Lions Club of Emu Plains (Inc)

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    YOUTH OF THE YEAR

    Connor Thorpe of St Paul's Grammar is the 4th entrant in Emu Plains Lions Club's Youth of the Year. Congratulations to all four contestants.


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    YOUTH OF THE YEAR

    Anika Leydon from Penrith Anglican College, another entrant in Emu Plains Lions Club's Youth of the Year

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    YOUTH OF THE YEAR

    Emily Johnson of Nepean Creative and Performing Arts High School is another contestant in this year's YOUTH OF THE YEAR Program hosted by the Club.


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    LIONS XMAS CAKES AND PUDDINGS

    Why not SUPPORT your LOCAL LIONS CLUB and LOCAL COMMUNITY PROJECTS and ORDER some cakes &/or puddings
    LIKE BESPOKE REALTY GROUP (pictured)
    for your;
     EMPLOYEES (eg as a Xmas present/bonus)
     CLIENTS (eg Recognition, thank you)
     FAMILY/RELATIVES
     CLOSE FRIENDS
     NEIGHBOURS
     YOURSELF, FOR XMAS ENTERTAINING
    1kg CAKES & .9kg PUDDINGS are just $13.00
    ORDERS;
    Email; jimdevine@bigpond.com
    Phone; Jim 0427110061 Cheryl 0417234295


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    YOUTH OF THE YEAR

    Gabrielle Gregory of McCarthy Catholic College, Emu Plains has entered the Lions Youth of the Year Program, hosted by the Lions Club of Emu Plains.




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    INVICTUS GAMES

    Invictus Game on Down Under 2018

    In the words of William Ernest Henley

    " I am the master of my fate,
    I am the captain of my soul."

    The word ‘Invictus’ is Latin for ‘unconquered’ and embodies the fighting spirit of our wounded, injured and ill servicemen and women. They have been tested and challenged, but they have not been overcome. They have proven that by embracing each other and the support of family and friends, they can reclaim their future. They are Invictus.

    This last week we have watched with pride, joy, tears, laughter just how Sydney and indeed all of Australia has responded to the sportsmanship shown by competitors at the Invictus Games.

    Many of the Fleets' members have connection to our Defence Forces and have volunteered at the Invictus Games. Thank you to each and every one of the competitors for showing us that sport is important and sportsmanship even more important.


    Read below an Invictus sailing experience from one of our Friends of Lions and volunteers, Jack Hunt (also Sailability NSW Inc):

    After volunteering to assist at the 2018 Invictus Games, I was selected to be a Technical Official for the sailing, working with the Hansa 303 class dinghies loaned by Sailability NSW Manly branch, launching and preparing boats for all participants. For the Friday (19th) training I was asked to give the US entrant, Sua Tui, his first sailing lesson in a Hansa 303 sail boat. As he is a quadriplegic, with limited use of his arms and grip, he required a fair bit of assistance. He is required to helm leaving me with all the rope work. After about 3 hours' practice between Garden Island and Clark Island, we decided he was ready to race with assistance, and I was requested to sail with him for the Invictus races on Sunday in Farm Cove.

    On the day, the Opera House was glowing in the sun, we raced, we finished, and we had a great time doing it. I personally found it to be a very fulfilling experience. With his family cheering him on from a spectator yacht near the start/finish line every time we completed a lap of the course, and all the other spectators joining in, he was the happiest man in town. After the racing we were offered a tow back to Rushcutters Bay, which he rejected, to enjoy more time on the harbour and an hour of tacking after rounding Garden Island to Rushcutters. It’s great to see that ability is only limited by your imagination.

    Well done Sua,
    Jack Hunt


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    XMAS CAKES AND PUDDINGS

    Why not SUPPORT your LOCAL LIONS CLUB and LOCAL COMMUNITY PROJECTS and ORDER some cakes &/or puddings for your;

     EMPLOYEES (eg as a Xmas present/bonus)

     CLIENTS (eg Recognition, thank you)

     FAMILY/RELATIVES

     CLOSE FRIENDS

     NEIGHBOURS

     YOURSELF, FOR XMAS ENTERTAINING

    1kg CAKES & .9kg PUDDINGS are just $13.00



    ORDERS;

    Email; jimdevine@bigpond.com

    Phone; Cheryl Devine 0417234295

    Or Jim Devine 0427110061

    Picture is 'Cake Master' Lion David Kitley




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    101 DAYS TO XMAS

    XMAS CAKES & PUDDINGS

    1.0 kg CAKE $ 13
    1.5 kg CAKE $ 17
    0.9kg PUDDING $ 13
    Centenary tin $ 22 including 1.5 kg cake.


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    HEAR HERE!

    EMU PLAINS LIONS, Alan Cooper, Jack Hunt and Jim Devine were at Specsavers in Westfield Plaza Penrith when they launched their audiology service on Wed 5th Sep. They are progressively rolling them out across Australia and Penrith store is the 52nd to offer the service.
    1 in 6 Australians experience hearing loss but only 1 in 3 do anything about it. At Specsavers, they believe the basic necessity of hearing should be accessible to all.
    Audiologist Ravneet Kaur, will be offering the audiology service at Specsavers Penrith & Penrith Nepean and Specsavers are excited to be bringing this health service to the community at an affordable price.
    Specsavers and Emu Plains Lions already work together with the recycling of prescription glasses and the audiology service provides another opportunity for Lions to communicate with the community regarding health benefits available.


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    Dry July

    DRY JULY FOR NEPEAN HOSPITAL CANCER CARE UNIT

    Emu Plains Lions and Woolies Westfield Plaza Penrith and Jordan Springs helped out Nepean Hospital’s Cancer Care Unit with a BBQ for Dry July on 11 & 25 July.
    The idea is you go ‘Booze-free’ for the month and support people affected by Cancer.
    Benefits include; 31 gloriously hangover-free days, increased energy levels, Health benefits like weight loss and clearer skin, a sense of achievement and supporting your local cancer support organisation.
    See Dry July Ambassador, celebrity chef Ed Halmagyi videos;
    https://www.facebook.com/NBMLHD/videos/2198830847015088/
    https://www.facebook.com/NBMLHD/videos/2198715677026605/



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    RED SHIELD APPEAL 2018

    Domenic Meduri of McDonalds Penrith North, Cambridge Gardens and St Marys North, hase supported the Red Shield Doorknock Appeal for the Salvation Army, for a number of years.
    Domenic heard that last year, four Penrith Anglican College students collected the most money for any area in Emu Plains and Leonay, as allocated by the Lions Club of Emu Plains. He was further impressed that three of the students; Sienna Aurisch, Kate Berwick and Emma Tarbert were returning to assist with this year’s Appeal.
    Domenic commented “The Salvation Army deserve praise for their wonderful social services delivered to those most deserving in the community … and the girls are great examples of the calibre of youth in the district.” He added “I also have great respect for the Lions Club of Emu Plains, for their organisation of collectors and their dedication to the Appeal for the last 28 years.”
    The Meduri family restaurants have kicked off the girl’s collection with a donation of $500 to the Doorknock Appeal on the 27th May.
    If you’d like to assist as an individual, or a family or school group please contact the Emu Plains Lions Coordinator, John Choma on 47355120 or jwchoma@bigpond.com before the 27th of May. The ‘muster’ point this year is Nepean Creative and Performing Arts High School, Great Western Highway, Emu Plains.
    Please be aware that official collectors carry identification, which must be displayed, and produced on demand and they also carry an official receipt book.



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    Charlie Teo Foundation

    The Lions Club of Emu Plains in conjunction with St Dalfours presented cheques to Charlie Teo at the launch of the Foundation that bears his name.
    Charlie Teo is the neurosurgeon raising awareness about brain cancer and fundraising for research into the condition, as one person is diagnosed every 5 hours.
    Pictured left to right are Emu Plains Lions President Alan Cooper, Charlie Teo, with Sheldon Ross, CEO of St Dalfour and a Friend of Emu Plains Lions.
    The cheques represented the selling efforts of the Club from a seasonal spread pack campaign, which also involved corporate sales. The pack contained three varieties of spread plus a ceramic spoon to serve from the iconic longer jars. A donation of $3 was made for every pack sold plus a portion of corporate sales.
    Jim Aitken+Partners Real Estate after meeting St Dalfour’s at a Lions function, purchased the spread packs as a Christmas present for their staff and as a welcome gift for their home buyers.
    Charlie Teo has established his own Foundation for Brain Cancer Research after discovering so much of the donations went to ‘administration’ costs. Alan Cooper said, ‘It’s something that resonates with Lions because 100% of money donated to Lions reaches the charity/recipient.’
    Departing guests at the launch were presented with Lions centenary bags, that included a Lions brochure with a message from Emu Plains Lions and details of the central toll-free number 1800 655 201 and email: customerservice@lions.org .au to direct you to the nearest Club. The bag also contained St Dalfour spread samples.
    New packs are available by calling 0427110061 and watch out for the Mothers’ Day packs out shortly.


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    Bella the Brave

    The Club presented Bella with her stroller on Fri 23rd Feb.
    Unfortunately it was after a night of seizures and Bella continued to have more seizures whilst Susie Mullins, the occupational therapist and Dejay (the stroller supplier) staff ‘fitted’ Bella for the new stroller.
    It was both confronting and rewarding, knowing we were providing something that would help in some small way. It was also obvious to the Lions who watched these professionals go about their work that Bella’s mum, Helen, was totally spent from a night of seizures which continued to shake young Bella’s body, it seemed like every 15 minutes with little respite between them.
    It got those of us gathered to think that we can do more than just supply a stroller.
    Helen desperately needs a HUG. She needs someone to bring her a coffee or take her for one. She needs her lawn mowed.
    She needs someone to bring her dinner. She needs someone to talk to. She needs help ... LIONS help ... YOUR help.
    Please contact Alan Cooper to offer your assistance.


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    Lions Club Excellence Awards

    LIONS CLUB EXCELLENCE AWARDS

    11 clubs won LCI Club Excellence Awards for 2016/17.The clubs are; Blacktown City, Carlingford Dundas, Crestwood, Emu Plains, Kings Langley, Lugarno, Manly, Oatley, Parramatta, Sydney Indian, West pennant Hills / Cherrybrook.

    Clubs and districts that excel in community service, membership growth, communications and organizational operations may qualify for the prestigious Excellence Awards.


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    REAL XMAS TREES

    The Lions Club of Emu Plains sell freshly cut Xmas trees each year. But after Xmas what happens to the 80+ trees that they sell, plus other sales in the area?
    Well, you can put the ‘old’ tree in your Council provided green wheely recycling bin (provided the branch diameter doesn’t exceed 10 cm) or you can follow Penrith City Council’s lead and extend your Xmas tree’s ‘life’ by turning your Xmas tree into mulch for the garden.
    After an approach to Clr Karen McKeon, Council’ s Waste and Resource Recovery Manager, Tracy Chalk, was mobilised to action. Tracy devised the plan whereby Council would ‘shred’ the Xmas trees at Jamison Park on Sat 13 January and provide the resultant mulch for Councils gardens.
    This continues Council’s positive waste practices.
    Lions and Penrith City Council working together, for the community.


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    YOUTH OF THE YEAR

    Monica Palmer; teacher, mentor, supporter and former contestant in Youth of the Year!

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    YOUTH OF THE YEAR

    Sudents pose with their certificates whilst sponsor, Jim Aitken watches on. Left to right; Rebecca Snelson, Zahan Madon, Monique Schoebel.


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    YOUTH OF THE YEAR

    The Lions Club of Emu Plains held its’ Club Youth of the Year last Thursday at Emu Sports Club in Leonay. The contestants were all from Penrith Anglican College and mentored by teacher, Monica Palmer. Monica herself was a contestant in Youth of the Year, when she was at High School.The contestants were Zahan Madon, Monique Schoebel and Rebecca Snelson. They were interviewed before a panel of Karen McKeown, Wayne Willmington and Brendan McKeown on the prior Sunday and then asked to respond to 2 impromptu questions and give a 5-minute speech before 46 guests at Thursday night’s dinner.
    The winner of both the Public Speaking and overall sections was Monique
    Penrith Anglican College has been dominant in the competition winning the last 3 years, but YOTY Chairman, Jim Devine stated ‘It was disappointing that students from other local high schools didn’t get to experience the unique competition.’
    Schoebel who’s speech was ‘The loose ‘change’ menu’, which cleverly compared what you might spend as loose change from your car console, in a McDonalds store against donating to a charity, where if overseas, the value would go further, or which could benefit from the accumulation of the relatively small amounts.
    Jim Aitken, the Club Sponsor presented the contestants with their certificates and St Dalfour CEO, Sheldon Ross, provided a keynote speech titled ‘The Long and Winding Road’ providing inspiration to the students, in making the most of opportunities presented.
    Monique will progress to the Regional rounds of the competition next year.
    Monique received certificates, from local sponsor Jim Aitken and Partners, for both sections as well as a $25 gift voucher and $50 gift voucher for the public speaking and overall sections, respectively.


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    WESTFIELD PENRITH PLAZA

    The four local Lions Clubs of Emu Plains, Penrith, Cambridge Park and Winmalee made an approach to Westfield Penrith Centre Management for some exposure on their display screens ‘scattered’ around the Centre, celebrating the 32nd year of operating the Lions Chocolate Wheel.

    The Wheel operates near the up escalator outside Blooms the Chemist, every Saturday morning, with a roster of ‘helpers’ from those four Clubs.

    Westfield provided the screen as attached, for which the Clubs thanked Westfield and the businesses of the Centre who have supported the operation, since September, 1985. The display also coincides with Lions International celebrating 100 years since foundation.

    An estimate of the revenue raised on the Chocolate Wheel over those 32 years, is over $750k which has been received by local charities ‘intact’. By that it means, unlike some charities and foundations, 100% of donations make it to the beneficiaries, as Lions are a volunteer organisation and there are no ‘administration’ fees or charges.




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    XMAS CAKES

    Why not SUPPORT your LOCAL LIONS CLUB and LOCAL COMMUNITY PROJECTS and ORDER some cakes for your;

     EMPLOYEES (eg Xmas presents/bonus)
     CLIENTS (eg Recognition)
     FAMILY/RELATIVES
     CLOSE FRIENDS
     NEIGHBOURS
     YOURSELF, FOR XMAS ENTERTAINING

    TO ORDER, CONTACT DAVID KITLEY PH. 4735 4991


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    Lions work with Extraordinary Fundraiser

    The Lions Club of Emu Plains first met Mark Nielsen, at the Salvation Army’s 2016 Red Shield Appeal Doorknock.

    Mark was again a collector for the 2017 Appeal, but the intervening period has been quite extraordinary for this 13 year-old Glenbrook student, who attends Year 8 at Penrith Anglican College.

    Mark’s list of ‘achievements’ includes, the Fred Hollows Humanity Award, raising money for Run 4 Bibles, the Leukaemia Foundation, Cancer Council, Heart Foundation, Westmead Children’s Hospital, Anglicare Christmas Appeal, Operation Christmas Child and of course, the Red Shield Appeal, as well as various College Service trips, which are designed towards assisting the communities visited. Mark has also won a recognition Award for Community Service at the NSW/ACT Young Achiever Awards and a Rotary Youth Service Award.

    Mark has also met with current United States Vice President Mike Pence. How was that arranged? Mark wrote him an ‘old-fashioned’ hand written letter! Mark’s overall aim is to become the ambassador to the United Nations, which he told to the ‘VP’. Mark said “… when I told him I wanted to be the ambassador to the United Nations he put his hand on my shoulder and said to never let go of your dreams and always keep on believing.’’

    Mark’s current ‘project’ is Sleep Sound Winter Appeal. The aim of which is to help those doing it tough to sleep more soundly this winter by providing them with donated sleeping bags, blankets, bedrolls and one-man tents. Donated items can be left at Penrith Anglican College reception from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm. If you can’t make it to Penrith Anglican College please send an email to emuplains@lionsclubssydney.org.au or come to the raffle at Lennox Village on Sat 17 Jun, and arrangements can be made.

    Mark is always thinking of ways to help those less fortunate and Lions are in awe of this young fundraising ‘dynamo’. Mark truly is an outstanding & inspirational young person and others from around the Penrith region, should draw from his work.




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    Not the NRL Beanies

    With the temperatures starting to drop, warmth is something that Lions are interested in providing. The Lions Club of Emu Plains are again presenting hand knitted beanies to the Oncology unit of Nepean Hospital (Cancer Care) for their patients undergoing treatment.

    The presentation is made possible by a lady from Cambridge Park, who saw an article about Lions previous donations in the press and contacted Lions to offer her handiwork. Lions supplied the wool to her and when the finished product is returned, it is noted that her knitting makes every beanie individual and ‘special’ and gives the patients a feeling of identity, as well as warmth.

    Emu Plains Lions are also working with the Oncology Unit to provide 2 lie-flat medical treatment chairs at a total cost around the $10-12k mark, and hope to finalise the purchase within the month.


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    Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal Doorknock 2017

    MACCA’S, LIONS and THE SALVOS
    The Salvation Army received a great ‘headstart’ in fundraising for their Red Shield Appeal, with Frank and Domenic Meduri of McDonalds Cambridge Gardens, Penrith North and their newly rebuilt McCafe at St Marys North, contributing $ 1,000. Pictured are Domenic Meduri (left) presenting to Major David Pullen of the Salvation Army (right).
    The McDonalds St Marys North store has just undergone a major upgrade and modernisation and sits in the St Marys Leagues Club precinct, which includes the football ovals and a major redevelopment including hotel accommodation.
    The Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal Doorknock, will take place on Sunday 28 May and as for the 27th year in a row, the Lions Club of Emu Plains will be organising drivers and collectors for over 13 designated areas in the Emu Plains, Emu Heights and Leonay areas.

    Lions organiser, John Choma, asked anybody interested in volunteering to contact him on 4735 5120 and reminded everybody that this year the assembly point for collectors is the Emu Plains Community Centre, Lawson Street, Emu Plains. John further added that the number of volunteer collectors directly influenced the total amount raised.

    Volunteers will receive a ‘thank you’ certificate from the Salvos, a McDonalds voucher, a drink bottle, and a ‘famous’ BBQ sausage sandwich and a drink from the Emu Plains Lions Club.

    If you think you may not being home on the doorknock, please send your donation to The Salvation Army, Red Shield Appeal, GPO Box 9888, Sydney, or https://www.my.salvationarmy.org.au/donation/

    Donations, no matter how small, will help the Salvos continue their invaluable work in the community. The Red Shield Appeal funds support a number of social programs in the Penrith area including Mature Workers Program, Youth Leadership Program, Drug & Alcohol Program & Counselling Service.


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    Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal Doorknock 2017


    LIONS ‘GOT THE SALVOS BACK’
    Colloquially, when someone ‘has your back’ they protect or support you. On the last weekend in May for the last 27 years in a row, the Lions Club of Emu Plains have done just that: supporting the Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal Doorknock.

    The doorknock takes place with volunteer drivers and collectors for over 13 designated areas in the Emu Plains, Emu Heights and Leonay areas.
    For those who missed the doorknock, you can still send your donation to The Salvation Army, Red Shield Appeal, GPO Box 9888, Sydney, or https://www.my.salvationarmy.org.au/donation/
    Majors David and Robin Pullen of the Salvation Army, thanked the Lions Club and associated volunteers for their invaluable assistance for many past years of the Sunday Red Shield Appeal. David indicated that the funds from the Appeal are ‘ploughed’ back into the local area, but that the total ‘spend’ was around ‘threefold’ of that collected in the Appeal.
    Donations, no matter how small, will help the Salvos continue their invaluable work in the community. The Red Shield Appeal funds support a number of social programs in the Penrith area including Mature Workers Program, Youth Leadership Program, Drug & Alcohol Program & Counselling Service.
    Pictured courtesy of Cheryl Devine is incoming Lions President, Alan Cooper (left) and the Salvation Army’s Major David Pullen (right).



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    Election - Office Bearers

    The Emu Plains Lions Club have just held their elections for office bearers for the 2017-18 year.
    The newly elected President is Alan Cooper, replacing Ian West, a member for 17 years and who has presided over the Club for the last three years. Past president Ian West, who stood down, is recuperating at home following his second knee replacement operation, but sent his congratulations to Alan and the other two ‘returned’ officers.
    Alan thanked Ian for his direction and unwavering support for the local community and associated charities.
    Alan added ‘We are facing a situation that a lot of service clubs face; diminishing memberships and reducing donations or funds contributed. Lions have been around for 100 years internationally and 70 years in Australia and the current membership work hard to ensure that Lions will continue long into the future.”
    Secretary, Sue Hunt and Treasurer, Dave Markham were re-elected.
    Anybody interested in joining Lions and making a positive contribution to the local community and charities, should contact Sue Hunt on 4735 7789 or 0409 393 711 or jacknsue@bigpond.com.au

    The Emu Plains Club is holding an Easter raffle on Saturday 15 April at the Lennox Village, Gt Western Highway, Emu Plains, where you can obtain more information on membership and how you may become involved.

    The accompanying photo shows outgoing President, Ian West (left) and newly elected President, Alan Cooper (right).


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    Youth of the Year Region Final

    The Regional round of YOTY was held yesterday at Bankstown Condell Park Trotting Club, and two local students were vying to move to the next level of the Quest. The Emu Plains Club winner, Brittany Reeves, of Penrith Anglican College was competing against Penrith Club winner, Hartley Dhyon of St Dominics College. Two other competitors Stephanie Lee from PLC and Andrew Clark of St Patrick’s Strathfield made up the Final.
    (Pictured L to R; Andrew Clark, Hartley Dhyon, Stephanie Lee and Brittany Reeves).

    In a keenly fought Final, the overall winner was Hartley, who will now progress to the District round, on Saturday 25 March at Hornsby RSL. Emu Plains Lions wishes Hartley good luck.



    Brittany, was supported by her father, David, plus PAC mentor, Mrs Monica Palmer; newly appointed Public Speaking and Debating Coordinator, replacing Charles Merz, who retired last year. Club YOTY Chairman, Jim Devine, and his wife, Cheryl added their support.



    Mrs Palmer said, “I am very keen for this program to be highlighted in our school. I participated in the Lions Youth of the Year in 1985 and I know what a wonderful experience this is for younger people.”



    The Emu Plains Club Sponsor for the Youth of the Year Quest is Jim Aitken + Partners.




  • Publicity Officer gets publicity on himself!

    Publicity Officer, Jim Devine, got to tell the Western Weekender about his Penrith.

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    Lions Nurses Foundation

    Local Emu Plains nurse, Sandra Muir, was recently presented, with a certificate and cheque for $3,000 courtesy of the Lions Nurses Scholarship Foundation, by Emu Plains Lions Club, before their recent Board meeting.
    The mission of the Lions NSW/ACT Nurses Scholarship Foundation is to provide the opportunity for nurses in NSW & ACT to continue their professional development. Scholarships of varying value are granted to nurses in NSW & ACT each year.
    Sandra was directed by NSW nursing to apply and completed the Lions Club application which qualified her for a category B scholarship; for extended study leave leading to the award of a formal qualification from a recognised tertiary institution in Australia.
    Sandra has been nursing for 24 years and has worked in three different States of Australia, and is currently studying for a post graduate certificate in Anaesthetics and Recovery at UTS, whilst working at Nepean Hospital in the Anaesthetic and Recovery department. Her duties include assisting the anaesthetist with airway management and monitoring patient care throughout surgery. Her other role is in recovering patients after surgery.
    Sandra commented, “The Graduate Certificate is important to me as it will give me an increase in knowledge base, critically evaluate and enhance my clinical skills, in the area of health that I'm working. It will allow me to improve my ability to deliver high quality holistic care to my patients and their families in the pre and post-surgery environment.”
    Sandra added, ”A career in nursing has given me the joy and sometimes sadness in caring for patients and families, plus the ability to travel Australia and see health care through different settings and different communities. I have met many different people and made great working relationships.”
    Sandra thanked the Lions Nurses Scholarship Foundation and President, Ian West and the members of the Lions Club of Emu Plains, for their support.

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    Summit Care BBQ

    Emu Lions ran a BBQ for Summit Care aged residents at Saddington St, St Marys on 31 Jan. The BBQ was to raise funds for Westcare Community Services who offer Emergency relief service, 1,000 safe sleeps/year, Op shop, Community connection Van, Carekits, Correctional care/life skills, Work development orders and a Referral service. Contact them by email on admin@westcare.org.au .Those present in the 40+ degree heat were; Ian West, John Choma, Sherryll Andrikis and Jim & Cheryl Devine. A special thanks to Andrew Paech, Asst Director of Westcare, (above with Ian West) who listened to the authors jokes and stories …maybe he was just too hot to move!


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    PENRITH CITY COUNCIL AUSTRALIA DAY APPRECIATION AWARDS

    Emu Plains Lion, Robert ‘Bob’ Baines, pictured left, has been nominated for a Penrith City Council Local Appreciation Australia Day Award as a direct consequence of his contribution to the Lions organisation, as well as their supported charities, and as President of the Penrith Community Kitchen.
    The Awards dinner is to be held on Monday 24 January, 2017 at the Penrith Civic Centre, coincidentally Bob’s birthday.
    The Emu Plains Lions Club is extremely proud of Bob’s nomination.
    Bob’s ‘volunteer CV’ is summarised as follows:-
    On the 4th July last year, Emu Plains Lions member, Bob Baines of Kingswood, ‘clocked up’ 26 years’ service with the Club. He ‘celebrated’ the event as usual, by carrying out one of his many community functions, behind the scenes, without fanfare and with his cheeky grin and ‘gritty’ attitude that has driven him during his over a quarter of a century of service to Lions and the community.
    Bob, aged 70, was born in Yorkshire, United Kingdom. He was a volunteer early in his life; from 19 to 21 years old, he volunteered in the UK’s Civil Defence. His life story typifies his enduring quality; 32 years with 3M before retiring and his marriage to Pat for 48 years. Bob’s pride is his family; daughters Michelle and Melanie and especially his close bond to his 4 grandchildren; Chloe, Corey, Jorja and Dale, who love their ‘Pop’ in return.
    Bob emigrated to Australia in 1969 and lived in West Ryde, Burwood and Parramatta before building a new home in Kingswood in 1973. His first family car was a Morris 1100.
    Bob’s ‘bucket list’ includes; climbing Mt Fuji, a trip to Antarctica and diving down in the depths to see the Titanic wreck. He’s a ‘Titanic tragic’. He was reading a book on the Titanic and found a ‘R.Baines’ on the crew list. Richard Baines was a stoker in the Titanic’s boiler room!
    Emu Plains Club President, Ian West said, ” Bob is the epitome of what I think a Lion is; selfless, unassuming, hard- working, and always willing to help without seeking glory or headlines.”
    Club ‘veteran’ John Choma, himself a 2016 Penrith City Council Australia Day Local Appreciation Award winner, with 41 years’ service to Lions, added “Bob is a well-respected, valuable member of our Club, and is always willing to put his hand up to support the club’s activities and projects. Bob has served as President for 3 terms, Secretary for 2 terms and been a member on most committees within our club. Bob’s service to the community is also evident with his involvement with the Penrith Community Kitchen, where he has served as President over a number of years.” The Community Kitchen provides wholesome and healthy meals to those less fortunate in the community, relying on donations to keep its doors open.
    Bob also volunteers in acting as a tour guide on the James Craig, the tall ship at Darling Harbour.
    Bob has had some medical issues this year, in April he had a ‘mild’ stroke and is slowly recovering, but he is attacking his rehabilitation/recovery with the same attitude he displays with all his community work; head on!
    Bob’s achievements deserve congratulations and admiration from all in the community. Bob recently was among Lions who presented 100 beanies to the staff of the Oncology unit of Nepean Hospital for their patients undergoing treatment.




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    Emma Husar's thank you BBQ

    Following an inability from Penrith Lions, Emu Plains were quick to step up and provide their ‘BBQ services’ for Emma Husar’s (Federal Member for Lindsay) and Prue Car’s (State Member for Londonderry) Xmas thank you to their Branch members, staff and supporters at Victoria Park, St Marys on Fri 9th Dec.

    NSW Labor Senator Deborah O’Neill was also present and gave a ‘stirring’ speech to the assembled gathering.

    Just to complete the ‘political pyramid’, Penrith Councillor Karen McKeown was also present, offering her great support, as always.

    Around 60 supporters were provided with food supplied by the Branches, including meat and vegetarian sausages on rolls or gluten-free bread, ‘expertly’ cooked, courtesy of our Club. Thanks to Ian West, John Choma, Bob Baines, Dave Markham, Ken Peachey, Liam Nangle, Sherryll Andrikis, Alan Cooper, Cheryl and Jim Devine for their quick response to the call to assist.

    A donation of $240 was made to Lions … Thank you!




  • Emu Lions Prepare for Big Day

    The Lions Club of Emu Plains will be selling freshly cut Xmas trees for $35.00 from 6:30-11:30am on Saturday 10th December at Lions Park, Great Western Highway near Melrose Hall at Emu Plains.
    The Club orders the trees from Oberon and this year will receive 80 trees. Based on previous years, it pays to get there early to ensure you don’t miss out. All proceeds from the sale of Christmas trees goes to Our Community Cares.
    Our Community Cares aims to increase the level of patient care in the outpatient services of Nepean by providing funds for equipment beneficial to the patients’ well-being. They collaborate with the management of the outpatient medical services to determine priorities of the required resources. Our Community Cares aims to assist the needy and aged by providing support to enhance their quality of life.
    Later that day, the Lions Club will be manning the ‘donation buckets’, seeking a gold coin for car parking at the Emu Sports Club at Leonay, where Carols on the Course will take place, with the ‘fun’ starting around 4:00pm and capped off by a traditional Lions BBQ (where again the proceeds go to Our Community Cares) with fireworks happening about 8:00pm.
    It’s always great family fun, so mark it in your calendar!


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  • Xmas raffle

    The Emu Plains Lions Club will be holding their Xmas raffle for 2016, at the Centro Lennox Village, Emu Plains on Sat 26 November. Prizes are provided by many Lennox Village and other local sponsors, with tickets at $1 each, on sale from 8:30am to 3:00 pm. All winners will be contacted with prizes drawn after 3:00 pm on the same day.
    The day will also be combined with a membership drive.
    Come along and support an organisation that has for 100 years helped local communities during natural disasters and hardships. Proceeds will go towards purchasing a chemotherapy patient chair for the Nepean Cancer Care Unit. It will be matched, dollar for dollar by the Lions Foundation.
    If you would like to be part of such an organisation, just ask a Lion at the Village, for more information. They’ll be in a yellow shirt, as always.
    All raffle enquiries to Alan Cooper on 4739 2603, or 0414 155 917.
    Membership enquiries should be made to John Choma on 4735 5120 or jwchoma@bigpond.com


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    Youth of the Year Club Final

    PAC EMERGES FROM PACK
    The Lions Club of Emu Plains ran their Quest dinner and speech evening on 17 Nov, before 56 guests at Emu Sports Club at Leonay.
    The students entered were required to prepare and deliver a five-minute speech, as well as provide answers for two minutes to two impromptu questions.
    This year the contestants were;
    Madeleine Bishop of St Pauls Grammar School;
    Kiara Auddino and Elayna D’Ermilio of McCarthy Catholic College;
    And Nicola Crabb and Brittany Reeves of Penrith Anglican College.

    The school mentors were Catherine Stacker, Daniel Conway and Charles Merz respectively.

    The night followed an interview on the previous Sunday, before an illustrious ‘local’ judging panel of; Jacqueline Koob (Principal of Concord High), Brendan McKeown (MD and owner of Click Media, Penrith) and Wayne Willmington (Owner of VintageFM & Penrith Council’s Citizen of the Year).

    The winner of the Public speaking section and overall winner was Brittany Reeves, who will progress to the next level of competition in March 2017.

    It was a trifecta of wins for Charles Merz, PAC’s Public Speaking mentor, having guided the two previous year’s winners. Charles, aged 65, will retire this year; what a fitting way to ‘go out’!

    The Lions Club of Australia with the support and sponsorship of the National Australia Bank, has hosted the Youth of the Year Quest for over 20 years, giving contestants the opportunity to be selected as an outstanding youth, to be an ambassador for his/her country and travel overseas under the auspices of Lions International.

    The Lions Youth of the Year Quest is designed to foster, encourage and develop leadership in conjunction with other citizenship qualities of our youth, at the age when they are about to enter the fields of employment or higher education.

    The Sponsor for the local event was Jim Aitken + Partners, with Jim presenting certificates and gift cards to the winner.

    Enquiries regarding the Quest should be made to Jim Devine, Chairman YOTY on mobile 0427 110 061.


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    Dinner meeting - Guest speaker

    MindDOGS ASSIST THOSE WITH MENTAL ILLNESS
    The most recent Lions dinner meeting was addressed by guest speaker, Tony Edwards (and Buddy; Tony’s assistance dog) from mindDog Australia, a not-for-profit organisation that started up in 2011 and exists to help people procure, train and accredit psychiatric service/assistance dogs to assist people with mental illness. mindDogs assist you to train your own dog.

    A mindDog comes in many shapes and sizes, and may look different to other assistance dogs experienced by the public previously. Clients of mindDog are supported to find a suitable dog, train and eventually pass a public access test which includes using public transport. Just like other assistance dogs mindDogs are required access to public spaces in order to fulfil their duties. Currently there are 600 mindDogs registered.
    The bond between dog and handler is of maximum importance. They can be any breed of dog. Buddy became Tony’s mindDog after ‘meeting’ at Windsor pound, where Buddy was within 4 days of euthanasia.
    Mental illness covers many disorders; mood, personal, eating and trauma.
    President Ian West commented “We as a society need to breakdown the stigma attached to mental health, so that it may be considered say as similar to heart health or any other physical affliction.
    We should all be mindful of etiquette; for Dogs – don’t approach the mindDog directly. Remember they are working.

    And for handlers – don’t say ‘What’s wrong with you and why do you need a dog?”

    See www.minddog.org.au for more information or to make a donation.

    If you are having difficulties or are effected by a crisis call Lifeline on 13 11 14.

    [The attached photo shows L to R; Tony Edwards, Buddy and Ian West, President Emu Plains Lions]


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    Donate Life Week launch

    The Devine family with Chris Thomas CEO Transplant Australia


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    District Award

    Jim Devine was awarded the Anthony Cheung Trophy for 2015/16 for the Best Media Coverage of Lions Projects or Events throughout the Lions Year.

    Here Jim is pictured with John Choma, Alan Cooper and Ian West.

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    Changeover dinner - 29 June

    Beryl Payne who officiated over the changeover ceremony receives flowers from Emu Plains Lions.

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    Changeover dinner - 29 June

    Mayor Karen McKeown receiving flowers from Emu Plains Lions.


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    Changeover dinner - 29 June

    Lion Bill Moore gives the invocation and toast whilst President Ian West listens intently.

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    Changeover dinner - 29 June

    David Reid and family, 'officially' accept David's new wheelchair, provided by Emu Plains Lions.


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    Changeover dinner - 29 June

    Cody Knibbs of Nepean CAPA High School delivers the acknowledgement to country.

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    Launch Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal Doorknock 2016

    Red Shield Appeal launch


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    Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal Doorknock 2016

    Emu Plains Club President, Ian West (left) tallies up the days activities while Publicity Officer Jim Devine (right) searches for newsworthy items.


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    Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal Doorknock 2016

    The King and Queen in their counting house ... Carollyn West and Bob Marsden


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    Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal Doorknock 2016

    The photo above features Kevin Douglass from Penrith Lions Club plus the wonderful volunteers, who gave up their Sunday morning to collect on behalf of the Salvos.

    Our sincere thanks goes to you one and all ...




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    Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal Doorknock 2016

    The photo above features more wonderful volunteers, who gave up their Sunday morning to collect on behalf of the Salvos. Our sincere thanks to you ...


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    Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal Doorknock 2016

    The photo above features the wonderful volunteers, who gave up their Sunday morning to collect on behalf of the Salvos. Many thanks goes to you one and all ...




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    Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal Doorknock 2016

    Dave and Bernice Markham of Emu Plains Club


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    Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal Doorknock 2016

    The photo above features Lions Club members from Emu Plains Janelle White (left) and Sue Hunt (right) plus one of the wonderful volunteers, who gave up their Sunday morning to collect on behalf of the Salvos. Thanks for your efffort ...


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    Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal Doorknock 2016

    The photo above features a Lions Club member from Penrith Club plus the wonderful volunteers, who gave up their Sunday morning to collect on behalf of the Salvos.

    Our sincere thanks goes to you one and all ...




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    Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal Doorknock 2016

    The photo above features the wonderful volunteers, who gave up their Sunday morning to collect on behalf of the Salvos.

    Our sincere thanks goes to you one and all ...




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    Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal Doorknock 2016

    The photo above features 'Mobile' Lions Club Member Ross Cameron (centre) plus the wonderful volunteers, who gave up their Sunday morning to collect on behalf of the Salvos.

    Our sincere thanks goes to you one and all ...




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    Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal Doorknock 2016

    The photo above features the wonderful volunteers, who gave up their Sunday morning to collect on behalf of the Salvos.

    Our sincere thanks goes to you one and all ...




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    Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal Doorknock 2016

    The photo above features Diane Hudson (left) from the Lions Club of Emu Plains plus two of the wonderful volunteers, who gave up their Sunday morning to collect on behalf of the Salvos together with Major David Pullen of the Salvation Army and Domenic Meduri Ops Manager of McDonalds Cambridge Gardens, St Marys North and Penrith North who provided sponsorship of $1,000.

    Our sincere thanks goes to you one and all ...




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    Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal Doorknock 2016

    The Kenny's!


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    Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal Doorknock 2016

    The photo above features our Youth of the Year contestant, John Nolan, with other wonderful volunteers, who gave up their Sunday morning to collect on behalf of the Salvos.

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    Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal Doorknock 2016

    The photo above features Val Cooper of the Lions Club of Emu Plains (far right) plus the wonderful volunteers, who gave up their Sunday morning to collect on behalf of the Salvos.

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    Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal Doorknock 2016

    The photo above features some of the wonderful volunteers, who gave up their Sunday morning to collect on behalf of the Salvos.


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  • Youth of the Year District Final

    This is the 52nd year that the YOTY has been held. On Saturday 2nd April at Hornsby RSL, 105 guests including; John Nolan of Penrith Anglican College, supported by his mother, Carol, sister, Kathryn and Emu Plains Lions John Choma, Alan Cooper and Jim Devine plus a special ‘cheer squad’ member; Steve Holley from Penrith Lions, contested the District final of the Youth of the Year Quest. Wow ... what a competition?!

    The ‘stakes’ were certainly raised and despite a stronger showing by John, he unfortunately missed out on progression to the next level. It was however, a more than creditable performance considering the next step is vying for State representation. John deserves high praise for his tremendous efforts.

    The interviews were held before five judges, rather than the three judges of previous levels.

    The two impromptu questions requiring two minute responses were;
    1. It’s January 2017 and Donald Trump is being inaugurated as President of the US. What are the issues that excites you or concerns you?
    2. What problems do you foresee for society if life expectancy doubles in the future?

    John spoke in ‘first position’ and ‘covered’ both topics well, focusing on inconsistency of ‘policy’ for the Trump question and health considerations and $’s and generational support for the 2nd question.

    The Chairman of the judging panel also revealed the 4 general knowledge question’s posed in the interview;
    1. What do you consider is an ‘unfair thing’?
    2. Should sportswomen and sportsmen be paid the same prize money?
    3. What strategies should be employed for legal Syrian refugees?
    4. What are some of the alternative technologies for fuel?

    The Chairman also commented that all contestants consider injecting ’fun and their personality’ into their prepared speeches.

    Jack Naylor from Normanhurst Boys High won the Public Speaking section with his 5 min speech on Domestic Violence. He was a worthy winner with a spirited and thought provoking subject and delivery.

    The overall winner was William Lawrance from The Scots College.

    The YOTY Chairman, Jim Devine wishes to thank John, his parents; Carol and Garth, his sister; Kathryn, his mentor/teacher; Charles Merz and his school; Penrith Anglican College, for their invaluable support throughout all the stages of the Quest.

    The guest speaker on the night was Paul Gibbeson the 1969 National YOTY winner. Paul entertained the audience with his recollections of his round-the-world trip he won for winning that year’s Quest. Paul is retired now but has Arts and Law degrees from Sydney University, plus his CV includes partner at a Sydney law firm, General Counsel and Secretary at St George Bank and Chief Legal Counsel of Stryker Corp., a Fortune 500 international medical technology company.


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    Youth of the Year Area Final

    Our Club Youth of the Year winner, John Nolan from Penrith Anglican College, went up against winners from Caringbah, Engadine, Kogarah, Oatley, and Lugarno Clubs, on Saturday 12 March at Mortdale RSL in the Area final. The judges were John Delaney, the President of Mortdale RSL-Sub Branch and involved with community work with Meals on Wheels, Carinya and Legacy, Pauline Jean English, OAM, an Australian paraplegic swimmer, who won five medals at two Paralympics, and Fiona O'Neill has taught in both public and independent schools in a 45year career.

    The impromptu questions were; What is the biggest problem facing rural Australia? and Recently sportsman, particularly football players, had very public examples of misbehaviour, should they be held to a higher standard of behaviour?

    John spoke last and unlike the preceding students answered the first question with an emphatic … DROUGHT!

    He continued on that topic and avoided the ‘meanderings’ of trying to think of all things besetting our country folk. The second question was equally ‘nailed’ with John naming Mitchell Pearce, as THE example, domestic violence and fit into society as salient points.

    And the winner was … John Nolan in both Public Speaking and Overall categories. John won two trophies and $80 and $120 respectively, towards his studies. Congratulations to John, his mum and dad; Carol and Garth, his mentor/teacher; Charles Merz and PAC.


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    Our Community Cares

    Secretary, Sue Hunt and Publicity Officer, Jim Devine organized presentation of quilts and beanies to the Oncology Unit at Nepean Hospital, through Melissa Spurrier of Our Community Cares.

    The knitted/crocheted beanies were provided courtesy of the Craft Group of the Rochford Place Retirement Village. The quilts and beanies provide warmth to the patients who undergo chemotherapy treatment and who feel the cold through the treatment, in ambient room temperatures and in the seasonal (winter) cold as well.



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    Volunteers lunch

    On March 1st, Emu Plains Lions, John Choma, Alan Cooper and Jim Devine, attended a luncheon hosted by Hon. John Ajaka, Minister for Volunteering, and Tanya Davies, State MP for Mulgoa, at Surveyors Creek Community Centre, Glenmore Park. The luncheon launched the Principles for Recognition of Volunteers; which improve dignity, respect and fairness for volunteers. Organisations that endorse the principles send a clear signal to current and potential volunteers that their contributions are valued and that they will be respected.



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    Australia Day Award

    Emu Plains Lion, John Choma, was awarded a Penrith City Council Australia Day Local Appreciation Award, along with six other winners, plus Citizen and Sports Person of the Year, presented by Mayor, Councillor Karen McKeown, at a 3-course dinner function, on Thursday 21 Jan at Penrith Council’s Civic Centre. John’s nomination and award was as a direct consequence of his contribution to the Lions organisation, and the two Clubs he has been a member of, as well as their supported charities, for over 41 years.
    The bright and breezy function heard how John was originally a member of St Marys Lions Club but became a driving force for the formation of Emu Plains Lions Club, organising and conducting a number of public meetings to promote and establish a new Club.
    John became a Charter Member (the last remaining one) of Emu Plains Lions Club. John has held every Executive position at least once on the Club's Board of Directors.
    • John has always been the "go-to" patriarch of EPLC, providing valuable support for all Club Members undertaking new roles on the Club's Board.
    • In recognition of his contribution to the Lions Community, the Club awarded John a Life Membership.
    • John is recognised and respected throughout the entire Lions Organisation for his long standing and valued contribution to the Organisation and to the Community.
    John’s direct involvement in Lions Club Projects is substantial
    • John was instrumental in the foundation of the Lions Clubs Chocolate Wheel - a fund raising project synonymous with Lions and Westfield Plaza, just celebrating its’ 30 year anniversary.
    • John has been the Club Coordinator for the annual Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal for over 20 years. This task involved the recruitment and logistical management of about 80 collectors, supervising team leaders and support personnel annually to conduct the Door Knock in the Emu Plains, Emu Heights and Leonay region.
    • For more than 20 years John has organised and coordinated the annual Christmas Tree sale in Emu Plains.
    • Broadly, John has been involved in countless fund raising and community service activities throughout his career as a volunteer with Lions Clubs. Whether the need was catering or car parking, fund raising or giving a needy family a hand, John has always been in the forefront to make sure it happened.
    John is described by all as Caring, Dependable and Generous.
    Pictured above are L-R Alan Cooper, John, Jim Devine and President Ian West.


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    Youth of the Year 2015

    The Youth of the Year interviews were held on Sunday 15 Nov, with the public speaking section held on Wednesday 18 Nov at Leonay Sports Club, before 60 guests, including Federal MP for Lindsay, Fiona Scott and Penrith City Council Mayor, Cr Karen McKeown.

    The overall winner was John Nolan of Penrith Anglican College.

    The public speaking winner was Elayna D'Ermilio of McCarthy Catholic College.






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    Fake It 'Til You make It

    That was the name of the fundraising for Mama Lana’s held on Saturday 17 October at Penrith Paceway featuring ‘cover’ bands for ABBA and AC/DC to Buddy Holly, David Bowie, the Divinyls and INXS.

    The entertainment kicked off with Ross “Rosco’ Hutchison MC, on stage in an outfit that could not be described as ‘subdued’.

    Emu Plains Lions Club ran the sausage sizzle and car parking and Alan Cooper the Events organizer wanted to thank chief 1st shift cook, Barry Farr, from Cambridge Park Lions, dynamic servers Sue and Maddy Kenny (a mother/daughter ‘combo’ who sang and danced through their way through the shift) along with Liam Nangle, who did a ‘jig’ in his walking frame, plus Jim Devine and Ken Peachey.

    President Ian West led the 2nd shift workers, Sue and Jack Hunt, John Choma and David Kitley. Well done all, now where did I put the earplugs!




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    District Governors dinner - 12 October 2015

    District Governor, Elvio Munzone with Lion David Kitley

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    Handover Joshua's new wheelchair

    Three EP Lions; Jim Devine,David Markham & Alan Cooper who oversaw the Project, handover the new wheelchair to Joshua's father, Kurtis.


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    Accept new wheelchair

    From left; Jim Devine (EP Lions) Ashleigh Haskins (GTK Rehab) David Markham (EP Lions) Zara Fallins (Cerebral Palsy Alliance) Kurtis Farr (nursing daughter Harper) support Joshua in accepting the new 'fitted out' chair.


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    Joshua Farr gets his new 'wheels'.

    Joshua Farr gets his new manual wheelchair fitted by Zara from the Cerebral Palsy Alliance and Ashleigh from GTK Rehab

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    Lions Clubs Work Together

    Emu Plains Lions Club President Ian West (far left) and Publicity Officer, Jim Devine (2nd from left) gathered with representatives of Lions Clubs of Kings Langley, Castle Hill and Lugarno, together with the Australian Lions Children’s Mobility Foundation Director, Greg English, (kneeling - right) to present young Liam Hawkins-McLean with his walker.


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    Liams's walker

    The ‘Mustang’ brand walker was made in Denmark.


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    LIONS CLUBS WORK TOGETHER

    The Lions Clubs of Emu Plains, Kings Langley, Castle Hill and Lugarno together with the Australian Lions Children’s Mobility Foundation recently presented a ‘walker’ to pre-schooler, Liam Hawkins-McLean of Doonside.

    The ‘Mustang’ brand walker was made in Denmark.

    Liam who has cerebral palsy, had a ‘fitting’ at his home with his physiotherapist, Emma Riley from the Cerebral Palsy Alliance, GTK Rehab; the walker supplier, Greg English; the District Chairman of Australian Lions Children’s Mobility Foundation and representatives from the four Lions Clubs, who were all present.

    Liam’s mother, Melinda, and grandfather, Ian were also present to oversee the ‘fitting’ and to thank all present for their wonderful contribution to Liam’s mobility and overall standard of life.

    The most satisfying benefit apart from seeing Liam mobile was his smile, when trying out his new ‘wheels’.





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