club is indebted to Mr Malcolm McClure for access to the wood.
BELOW:Lions Wood Team cutting logs at McDonald's wood yard, Muckleford, May 2018
Oversight of the Midland Highway verges: Keping our town tidy!
Club members assist in a clean-up of a 4 kilometre stretch of the Midland Highway, 4km north of Castlemaine to Barkers Creek. This is part of the Sate-wide Adopt-A–Roadside project, and takes place twice a year. Keep Australia Beautiful Victoria (KABV) Adopt a Roadside program aims to reduce litter on Victoria's roadsides to stop pollutants from entering local waterways, improves the quality of vegetation, and prevents soil degradation and erosion. It also promotes civic responsibility, community pride and fellowship.
BELOW: Lion Barrie Beer with truck full of rubbish, October, 2016
The Lions catering van and the line of BBQ’s, often under tents, are a familiar sight around Castlemaine and are present at many of the town’s major functions. Catering is an important component of the Club’s fund raising activities. The range of events for which the Club caters features many of the organizations within the Shire, including Shire Council activities: the Castlemaine Landcare Group, the Shizuoka Japanese Students’ visit,the Old Schoolboys’ Association, Mountain Bike Club, the Castlemaine Show, the Men’s Shed, the Rotary Truck Show, Dog Trials, Carols by Candlelight, Flowserve Christmas Break-up, Australia Day luncheon, the Bowling Club annual dinner, the Castlemaine Lions Swap Meet, the Clydesdale Feature Show, the Lions World’s Biggest Barbecue (for childhood cancer research) and the District Netball Tournament.
BELOW Hard at work catering for the Castlemaine Show in October
Lions McDonald Hill House
Some members in the Castlemaine and District communities, including some Lions, saw the need for a respite home in Castlemaine for families with disabled members. In 2007 the Mount Alexander Shire Accommodation and Respite Group (MASARG) was established, and 2010 Castlemaine Lions committed a substantial donation to the Project. Two Lions served on the steering Committee for a number of years.
A generous offer of land on a hill near the junction of Pyrenees Highway and Maldon Road was made by Bob and Eileen McDonald.
In October 2016 the plans for a respite home finally came to fruition when the Lions McDonald Hill House was officially opened.
BELOW October 2016 Lions at Entrance to the respite home (in background), Lion Ron Delmenico on left and Ian Gerehoefer to right
1. Youth of the Year Quest. This program aims primarily to be an enjoyable and valuable learning experience for all participants. The public speaking component of the program involves both impromptu and prepared speeches. It is worth 20% of the students’ total assessment and comes at the end of the program. 80% of the points scored are derived from an intensive private interview with the judging panel lasting half an hour. This is based on a 5-page entry form submitted by each candidate. The form is designed to demonstrate initiative, academic performance, school and community participation, leadership, personal achievements and interests of each individual.
The Club final is held in February each year in the Club Rooms. Secondary students from local schools are encouraged to enter the competition and involves thousands of students nationally. The winner at the Club level will proceed to the Zone level, where success would see the student progress to the District level. After that come the State and ultimately National levels.
ABOVE Three contestants from Castlemaine Secondary College in 2017.
2. Sponsorship to summer camp. The Club sponsors three local primary school boys and girls to the Lions Wilderness Camp at Licola in eastern Victoria for a number of days in January. The students, along with their parents, are invited to a Club Dinner in the new year to share their camp experiences with Club members.
3. Lions Peace Poster Competition. The Club has conducted the competition in one or two local Primary School in the last four years. The students are challenged to represent their ideas on peace in the world following a given theme which changes every year. The Club coordinator of the project, along with the school’s art teacher selects the winning entry to be forwarded to the District level to be adjudicated yet again. The winning entry is submitted to the State level and then to the National level. The National winner is awarded an overseas trip. The Club presents several prizes to some the local contestants
ABOVE 2016 winner at Winters Flat Primary School
4. Lions Encouragement Award
On an annual basis for the past few years, the Club has sponsored two students at the Castlemaine Secondary College, one at Year 9 and one at Year 11 with an Encouragement Award presented at Speech Night. The School is asked to select the appropriate students for the award. A Certificate is awarded, along with a cheque for $250, to the recipients .
In past years the Club has been involved in the Lions International Student Exchange involving couutries in Asia, North America and Europe.
The Club receives a number of requests both from individuals, individuals on behalf of others and Shire Council and Welfare Agencies for assistance which takes many forms. Recent examples have included
- firewood for those unable to afford any
- mowing and tidying up gardens
- help with shifting house
- fencing paddocks after floods
- financial support for needy families
6. Other Lions Projects - Spectacle collection - the Club makes a contribution to the 500,000 pairs collected annually, of which 400,000 are sent overseas to Africa
Lions Christmas Cakes. The Club sells Lions Christmas Cakes, a nation- wide project, as a fund raiser. This activityhas proceeded steadily through local retail and professional outlets as well as sale to individuals.
CONTACT Lion Col Stratton, Club cake sales manager on 0429 632 074
OR any Club Member
Club Donations 2016-7
DONATIONS MADE BY THE CLUB IN 2016-17
Muckleford Cricket Club
Castlemaine United Cricket Club
Harcourt Football and Netball Club
Castlemaine Football and Netball Club
Campbells Creek Primary School
Castlemaine Table Tennis Club
Castlemaine Red Cross
State Emergency Service
Castlemaine Girl Guides
Lions McDonald Hill House for respite accommodation
Safe Steps Program to combat family violence
Peace Poster Competition in local Primary School
Castlemaine Secondary Collage Awards
Sponsorship of 3 local primary school students to Lions Licola Village Wilderness Camp
Lions Youth of the Year Program for local secondary students
Cleaning assistance for local resident
Sponsorship of Movember project
Castlemaine Men’s Shed
Sponsorship of the Murray to Moyne cycle relay for Castlemaine Health funds
Australian Lions Drug Awareness Foundation
Australian Lions Operation Smile Project
Australian Lions Hearing Dogs Project
Lions Clubs International Measles Eradication Program