CASTLEMAINE Lions Club

District 201V1-4, Victoria, Australia

About Us

Lions Clubs are part of community life, in the cities and in the country. Clubs are easily identified by their distinctive Logo, the trademark of our International Association, and the 'We Serve'; motto.

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Lions Australia is part of an international association, filled with people who are joined by the common desire to make their communities better, by using their creativity, enthusiasm and energy.

We are a strong, active Club of twenty members, both women and men. We are actively involved in the Castlemaine and District Community through its revenue raising activities listed in the Events and Activities section, its financial donations in the local community and its social welfare activities. We cater, for example, for many of the town’s main events as well as for the functions of individual Clubs and groups.

The Club is one of three in the Shire of Mount Alexander, the others being Harcourt and Maldon. Its membership has been constant with between 20 and 30m since its formation 45 years ago.

LEADERSHIP AND CONTACTS

Our leadership team for the current Lions year is:

President- Margaret Gartside Ph 5472 1955, mobile 0407 340 734

Secretary- Marie Elrington mobile 0459 953 867

Treasurer- Craig Evans  mobile 0407 043 182

Membership Chairman- Ron Delmenico Ph 5472 2608 mobile 0467 591 773

First vice President- Ken McKimmie Ph 5472 2809 mobile 0428 721 809

Second vice President - Craig Evans mobile 0407 043 182

Third vice President - Sarah Brandhoff mobile 0447 062 229

Leadership team at Changeover Dinner/Induction July 2018:

(left to right) Ray Stevenson, Margaret Gartside (President), Craig Evans, Ken McKimmie, Ian Gernhoefer, Hugh Austin, Mrie Elrington, Ron Gartside, Geraldine Delmenico, Ron Delmenico

MEETINGS

The club boasts its own clubhouse, which was built by the members themselves in several stages, commencing in 1982, with the last major addition in 2014.

All meetings are held at the clubhouse, which has its own kitchen, dining area and large storage areas for the club property. The clubhouse is located in Kennedy St. Castlemaine, and is accessed via the railway carpark. The land surrounding the clubhouse, including The Lions Park, is located on railway land, leased by the Mt. Alexander Council, on behalf of the Lions Club of Castlemaine. 

The club meets twice monthly: 

A guest speaker is often part of the dinner meeting and a high quality, low cost mea is provided. Games nights and excursions are sometimes arranged.

 

AWARDS

Over the past 45 years the Club has always been extremely active and has been recognized on numerous occasions by the local council and other community groups. The club has received many awards including:

 

This page is where you can find out about the history of Castlemaine Lions Club.


OUR HISTORY

THE BEGINNING

Sponsored by the Kyneton Lions Club, our club was chartered on the 17th. December 1971, with 21 members, and has continuously served the community of Castlemaine and districts, ever since. {In fact, one of our original Charter Lions is still a member of the club.

The present club membership is 20, with ages ranging from 30 to 80 including 4 female members. The club membership has fluctuated over the years, usually between 20 and 30.

HISTORY OF THE CLUB YEAR BY YEAR

1971  14th December, Castlemaine and District Lions Club Charter signed with 21 members

1972  6th January,  organize Australia Day Carnival with Little Athletics and May; sponsor/organise Carols by Candlelight for 1st time for 28 years till 1999; 1ST overseas banner donated to Club from Hong Kong

1972  Castlemaine Lions acquires, develops and maintains the Park adjacent to club room

1973   August 1st Youth Exchange, Yoshiko Nishiyama, from Ito, Japan arrives

1974  Lions hold Auction of unwanted goods in car park behind Market Building; fund raising for intensive care bed

1975  Lions 1st Annual Charity Golf Day at Mt Alexander Golf Course, held till 1991

1976  Club provides BBQ lunch at Mt Tarrengower Hill Climb at Maldon in portable shed built by Lions; an authorized (wood?) raffle held

1977  Lions organise colour TV for Special School; 1st recorded charity wood raffle

1978  Lions charity auction of unwanted goods on car park behind Market Building 

1979 16th May Castlemaine Lions sponsor Newstead Lions Club;

1980  Lions donate electric BBQ installed in Victory Park for public use and BBQ shelter

1981  Completion of BBQ shelter in Victory Park;  June, Club received District Governor’s ‘Club of the Year’ Award, the first of many over the next 30 years

1982  10th Anniversary BBQ in Victory Park; Club House is built on railway land next to Railway Station in Kennedy Street;  Castlemaine Lions host the District Convention in Castlemaine attended by 600 delegates; help restore railway carriage for Victorian Goldfields Railway

1983  Lancia Car Rally at Wattle Flat; Lions served 250 lunches at Fryerstown on following day; ‘numerous loads of wood delivered for needy people’

1984  Victoria’s 150th Anniversary Celebrations Club Float in Procession was judged best; ‘firewood delivered for the needy’; 23rd June sponsor new Club in Harcourt

1985  Lions build for 1st time large shed to house equipment on railway land adjacent to railway station; donate ‘Jaws of Life to SES; Castlemaine host for Leos’ Convention – provide evening meal at Guilford for 120

1986  January Window Spotting Competition commences; provide BBQ lunch for veteran car rally in Victory Park;  sponsor police ‘Try Hugs not Drugs’ campaign in Shire schools

1987  February, Lions sponsor Mayoral Debutante Ball for 1st time, till 1998; 1st of 5 Bed Pushes through Castlemaine by Lions to raise funds for hospital; 1987  1st Castlemaine Lions Swap Meet; 30th time in 2016;  December -Window Spotting Competition commences on an annual basis

1988  March provide BBQ for about 2500 at State Junior Fire Championship; members marshal for Sun Bike Tour in Castlemaine; annual garden party at Hospital

1989  Wood collection, chopping and distribution + wood raffles;  inaugural Lions Encouragement Awards presented at Castlemaine Secondary College, one at Year 9 and one at Year 11 - presented for the 28th time in 2016; Mt Alexander Hospital send the 1st of many grateful acknowledgements for service provided’ by Lions ($6128 donation towards a slit-eye magnifier) – support continues to present day

1990  Club Rooms completed; Castlemaine Lions member Don Ryan appointed District Governor

1991  5th charity bed push through Castlemaine for annual Hospital Appeal; repeated several times in following years

1992  Two decades of Lions in Castlemaine; organise mayoral ball for 1st time – till 1998

1993  Lions renovate the MacAfee Pergola and map, corner of Barker and Forest Streets

1993  Lions organize Carols by Candlelight for 20th time

1994  Club conducts/caters for Wood Carvers Expo; October 1st Lions International Mints Accreditation received for ‘Outstanding Annual Support...of Mint Programme.’

1995  ‘Australia Remembers 1945-1995’, Lions cater for BBQ lunch after commemorations;

1996  Lions host Camp Quality children/families for the day with entertainment and meals

1997  25th Anniversary Dinner Dance at Northern Hotel, cake cut by Charter members

1998 sponsor concert featuring Royal Australian Navy Band to raise funds for new floor in War Memorial Stadium

1999  Lions make substantial contribution to renovation/repainting of Castlemaine Railway Station signal box; Lions sponsor Carols by Candlelight for 28th and final time

2000   June, Victory Park BBQ shelter re-located to Lions Park; cater for inaugural Japanese student visit to Shire (event still supported in current year); Motormania event organised annually till 2004

2001   Lions assist R.S.L. with donation and labour in restoration of captured German WW1 field gun which is re-located in Lions Park; wood cutting and sales distribution commences, welfare wood provision continues, Bannerman’s provide wood yard; donate $3000 to Castlemaine street names project 

2002  Club receives Shire Award “Australia Day Event of the Year”; December donate Red Cross trailer; Community bus donated ($12,000) to Council

2003  Wood cutting and distribution continues with assistance of Correction boys – Waddington’s provide wood yard; cater for inaugural Castlemaine Junior Sports Star Award at Town Hall till 2013; inaugural annual Lions – Maxi IGA New years Eve Party at Camp Reserve

2004  October, Club sponsors 5th Annual ‘Motor Mania’(and Country/craft market)

2005  Lions donate $10,000 to Indonesian tsunami relief: catering ‘kitchen’ (17 by 7 foot van) purchased for $14,500

2006  Lions catering van used for first time at Castlemaine Show    

2007  Lions Club commit $240,000 to Mt Alexander Accommodation and Respite Group MASARG) for the proposed respite house.

2008  July, Debbie Hamilton inducted as President, Castlemaine’s first ever female President

2009  Lions donate ‘Active Learning System’ to St Marys Catholic Primary School. Enhances classroom acoustics, benefitting children with hearing loss and improving attentiveness of classmates. Similar equipment presented to Winters Flat and Campbells Creek Primary over next 5 years. 

2010  Road cleanup begins (still on-going in2016), 4 km along Midland Highway north of Castlemaine

2011  Lions donate $10,000 to Charlton for flood relief

2012  March 40th Anniversary celebrated at Castlemaine Golf Club House; Castlemaine Lions member Fred Jacobs appointed District Governor

2013  Bob and Eileen McDonald (owners of honey farm) provide new wood yard for wood cutting and distribution centre

2014  January, Club sponsors 3 Primary students to attend Lions Wilderness Camp at Licola in January;  February, Club builds large vehicle and equipment shed at back of Club House to house catering van and other project vehicles

2015  26th January, Club is awarded ‘Event of the Year’ by Shire Council for Swap Meet; Lions continue renovation of the three Castlemaine Service Clubs Welcome Boards on the main roads

2016  30th Castlemaine Lions Swap Meet; Lions hand over final cheque to MASARG for the Lions-McDonald Hill House; in October the Lions-McDonald Hill House is opened