Eaton Lions Club (Inc)

Western Australia, District 201W2


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    WA Volunteer 2017

    Graham Abbott was the latest member to receive his "WA Volunteer 2017" certificate of recognition. The certificate was presented by President Den at the 2nd January meeting which was also Graham's first meeting after his recent holiday. By now, most of the club's members have received their own certificates which have been awarded over the last few meetings.


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    Our Trailer in it's New Home

    A few days after the Millbridge trailer was stowed away in the Bobin St Depot, the Eaton Lions Club catering trailer was squeezed into the long bay of the shed.

    At least we know for sure that the van fits.

    Now all we have to do is finalise the lease negotiations with the Shire so that we can have a permanent home for our gear.

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    Bobin St Access Now a Bit Closer

    Our club has been looking for a storage location for a few years now and Paul Sanderson has been very busy negotiating with the Shire of Dardanup. Paul now has a single key to allow storage of the trailers from Lions Club of Eaton and Millbridge at the Shire depot in Bobin St.
    On 20th November 2017 the Millbridge trailer was the first Lions vehicle parked in the shed. Our own trailer is in the middle of it's annual maintenance checkups and wasn't available at the time.

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    Lloyd Receives 25 Year Chevron

    At our dinner meeting of 24th October 2017 our guests were 1st District Vice-Governor Bev Hawkins and her partner Alan. One of the tasks performed by Bev was to present Lloyd with the chevrons to add to his name badge to indicate 25 years as a member of Lions.

    Other members in the past have been known to flaunt their badges in front of Lloyd who was previously disappointed when he did not receive his 20-year chevron.

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    2017 -2018 Office Bearers

    President - Den Baldwin was nominated by Wal and 2nd by Gary.

    Secretary - David Whitney was nominated by Wal and 2nd by Mike.

    Treasurer - Jay Hofman was nominated by Paul and 2nd by Wal.

    Membership Chairman - Jamie Bell was nominated by Ben and 2nd by Kevin. Congratulations to those elected so far. Elections for remaining positions are still to be held.

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    Jamie advised that he has nominated for and been accepted as the Children of Courage coordinator for the District. Congratulations.


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    Bobin Street Premises

    On the 15th February Ray A, David W, Paul S and David Atkins (Millbridge) attended the Dardanup Shire Council meeting where the Council discussed our application for the Bobin Street Premises. The Council voted in favour of the Lions Clubs of Eaton and Millbridge being offered the lease of the premises subject to Water Corporation's approval. The process of lease negotiations will now commence with Paul being given leave by our members to negotiate on our behalf.

    As a follow up, on Friday, March 10, 2017 a representative of Millbridge Lions club along with Paul S, Vic K and David W. from Eaton Lions club met with Luke Botica from the shire to have a first look at the premises.

    There are two main buildings. The largest being a large shed divided into 3 areas. The left section has a 3-roller door side entrance, The middle section is a shelved storage area and the right section has a double roller door entry from the end of the shed and is large enough to house both our club's catering van and Millbridge's catering trailer. The other building is a transportable with a female and male ablution section and a meeting room on the right large enough to seat around 20. The entire site is large enough to park our entire membership's vehicles around the two buildings.

    Depending on lease conditions, initial impressions were that the site would be entirely suitable for both clubs to cohabit.

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    Ray Anderson's Passing

    We are all shocked and saddened by the sudden and unexpected passing of our current president Ray Anderson.

    Ray has been a long-term and well respected member of our club having joined Lions Club of Eaton when it was still Lions Club of Australind-Eaton around 1982.

    2016-2017 Current president.
    2014-2015 club Lion of the Year.
    1995-1996 club President.
    1987-1988 club President.

    The Funeral service to celebrate the Life of the late Mr Raymond John (Ray) Anderson, of Australind, will take place in the crematorium chapel, Belcher street, Bunbury, at 1:00pm next FRIDAY (17.3 2017).

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    2017 Crabbing Expedition

    Over the weekend Friday 17th February to Sunday 19th February a band of intrepid Lions with a few extra family and friends embarked on the annual crabbing trip. Despite the catch of crabs being well below the quota allowed, sufficient crabs were caught to eat over the weekend with enough left to take home a few each.

    All those present pitched in to set up the camp and carry out communal tasks such as the collecting and returning gear, cooking and cleaning up.

    We had enough boats to take everyone out on the water with only 2 - 3 people per boat. Enthusiasm for the planned early morning (sunrise) expeditions faded after late nights with a few beverages having been consumed by most campers. Early morning coffees however encouraged everyone to get started eventually.

    Once out on the water there were plenty of crabs caught but almost all were just a few millimetres short of legal size and had to be returned to the water. A few small crabs were lucky to survive after managing to nip the odd finger or toe causing their victims to prefer to cook rather than release.

    Thanks to Paul and Wal for arranging supplies and everyone who came along and shared food, drinks, boats, equipment and camaraderie.

    Thoughts have already turned towards getting a bigger catch next year.

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    2016 School Presentations

    Once again Eaton Lions club has donated towards end-of -year awards ceremonies for our four local schools.

    Eaton Primary School, Clifton Park Primary School, Glen Huon Primary and the Eaton Community College (upper and lower school) were all assigned club members to attend for awards present presentations.

    At the Eaton Community college upper school, Lion David reported that it was a pleasure to attend and see the quality of students setting out in life after school. We all have impressions of kids being visible for the wrong reasons and it is refreshing to see so many kids at each of the four local schools being vibrant, courteous and enthusiastic pupils.

    Pictured is Lion Den at the Eaton Primary school presenting the citizenship award for 2016 to Charlee Hookham.

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    Spud Shed Australind Opening

    On Thursday, 8th December we had a big day manning the club catering trailer at the opening of the Australind Spud Shed. Graeme delivered the trailer on site and the morning shift got things set up and running with the generator powering the cool room for the day.

    We were preparing and handing out free sausage sizzle buns on behalf of the store. In return the Club was to receive a cash donation for the day. Additionally we were asking for a donation to be made for the children's hospital. At the time of writing, the donations were not yet counted.

    Most Lions present were able to take time off during the day to check out the new store, make some personal purchases and collect a free bag of potatoes to take home.

    Towards the end of the day, Tony Galati came along and inspected the trailer and congratulated us on a job well done.

    Around 5:00 PM when "business" quietened down, the afternoon shift cleaned the van and David towed the trailer back to its storage location at Paul's house.

    Paul was later able to negotiate an even better deal for the club and Spud Shed also donated a full box of unused sausages which we were able to use at our next event a few days later.

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    Doors Wide Open at Eaton Lions

    Lina Pugh and Julie Kent from “Doors Wide Open” were guest speakers at the last club meeting in November. The pair addressed members of the Eaton Lions Club to explain what their group was about and how Lions may be able to help.

    “Doors Wide Open” is a support group for families and friends who have loved ones suffering with methamphetamine addiction. They offer help and advice to those who are trying to break free of their addiction. The group holds monthly meetings to bring awareness to the issues that surround methamphetamine use. They are aiming to have a Care Clinic in Bunbury to bring resources and services together in a one stop environment, this will be run by people who have been through the nightmare and come through the other side. What they are doing is working and they are having great success with many families now feeling supported and have somewhere to turn and many addicts wanting to start on their road to recovery.

    Lina and Julie, Thank You for your presentation at our Eaton Lions.

    After they left, members had a lengthy discussion, of how we may be able to assist them with their quest. It was with great pleasure that Den Baldwin was later able to inform Lina and Julie that Eaton Lions will be providing a $1,000 chq to assist them with securing their place of business.
    Den can now arrange a meeting to present the cheque sometime next week and will arrange the press for an awareness photo and Newspaper editorial to show the local community what support “Doors Wide Open” have from our club and promote even more exposure and awareness for the group.

    Den and the Eaton Lions have since received a message from Lina and Julie;
    “Thank you so much for your generous donation and support, it means the world to us that such an outstanding and respected group are behind our quest to help families and loved one affected by Methamphetamines.” “Again, thank you for the opportunity to speak to the group and for your donation.” With kindest regards, Lina Pugh.
    Please theFacebook page – Ice in Bunbury. A Mothers Nightmare

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    Light the Night

    After the long winter it was time to drag out our catering van for a new event, "Light the Night" a fundraiser for the Leukaemia Foundation.

    Graham and Paul had to spend a couple of hours cleaning the van to bring it back to scratch for food preparation and Lloyd was called in to fix a suspected problem with the cool room switch.

    Rather than just a sausage sizzle we also prepared steak burgers with option of tomato, lettuce, cheese, cucumber and various sauces. From the feedback received on the night the burgers were a hit and the sausage sizzle was still a popular low-cost alternative.

    The run of cold and wet weather in the lead up to the event probably contributed to limiting the number of patrons who turned up. Those that did attend were able to enjoy a friendly and pleasant evening and the rain held off until after the lantern walk.

    Initially we had a good turn-out of workers but as the night wore on without any great rush of food orders our numbers dwindled until only David, Paul and Neil were left to clean up and get the van back to storage.

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    Camp Quality Wescarpade 2016

    Den Had a great trip on his first Wescarpade. The car "Surfs Up" raised $42,000 and the event raised $896,000.

    During the event, Wescarpade stopped at 3 schools, the Northampton show and then at the final event on the Geraldton foreshore. At each location visited, the teams gifted many presents to children. 25 Wescarpade cars, all with give aways! No wonder the kids love the event.

    Den has passed on his thanks to club members who contributed to the success of our fundraising. A large part of our club's contribution came from members assisting at two events related to last year's fires near Waroona and Harvey.

    In the photos top to bottom,
    * Car 55 before the event,
    * Den in the penguin suit ready for a school visit.
    * At the club meeting of 13th September 2016 freshly cleaned car for members to inspect.

    To find out more about Wescarpade 2016 visit the website via the link in this article.

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District news

  • Youth of the Year - District Final Sunday 25 March 2018


    Date: Sunday 25th March 2018
    Venue: Manning Community Centre, Bradshaw Cres, Manning.

    Free underground parking or in side streets

    Time: 1.30pm for 2.00pm start

    Afternoon Tea will be provided – gold coin donation

    Please RSVP to Helena Loftus or 0418 403 705.
    Please come and support the contestants who haveworked so hard to represent their School and the Lions Club that sponsored them.

    Attachment: District YOTY Final 2018 Invite NO 1.pdf

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    Lions Big Band @ South Perth 23 March 2018

    It’s time to jump and jive with joy again! Come and join the South Perth Lions Big Band on Friday 23 March under our fantastic musical director Phil Hatton. Listen and dance to the magical sound of the full big band with our great singers Carl Reid, Cathy Mueller and Catherine Carey!

    You'll find it at the South Perth Community Centre, corner of Sandgate St and South Terrace, South Perth. BYO food, drink & glasses.

    Please encourage your friends to come along. All profits go to the community services of the South Perth Lions Club.

    The show runs from 8-11pm and the cost is only $15. You can pay at the door, alternatively phone Phil on 0417 916 773 or email to reserve a table.

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    It's that time of year again! 2018 Lions Save-Sight Footy Tipping open now

    All the information you need for this year's footy tipping comp is now on the WA Lions Footy Tipping page - you can click on the link below. You can sign up as a club or as individuals (or even both). Your entry fee goes to Lions Save-Sight, so what a great way to support this project.

    Good luck!

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    This year's awards will be held St Mary's Anglican Girls' School, 75 Elliott Rd, Karrinyup WA 6018 on Sunday 20th May 2018

    Click on the link below for more information and to download the information and nomination forms.

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    East Fremantle Lions Markets start Sunday 17 December 2017

    East Fremantle Club has obtained approval from the Town of east Fremantle to conduct a market on the 3rd Sunday of each month (starting 17th December).

    The location is a park on the southern shore of the Swan River, at Norm McKenzie Reserve, 85 Riverside Rd, East Fremantle and it will be open 9:30 to 2:00pm.

    Details (and Application Form) can be found on their website or downloaded from the link below.

    The markets are being supported by Booragoon and Fremantle Clubs, but any other LIONS who are interested (and enjoy) markets are welcome to enquire, and earn $ revenue for their own club through their participation.

    Please check with East Fremantle LIONS for details and how it works …. Someone who can help with bookings etc will be especially welcome to enquire, and they of course will be a shoe-in for participation on the day of the events as well.

    The picture shows an aerial view of the location.

    Stall-holder enquiries are welcome, and not for profit organisations will be welcome with special consideration; for example, our friends at Rotary will have a spot promoting their “Shelterbox” programme for disaster relief.

    We seek LIONS support in attendance, and even just helping hands (and minds) to make this new market a success for many years to come.

    Contact: Alan Springett, on behalf of East Fremantle LIONS club, 0402 499 049.

    Attachment: E Fremantle LIONS Market Stallholder application.pdf

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    Gold Nugget Raffle - Nannup Lions - Draw date extended to 10 February 2018!


    The six ounce nugget was donated by a Nannup Lion who found it while prospecting 900km North of Perth. It was recently valued at Au$12,500 (about US$10,000). Raffle closes January 28 2018 and will be drawn on February 10, 2018.

    Only 10,000 tickets have been printed, and can be purchased for $10 each,
    either by PayPal or by contacting

    For details and to pay using PayPal, go to

    Good luck!

    Attachment: Gold Nugget Raffle story.pdf

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    Sandakan Scholarship

    Sandakan Scholarship
    Today it was once again my privilege to travel to Boyup Brook to participate in the judging of the Sandakan Scholarship.
    How many Lions know of this project the signature project of the Boyup Brook Lions Club?
    How many Lions even know what or where Sandakan is?

    As part of their Australian History curriculum the year 9 and year 10 students at Boyup Brook District High study WW2 and in particular the Sandakan Death Marches.
    Would you at the age of 15 had the confidence to face three strangers all seniors from Lions Clubs and answer their questions about what you think of conscription, and do you think people should be forced to go to war, and should Australia support our allies in any and every conflict, and should POW's be compensated and many more interesting and difficult questions?
    Because of time constraints we are only able to spend 10 minutes with each of the students, often we would like to have much longer conversations with them.

    This was only the morning's work. After what I suspect could have been a nervous wait and probably not much lunch for the students we gathered in the lesser hall. In front of their fellow students, the family members that they had invited and some strangers interested in Sandakan, the students then presented a speech, a 5 minute video production or a trilogy consisting of a short factual statement, a painting and an original song or poem. These extremely articulate and talented young people blow me away every year with their knowledge and presentations. Our job is so difficult even with a score sheet.

    It's just as well we had a good morning tea and lunch because there is no way the judges will see afternoon tea. This is the hardest part of the day, we have to add up scores then open the all-important envelope and see the score from the teachers who have been working with them all year. The judge's score out of 90 and the teacher's score out of 10 add up. The winner this year scored 90 and the others were all close behind.

    The winner is Patrick. I'm looking forward to the memorial service tomorrow to hear Patrick's very emotive speech again. He well deserves the trip to Sandakan in April for the ANZAC service. I will also lay a wreath on behalf of district 201w2.
    If you don't know about the Sandakan Death Marches google the information.
    Over two and half thousand soldiers captured at the fall of Singapore were incarcerated by the Japanese. Six men survived the death marches. I pray we will never forget the young Australians and Brits who lost their lives in such appalling circumstances. Tragedy is not an adequate word to describe what happened.
    There are at least 6 young Australians in Boyup Brook who will also remember


  • Waroona Leos

    Monday night was the culmination of several months work and fun on the part of Leos advisors John Clare and Lisa Fry. 25 young people ranging in age from 13 to 15 were inducted and the Leos Club of Waroona was chartered.
    Congratulations to the Lions Club of Waroona as the sponsor club. may the Leos continue for many years serving their community and having fun doing it.


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  • Margaret River Ronald Mc Donald House

    Margaret River Lions has adopted a room for 2016 at the new Ronald McDonald House in Monash Road Nedlands. The new Children’s Hospital when opened will be next door.

    The purpose built facility is for seriously ill country children and their family who live over 100 km from the Children’s Hospital in Perth. This accommodation if offered free to the family.

    The facily is amazing and so well planned and designed it has 42 rooms that can cater for two-eight people depending on the family needs. They all have disable en suites, wardrobes, cupboard space and encouraged to bring some of their family photos and memorabilia to make it more homely.

    There is a full kitchen dining area. Several play areas both for young children and teens. With a lovely roof top space and garden area. There is a schooling area the only one of its kind in a Ronald McDonald House in Australia. It is fully equipped with laptops and all programs run benefit both the sibling and patient who are staying at the House. The Centre is staff by fully qualified teachers and all activities align with the Australian School Curriculum.

    A recreation room equipped with game machines, gym equipment all pleasantly displayed in large bright spaces.

    Central to all this is a wonderful mobile that can be seen from the centre of the 4 floors of the house. All artwork on the mobile was designed by patients of siblings staying in the house. A lasting memento that there is happiness to be found despite the difficult journey of childhood illness.

    Several of our Club members have enjoyed a visit to RMH and are awed by all it has to offer families that are coping with a severely sick child.

    Metro Clubs may like to assist the House by volunteering, there is a wonderful opportunity for Metro Groups to participate in Home for Dinner where you can cook dinner for the families, along with the assistance of a professional chef. Please contact for more information.

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  • WA Lions Hall of Fame

    Nominations for this year are now sought

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  • Busselton Lions Club Turns 50

    Over 100 people gathered at the Esplanade Hotel in Busselton on Saturday night 28th May to celebrate the 50th birthday and changeover of Busselton Lions club.
    Governor Allan Cooper Inducted the new board and presented several monarch chevrons for 10, 15,20,25,30 and 50 years of service.
    There were multiple James D Richardson Awards and three Melvin Jones Fellowships were presented.
    PCC Ian kelly also presented two charter members with 50 year medals from ALF and Distinguished Service Awards.

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    This project started back in October last year when Lion Bob showed the members an article indicating that Fiona Stanley Hospital was seeking funds for the purchase of paintings for the Neonatology Unit. As nobody knew about this, and prior to allocating funds, it was decided to send Lions Bob and Brian W on a mission, being finding more information about the project idea and report back to the Club.

    As usual for Bob and Brian, this was acted professionally and in no time, we had a good idea of the project: it was the purchase of "paintings" from the renowned WA artist Wendy Binks. Now , it was not the usual painting on cancas or paper as we know them. it is a revolutionary printer that "paints" directly on th ewall; as these paintings are in a hospital environment, this method is extremely clean and avoids the accumulation of dust, bugs, etc - and you do not want this in an area with premature babies.

    By that time, the Club decided to go abead with the project, funds were allocated and the lady in charge of this project at Fiona Stanley nurse unit manager Allison Martin was advised our Club was behind her and she could seek quotes. It didn't take long before we had news, we agreed on the costs and the paintings went ahead. And what a result!!: a myriad of little and big emus appeared in the rooms, corridors and offices - around 400 of them splached on 91 paintings: some in pyjamas, with crutches, other little ones in incubators, and a lot of silly but lovely ones - a treat for all parents, kids, visitors and staff. It is a fantastic project well completed - we are very proud of us and it is deffinitely funds well spent. This will give immense entertainment for a lot of people for many years to come.

    Attachment: Fiona Stanley Hospital Project by the Lions Club of Bull Creek.docx

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