District 201V1-4, Victoria, Australia


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    SWAP MEET 2020


    Antiques, Bric-a-Brac and more
    Vintage and collectable car parts
    plus memorabilia

    Camp Reserve, Castlemaine
    Sunday 5th April 2020
    ENTRY $8 Under 15’s Free
    Entry for Site Holders from 11 am on Sat. 4th April Sites $20
    Contact: Ron Gartside 03 5472 1955


  • Youth of ther Year

    Unfortunately the Club could find no candidates form local schools in 2019.


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    Dinner with District Governor Murray Baud visiting

    Tuesday 23rd April 2019 District Governor Murray Baud will be our special guest at our Dinner, 7pm in Club Rooms. Seen above is Murray at our Changeover Dinner last July.

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    The Club dinner-social night at the Cumberland

    Club dinner-social night at the Cumberland at the end of August was attended by about 13 members. It took the form of a 'Parma for a Farmer,' a national support initiative for drought striken farmers in Australia.

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    Changeover dinner, July 2018

    Photo above. The new President Margaret Gartside seen here with District Governor Murray Baud who inducted her and the rest of the Club executive.

    Fifty people, Club members and guests from other community groups and other Lions Clubs were in attendance for the Club's most significant dinner of the year. The induction of the new President and executive for the following 12 months was conducted by the District Governor Murray Baud. The mayor Cr Bronwen Machin was in attendance.

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    Wood cutting, splitting and distribution as firewood

    Photo above. The wood team 2018. Out at the Lions wood yard at McDonald's Honey Farm.

    The wood team has managed to keep going this year despite a number of difficulties. This has been a traditional high income earner for the club, as well as assisting those in need.

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    Lions Sausage Sizzle at Wesley Hill Saturday Market

    Photo above. Lions members arrive at the market at 8 am to set up the sausage sizzle and await their first customers.

    Lions members have been warming patrons at Wesley Hill Market with a Saturday Sausage Sizzle. This has been a monthly event throughout the winter and will continue on for the remainder of 2018.

    The team was very pleased with the August market patronage with much better weather experienced.

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    Catering Events

    The photo above shows part of the Castlemaine Lions catering team gearing up for the District Governor's meeting in the Castlemaine Fire Station meeting room. Representatives came from a wide area from Melbourne to Swan Hill.

    Catering events in August included providing barbecue and other hot foods for the Castlemaine District Netball Association Tournament attended by over 300 girls at their new facilities at the Stadium.

    An early morning start was necessary to provide commuters with hot dogs at the Castlemaine Railway Station. This was a combined Rotary-Lions event.

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    Rotary- Lions Games Night

    On Wednesday 22nd August Castlemaine Rotary Club hosted a Games Night at the Cumberland Hotel to which Castlemaine Lions were invited. There was an array of board games and other indoor games, and healthy finger food was served. The evening was well attended.

    In the photo, Rotarian Bill Maltby and Lions Craig Evans and Ron Delmenico are enjoying a game of hookey.

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    Swap Meet

    2019 Swap Meet - see advertisement on home page for some details and dates.

    2018 Swap Meet.
    The weather was kinder to us this year. In brilliant sunshine both in the two weeks of preparation of Camp Reserve and on the weekend of the town's major event, little if any rain fell. On the day of the meet a good crowds provided much trade for the 600 plus site holders. Much food and drink was consumed.

    The Lions Club, as ever, was greatly assisted by many local sports and community groups in the venture.

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District news

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    Lions Clubs & Blaze Aid Camp Lexton Jan – April 2020

    The Lexton-Ben Major Fire of December 2019 burned approximately 3,000 hectares of farm and bushland. Initial estimates suggest that more than 1000 sheep were lost and more than 150kms of fencing has been damaged or destroyed.

    The Lions Clubs of Alfredton Lucas, Ballarat, Brown Hill, Buninyong Mt Helen, Creswick, Haddon, Mount Bolton, Miners Rest, Sebastopol, Wendouree, Maryborough, Carisbrook, Maldon, Castlemaine and Harcourt (Zones 5 & 6) have banded together to support the Blaze Aid recovery plan.

    Blaze Aid has developed and implemented a recovery plan that aims to assist the community to replace or restore damage fencing. They have established a Camp at the Lexton Recreational Reserve and are coordinating a group of volunteers that have offered to assist. They will be operating the Camp from now until the end of April 2020. For more information on how to volunteer to assist Blaze Aid, please visit their website at and email your contact details to them.

    The best form of communication with Blaze Aid at this time is email, due to the extensive damage to the local telecommunication assets and the extremely limited mobile phone reception in the area.

    Several of the above mentioned Lions Clubs have offered to assist Blaze Aid by providing logistical and catering support. They will be assisting with preparing the evening meals for the volunteers each day from the 25th January until April 2020. For more information on volunteering to assist the Lions Clubs with providing catering support (cooking, cleaning or the provision of fresh produce etc for meals), please contact the Zone 5 Chairperson, Des Jones on M: 0407 927 867 or E:

    To make monetary donations to support Blaze Aid, please visit their website at

    The Lions Club Zone Chairpersons will coordinate with the key stakeholders in this recovery plan, to provide regular updates on our progress. These updates will be published on the District website and in local newspapers, throughout the recovery process.

    Should you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact the Lions Club via Des jones on the above mentioned details or the Zone 6 Chairperson Grant Victor-Gordon on M: 0410 261 338 E:

  • Child Protection Procedure for Clubs

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  • Lions Tales - The District Quarterly Magazine June 2019

    News from around the District

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  • District Governors Monthly Newsletter - June 2019

    From the desk of the DG

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    Lion Amy from Northcote Lions Meets Dick Smith

    Pictured is Lion Amy Monsma from the Northcote Lions Club having lunch with Dick Smith and his wife Pip. Dick donated $1 million to the Australian Lions Foundation at the Canberra National Convention in May 2013

National news

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    Oz-Clubhouse Clean up needs YOU!

    Thanks for using Oz-Clubhouse but our server is groaning under the weight.

    We'd like your support in deleting old files, including documents,images and videos. Please have a look around your site for very old materials that can now be deleted!

    Executive Officer

    Rob Oerlemans

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    Beware e-mail scams targetting Lions

    Lions should be aware of common e-mail and social media scams targeting club members. Sadly, some of our members have been targeted with these scams.

    For more information follow this link.

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    Lions Hearing Dogs on WinTV!

    Head on over to the Lions Australia Facebook page to check out this nice story on WinTV Canberra about our Hearing Dogs


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    Our new TV advertisment launched #morethansausages

    It's here! We are very proud to announce the new Lions Australia television campaign - #MoreThanSausages.

    It showcases the breadth of work Lions do in our communities, helping real people through disaster relief and recovery, medical research, youth programs and more. Lions Serve - more than sausages!

    Follow the link to see our video and find out more!

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    Attention All Lions OZ Clubhouse Webmasters

    The "Text Instructions" for webmasters of Lions OZ Clubhouse websites have been updated as at 29th December and can be found by clicking on the attachment below or by clicking on the website link.

    Your MD201, OZ Clubhouse Webmaster, Lion Graham, recommends that all club webmasters review the revised instructions.

    If you have any queries, Graham can be contacted by email which you will find in the website link below.

    Attachment: Oz-Clubhouse-Instructions-Revised-29th-December-2015.pdf

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