Grenfell Lions Club News

The Poets Table: The club and Festival entrant Grace Kelly are hosting a dinner with a difference this year at Fettlers Restaurant at the Railway Hotel on Saturday June 3, at 7pm. The two course dinner which includes tea/coffee and slice is a celebration of Henry’s 150th birthday. Guests will have the choice of four a la carte dishes and be entertained by snippets of verse throughout the dinner. Bookings will be taken up till May 29 with Grace on 63471301 or Deidre 63431574 or at the Railway Hotel 63431807. Cost for the event is a mere $30 pp. Everyone is invited.

Lions Multiple District Convention – Hobart: The Grenfell Club was represented by Terry and Deidre Carroll from May 5 to 8. The theme for the Convention “Looking Forward – Looking Back” celebrated 100 years since Melvin Jones started the first Lions Club in Chicago in 1917 and 70 years since the first Lions Club was formed in Australia in Lismore in 1947. As of Saturday May 6 a grand total of 1029 Lions and guests were present representing 337 Clubs. Convention highlights included the Lions Youth of the Year and Leo of the Year. The winner of the Leo of the Year was Jesse Pascoe of Aspley Leo Club. The winner of the public speaking segment of the Lions Youth of the Year was NSW State Finalist Ava Del Tufo sponsored by the Ulladulla Milton Lions Club and the overall winner was Queensland’s State Finalist Matisse Reid sponsored by the Cairns Barrier Reef Club. 

Each year the Grenfell Lions Club hosts a Lions Biggest BBQ in aid of the Childhood Cancer Research Foundation. The club recently donated $1000 to this foundation. A special guest speaker at the convention was Tony Bell, the father of Ava who is the face of the Children’s Cancer Research Foundation.

He said Ava was a healthy baby girl, who changed their world when she was six months old and woke up screaming. Her lung had collapsed and she was later diagnosed with a five centimetre tumour.  

Lions believe every child deserves a chance at a healthy life. Tony and Ava thanked the medical staff, hospitals and Lions for supporting the Foundation.

Street Stall: The Club conducted a street stall in Main Street last Friday and Saturday, where funds raised went to their Festival Queen Entrant Grace Kelly.

A competition in conjunction with the stall, a trailer load of wood or a $120 shopping voucher was won by Cathie Logan who was very happy with a trailer load of wood. Lions will be conducting another wood raffle that will be drawn on the Saturday of the Henry Lawson Festival, thank you to the community for your support.

Jen and Tony Bell with their daughter Ava and son Charlie at the Childhood Cancer booth at the Hobart Lions Convention.

Jen and Tony Bell with their daughter Ava and son Charlie at the Childhood Cancer booth at the Hobart Lions Convention.

Barry Franklin, Chris Moran, Lain Thiel, Rod Harveyson, Dave Thiel, Rodney O'Neill, Phillip and Verlie Norris from Devenport and Terry Carroll at the Lions Biggest BBQ.

Barry Franklin, Chris Moran, Lain Thiel, Rod Harveyson, Dave Thiel, Rodney O'Neill, Phillip and Verlie Norris from Devenport and Terry Carroll at the Lions Biggest BBQ.