FROM THE DESK (TOP) OF THE DG Welcome, Lions, Lionesses and Leos, to a new year of service to our communities. Thank you for the opportunity to serve you as your District Governor for the next 12 months (now down to 10 and a bit!). You no doubt all had successful changeover functions and I welcome all new office bearers to the new and exciting world of Lions leadership. Unfortunately Lions Lady Mary and I were unable to attend many changeovers as we had to endure temperatures of 26-30 degrees while in Toronto at DGE training and the International Convention! The highlight of the experience was, of course, the moment when International President Joe Preston instructed the DGE partners to remove the purple “Elect” ribbon from our name badge to signify our official induction as District Governor. Prior to that we underwent four days of training in groups of approximately 30 DGEs. I was with a group of 19 Americans, five Philippinos, four Indians, two West Indians, two Canadians and one other Australian from Q3. We all worked well together and I learned two very important facts – Australians are the best prepared DGEs and Lions throughout the world have the same problems and rewards. At training we were introduced to IP Preston (the yanks use the surname whereas we Aussies just referred to him President Joe) and his theme “Strengthen the Pride”. Very similar to my theme “Strength through Growth” and with exactly the same message. IP Joe did a little more homework on his though and wrote a song based on his theme and he sang it for us on the opening day of training. I have the words and a DVD if you would like to hear it – I’ll have them both on my visits to your club! His message, though, is a strong one – Strengthen the Pride by growing our clubs, creating more opportunities for prospective members to see and experience the service we provide to communities, locally and internationally. He also asked us to Strengthen our Pride in our achievements. To feel the inner satisfaction of a job well done and to see the effect it has on those we serve and assist. It was not all work though. Mary and I also did some sightseeing with our daughter, Melissa, who joined us in Toronto to see her dad inducted. A great thrill for all of us. By the way, when we visit your club, ask Mary about walking into a sign that read “Do you need your glasses checked?” That’s now all in the past and I am getting on with the job you elected me to do. I’ve been in discussion with Convention Chairman, PDG Barry Higgins, and the Echuca Club has organized what is shaping up to be another great V6 convention. Let’s get those registrations in early so the organizing committee can ready their venues and catering to accommodate you all. PCC David Skinner is looking forward to many notices of motion to put to the convention so make sure you get them in on time. PDG Lynn Fredericks has agreed to take on the role as District co-coordinator for the MD Beyond Blue-Joining Hands project and I ask that all requests for Beyond Blue speakers be directed through him so that he can maintain a record of our District’s involvement in this initiative. If you have already sent your requests to Newcastle, please inform PDG Lynnif not you now have until 31st August to apply. I’ve held my first Cabinet meeting – thanks to my efficient Cabinet members, we got it finished by lunchtime! At the time of writing, I have visited three clubs; Rochester, where I had the privilege of meeting six (yes six!) of the seven youth exchange students hosted by the club. Murrabit where I was extended the honor of sitting in the special President’s chair and Glenrowan-Warby Range Branch Club where I inducted two new members into this fledgling club. It won’t be long before they have enough members to charter a stand-alone club! I also had the pleasure of attending the club Junior Public Speaking judging at Barham-Koondrook Club where I had the further pleasure of presenting PDG Alan Millar with a Melvin Jones Fellowship – a thoroughly deserved honor. Now, if you’ve read through to this line, I thank you for your patience and endurance. Lions Lady Mary and I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible during our touring around the District and hearing first hand of the wonderful work you all do in the name of Lions International. DG Peter Strength Through Growth In this Issue District Governor’s Message D ates to R em em ber Cover 29th-31st August ANZI Pacific Forum - Adelaide From the Editor’s Desk 1 21st September Junior Public Speaking District Final - Tocumwal 1pm Joining Hands - Beyond Blue 1 28th September Guiding Lion Training - Barooga International President's Message 2 District Changeover Dinner 3-7 Children of Courage Awards 8 50/50 Pathway Forum 37th Annual Convention 2014 Youth of the Year 22nd February 15 Club Finals completed 9 M2nd March 15 Zone/Region finals completed 10-11 22nd March 15 District Final Travelling Travel Gavel 12 Junior Public Speaking 13-14 19th April 15 Corowa 13 24th May 15 Moama Lost Property State Leo Summit 15-16 Leo Club Reports 17 Around the Clubs 18-24 Youth Exhange 25 Licola Reports 26-27 Incoming Officers Training Lions Australia has a proud history of community service and, by working together, we have been able to achieve great things. During 2014-2015, we are ‘joining hands’ with beyondblue to raise awareness and understanding about depression and anxiety. Over the next 12 months, Lions clubs around the country will be holding open meetings with beyondblue guest speakers to discuss mental health issues in their local communities. By joining our hands at the local level, together we can address a national health problem. IPDG Lynn Fredericks is the Chairman for our District for this project. Clubs are asked to direct their applications for a guest speaker to him so he can coordinate the dates. Contact email; [email protected] Strength Through Growth 1 JOSEPH PRESTON - INTERNATIONAL PRESIDENT Joseph "Joe" Preston, of Dewey, Arizona, USA, was elected president of Lions Clubs International at the association's 97th International Convention held in Toronto, Canada, July 4 through 8, 2014. President Preston is temporarily retired from the automotive industry. He has over 30 years of experience as a fleet sales manager, and was consistently recognized by Ford Motor Company for excellence in customer satisfaction, sales and product knowledge. A member of the Bradshaw Mountain of Dewey-Humboldt Lions Club, President Preston has been a Lion since 1974. He has held many offices in the association, including club president, zone chairperson, district governor, council chairperson and chairperson of district leadership development, Lions Quest and MERL for the state of Arizona. He was host chairperson of the 1994 International Convention in Phoenix, Arizona, chairperson of the 2003 USA/Canada Lions Leadership Forum, and a national/multinational coordinator for Campaign SightFirst II. In recognition of his service to the association, President Preston has received numerous awards, including the 100% Club President Award, the 100% District Governor Award, the Senior Builder Key Award, Life Membership in the association, nine International President's Awards and the Ambassador of Good Will Award, the highest honour the association bestows upon its members. He is also a Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow. President Preston was recognized by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency for his work as a Lion to prevent drug use and abuse among youth. President Preston and his wife, Joni, also a Lion and a Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow, have two sons, one daughter and seven grandsons IP Joe Preston Will you take up the challenge to “Strengthen the Pride”? Join International President Joe Preston and Lions around the world in “Strengthen the Pride”. Here are some great resources that can help strengthen your club. Strengthen the Pride through Service. Service is the foundation of our association, so let’s continue to build on it as we approach our Centennial. ● Centennial Service Challenge - take part in our international service challenge to celebrate 100 years of Lions service! ● Serve Children in Need - find out how your club can support and empower children in need. Strengthen the Pride by Strengthening Your Club. Make sure your club is on track for success and growing to meet the needs of your community. ● Ask One - looking for new members? Get the tools you need to energize your membership efforts and spread the word in your community. ● Club Excellence Process (CEP) - Get your club performing at its highest level through an interactive CEP workshop. Now available in two versions - CEP Pro and Lite ● Club Blueprint - Map out your plan for ongoing club success in three simple steps. Strengthen the Pride through Creativity. Use technology to enhance your communications and create new commutations with your community. ● Online tools - find new tools to increase your online presence and club efficiency ● Social Media - use the power of social media to promote your club and connect with new members. Check out the 2014-15 Presidents Awards to learn how exceptional clubs and members can earn special recognition for Strengthening the Pride! Get more information and check out the links above by going to: http://www.lionsclubs.org/EN/member-center/presidents-theme.php Strength Through Growth 2 Strength Through Growth 3 DISTRICT CHANGE OVER DINNER Lots of clubs were represented along with PDGs and new members onto Cabinet. All having a great time together. Berrigan Shire Councillor, Brian Hill proposed the toast to Lions International acknowledging the work of Lions Clubs in their Shire. Strength Through Growth 4 DISTRICT CHANGE OVER DINNER PDG Brenda Henderson was honoured with a DG Appreciation Award for her work over many years for the District and in particular, her role with 50/50 and the Membership Team. For her role as “Wonder Secretary” Julie was presented with a DG Start Award. Lion Norm Walkington was recognised with a “Chris August Award” for his work as a Zone Chairman for three terms. Lions Lee was recognised for her work on the District website and Roar with a DG Star Award. Two very proud Lions. Lion Corrinie was recognised with a “DG Start Award” for her work as Zone Chairman and with the Corowa Leos. Strength Through Growth 5 District Governor’s Club Awards Strength Through Growth 6 District Governor Lynn thanked the Ladies for their support Strength Through Growth 7 CHILDREN OF COURAGE AWARDS The Children of Courage Awards Day was held in the Tocumwal Memorial Hall on Sunday 1st June 2014. The awards were presented in front of 150 people by District Governor Lynn Fredericks assisted by Cabinet Secretary Julie Simpson. There were a record number of 23 children awarded on the and they were: Tamara Lord & Sarah Lord Wangaratta Noah Antonella Tungamah Leo Club Jorga Paganoni Tocumwal Liam Mossop Rutherglen Blake Pavey Corowa Tayten Farrell Wangaratta Jack Horner-Bergsma Thurgoona Maya Ross Corowa Andrew Nicholson Lavington Corey Moore Lavington Gabby Taylor-Tran Tocumwal Micaela Schmidt Rutherglen Mitchell Moulday Wangaratta Cassie Kreutz-Berger Thurgoona Keiran Baird Corowa Holley Eggins Thurgoona Brydie Kensington Wangaratta Kaitlyn Cook Wangaratta Luke Collins Lavington Damon Rendek Wangaratta Blake Spicer Tocumwal The Children of Courage Project has been running for 15years in our District and we have now recognised 235 children with Special Needs. Following the presentations, everyone enjoyed a lovely afternoon tea provided by the Tocumwal Lions Club. I am deeply grateful to the Tocumwal Club as they have assisted and catered for this day for 14 years. Special thanks to District Governor Lynn and Cabinet Secretary Julie. The ceremony was enhanced by their dignity and sincerity. PDG Neil Campbell Chairman Children's Projects. Strength Through Growth 8 50/50 Pathway Forum – Rochester - 22nd June 2014 It was identified a number of years ago, that Lions International was not attracting female members in the same numbers as male. More than half the population is female, and yet less than a quarter were joining Lions. The structure of most clubs has not changed over the years despite membership numbers and ages declining. Most clubs just go along with what has been, even if it no longer works. Though it is over 26 years since women were permitted to join Lions International, there are still a number of ‘Men only’ Lions Clubs and many women who don’t realise that they can in fact join. With the average age of Lions members being around 68 years of age, something had to be done! The 50/50 Pathway Forums were developed to re-energise members, to give them some ideas and new ways to look for membership growth in their clubs. Lions Wendy and Lee Walkington from the Cohuna Lions Club joined around 30 other Lions in Rochester to attend a 50/50 Pathway Forum, to see how they could help their club continue into the future. After a quick introduction of the members present, it was very clear that although we had all joined Lions for different reasons, we were all there for one reason; to serve our communities. Discussion centred on barriers to bringing in more females and families into our clubs by looking at the type of clubs, times meetings are held, the venues used. For example a hotel may no longer be the most appropriate venue for a ‘family’ orientated club to use as a meeting place. Is there an area for children to play while parents attend the meeting? Meetings during school times may suit families more than at night, day meetings may also suit older members who no longer wish to attend at night. In groups, attendees spent some time discussing ideas on how to attract new members, and exchanged ideas on hosting an “External Symposium” in their areas. Working with other community groups and members of the public to identify a special need or issue within their community and looking for a solution together. From this action, networks may develop and maybe new members found. The afternoon session focused on the “Ideal” club, now there is a question. Most attending agreed that the club would be welcoming of new members and ideas, open to change and enthusiastic. In reality this is not always the case, but this is our challenge, as members, to help our clubs to grow and develop into great clubs. Looking at new ideas for projects may bring about change as it could bring in new members to achieve the outcome. Looking at how it can be done, not why it wont. It was interesting to hear about the “Special Interest” clubs that are developing. Such as business Clubs that only meet a few times a year and make donations; social groups that have formed a Lions club to support their interest, special needs groups, such as a carers group who raise funds to benefit those they care for. These clubs are ‘FLEXIBLE’ to suit the needs of their membership. And this is the answer to our clubs into the future, we need to be flexible and open to change to meet the changing needs of our community and our club members. Lots to think about, but lots of ideas and information available to help us to achieve our goals. Lion Lee Walkington Strength Through Growth 9 Lions International District 201V6 37th Annual Convention 2014. October is fast approaching which means the planning for our annual Convention get-together is well under way. The Committee in conjunction with DG Peter have put together an interesting weekend of fellowship, learning and socialising. Lions were established in Australia 67 years ago, and Echuca Lions were formed in 1965. These are a great excuse to have a sixties party. Come along and help us relive that era and “Celebrate the Sixties” Friday 17th Registrations 3-6pm Lions Shed Sutton Street Echuca. Join us for a cuppa and chat Civic Reception 4pm by invitation from DG BBQ Tea 6-7pm St Mary’s Primary School Bridlington Avenue Echuca Opening 8pm St Mary’s Primary School 15-33 Bridlington Avenue Echuca - official opening followed by entertainment and supper. Saturday 18th Breakfast 7-8am Key members and first conventioneers Community Living & Respite Hall, 26A Percy Street Echuca Registrations 8.15am St Mary’s Primary School Bridlington Avenue Echuca Plenary Session 8.45am St Mary’s Primary School Bridlington Avenue Echuca Lunch 12noon Lunch and entertainment St Mary’s Primary School Plenary Session 1.15pm Guest Speaker Partners Tour 2.15 Mystery Tour (Out of Africa) not to be missed Plenary Session 4.45 (close of days sessions) Dinner Dance 6.30 -11pm Moama Bowling Club Celebrate the Sixties Cabaret Entertainment by “The Hoffmans” – dress in your best sixties gear!! Sunday 19th Registrations 8.30 St Mary’s Primary School Bridlington Avenue Echuca Plenary Session 8.45am St Mary’s Primary School Bridlington Avenue Echuca Including Memorial Service and Guest Speaker Closing 12.30pm Flag Handover ceremony BBQ lunch Lions Park corner Campaspe Avenue and Ogilvie Avenue Echuca has many and varied types of accommodation. Echuca/Moama Tourism contact details are as follows www.echucamoama.com or contact-us. This website gives you access to them all. Caravaners please be aware that the Sweat versus Steam (Foot runners v Paddle steamers) will be held on Sunday the 19th. The roads around the Port area are closed for the race. This could hold you up on Sunday morning if you are staying at the Echuca Caravan Park. Please register by the due date as this makes booking venues and meals a lot easier to organise! Strength Through Growth 10 Lions International District 201V6 17th. –19th, October 2014 Hosted by Echuca Lions Club Inc., St. Mary's Primary School. 15-33 Bridlington Ave Echuca Convention Chairman : PDG Barry Higgins Ph. 03 5482 5301 or 0427 825301 Email. [email protected] Title Surname Given Name (PDG, etc.) As will appear on Convention Badge Lion Partner Lioness Leo Guest Address Street Town Phone Postcode Mobile Email Club Is this your 1st District Convention Yes No (Please Circle) Hospitality Bookings Friday Night BBQ Number _____ @ $ 12 $ _______________ Friday Night Supper Number _____ @ $ 12 $ _______________ Saturday Key Members and first Conventioneers Breakfast Number _____ @ $ 15 $ _______________ Saturday Lunch Number _____ @ $ 18 $ _______________ Partners Tour —includes afternoon tea Number _____ @ $ 15 $ _______________ Saturday Night Gala Cabaret Dinner Dance Number _____ @ $ 45 $ _______________ Sunday Lunch Number _____ @ $ 18 $ _______________ Total $ _______________ Special Dietary requirements…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. PAYMENT METHODS - Cheque: Made Payable to: Lions Club of Echuca Convention Account Direct Crediting Details: Lions Club of Echuca Convention Account - BSB: 033621/323997 Please forward a copy of your e banking receipt with this Registration Form. When paying your registration, under Payee Ref., please include your surname FORWARD REGISTRATION FORM AND PAYMENT TO:Echuca Lions Club Convention - PO BOX 258 ECHUCA 3564 Please RSVP by Sept. 30th 2014 to allow for catering arrangements. TRAVELLING TRAVEL GAVEL Since the Rochester Convention to Gavel has meandered its way across from Lavington to Walla Walla, Henty, Holbrook, Culcairn, Lockhart, Oaklands, Yarrawonga, Cobram and onto Katamatite... Kerang Lions Club are pleased that the Gavel is travelling around the District as was intended to, and that Clubs who haven’t seen the Gavel before, are appreciating its workmanship. My thanks to PDG Charlie Leaney for keeping in touch with the clubs at his end of the District. It is great that clubs are also getting with the spirit of the project, such as Lockhart in the last Roar. Clubs are reminded to send their Gavel Tax cheques to Kerang Lions Club as soon as possible, if they have not done so already. This money goes to our V6 Foundation and I want to hand over our biggest cheque yet to V6 Foundation at the next Convention at Echuca. Clubs are asked to keep moving the Gavel towards Echuca, as the last Club with it before the Convention will have to bring it to Echuca together with their Travel Tax cheque and you don’t want to be too far away! The Travelling Travel Gavel Project will be coming up as a Notice of Motion for another 3 years at the Convention in Echuca and Kerang Lions are hoping for support for this project from all clubs for this project to continue. Yours in Lionism Lion Greg Gin LION AT LARGE A lion has been seen wondering, at large, across the District, first sighted leaving the Benalla Club after an interclub visit. He hitched a ride to Wangaratta for a short visit, then down the road to Rochester to attend the 50/50 Forum and have a visit with Sir Hubert Opperman. A stop off at the Tungamah Hotel to quench the thirst, then back to Wangaratta, a short stay at Lavington and back home to Benalla. Now he has the ‘travelling bug’ who knows where he will turn up. Keep an eye out for him! Strength Through Growth 12 COHUNA Students from Cohuna Consolidated School and St Marys Primary School took part in this years Junior Public Speaking competition. At the school level of the competition the student numbers were reduced to the best of each grade. Lions members visited each school and listened to their speeches and as always it was a hard job to decide on the winners. Two students from years 3-4 and 5-6 from each school go through to the Club Final. The Club final was held at the Seniors rooms on Friday 8th August in front of an audience of around 50 Lions, Lions Ladies, parents, family and friends. The topic for years 5-6 was ‘A toast to someone you admire”, proved to be very surprising for a mother and grandmother who were the subjects of two the students speeches. Each year the students continue to surpass the last group, more confident, better prepared, just better each year. This year the winner for year 3-4 was Ashtyn White from Cohuna Consolidated School and year 5-6 was Victoria Farrant from St Marys. These students will go onto the Region final at Pyramid Hill on Sunday 24th August. Stanhope Lions club conducted their Junior Public Speaking at the Stanhope and Girgarre Primary schools, with the final held at the Girgarre hall on Sunday 27th July 2014. The winners for Grade 3 and 4 was Libby Pangrazio Girgarre Primary school and the winner for Grade 5 & 6 was Olivia Hill. About 50 parents and friends attended to listen to the students present their prepared speeches, all present were amazed by the standard of the students and extend their congratulations to all competitors. LOST PROPERTY It seems that property sometimes gets misplaced or accidently borrowed by visiting Lions. Recently a mirror was discovered in the Cohuna Lions Den (now being renovated by the Leo Club). Contact with the Lavington Lions Club to ascertain ownership resulted in the reopening of the Cold Case File to investigate how it got to Cohuna Lions Den. Lion Charles Leaney headed the investigating committee. The outcome of the investigation was that the mirror was a gift presented to delegates at the time of the Lavington Convention, and in fact property of the Cohuna Lions Club. The disturbing fact uncovered was that it had not been cared for in the manner expected! Strength Through Growth 13 Numurkah Junior Public Speaking competition held on Sunday 27th July was held by the Numurkah Lions Club at the McKillop Centre, St. Josephs School where students from Numurkah Primary, St. Josephs and Waaia-Yalca South Primary School gave judges, Barb. McKeown and Lindsay Mitchell a very hard task to choose the winners of grades 3/4 and 5/6 sections. Proud parents, families and friends in the audience listened to five students in each section speak on their prepared speeches and impromptu topics.They were all so impressive and spoke with so much confidence but unfortunately there can only be one winner in each section. After a short break for afternoon tea served by the Lions Ladies the judges returned to announce the winners saying it was very close, they were all wonderful and the winners both from St. Josephs were Clara Lukies 3/4 grade and Emily Seiter 5/6 grade. Clara and Emily will now go on to the Regional Final on 3rd August at Girgarre Hall. Emily Seiter won the Grade 5/6 Lions 201 V6 Region 3 Junior Public Speaking at Girgarre Hall on Sunday 3rd August. Region 3 held their Junior Public Speaking final at Girgarre hosted by the Stanhope Lions Club, with over 120 parents, relatives and Lions to applaud and encourage the year 3/4 and 8 year 5/6 contestants compete for the overall winner in each section. A very close competition Jack Myers representing the Nathalia Lions Club was announced the year 3/4 winner while Emily Seiter representing Numurkah Lions Club was awarded the 5/6 winner. All present wish both winners all the best for the District final to be held in late September. Thurgoona & District Lions held their second Junior Public Speaking competition on Monday 28th July 2014. This year we had 10 contestants – 4 for years 3-4 and, 4 for years 5-6. We had two schools in the competition – Thurgoona Public School and Trinity Anglican College. The standard was extremely high again and our independent judges – Sherylyne Moran and Paul Velikans - had great difficulty selecting the winners. However the winners were; Ariel Halford (Trinity year 3-4) and Rachel Goodwin (Thurgoona Public year 5-6). These two winners go onto the Regional final in Yackandandah on Wednesday 20th Aug 2014. We had some delightful speeches from years 3-4 about “an Australian holiday”. Years 5-6 had to toast “someone they admired”. The impromptu speeches by years 5-6 were handled professionally and stretched their abilities, very successfully. The topic was a” what can young people do to make the best use of their spare time”. President, Vailia Brushe presented the certificates and gifts to the winners. Everyone had a most enjoyable evening and we will be running the same competition in 2015. Many thanks go to all our helpers, especially Lyn Taylor, our hard working Club Secretary and time keepers Ian Crane and Ron Lynch, and supervisors Lyn Jacobson and Ian Tuttle. Also many thanks to the two schools for their participation – Chris O’Loan from Trinity and Jo Ward from Thurgoona Public and to the 70 plus guests who attended. Chris Rane Third Vice President Strength Through Growth 14 STATE LEO SUMMIT Sunday, 17th August saw the running of the first Leo Seminar in Victoria for a number of years. An attendance of over 50 Lions and Leos gathered at Marian College with V6 being very well represented with representation from Corowa, Wangaratta, Cohuna and Rochester. V3 had good numbers from new club, Langwarry, plus Drouin Leos. V2 had a number of Brimbank Leos in attendance. PDG Les Harrison, who is the Victorian coordinator opened proceedings for PDG Terry Uniack who spoke on meeting procedure. Following that, Leos broke into two groups with DG Phillip Johnston taking one group for secretarial duties, and Club administration, whilst Lion Allan Dixon covered financial requirements really well. Allan again did V6 proud with the way he spoke and made everything crystal clear. I learned a great deal myself! Following all that, we had a morning tea break, before Marty Peebles, the Australian Coordinator, spoke and then introduced Joel Pattinson-Cashman, the Australian Leo of the Year. Joel was a brilliant speaker and was only too happy to answer questions on his experiences in Toronto at the International Convention, his role as Leo of the Year and what it includes and what it has given him. After lunch, which was supplied at a popular price by the Sunshine Brimbank Lions Club, Leos ran a fun quiz session. The young Leos put a lot into the session and there was lots of laughter and making of new friends as clubs were forced to break up and mix with others. A great feature was the support of Leos from our own district, with PDG Mal Evans and Jean being there as well. Brimbank Leos are keen to host the day again, with a greater emphasis on youth. We have all learned from the experience, and I would like to express my thanks to PDG David Lowing for his hard work, Raymond Barry, advisor for Marian College and of course, the Sunshine Lions. MD Leo Chairman PDG Les Harrison. Leo of the Year, Joel PattersonCashman travelled from Queensland to attend the Leo Summit. MD Leo Chairman, Lion Marty Peebles had much pleasure in attending the Leo Summit held in Sunshine. Strength Through Growth 15 STATE LEO SUMMIT The Leo Summit was a fantastic opportunity for Leos from across the state to get together, do some training and find out a little more about what other Clubs are doing. This was also a great opportunity for Leo Advisors to meet and find out how they are working to assist their Leo club to grow and develop. Some of the Leos who attended the Leo Summit at Marion College listening to the speakers. Victorian Leo of the Year, Jacob along with other Corowa Leos catching up with Joel at the summit. Rochester Leos arrived in style at Marion College for the Leo Summit, having travelled down in a “Stretch Hummer”. Lions Lee & Norm from Cohuna hitched a ride with Rochester. What a way to travel, thanks to Trevor for donating his time and vehicle to the Rochester Leos. Leo of the Year 2013 - 14 So I have some pretty awesome news everyone! I have been selected as one of the International Leo of the Year winners for 2013-14 As far as I am aware, it's just a really cool name to add on to my already cool title from last year; "International" + "Australian Leo of the Year 2013-14"... But there COULD be more to it, and I will update you guys as I find things out! (That is if there is anything else to find out? I don't know much about it to be completely honest because it was all initially shrouded in secret from me). This is a pretty awesome thing to have happened, and I just want to say a massive thanks to all of those involved. I am very grateful to be a part of such an awesome organisation, not to mention proud and privileged to be recognized for my efforts within the lions family again. Also, a BIG congratulations to the other winners! I saw a few familiar names on that listguys all deserve it xo Leo Megan Hackwood MD201 Q3 Australia Strength Through Growth 16 LEO CLUB REPORTS LEO CLUB OF BENALLA The Leo Club of Benalla was formed on Tuesday the 1st of April 2014. On this night the board of directors were elected. These are as follows: President: Natalie O’Brien Vice President: Hannah Edgley Treasurer: Jessica Stocker Secretary: Edward Mentiplay-Smith Director: Laura Vallender At present the Leo’s are currently in the process of planning their first fundraiser. This will consist of face painting and guessing how many lollies are in the jar for the cost of a gold coin. It is to be held on Saturday the 28th of June between 10am and 2pm out the front of Sole Step in Bridge Street. The Leo Club of Benalla currently meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month starting at 7pm at the Lions Club of Benalla Shed (101 Waller Street). Back Row: Edward Mentiplay-Smith, Laura Vallender, Past President Peter Poels. Front Row: Leo Club of Benalla Advisor Maddie Roff, Hannah Edgley and Jessica Stocker. Absent Natalie O’Brien. New members are always welcome, for more information contact Maddie on 0458 402 591. The first Leo’s fundraiser was held on Bridge Street. This consisted of face painting and guessing how many lollies were in a jar for the cost of a gold coin. The Lions also held a sausage sizzle nearby and the wood raffle was also very popular. The picture shows L-R: Leo’s Laura Vallender, Jessica Stocker, Hannah Edgley and Maddie Roff. Thanks to the community for their valuable support! COHUNA LEOS Planning is well underway for their “Youth Garden” at the Cohuna Village. This area is being completely re-developed so much planning is required, taking into account the wishes of the residents to be able to work in the gardens from wheelchairs, grow vegies to be used in the kitchen and flowers for their rooms. The Leos will be assisted by the Cohuna Men's Shed to build raised flower-beds and redevelop the existing pergola. This is a long term project, hoping that Leos in the years to come will continue to maintain the garden area. Sub–committees have been formed to assist with fundraising and social activities and the Youth Garden, giving all members responsibility in the development of their club. The Leos are busy renovating their den with the theme of the “Lion King” and Pride Rock taking pride of place on one wall. As lots of money will be needed to make the “Youth Garden” a place of peace and enjoyment for the residents and their families, an awesome raffle has been organised!! A “Caravan Cubby” Can’t you imagine this in the back yard? Lots of work ahead, but lots of fun too. Strength Through Growth 17 AROUND THE CLUBS MURRABIT Another great night at the Murrabit Golf Club, a wonderful meal presented by the Murrabit Group School. Zone Chairman David Dent conducted the installation of the new Board with Lion Carol Ash installed as President for 2014-15. President Carol was presented with a beautifully carved “President’s Chair” by members Frank and Dianne Hugues. The year has passed so quickly, some of our achievements have included new park benches for the War Memorial, also another successful year with our monthly market which allows us to support our local and wider communities to the tune of $23,ooo this year. For a small club, this is a great achievement. The mobile kitchen is at last starting to take shape, the shell nearly finished, the fitting out (benches, cupboards etc.) well underway and equipment purchased. The van is being constructed by the students at SuniTafe in Swan Hill, under the watchful eye of Garry Sydes, the Rural Trades teacher. The van will be based at the Market site. It is a credit to all members that our market works without rosters or phone calls, everyone just gets in and does their job. Among our donations were two cheques to Lesley Stacey, Acting Nurse Unit Manager (Acute) from Kerang District Health, $1,000 would be used to purchase a vital signs monitor for the new hospital and $1,000 donated to Glenarm wing will be used to purchase equipment for the renovated units. NUMURKAH Lions Club held their 45th changeover dinner at the Telegraph Hotel on 14th July where chairman Lion Roger Newman welcomed Lions, Lions Ladies and guests including Zone Chairman, Stuart Barnes who inducted the new Numurkah Lions President for 2014/15 Lion Barry Matthews and his board. Lion Barry said he is looking forward to his year as Lions President and thanked all for their ongoing support during the year. Past President Lion Doug McKeown handed over the Lions Gong and Gavel and wished Lion Barry a successful year. Past President Doug has enjoyed his second time around as he was President in 1996/97. Lions have had a busy year with helping those in need and clearing up after the bushfires.Many offers of help came from near and far. Lions main project is our bi-monthly Broken Creek Markets with the help of the Lions Ladies at all events when required. Lions Ladies run only one fund raiser each year for cancer which they are busy organising now for, 31st August at 1.30pm the Numurkah Town Hall. Lion Doug thanked Lions Ladies for their support over his year and we look forward to a rewarding year under President Barry Matthews. Strength Through Growth 18 AROUND THE CLUBS STANHOPE - Stanhope Lions have donateda defibrillator to Stanhope Community Health Services at a cost of $2400.00. It was presented by secretary Allan McGrath to Stanhope Health Chief Executive Officer Peter Abraham at the Stanhope heath centre with a group of Stanhope lions, Health officials and committee members . Hopefully it will be a great asset to the local community The club also donated 10 trauma bears to the Stanhope police and the local CERT team to be distributed to children as needed. Secretary, Allan McGrath PYRAMID HILL - Lion Tania Quinn was honoured by her club for outstanding service at the Annual Changeover Dinner. Tania was presented with the Lions Citizen of the Year Award. She has been a tireless worker for the Club over many years and assists the community whenever needed. Although a small club, Pyramid Hill is very active conducting monthly markets, and providing the town with a second hand furniture depot. If required the furniture is donated, such as when someone is re-located to the area or after a disaster such as the floods or fire. Other furniture is sold to bring in a few dollars to help them continue their community work. The recent addition of their registered food van has added to the community market but has also aided many other community groups who can now hire it for their catering jobs. ROCHESTER - Recently Rochester Lions presented a vision impaired resident, John Constable, an ID Mate to assist him with his every day chores. The ID Mate is a digital barcode reader that, when held to the barcode on a can, speaks, to inform the user what is in the can. The scanner has the ability to scan any mainstream supermarket products and orally inform the size of the can and what is inside it. As John said, "Instead of opening a can and hoping for the best, I now know exactly what is in the can." It can also be used for items which is a great asset to John. Pictured is Constable receiving his ID Mate from Rochester President Bill Closter. Rochester Lions Club played host to six exchange students seen here with DG Peter Niall. Strength Through Growth 19 AROUND THE CLUBS UPPER KIEWA VALLEY June’s Changeover Dinner was a great success with 20 members and guests in attendance, with a delicious meal and good company, and a great talk by Keith Pike, along with photos, of his latest biking adventure. A huge vote of thanks to Jenny Anthony for conducting the induction of the old, new again Board for 2014/15. A very pleasant surprise was forthcoming when Yvonne and I were invited to the 201V6 Changeover Dinner at Cobram last weekend. Our club was awarded the “Best Club” in the District – a very great honour as V6 consists of 62 Lions Clubs, three Leo Clubs and 2 Lioness Clubs. We had no idea that we had been granted this award, and I thank 2013/14 District Governor The new Board, for 2014 –15 from left, Brian Lynn Fredericks for giving our club this award. Cuffe, Lesley Martin, Nick Brown, Past Zone Chair Jenny Anthony, President Bill Sutton, Steve Short, L2P Learner Driver Program. The car UKV Lions helped to Secretary Yvonne Sutton. purchase has just had its 15000km service. It is being used regularly during every week, and one young person has already this year gained their licence through the program. YARRAWONGA During the annual changeover dinner PDG Lynn conducted the installation of the board for 2014-15; John Weinert, Rod Ridding, DG Lynn, Deb Van-Corler, Jock McDonald, Doug Wilson, Olie Tufuesson, Janet Austin, Des Jones, Liz Ornsby, Graeme Hodgins, John Ellis. The Club is looking forward to an exciting year as they plan for their activities for the year ahead. YARRAWONGA LIONESS CLUB Was chosen to represent Victoria’s Imagine the Possibilities Campaign. The campaign aimed to recognise volunteers, show the diversity of people who volunteer and encourage other groups to volunteer in the Meals on Wheels and other community programs. For many years Yarrawonga Lionesses have provided a full week of Meals on Wheels deliveries to both Yarrawonga and Mulwala towns every second month through the Moira Health Alliance and members volunteer personally with further assistance.” Yarrawonga Lioness Club President: Carol Cox Strength Through Growth 20 AROUND THE CLUBS BENALLA - On Thursday 19th June, Benalla Lions Club held there annual changeover dinner, also their 56 Charter anniversary of the formation of the Club. It was a very sociable evening with a lovely dinner at the Bowls Club, with many visitors from other local service clubs and organisations, also some visiting Lions members from other local towns. New President Lion Bruce Walker and his new board were inducted by Past District Governor Neil Campbell At right: So great to see the club flourishing! President Lion Bruce Walker with his new Board members including the leaders of the newly formed Benalla Leos Club. New member, Les Wake is sworn in by District Governor Lynne Fredericks, supported by sponsor Lion George Sulman. Lions Lady Pam Fredericks, Local MP Bill Sykes and his wife Sally. Benalla Mayor Barbara Alexander and her husband Lion Rand Alexander. The Guest Speakers for our August meeting, introduced by Lion Al Heffron, were Julie Lawrence and Lisa Ditlef-Nielsen. They have been riding bamboo bikes on the roads for 15 months and have visited 21 countries. They travelled through Europe and on to Turkey where there was a problem with females riding bikes on the road. They flew to Thailand, then later to Australia. They built the bikes themselves. They got the idea while in a small studio apartment in London and then went to a workshop in New York. The bikes are completely made of bamboo with carbon fibre- epoxy resin attachments. They are very strong with German made internal gears, these are 27 speed hub gears. They can carry 30 kilogram bags on the back of the bikes. Julie has been away from Australia for seven years and they came to Benalla to see her Mother. Now back, she is very thrilled with the lovely country and they have decided to go to Sydney and hope to start a bike building business. They like to support disadvantaged people. President Bruce Walker thanked Julie and Lisa for their very interesting presentation and congratulated them on their wonderful achievements. Lion Tricia Veale. Strength Through Growth 21 Lisa Ditlef-Nielsen, President Bruce Walker and Julie Lawrence. AROUND THE CLUBS COHUNA - Changeover was a family affair for Cohuna Lions as new President Allan Walkington was joined on his board by three other members of his family. His mission this year is to reintroduce inter club visits and bring more fun into club activities. During the evening our newest member, Bill Hall was inducted into the club. Bill, new to town, approached one of our members as said “Ask me the Question” How many clubs have had someone ask to join? Lions Norm and Lee Walkington received the Presidents Award for their work in establishing the Leo Club. New member, Bill Hall, with incoming President Allan and out going President Keith. Outgoing President Keith hands over the Gong & Gavel to new President Allan. V6 FOUNDATION ASSIST SICK BABY Baby Brock was born with ‘Craniosynostosis’, that means the plates that form his scull had fused too early, this condition does not allow the plates to move as the brain grows, causing much pain but also can result in server brain damage or death. The only option for Brock was surgery, but he needed to travel to Adelaide. His mother, Kim, took the extraordinary step to drive across to Adelaide to have baby Brock assessed. Surgery was required as soon as possible, but it would mean a prolonged stay in Adelaide. This would put great pressure on the family finances. The situation was brought to the attention of the Cohuna Lions Club to see what could be done to assist. A phone call to then DG Lynn and a request to the V6 Foundation for financial assistance was made. The Club was delighted to receive the news that the V6 Foundation would assist with the amount of $2,500. Brock was booked in for surgery on the 10th July, the funds from the V6 Foundation paid for his mother’s accommodation, allowing her to stay close by in Adelaide. Brock has returned home and all reports indicate that he is recovering better than expected, he will require ongoing treatment as he grows, but for now, he has a much better prognosis thanks to the support of Lions Club across District V6, as it is their donations that allow these funds to be provided. Thank you to V6 District for this support. Strength Through Growth 22 AROUND THE CLUBS COROWA - Lions clubs of Corowa, Howlong held a combined Changeover dinner, this was a very social evening, with all clubs represented. Pictured are the three new 2014-15 Presidents, Rutherglen - Herb Ellerbock; Corowa - PDG Lynn Fredericks; Howlong - Greg Rooney, following their induction which was performed by PDG Tom Little. Lions Lady Ann McCall received a “Chris August” award from the Lions Club of Corowa for her tireless work within the community of Corowa and to the Corowa Lions club itself. GLENROWAN WARBY-RANGERS On Saturday 14th June Glenrowan WarbyRangers Branch Club held their changeover dinner, this was also the 1st anniversary of the formation of the Club with inaugural President Lion Ashley Vearing presenting his report on the first years activities. The new Lions President and his Board are sworn in. It was a very sociable evening with many visiting Lions from other Clubs in attendance. New members are vital to this Branch Club to allow them to achieve their goal of becoming a Club in their own right. Lion Tricia Veale New members inducted into the Glenrowan Warby-Ranges club, sponsored by PDG Tom Little, were John Salafia, Anne and John Cazaly. Strength Through Growth 23 AROUND THE CLUBS LAKE CHARM MYSTIC PARK - Our Changeover Dinner was held one month earlier than usual this year, to accommodate both our outgoing and incoming President’s holiday plans. On Monday evening June 16th at the Mystic Park Hotel, Zone Chairman David Dent installed Office Bearers for 2014/15 – President: Brian Helsham, Secretary: Ruth Stirling and Treasurer: Elvie Gannon, Guests from other clubs included our current District Governor Lion Peter Niall and his wife Lions Lady Mary. Cr. Neil Gannon in his speech toasting Lions International, congratulated our club, (considered one of the smaller in size), on the amount of our donations in the past Lion’s year. This year our DG’s visit, held annually with Quambatook club, will be hosted by Quamby at their Hotel on August 18th. We have had new picnic seating put in place at the north end of Kangaroo Lake opposite the barbecue (at the rear of Kangaroo Lake Caravan Park). The same type has also been installed in the barbecue shelter at Racecourse Lake, which has been without the barbecue for many years due to vandalism. A decision is yet to be made as to whether we will remove what is left of that barbecue or “fashion” it into a form of table or bench. Not quite the weather for an outing by the lake at the moment, so after all our working bees things should be spic and span for the sunny weather. Wood bees; meals-onwheels; cemetery and cenotaph mowing and our major fundraising of the contract with the shire are still keeping us busy, so the new Lion’s year is underway! Ruth Stirling, Secretary P/R LOCKHART - Early July saw members and special guests come together to participate in the Lions Club’s annual changeover. The MC for the occasion was Mr David Skinner, a Past District Governor and a member of the Culcairn Lions Club (pictured left). David inducted Mr John Irons (pictured right) as President for 2014/15. He will again be supported by Dulcie McKenzie, Secretary, and Shirley Morgan, Treasurer. Guests at the luncheon included the Lockhart Shire Mayor, Mr Peter Yates, President of the Rotary Club of Lockhart, Mr Colin Wiese, Mr Bob Kendell and Harry and Eunice Couzin of Urana. In his address, Cr Yates pointed out how much Lockhart Lions assists the Shire by its recycling effort, which results in less landfill at the local tip. In his President’s report, John announced that the Club had another successful year. The Club’s major fund raising activities are the operation of the Recycle Centre in Brookong Street, publication of The Verandah Post and sales of mints and Christmas cakes. From these activities, the Club was able to make substantial donations to the local community and to Lions projects. The Club is grateful to the supply of recyclables that residents and businesses in Lockhart and district are willing to make available at the recycle centre. The cardboard and paper that is collected is pressed, baled and then delivered to Visy at Tumut. The glass and plastic bottles, cans and plastic wrap is delivered to Kurrajong Waratah at Wagga Wagga by long term volunteer Mr Keith Edgerton. The major club award of Lion of the Year was presented to Mr Basil Doherty for his dedication in helping to improve the environment through recycling. Basil rides his bike winter and summer to volunteer his time at the recycling centre. Strength Through Growth 24 YOUTH EXCHANGE Dollar Girl at the Australian Mint Some of the many activities involving Lions Clubs International Youth Exchangee Katariina Saikku from Finland during her home stay with Lions Club of Lavington members Jan and Charlie Leaney. At Wooragee Primary School Meeting the Kangaroos at the zoo With School Captain during Lavington’s meeting Human national emblem in Canberra Assisting with shearing at Walla Walla Strength Through Growth 25 Personally hand made teddy bear Morning from the Devil’s Elbow 30 May 2014 July 2014 Update Chairman’s Comments With some of my family members I’ve just spent a week at Licola. Despite the cold (and it was cold!) we had a great time, enjoying the many and varied activities and enjoying the hospitality of the staff. Try it yourself sometime! We have had a very pleasing financial result at Licola in 2013 – 2014, the best in many years. We need to keep this in perspective however. Exceptional circumstances created by the teacher strikes and bushfire threats in early 2013 resulted in some schools rescheduling camps into this financial year. For 2014 – 2015, we expect to have a break even situation. We would like to thank everyone who has contributed to Licola’s success, without this support Licola would not be the great Lions project that it is. Camp 273: Mon 22nd – Friday 26th September 2014 It is now time to source deserving children for the September camp. All information and the Club Application Form can be found on our website www.licola.org.au – Lions drop down menu – Lions Sponsored Camps. Please process your application forms early and completely, leaving no sections blank. Lions Sponsored Camps for 2015 LSC 274 January Mon 5th – Fri 9th LSC 275 January Mon 11th – Fri 16th LSC 276 January Mon 19th – Friday 23rd LSC 277 Sunday March 29th – Thursday April 2nd. Easter falls during the middle of the school holiday N4 / V6 Special Needs Camp April Sun 12th – Fri 17th V3 Special needs Camp to be confirmed LSC 278 September Mon 21st – Fri 25th - to be confirmed. Working Bee 6-12 October 2014. Get in early! We saw just how much can be achieved when Lions put their mind to doing things together, and the common report was just what a good time was had by all at the May Working B. This is just to remind you that October is the next gathering of the Lions, so please put this in your diaries now. Over 50’s Camp 13-17 October 2014 Our Over 50’s camp is planned for, and all we need now are active and exciting people to come up and enjoy themselves. If you have noticed the dates, this camp begins just as the Working Bee ends, so why not do both. Bookings for the Over 50’s can be made through Ken Johnston 97493408 or email [email protected] What’s Happening at Licola Please take this opportunity to read the Chairman’s report, the C.E.O’s report and our Audited Financial Statements on the Licola Website www.licola.org.au These reports really do provide an accurate assessment of just what has been achieved over the past 5 years, and reflected in the results for 2013-14 What can Lions do to continue the success at Licola This question is asked many times and usually when a Licola Chairman or Board member attends that club. 26 Here are some things that every Lion can do; 1. Find & sponsor children for the Lion Sponsored Camps 2. Include Licola in your Club’s annual disbursements 3. Come up and help at the Working Bees 4. Use Licola for a club social weekend, enjoy your village 5. Tell non-Lion groups about Licola, encourage them to visit. Youth at Risk Camps – Please support this exciting initiative. At Licola, we are planning an exciting new initiative - a new program to be known as “Wild4 Programs” ([email protected]), and the Licola Board believes this to be the most exciting new project we have been involved in. The aim of these camps is to identify and assist 12-17 year olds who are making lifestyle choices that could lead the way to a life of homelessness, drug abuse, police attention and possible jail. The “Wild4 Programs” will be 10 day intensive outdoor education programs aimed at building self esteem and positive connections with others, engagement with their community and encourage them to seek further training and/or future employment. Follow up mentoring will occur at regular intervals after the course. For our pilot project we need to raise at least $20,000 across the V-districts and our appeal is to all clubs for a donation of $200.00 or more as a Special Donation specifically for this first camp. We respectfully ask that this payment is made in addition to the normal donations you make to Licola. Private donations would be gratefully accepted and because Licola is a registered charity, donations over $2.00 are tax deductable. To promote this cause Adam is preparing to put his body on the line and compete in a full distance Iron Man Triathlon in December 2014 – 3.8km swim, 180km cycle, 42km run. More detailed information will be forwarded to Club Secretaries shortly. Santa’s Own North Pole There was Snow 12km along the Jamieson Road from Licola at the end of June. Just another feature of what is available to visitors at Licola. We have also had a number of family groups come to visit and then drive to the snow before returning to the creature comforts of hot water and heaters in their cabins and fire side conversation with friends and families. Morning from the Devil’s Elbow 30 May 2014 Maintenance Report Licola Corner August 2014 Update Water tanks and Water purity Chairman’s Comments PDG Helen Campbell and I spent quite a few hours today updating the Licola paperwork for the 2015 round of Lions Sponsored camps. We will be doing a mail-out in the next few weeks, so Licola Chairmen, could you check with your Club Secretary to ensure they have been received. Please remember that volunteers are a very important part of the success of our Lions Sponsored Camps, the more the merrier! Please contact Sudge at Licola if you are able to help. Our CEO, Adam Wake, has been invited to speak at some of our V District Conventions. Hear Adam describe first hand his plans for the [email protected] camps. Camp 273: Mon 22nd – Friday 26th September 2014 The September Camp is now only six weeks away so we need you to get applications completed, as a matter of urgency. All information and the Club Application Form can be found on our website www.licola.org.au – Lions drop down menu – Lions Sponsored Camps. Please ensure that the forms are completed correctly, and all sections are completed, before they are returned to Noelene Birnie P.O.Box 560 Drouin Vic 3818. That way she does not have to contact your club to gather more information and delay processing your applications. Lions Sponsored Camps for 2015 LSC 274 January Mon 5th – Fri 9th LSC 275 January Mon 11th – Fri 16th LSC 276 January Mon 19th – Friday 23rd LSC 277 Sunday March 29th – Thursday April 2nd. Easter falls during the middle of the school holiday N4 / V6 Special Needs Camp April Sun 12th – Fri 17th V3 Special needs Camp to be confirmed LSC 278 September Mon 21st – Fri 25th - to be confirmed. Working Bee 6-12 October 2014. Get in early! This is just to remind you that October is the next gathering of the Lions at Licola so please put this in your diaries now. Each year it looks as though we do not have enough starters to make this a great week of work and fun, and at the last minute we get a rush of numbers. This makes it a little difficult for catering and planning so PLEASE let Adam know early. There’s always a range of jobs to be done, and a lot of fun to be had. Over 50’s Camp 13-17 October 2014 Our Over 50’s camp is planned for, and all we need now are active and exciting people to come up and enjoy themselves. You may have noticed from the dates that this camp begins just as the Working Bee ends, so why not do both. Bookings for the Over 50’s can be made through Ken Johnston 97493408 or email [email protected] What’s Happening at Licola July is normally our quiet month and this year is no different however we have just had the RAAF from Sale in and they enjoyed our “cool” weather. Of all the places the RAAF can go it appears that Licola is high on their list. 27 The quality and delivery of potable water at Licola is a priority and recent checks indicated that a lot of work was required to keep our system up to standard; this includes the proper covers for our tanks. High winds made replacing the roof on our water tanks difficult but perseverance finally paid off. The next step is to upgrade the pipes that allow the water to flow down to the camp. This has not been done for many years, and will take some time to complete. Youth at Risk Camps – Please support this exciting initiative Wow, thank you to the Lions Clubs that have already made donations to this project. While we know that [email protected] will not happen until next year it is important that we know we have the financial means to go ahead. When making a donation please make the payee Lions Village Licola with a note to specify that the funds are for [email protected] We did send out a copy of the original Scope on the project last month and yet another has been sent via Adam. This will always be a work in progress and there will be more fine tuning before the first camp. Don’t let that deter you from mentioning it to your friends and colleagues, the main purpose will not change. We will keep a $ barometer of how funding it coming along for this in future issues of the “Corner” Licola Open Day- November 2015 At this stage we intend to run a bus trip to and from Licola, but this will depend on how many Lions and friends would like to come. Costs will depend on the numbers but we would expect it to be $50.00 or less. Please do not leave it to the last minute to book, as quite a bit of forward planning is necessary to rrange the bus. As a matter some urgency please let Ian Bjorkman know if you are interested [email protected] Recycled Computers If there are any members who have a computer with an operating system of Microsoft 7 or newer that they have decided they do not want could you please let Adam know. The key point on this is not “old” computers as we cannot use them – they will be just as problematic for us as they were for you and why you might want rid. It would actually be preferable if anyone simply has a spare license for Microsoft7 that you are not using rather than an old computer and that we can put this on one of our systems in Licola. This will just save us the $500 or so that it will cost us to renew operating systems and programs since Windows XP became defunct and unsupported.
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