Not all Australia Day functions were washed out. A Citizenship Ceremony hosted by the Moreton Bay Lions Club went ahead as planned.
Around ninety people were in attendance to become Australian citizens. Chairman John Wearne introduced the presiding officer, Mr Ross Vasta MP representing the Federal Government, with Mr Neil Symes MP (State Gov) and Mr Peter Cumming (BCC) also present.
The afternoon went off without a hitch and concluded with a light afternoon tea. The Moreton Bay Lions have been holding this event for 14 years on every Australia Day.
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Youth of the Year Quest
Last week was the local Youth of the Year Quest judging held by the Moreton Bay Lions Club.
Participants were Sarah Odman from Brisbane Bayside State College, Tegan Baker from Moreton Bay College, Morgan Swift from Wynnum State High School, and Cameron Williams from Iona College.
Judging was judged on two (2) impromptu speeches as well as a prepared 5 minute speech.
The Winner of the Public Speaking Award was Morgan Swift and Cameron was the overall quest winner. The standard was extremely high and the judges would have had a difficult job to do.
Cameron now advances to the Regional Finals to be held in about three weeks.
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The Sign of a Star Leo
Bronte Hopsick of Moreton Bay Collage was recently pronounced Leo of the year for 2007 after partaking in the Moreton Bay Lionís Clubís annual district competition.
Leo of the Year is a deeply entrenched tradition of the Lionís Club and has been run for many years. In its early beginnings the Moreton Bay Lions District (201 Q1) would select a Leo from one of its Clubs to be their Leo of the Year however when John Wearne took over the District Leo Chairman's roll in 1992 he developed a competition to fall into line with the State and National judgings. This allowed the Moreton Bay District winner a chance to prepare for the next level of judging instead of going in cold, and it also gave others the opportunity to be involved.
ďThe purpose of the competition is to give opportunity to young people (our Leos) to continue their personal development, enhance their public speaking and interview skills and develop their confidence and the further they go in the competition the greater opportunities become to develop these skillsĒ stated John Wearne, the current District Leo Chairman.
Contestants are required to complete an entry form that encompasses such details as school, community and work involvement, hobbies and interests and ambitions before being interviewed on their answers by three judges (Senior Lions).
Contestants are then asked 15 questions on Lions, Leos and current affair or general knowledge items. To end, each entrant then gives a 5 minute speech on a subject of their choice. Marks are given after each section of the competition.
This year the number of entrants was disappointing, as the flu saw a number of contestants pull out. As well as Bronte the other two entrants were from Rosewood State High School Leo Club.
ďI felt that Bronte was a worthy winner. Her opponents were very good Leos, one of them being a previous District winner,Ē said John Wearne. ďI believe she will acquit herself well in the State Judging next April.Ē
Bronte, the immediate past president of the Moreton Bay College Leo Club, will now go on now to represent the District against the 3 other Queensland Districts in the State Competition to be held at Proserpine in April 2008. If she wins the State Competition she will then go on to the National Competition in Darwin. The winner of the National Competition has the opportunity to be named International Leo of the Year at the International Convention at Bancock, Thailand in July 2008.
We wish Bronte the best of luck!
Posted by webmaster on Tuesday, 18 September 2007 @ 16:34:30
The Lions Elect a New Leader
The Lionís of Moreton Bay have elected a new president to lead their pack in its 2007 ventures. The new Vice District Governor and former president of the Lionís Club John McCrae, officially appointed David Lodge of Wynnum West to the highly respected position during a dinner at the Wynnum Manly Leagues Club on Tuesday 3rd July. David joined the Lionís Club three and a half years ago and is honoured to have been chosen for such an esteemed role. His wife Lenore is also a member of the Lions Club and will be serving as his Vice President.
Davidís father was a dedicated member of the Hervey Bay Lionís Club for many years and an inspiration for David. ďIím following in my fathers footsteps,Ē he said of his decision to join.
In the past David has shown himself to be a dedicated and generous community member, volunteering 30 years of service to the St Johns Ambulance Queensland before eventually taking up a paid position as first aid trainer. In former years he was an NCO with the Australian Army.
The role of president is generally a 12 month position and is decided upon through nominations and an election process in which all members of the club are able to elect the office bearers.
As president, David has a position on all committees, overseas all meetings and works as Chief executor officer for the club. ďCaring, united, bonded and service, are the themes we will be working with this year,Ē he said, and with such a committed and enthusiastic team behind him, itís likely the Moreton Bay Lionís will follow his lead to much success.
Posted by webmaster on Wednesday, 25 July 2007 @ 16:14:56
Saving Lives over Lunch
Moreton Bay Lionís Club, supported by other local clubs and groups will be holding a Barbecue and family day Sunday, 22nd of April at the Bandstand Area George Clayton Park, Darling Point as a National fund raising activity specifically targeted for the ĎLions Cord Blood and Childhood Cancer Research Appealí.
In Australia more children die from cancer than any other disease. Over 500 new cases are diagnosed each year and one in 500 children will get cancer before their 15th birthday.
Prior to the 1960ís cancer was generally a fatal condition in children, with an overall cure rate of less than 5%.
Today as the result of enormous advances in medical research, the survival rate has risen to better than 70%. The 3 out of 10 children who currently do not survive are those that the Childrenís Cancer Institute of Australia
is dedicated to saving.
Lionís Biggest Barbecue is an annual fundraising event undertaken by many of the 1,400 Lionís clubs with over 30,000 members, across Australia. Combined, Lions Australia has raised over $2.6 million for the Childrenís Cancer Institute, with all funds raised going towards research into the cures of childhood cancer in Australia.
Christmas brought a gift far greater than toys last year for young Madison of Manly West when, thanks to the generosity of the Moreton Bay Lions he was presented with the ultimate gift, the ability to walk.
The Moreton Bay Lions chose Madison to be the lucky recipient of a ĎGatorí walker after a request from the Australian Lions Children Mobility Foundation. Since then Madisonís mother Tricia has had trouble keeping up with her son who quickly mastered the new method of mobility and has been racing around at high speed.
The walker was the result of a club project that focused on helping children in need, the cost of the walker was paid for entirely by the Lions through raffles and other fundraising efforts.
The Lions Club of Moreton Bay was formed in 1956 and recently celebrated 50 years of dedicated service to the community. Their international motto, Ďwe serveí has rung true throughout their many acts of generosity. Over the past 50 years, the Lionís have shown a passion for helping those less fortunate then themselves by providing humanitarian services and financial support to individuals and organizations in the area and beyond. Their selfless acts have made many lives just that little bit easier and their contributions to the community are greatly appreciated.
Posted by webmaster on Tuesday, 23 January 2007 @ 18:46:09
Wraps with Love
There are millions of people in the world suffering extreme cold. In 1992 Wrap with Love began with the idea to help as many people as possible by providing warm Wraps to ward off hypothermia.
In the past 12 years we have sent more than 100,000 Wraps to people in over 75 countries, including Australia. These beautiful handmade Wraps have been lovingly crafted by our over 25,000 volunteers throughout Australia.
The Lions Ladies and Lady Lions of the Moreton Bay Lions have been busy knitting squares and assembling "Wraps with Love" for the Bayside Leo Club.
The Bayside Leos as well as other volunteers knit the squares and join them to create rugs 102cm by 178cm. The rugs are then sent to young people in need by 'Wraps with Love Inc' which is situated in NSW. A worthy community service! Pictured left is Lion, Olivia Furner with one of the presented rugs.
The Moreton Bay Lionís Club has reached an impressive milestone this month. 50 years of dedication and commitment is evident in the many wonderful achievements they have accomplished for the community. The Moreton Bay Lionís Club began in April 1956, with 21 men and one vision. A vision which has seen members of the Club devoting their time and labour to their international motto, we serve.
Anniversaries offer the opportunity to reflect upon where we have been and where we are going and the Moreton Bay Lionís Club has certainly etched a path of high success for current members to follow.
Right from their first project, painting a fence at the Margaret Marr home for boys, the Lionís have shown a passion for helping those in the community less fortunate then themselves by providing humanitarian services to the area and beyond.
Throughout the years the Club has provided financial support to many individuals and organisations within the local, state, national and international communities. Local organisations that have benefited include the Waterloo Bay Sailing Club, Wynnum Soccer Club, Blue Nursing Services, Bayside and Darling Point Sea Scouts, Princess Alexandra Hospital and more.
A fully equipped crash wagon was donated to the Wynnum branch of the Queensland ambulance Transport Brigade along with a variety of life saving equipment, while Lionís members, with countless other volunteers, also assisted in the relief and restoration after the floods of 1974. The Lionís run excellent aged programs, and many youth projects including Leo clubs and Youth of the Year.
Peter HO District Governor recognizes the Clubís sponsorship of ten Lions Clubs, five school based Leo Clubs and two community based Leo Clubs. ďThis is a proud record that is certainly difficult to match by any Lions Clubs through out Australia.Ē
With such accomplishments behind them, Lionís members can be justifiably proud of their involvement in the Lionís organization. As Ross Vasta our federal member for Bonner states in his letter of congratulations, ďA Clubís greatest asset is its people and I know that the Moreton Bay Club is comprised of volunteers who selflessly give of their time to try and make the lives of others easier.Ē
The Moreton Bay Lionís Club has reason to be proud of their 50 years of service and we both thank and congratulate those who have contributed to the Club and its many valuable endeavors. Congratulations and all the best for the future.
On the evening of Friday December 6, Carols by Torchlight will be presented as a pre-Christmas treat for the folk of the Wynnum Manly district by the Lions Club of Moreton Bay. Local high school bands have kindly agreed to take part. A happy night out for the whole family is assured, and of course, Santa will be there.
Admission will be free for everyone.