From the Lions den

COMMUNITY SERVICE:

The Grenfell Lions Club has a very busy September with cooking a sausage sizzle for the RU OK? day on Thursday in Lions Park at the Railway Station, catering for over 75 members of the Old Jaguar Club on Saturday 14 as well as running their jumping castle at the Caragabal Sheep races, cooking a barbecue at the station when the A-Model Ford Club visit Grenfell for the weekend September 20-22 and running the jumping castle and merry go round at the Jockey Club Henry Lawson Loaded Dog and Grenfell Cup Day.

Lions will also be cooking a barbecue during the school holidays for a CINC Family Fun day in Vaugnh Park on Tuesday October 1 from 10.30am -1.30pm.

These events are on top of the Mini Lotto drawn every Thursday and the Friday Night Meat Raffles at the Railway Hotel.

Lion members also assist with Meals on Wheels, Community Driving, Christian Bookshop and other general volunteering in and around Grenfell.

As a result of these activities and fundraising, the Grenfell Lions Club has been able to present donations to various organisations in the Weddin shire. At the Grenfell Lions Club meeting last Monday evening members moved to make a donation to Operation Christmas Child for $500.

Special thanks to the general public who support Lions activities; without your generous support, these donations would not be possible.

AUSSIE 'BARBIE' TO SUPPORT CHILDHOOD CANCER RESEARCH

The 2019 Lions Biggest barbecue is in full swing, with many Lions Clubs around Australia working together to encourage Australian communities to support the efforts of the Children's Cancer Institute Australia in striving towards a brighter future for the children and their families affected by childhood cancer.

Many of the 1400 Lions Australia Clubs will be holding barbecues to raise funds for medical research into the causes and prevention of, and to find a cure for, childhood cancer.

Lions Australia has raised millions of dollars for childhood cancer research since 1996, because "Lions believe that every child deserves the chance to grow up."

As one of Australia's largest service Organisations, Lions Australia has made a firm commitment to assist in the search for a cure for childhood cancer. We are pleased to support Children's Cancer Institute Australia by encouraging our Clubs to be part of this annual event Childhood Cancer Research Appeal.

The Grenfell Lions Club will be conducting their 'Aussie Biggest Barbecue' in conjunction with a market/car-boot sale on Sunday October 27 at the Grenfell Railway Station. The barbecue will run from 10am to around 2pm, so come on down and enjoy a steak or sausage sandwich and support this worthwhile cause. The Lions will be running a 'free' jumping castle for the littlies, which will give you some time to browse the various stalls during the morning. If you wish to book in a stall, please contact Lion Barry Franklin on 6343 1130 or Terry Carroll 6343 1574.

EYEGLASSES - RECYCLING:

Our club still needs your old prescription glasses and sunnies for recycling to third-world countries.

The target is 500,000 pairs per annum and this is currently being attained with excellent input from our 19 Lions Districts in Australia and also from Lions Clubs in Japan. The glasses are cleaned, graded and packed by prisoners in four jails in Queensland. This is a humanitarian package of over $500 million by the Lions of Australia and Japan for the people of the third world; simply we serve.

Used spectacles can be left with any Lion or phone Lion Terry Carroll on 63431574 will be only too happy to pick them up.

Mrs Michele Johnson at our local Home and Community Care (HACC) centre has a collection box in her office where the spectacles can be left or they may also be left at the Grenfell Pharmacy.

Rodney Harveyson and Julie receiving a certificate of appreciation from 2nd VDG Ron Parry for their assistance to Lions over the past year.

Rodney Harveyson and Julie receiving a certificate of appreciation from 2nd VDG Ron Parry for their assistance to Lions over the past year.

Second Vice District Governor's visit

The Grenfell Lions welcomed Second Vice District Governor Ron Parry and his wife Lion Barbara on their official visit to the club on Monday September 2.

Zone Chair Lion Ian Acret from Cowra Lions Club was in attendance and introduced 2nd VDG Lion Ron.

Although only being a Lion since 2013, Ron has been serving the community as a front-line Paramedic for the NSW Ambulance for forty one years and past service with the SES, VRA and as an Honorary Life Members of St John - Australia.

Ron said that due to his time with the NSW Ambulance, he brings to Lions managerial experience learnt from directly supervising 22 employees, which entailed all levels of logistic connected to staff, ranging from welfare needs through to all areas on conflict resolutions, nine years working with the NSWA Co-Ordination Centre, overseeing sixteen stations, 116 staff and co-ordinating all patient movement in the Central Western area and beyond both road and air.

Ron has served as Club President, Vice President both 1st and 2nd year Director and Club Bulletin Editor of the Orange Lions Club and on 2014 Cabinet as Zone 6 Chairman 2017/18 and 2018/19.

Second VDG Lion Ron Parry presenting Monarch Pins to Lions Terry Carroll (41) and Kevin Munck (40).

Second VDG Lion Ron Parry presenting Monarch Pins to Lions Terry Carroll (41) and Kevin Munck (40).

During his talk, Ron congratulated the Grenfell Lions on their achievements.

He also mentioned the difficulties facing Lions and other service clubs worldwide including retaining existing members, increasing membership, making Lions more attractive to younger people, so that they join and ensure our future, identifying future leaders within Lions and providing appropriate and affordable training and increase the use of IT within the clubs.

Ron had the pleasure of presenting Lions Kevin Munck with a 40 year Monarch Pin and Lion Terry Carroll with a 41 year Monarch Pin as well as perfect attendance pins to several Lions.

President Terry Carroll thanked Ron for his inspiring talk and presented him and Barbara with Grenfell Lions' banner and appreciation certificate as well as a gift.

The visitors were very impressed with their accommodation at Grenfell Hall.

The following morning Ron and Barbara took a trip to the Grenfell Lions Club project at the Railway Station to inspect the newly installed coin operated hot shower.

                                     Deidre Carroll

President Lion Terry Carroll presenting an appreciation certificate and gift to Second VDG Lion Ron Parry and his wife Lion Barbara.

President Lion Terry Carroll presenting an appreciation certificate and gift to Second VDG Lion Ron Parry and his wife Lion Barbara.