Speech by Akane Onoma at Duncraig Lions Farewell on 25th August 2015
My name is Akane Onoma. I’m from Takayama
City in Gifu Prefecture. I am in Grade 3 at Hida
High School. Grade 3 is like Year 12 in Australia.
I am studying Japanese, Math, English, Science,
Physics, Geography and PE.
My school starts at 8 o’clock and finishes at 3
o’clock. After that I have ‘second school’ known
as Cram School! When I get back to Japan I will
have to study every day. I want to study
Japanese Literature at University in Tokyo.
I’m being sponsored by the Takayama Lions
Club. My father is a member of this Club. I came
to Australia because I had heard that there are
many nice people here. This is true!
L TO R Back- DG 201W2 Allan Cooper, , Neve Kerwick, Cameron
Everett, Alex Thorburn, DG Colin Heap .
L to R Front—Ana Rozlan, Akane Onoma, Yuri Nakazawa
I arrived on 18th July and attended Camp Koala at
Queenscliff in Victoria. I met a lot of people from different countries. We went to the beach and sailing. We went to
Melbourne for shopping and visited the Zoo.
I arrived in Perth on 25th July. In Perth I have had lots of experiences:
I came to Lions meetings, newspaper recycling and came to the Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Clinic on 22nd August. I
helped Carmel with the flyers for the clinic and listened to her make many appointments.
I met the four Lions Youth Exchange students going to Japan later in the year at Belmont Forum, along with Yuri
Nakazawa who was hosted with PDG Barry Middleton and Carolyn Middleton.
I have visited Greenwood College many times where Carmel mentors students. I’m most impressed by the student’s level
of Japanese in the language classes for Years 8 and 9. Mrs Kylie Sydney made me most welcome. In Japan students do
not move to other classrooms for their lessons; they stay and the Teachers move.
I have visited Kings Park, Parliament House, Hillarys Boat Harbour, AQWA, the Swan Valley, the Caversham Wildlife Park,
Fremantle and the Round House and Shipwreck Museum, the Art Gallery, the City, Cathedrals, Swan Bells, travelled to
Busselton, Margaret River and Cape Leeuwin and saw dolphins swimming in the Dawesville Cut.
I have met many of Carmel’s family and friends and went to High Tea at the Joondalup Resort. Of course there have
been many food ceremonies at home and I know that Australian’s borrow food recipes from all around the world.
On Thursday 27th August Yuri and I leave Perth to return home to Japan via Sydney. Thank you for making me welcome.
PS. Akane also spent many hours with Out-Bound LYE Ana Rozlan. Both visited the Japanese Cultural Centre in City
Beach. The cross cultural experiences were of benefit to Akane and certainly gave Ana a boost of confidence with her
Japanese language skills.
EXEMPLARY SERVICE AWARDS
This prestigious Award is designed to acknowledge and recognise members of the community who are not Lions
who serve their communities.
The object of the award is to nurture and promote the principles of good citizenship by due recognition of
Service to Others.
To those who through practice and example to others, promote the principles of Good Citizenship.
To those who in promoting these principles foster and encourage mutual understanding among the various
segments in our community.
Importantly, to those who through personal sacrifice on their part and through care and devotion give service to
the Needs of Others.
There is no cost to individual clubs and a beautiful wooden shield is presented to the recipient.
If your club is interested in nominating a member of your community please contact Jill Middlemass 9342 0999
CITY OF PERTH LIONS CLUB
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE VENUE HAS BEEN MOVED TO THE ASCOT RACECOURSE
DUNCRAIG LIONS CLUB
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) Clinic
On Saturday, 22nd August 2015 the Dynamic Duncraig Lions Club held a wonderful community Project called the
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) Clinic. An aneurysm is an extension or ballooning of the Aorta … the Aorta is the
main artery that carries blood from the heart to the body, running in the middle of the abdomen.
According to my hubby’s Vascular Surgeon Dr K. Sieunarine abdominal aneurysms affect approx. 1 in 20 Australians,
causing death in more than 82% of ruptured cases. Consequently, the Dr donates his precious time to assist Lions Clubs
in the scanning of members of the public through these Clinics set up and run by a Lions Club.
To begin with all members of the Club were involved by the distribution of Flyer’s into the public area, such as their
Pharmacy, Dr’s waiting rooms, Retirement Villages, Hairdresser Salons etc., then an article was inserted in the local paper
re this Clinic. A week before members were asked to letter-drop Flyers around their neighbourhood.
enquiries were directed to one member, Carmel, who made all the bookings and, as you can guess, the phone never
stopped ringing. The final result was we had a full book of 180 “patients”.
On the day we had organised three members, Val, Bill and Kate
to take turns on the welcoming desk, checking the names and
handing out a form to fill in. We then had two members in
Toni and Geoff directing them to the examination rooms and,
as the Dr had turned up with his Ultrasound Machine at 8.30
am, the scanning had begun.
Previously we had set up two Examination Rooms next to one
another and, as the Dr can scan two people every five Minutes,
he wheeled his machine from one to the other. Our “nurses”
Claire and Regina were wonderful in the examination rooms
and I flitted from one to the other taking the names, reading
and GP details on a master list for the Dr.
We also had two ladies, Helen and Maxine, serving Devonshire
Teas which were very well received by the public. I would
sincerely like to thank all members who assisted before the
event with the Flyers, on the setting up and on the actual day.
To top it off Rob Meney was networking on the day and we
may have two new members.
The final results were three “patients” who had high readings,
the Dr will contact their GP’s urgently and there were a few
who have to be monitored. If we have saved THREE lives it
was definitely all worth it.
PDG Pamela BAIRD, DUNCRAIG LIONS CLUB
L TO R: : Pamela BAIRD, Toni WHITEAKER, Dr
Kishore SIEUNARINE, Claire ATKINSON and in the front
is President Geoff O’BRIEN
DISTRICT CONVENTION 2015 LUCKY
100TH REGISTRANT WINNER
Congratulations to Lion Fran Bridges from the Kalgoorlie
Lions Club. Fran will receive a refund for our Saturday
evening function - Colin’s Rocking the Swan Valley.
Lions McCusker Alzheimer’s Research
YOU ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE
AROUND THE CLUBS
Catering at the Lions Save
Sight Half Marathon
Manned gates at the
Junction Race Club
CITY OF PERTH
Donate blankets to
Salvation homeless appeal
Newspapers for recycling
THE FUNDS WE RAISE AS LIONS
I have been thinking a lot about fundraising and what we do as clubs with that money. It seems to me that when we
raise funds from the public under our District Charitable collections license the people we raise it from have an
expectation that we will quickly pass on those funds to needy and worthy recipients. Am I wrong minded in this
Some clubs are hanging on to funds raise years ago.
Perhaps the money was raised for a particular project;
maybe it was put away because the treasurer likes to see a
big healthy bank balance. I would ask all clubs with more
than $10 000 in their Projects or Activities accounts just
what the excess is there for and resolve to deplete their
holdings over the next 12 months.
Is it ‘Just in Case’ money? Perhaps you could whittle it
down by helping a Lions Foundation with a donation to
establish an interest bearing deposit to help with its
Lions Club of
Do you remember why the money was raised? If it was for
a specific project and the project is ongoing then the funds
are being used appropriately.
If the project is no longer current, move a motion and
change the purpose of the funds. I have heard a story of a
club holding funds and being unable to redirect the money
because it was raised for a purpose which is no longer
current; a member has said that they can’t use it for
anything else. How about rethinking this and moving a
motion to put the money towards a worthwhile project.
There are plenty of people in our communities who could
use a hand up.
Basically what I am trying to say is ‘Lions clubs are service
clubs and raise funds not to put away into bank accounts
but to enable us to carry out our work; as such we need to
give the funds raised from the public back to your
community in a timely manner’.
Members are calling past members and
friends as well as any interested Lions to
help them celebrate
At Carnarvon Motel (nee Fascine Lodge)
Saturday October 10, 2015
Please RSVP to Lion Wally Dale
firstname.lastname@example.org | 0429413010
2nd Vice District Governor
AROUND THE CLUBS
Preparation for Lion
Markets on 27th
LEHP-Australia has recently launched Children’s Eye Health
as part of its program! Partnering with the Centre for Health,
LEHP has developed a set of information brochures, posters,
stickers and colouring sheets.
In addition LEHP has also updated its preventable eye
disease materials and our website!
Preparation & delivery of
BBQ for community event.
Lions – get involved with LEHP and make a difference in
LEHP resources are free of charge! They can be ordered directly from the website
lehp.org.au or by calling the National Program Manager on 1800 010 234
children or a
you that could
Paving backyard of house
for the disabled
Lion members volunteered
at Lions Save Sight Fnd.
Provided BBQ equipment
for the Mudd Rush
Manned entry gates for the
DUNCRAIG LIONS CLUB SIENNA PROJECT
We are raising money to assist a widowed mother of three
children in buying a new car which can be converted to take
a wheelchair for her 11 year old daughter who suffers up to
40 epileptic seizures in one day.
Sienna will never walk or speak and, as at the moment, has
to be physically lifted in and out of the car to be taken to
the special unit at Success Primary School Sonia (her
mother, who is only a wisp of a lady) has to lift her in and
out of the car four times a day ... Sonia has, as well, two
Sonia is the daughter of one of our members and even
though the family live at Melville we have taken this project
on to pay for the conversion of the new car to take a
We are auctioning a framed Club strip (I would say away
strip) of the Fremantle Dockers signed by current players.
In accordance with auction procedures our committee will
consider the highest offer and could bids please be
forwarded to the project Chairman PDG Pam Baird at:
Please could you send a few of your past and recent club
photos with a short article for our 50th Feature Album
and to use as part of our theme for the Saturday session.
Send them to Richard - email@example.com
Convention Convenor Mary-Anne Wolf with Ballajura
President Sue McDonald at Bunnings selling raffle tickets.
If you require more raffle tickets please contact Sue—
firstname.lastname@example.org or Mob: 0412 132 057.
Registration Forms - CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD
Announcing the 2015-16
Peace Poster Contest Theme
The new theme for the 2015-16 Lions International Peace
Poster Contest is "Share Peace." Kits for the contest, which
include the official guide and rules, flyers, stickers and
certificates, go on sale in March. Lions clubs interested in
sponsoring a Peace Poster Contest in their community
should contact Cabinet Chairperson Carolyn Middleton at
I would like to ask all our clubs to consider appointing Public
Relations Officer, if you do not have one, and to ask them to
please contact me so we can set up lines of
Thank you to all clubs and District Officers for your
contributions to the September Newsletter.
A newsletter will be circulated in Digital Format which
allows for a lot more content and picture clarity with no big
files to download. A PDF copy can be downloaded from the
We work in the field of hearing conservation and help the hearing impaired and deaf people in
particular those who could not otherwise afford what is required.
With the mutual support and cooperation of the Ear Science |institute Australia (ESIA), we assist
the expansion and development of audiological and medical services in respect of both treatment
and prevention for the hearing impaired persons at the Lions Hearing Clinics.
We are happy to receive donations of funds and used hearing aids.
PO Box 159 GREENWOOD WA 6924
DONATIONS 4 Avignon Vista, Yalyalup WA 6280
SCREENING BUS BOOKINGS— email@example.com
NEWMAN LIONS CLUB
FORTESCUE FESTIVAL 2015
The annual Fortescue Festival hosted by the Newman Lions
Club has been a part of Newman for close to 30 years. This
fantastic event draws in people from across the Shire of
East Pilbara and gives the Shire’s population an opportunity
to come together as one community.
There are displays, exhibitions, variety & food stall,
sideshow, show bags & evening fireworks.
One of the highlights of our the fair is the annual ball.
Festival Day Alex the Lion with Stubby the train who is still
waiting for a new engine
Following the 5pm Choral Evensong of St Francis The Feast
of St Francis of Assisi, Patron of Animals in St George’s
Cathedral, Cats Cabaret in aid of Perth Cat Haven will be
held in the Burt Memorial Hall. Date Sunday 4th October.
DG Colin picture with the President of the Newman
Lions Club Anthony Middleton at the Fortescue Festival.
So if some Lions wished to form a table (6 people - $30
per person) or two, I’d advise buying the tickets now
rather than risk later. If you bought too many, I’m pretty
sure there will be a waiting list to whom (through me) you
could sell them on. Please visit this website for more
details. Graeme Napier graeme.napier@PerthCathedral.org
The Australian Lions Foundation was formed by Lions with the sole purpose of assisting people in time of need . As a
group committed to serving the community, Lions and the Foundation continue to fulfil this need in Australia and Papua
New guinea. Providing financial assistance and support in cases of national disaster, emergency and community welfare
projects and encouraging international understanding and cooperation by relief projects in developing countries. The
Foundation also delivers an Awards programme for the following awards—Ian M Stockdale—James D Richardson—
William Tresise—Community Service. More details : http://www.lionsclubs.org.au/alf/index.html
CANNING CITY LIONS CLUB
PDG Barry and Lion Carolyn’s Exchange Student
PDG Barry and I have had a Japanese Exchange student with us since last week.
Her name is Yuri a 20 year old University student studying International Politics, and is from Saitama in District
330-C where her father is a Lion.
Yuri had a week in W2 staying with PDG Peter Lamb and was taken around that area.
Since she has been with us visits to Fremantle Prison, both Maritime Museums, Point Perron, also the history of
Rockingham area, then E Shed for souvenirs, supermarket for chocolate and TimTams, Guilderton, Jurien, The
Pinnacles and Cervantes.
Yesterday we went for a drive up the hill to Lion Bels place (30 Klm this side of Goomalling) where she had a
tour over the large property, patted the lambs and saw the week old calves, We had a great lunch provided by
Dot & Gill Murray the owners, and the real hit was of course Ollie the Australian Sheep dog.
Today we had brunch with Victoria Park Lions Club at the Dome in Vic Park, from there we journeyed on to
Joondalup Resort for McCusker Foundation fundraiser High Tea.
We still have another three days to fill in but have had a great time. Yuri is a delight to have. Her English is great
and she has tried all sorts of food.
We have of course made sure she has had Lamingtons, Apple Turnover with cream, Pavlova, Custard Tart and
Well-known author and journalist Mike Zekulich will be addressing the Convention
on Friday evening on the book Spirit of the Swan – 180 years of winemaking in the
This book captures the spirit of Western Australia’s oldest wine region, the Swan
Valley. The story of winemaking in the region is a story of people, pioneers,
families, characters, visionaries and craftsmen people who created The Spirit of the
Author of the book Mike Zekulich was inducted as an ‘Icon of the Swan Valley’ in
2010 to acknowledge the contribution both he and the Zekulich family have made
to the advancement of winemaking in the region.
His career as a journalist with the West Australian spanned 41 years and is the
author of numerous books including many about the wineries and wine industry in
Spirit of the Swan – 180 Years of Winemaking in the Swan Valley is a 124-page
coffee table-style book and recounts the lives and backgrounds of the people who
have contributed to the valley over 180 years.
The book includes many historic photographs and panoramic shots of the Swan
Valley and the people who have shaped the past and continue to shape its future
The Swan Valley and Regional Winemakers’ Association believes Spirit of the
Swan will ensure future generations understand the first 180 years of winemaking
in the Swan Valley and follow its journey into the next 180 years.
Lion Peter Harrison Chairman of the Lions Hearing
Dogs says THANK YOU for the support from your Clubs
during the 2014/2015 year and we trust we can look
forward to your support in the future. Listed below are the
donations for the 2014/2015 Lions year. This includes,
dog sponsorship, purchase of merchandise and donations.
Michael Zekulich with Premier
Colin Barnett at the launch of the
book Spirit of the Swan in July
2014. A number of signed copies
by Michael will be available at
THREE SPRINGS WORKSHOP
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Karratha & Dampier Inc.
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DUNCRAIG LIONS CLUB
WHEELCHAIR ACCESS FOR SIENNA. ROLLING ON.
Special raffle and auction at Poynter Primary School’s Farmers’ Market
on Saturday 26 September.
The Lions Club of Duncraig has been fundraising since early May to obtain enough
money to adapt a suitable vehicle for wheelchair access for Sienna, the eleven year old
granddaughter of one of their members, who suffers from a rare and debilitating form of
epilepsy known as polymicrogyria. This results in her experiencing several seizures every
Although she is unlikely to walk or talk normally, Sienna still attends a special school and
a number of medical appointments on a regular basis.
Sienna’s mum Sonia, is the petite, widowed single mother of three young children and
finds it extremely difficult to lift her precious daughter into and out of the family car.
Sienna is tall for her age and weighs around 36 kilos.
Fundraising is going extremely well. One member of the Duncraig Lions Club decided to
start a crowdfunding website at www.gofundme.com/uvb392tg which has already
raised in excess of $8,000. If you’d like to make a donation to this worthy cause, that’s
the place to go. The target is $20,000 which is apparently the approximate cost of
adapting a Kia Carnival for wheelchair access.
Come to Poynter Primary School’s Farmers’ Market on Sienna Day.
The Lions Club of Duncraig has designated Saturday 26 September as Sienna Day and will be holding a Russian raffle
and silent auction stall at the Poynter Primary School’s Farmers’ Market. Prizes included a Freo Dockers guernsey
signed by all members of the 2015 squad, a Michael Hussey signed cricket bat, a signed photo of Eagle’s midfield star
and Brownlow medallist, Matt Priddis, an El Cabello Resort package worth up to $390, a whale watch tour, family
passes to AQWA and Caversham Wildlife Park and much, much more. There are more than 25 prizes in all to be won.
But what’s a Russian raffle?
Well, it’s a raffle which allows you to look at the prizes before you buy your tickets. So, you decide which prize you’d
most like to win. Don’t worry; we’ll explain it all on the day. Tickets are only $2 each so all you need to do is be there
with a bit of money in your pocket or purse that you’re prepared to spend on a very worthy cause with the possibility
of winning a really great prize.
Let’s get behind Sonia and help her push young Sienna easily and effortlessly into a specially adapted car. Please
support Sienna either through or GoFundMe website or by attending the market on Saturday 26 September. See you
Lions Club of Duncraig
Please direct all enquiries to:
PDG Neil F Saunders Lions Cancer Institute
PO Box 2195 MANDURAH
(H) 08 9583 3226
(M) 0418 947 345
EXEMPLARY SERVICE AWARDS
On the 11th July 2015 at their Changeover the
Moora Lions Club presented an Exemplary Service
Award to a gentleman by the name of Leo
Dornbush much to his surprise!
Leo grew up in the Gidgegannup area on the
family farm and deli shop. He started work as a
school teacher and then joined the Department of
Agriculture in Moora as a Senior Technical Officer.
When Leo was employed by the Department of
Agriculture he was responsible for the preparation
and recording observations of the Moora Trial
Programmes. The trials included cereals, pasture
establishment, lupin breeding, sheep and cattle to name a few. It was in the days when public
servants worked many hours of unpaid overtime
and Leo spent many working hours unpaid in
order to get the trials completed.
He has been a voluntary worker in the Moora
Community over many years. He has a hard work
ethic and tirelessly helps by giving his time
willingly to the many organisations in the town.
Leo Dornbush with Jill Middlemass Exemplary Service Awards
A stalwart of the pony club for many years Leo
turns his hand to any job which needs to be done.
Single handed he keeps the equestrian centre
grounds immaculate throughout the year,
especially before the Moora horse trials. He can
frequently be seen raking, sweeping and burning
and nobly takes on the task of cleaning up the
horse poo, a job avoided by most others. He is
always cheerful and friendly, never complaining
about any job however menial.
Leo is never idle and spends many hours cleaning
up around the town and helping to prepare the Tennis Club for functions, especially when there is an event to be hosted
by the town.
The Uniting Church grounds and buildings are one place where you can find Leo and they are a credit to his hard work.
The Moora Historical Society has also benefited from Leo’s help. He is always there to gather up leaves and dispose of
rubbish around and near the building. He also helps members to display exhibits.
He is never too busy to spend time talking to lonely people of the town and visitors alike. He spends time at the Frail
Aged Lodge and the Hospital listening to and reminiscing with the older people and offering an unbiased ear to those
wishing to voice their opinions on daily matters.
Leo Dornbush is a well-known, valued and popular member of the Moora Community and for this reason the Lions Club
of Moora decided that it is time for him to receive a Lions Exemplary Service Award.
This season’s McCusker Roses have arrived. If you would
like one of these beautiful roses they can be purchased by
contacting Rob Davis on 0419 913 586. The cost of the
roses is $20 with profits going to Alzheimer's research.
BALLAJURA LIONS CLUB & BALLAJURA MALAGA ROTARY
ANNUAL COMMUNITY FAIR
Ballajura Lions work very closely with our
Rotary counterparts to organise a number
of community events during the year. The
Ballajura Community Fairs is one of the
highlights of the year which is very well
supported by the community.
Entry is a gold coin donation and we have
a variety of stalls and fun activities for the
whole family. This year we had a record 85
stalls a combination of food, soft drinks,
games, different types of ware and many
different types of entertainment for the
We have a full day of stage performances
throughout the show culminating the Lion
We run a Talent competition to find the
best act at the show. It could be a singer or
different type of floor show. This is well supported by children between the ages of 5 and 18 years, their families &
friends as can be seen by the above photo.
Ballajura Lions had there famous and popular Prize
Wheel at the show. The old chocolate wheel.
We have been taking the Prize Wheel to shows for more
than 14 years and have been charging $1 a tickets since
Paul is our main spruiker and you can see him standing
on the trailer. Other Lions are in the crowd selling
We make about $500 at smaller shows like this one and
around $1500 at the big shows.
The Wheel is a good advert for Lions at the shows and
travelling to and from shows.
The Lion Dancers
Stall holders setting up for the day
Early bird Registration prize for 50th, 100th etc. Registration
Convention At The Vines
9th to 11th October 2015
LIONS CLUB OF BALLAJURA INC
PLEASE USE BLOCK LETTERS
LION LIONESS LEO
IF PARTNER IS A LION
Friday 9th October – Opening, Flag & Remembrance Ceremonies
Booths will be set up in the afternoon and Registrations will be open from 4.30pm to 5.45pm
Call to Order 6.00pm
Welcome BBQ at The Vines
Saturday 10th October – Business Session, Guest Speakers & Forums
Conventioneers Buffet Breakfast at The Vines –
12:30 – 1:30
Continuous Tea and Coffee
Conventioneers Lunch at The Vines – Everyone
Colin’s Rock & Roll Banquet at The Vines –
Three course set menu
Dress: Rock & Roll
Sunday 11th October – Recovery & Wind down day (Everyone Welcome)
Bus Tour of the Swan Valley ending at the
Brunch venue (Registrations Close 31/7/15)
Car Rally of the Swan Valley ending at the
Brunch venue (prizes to be awarded)
Brunch at a secret location in the Swan Valley –
Less Early Bird Deposit
CHILD CARE REQUIREMENTS (information required by 31/7/15) – Cost will be advised when known.
TRANSPORT REQUIREMENTS (from accommodation to venue)
OPTIONAL – If you would like your birth country’s flag included in in the Flag Ceremony please advise country’s name -
Accommodation is available at The Vines
Currently quoted prices are:
Resort Room - $210 per day
Superior Room - $239 per day
2 bedroom Apartment - $340 per day
3 Bedroom Apartment - $390 per day
Other accommodation is available nearby and details of some are available on the District website or contact Swan
Valley Visitors Centre on 9379 9400
Booking of Accommodation is the responsibility of Conventioneers.
Activities available at The Vines
9 holes golf including motorised buggy - $49
The Keishi Day Spa
Unwind and indulge in the range of heavenly packages available whilst their experienced therapist looks after all your
Booking of Activities is the responsibility of Conventioneers.
Please send your completed form to Convention Registration Secretary, Members Convention, PO Box 2524, Malaga,
WA 6944. Email: Sue McDonald - firstname.lastname@example.org - Payment either by cheque (payable to Lions Club of
Ballajura Convention) OR
Electronic Banking: Bankwest BSB: 306 115 Account: 040686 1 use your name as reference.
Please note electronic receipt number on your registration form.
CHAIRPERSON - Mary-Anne Wolf 0400 518 758
SECRETARY– Richard Tunmer 0415 089 938
TREASURER – Philip Caunt 0438 952 294
REGISTRAR – Sue McDonald 0412 132 057