District 201N3, New Souh Wales, Australia

About Us

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The first meeting of people interested in forming a lions club on the Tilligerry Peninsula was arranged by members of the Lions Club of Nelson Bay and held at Tanilba Golf Club in February 1984.

Lions Brian Shelton and John Small from Nelson Bay were the guiding Lions responsible for the club. The first dinner meeting held at the R.S.L. Club in early March 1984.

The Club was formed on 28th March 1984 with 21 new members and 7 members transferring from other clubs.

Past District Governor Lion Max Nixon inducted all the new Lions on this evening. The charter of the new club was reported to international on 28th March 1984 with International advising the charter approval date as 20th April 1984.

The official charter night dinner was held at Lemon Tree Passage Bowling Club on 28th June with District Governor Lion Doug Sommerville presenting the charter to President Lion Bruce Lawless. It is interesting to look back over the record for the past years to see what the club had done and which groups were have worked to help over the time. Life members in the Club are Alex Bailey, Chris Canaway and include Max Smith and Richard Offner who received Life Membership from other Clubs. In 2006 Life Membership was granted to Patrick Gaffney (the only remaining Charter Member) and in 2007 Life Membership was granted to Kevin Colman.



One of the first projects was building fences to help set up a community pre-school at the community Centre Tanilba Bay, the school stayed there for a couple of years before moving to it's present site when the old Tomago Hall was brought in on the back of a truck. Lions help set up the building and surrounds and made ramps and did the painting.

Over the years we have helped with fund raising through charity golf days and fitted air conditioning to the building. Our club has for several years been patrons of the pre-school in February 2004 we were still helping out with work doing a back yard blitz job to get the rear play area ready for the children.

Our club has worked with the local Tanilba Bay Public School over the years with catering at school fetes and the building of shade houses for the children to grow plants in. We supplied bicycle helmets for students who could not afford them. Over the years donations have been made to Tanilba Bay, Salt Ash and Grahamstown Public Schools.

We have for many years been involved with the Youth of the Year program and held judging from club through to regional level. In 1988 we had our first long term youth exchange student from Japan and have since then had four other long term and 3 short term students. We sent 1 student to Japan for 12 months.

In 1988 we also held our first of many Debutante Balls for the youth of the area, this has proved to be very popular.  The club has also held two Last Chance Deb Balls for the not so young, with ladies in their seventies being presented.  The club has also been able to help two young girls in the area who suffer from cerebral palsy and 3 years ago arranged for hart walkers for both of them, with the help of the R.S.L. Club staff we were able to help update the electric wheelchair and other equipment one of the girls needed.



As well as the Last Chance Deb Balls we have over the years helped the elderly with mowing of lawns when requested by the district nurse, one gentleman we mowed lawns for remembered us in his will and left the club $4,000.00 which we used to erect a shelter at the Lions Park. Since 1995 each year we have put on a Christmas party for the residents at Tanilba Hostel with a visit by Santa who give each of the ladies a small present and flowers and the gentlemen a cold beer.



 Like all Lions clubs we have become the local Coles B-B-Q experts, over the years we have catered for the school fete, carols by candlelight, little athletic carnivals, Kooindah Festival, Golf Club presentation days, game fish sail past day, Australian national catamaran sailing championships, charity bowls days, visiting Japanese tourists to the local habitat area, Koala Shores Caravan Park and Australia Day celebrations at Lemon Tree Passage waterfront. But the biggest catering we were involved in was helping Nelson Bay Lions for 2 years with the miner€™s picnic. They couldn't€™t come any bigger than that, a lot of hard work but a lot of fun. More recently we manned the BBQ's once again at the Tilligerry Motorama, a two day event, with all proceeds going to the Nicholas Trust.



Over the years we have tried to raise the public awareness to the various health problems. In 1986 we arranged for a diabetics screening to be held at the Plaza, we had help from local doctors and nurses with a total of 45 workers and 450 man hours over 3 days we screened 800 local residents. We have been able to help arrange a bike ride on the peninsula for a diabetics sufferer Arron Moase. Funds raised go to the John Hunter Hospital. We have put on a drug awareness seminar for the youth of the area in 1985, each year we are involved with the bowling club putting on a charity bowls day to support cystic fibrosis, we have for many years been collectors for the red shield appeal and were very involved with the committee to get the ambulance station at Tanilba Bay. We done all the landscaping for the ambulance station and still mow the lawns. Donations over the years have been made on a regular basis to various lions foundations lions including save sight, hearing dogs, ALDAF and A.L.F. Past President Peter Warman arranged for the blood bank to visit the area in 1990 and the Blood Mobile still comes to the area every 3 months moving to Tanilba Bay Shopping Centre in 2007.



Over time we have built a shelter and done landscaping at Caswell Park, Mallabula and since it has been known as the Lions park, we were approached by the local bush fire brigade to help with their fireworks weekend at McCann Park, the Lions ran this for 4 years. We have also been involved with the running of the sports star of the year awards for the Peninsula.

We ran our first art show at the Lemon Tree Community Centre in 1988 and then 5 years held an art show in one of the vacant shops at the Tilligerry Plaza before moving to the Lemon Tree Passage Bowling Club auditorium in 2005. We have in the past sold Lion Mints and still sell Lions Christmas Cakes each year, we arrange for letters to Santa and run a Christmas lights competition each year. 



Donations have been made to many different groups over the years. To name them all would require pages but a few that come to memory are,



The club when it first started meet for dinner meetings on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month and had a board meeting on the 1st Tuesday but for the last 12 years we have only one dinner meeting each month on the 4th Tuesday and a board meeting on the 2nd  We have over the times had meeting and District Governor visits at the local waterfront and on the local ferry. We try to visit other clubs each year and have over the years had members visited all clubs in our zone, most clubs in our region and more than half the clubs in the district.



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