Koo Wee Rup & District Lions Club Inc

District 201V3 Victoria Australia


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    June Margarethe Wright OAM

    It is with sadness that we advise the passing of our President June Wright OAM. June passed away on Tuesday 7th July at her home.

    June’s early years were in Foster where her father was Secretary for South Gippsland Shire. Her parents were very community minded and thus June spent her early years learning about volunteering. This was something she never forgot.

    June met Geoff after moving to Pakenham with her mother on the death of her father. Eventually June settled, with Geoff, in Koo Wee Rup and they had three sons Quenten, Brett and Ashley. June soon commenced duties as a volunteer at schools attended by her children. She became President at both the Primary School and Secondary School Mothers Clubs and was on various fundraising committees over many years.

    Geoff was a Scout Leader and when Koo Wee Rup Cubs were short of a leader June trained to be a temporary Leader and after 40 years of being a Cub Leader, District Cub Leader and Group Leader June retired from Scouting last year to spend more time with her family and in particular her grandchildren.

    On 2nd February 1973 June’s late husband Geoffrey (passed away 23 April, 2009), became a Charter Member of the Lions Club of Koo Wee Rup & District Inc. During subsequent years, along with other activities, June and Geoff committed themselves to the Lions International Youth Exchange Program and hosted exchange students from Japan, New Zealand, Italy and Malaysia. These other activities included Sunday monthly Tooradin Market and Koo Wee Rup Potato Festival catering.

    In June 1992, although at this time not being an actual Lions member, June came up with the idea of the establishment of the Lions Koo Wee Rup & District Opportunity Shop and along with Geoff and with assistance of like-minded service providers and community orientated individuals this eventuated. Since that time this shop has provided funding to various community groups :- The Koo Wee Rup – Lions, Hospital, Uniting Church, Presbyterian Church, Anglican Church, Senior Citizens, Historical Society, Returned & Services League of Australia, Football Club, Men’s Shed, Scout Group and Lang Lang Uniting Church as well as Bayles Regional Primary School. Since inception this shop has assisted in putting over $650,000.00 into the community

    June’s involvement with this Op Shop since before day one has been immense. She has been “manager” of this shop since it opened to the public and attended, as she has for years, at least two days a week to sort, price and sell goods. June had gathered around her a group of volunteers as assistants which indicates the leadership qualities required to inspire others by setting a great example with a positive approach to all tasks.

    After Geoff’s passing June became a member of the Lions Club in her own right on 1st May 2009. Since that time June had continued her community involvement at a very high degree. These activities included managing the Op Shop, street sales of raffle tickets, sausage sizzles, servicing various outlets for the sale of Lions Mints and the collection of used spectacles for use by needy persons.

    June still attended at the Op Shop at least two days a week and was also involved in one of her favourite programs “Lions Recycle for Sight” a project of Lions Clubs International. June collected donated spectacles and forwards these to an Australian Lions Centre, located in Queensland, where they are quality tested, washed, dried, graded in lensometer machines, sorted, packed and forwarded to Lions Clubs, church missions and humanitarian groups in third world countries to be given to people in need.

    In 1997 Cardinia Shire awarded June and Geoff jointly the “Citizens of the Year” and on Australia Day 2008 the Koo Wee Rup Township Committee awarded June and Geoff jointly the “Citizens of the Year Award”. In June 2017 June was honoured with the Medal of the Order of Australia. In 2019 June was nominated to receive the honour of “Victorian Senior of the Year”. June had just commenced her second term as President of the Lions Club of Koo Wee Rup & District Inc.

    June epitomized what is stipulated in the Lions Code of Ethics. The Lions Motto of “We Serve” is particularly known to June for she did give freely of her time, labour and means and did so in a quite unassuming way. It was June’s commitment, passion, empathy, honesty and integrity along with good communication skills and decision-making capabilities that made her such a success as a leader. An important trait shown with the commencement of the Op Shop was her innovation and creative thinking, as well as the futuristic vision made June a stand- out leader.


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    Christmas Trailer Raffle

    Many residents will have seen the trailer stuffed full of goodies being raffled by the Lions Club and Scouts. That raffle will be drawn at the carols and some lucky person will win the trailer and everything inside, worth more than $3000. (Tickets at the Bendigo Bank)


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    Koo Wee Rup Carols by Candlelight set a high standard

    Last year our Carols By Candlelight attracted some 2,000 people who seemed to enjoy a great night of entertainment. The Orchestra, the Guest Artists the School Choirs and the Vanuatian singers certainly made an impression.

    This year will be every bit as good as we use the occasion to showcase local talent with invited guest artists backed by a world class Fireworks Display and our renowned local orchestra. Financed by the Lions Club of Koo Wee Rup with support from the Bendigo Bank, selected local traders and a Cardinia

    Shire grant, those attending will be asked to make up the shortfall by making a gold coin donation on entry.

    Saturday the 14th of December at Cochrane Park.

    Organised by local not for profit groups including the Lions Club of Koo Wee Rup, The Men’s Shed, the Koo Wee Rup RSL, Turning Point Church, KWR Secondary College and the 1st Koo Wee Rup Scout Group, we have put together a great night of Christmas celebration.

    Father Christmas will distribute free bags of lollies to all the kids while we enjoy singing popular carols and Christmas songs and listen to the performers.

    All residents and friends are welcome to come and enjoy the night.

    The carols begin at 7pm and finish after the fireworks at about 9.30.

    Food available on site. ... We hope to see you there.

    For more information contact Ron Payne on 5997 1916.

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    Sheryl Blay and Linda Sanders (both Lions) have been helping out at the Hub at the Koo Wee Rup Regional Health Service. Kaye Chaplin from CWA also came along and helped out with the blankets.
    We have been meeting every Wednesday night (5pm – 7pm) with local girls to make weighted blankets. We have all had fun making them and most of the girls have completed their blankets.
    What was intended to be a 6 week event, has now turned into an ongoing thing as the girls are keen to make more items. The girls have been learning how to sew on machines and to do other crafts. Last Wednesday, the girls started making scrunchies in many different colours and others started making pom poms to make a rug.


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    Congratulations to Alisha Kilpatrick on winning her category (3/4) in the District 201 V3 Junior Public Speaking final on Sunday 13th November 2019!
    We received this lovely message from Alisha’s Mum, “Please can you thank all of the KWR Lions Club for their support of Alisha. Ron has been our amazing ‘go to support person’ but along this journey we have had the privilege to meet several KWRLC members who have supported Alisha and other speakers. One of our highlights has been seeing some of these people around town and excitedly saying ‘hey, they are part of Lions Club!’ Thank you for supporting Alisha but more importantly for supporting our community”.
    Well done to our other contestant , Jayda Tannahill who came second in her group (5/6). We are proud of you both.


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    Lions President June Wright OAM was previously voted Cardinia Shire’s Senior of the Year earlier on in the year.
    On 22nd October 2019, June was invited to Government House in Melbourne to the Senior of the Year awards. June’s two sons and their wives also attended along with Ken and Sheryl Blay plus the Mayor and two staff from the Shire. The photo is June standing in front of the Governor’s chair.


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    Junior Public Speaking competition finalists were:

    Bayles Regional Primary School – Alisha Kilpatrick (grades 3-4) Zoe Hichission (grades 5-6)

    Cardinia Primary School – Leah Colbourne (grades 3-4) Emily Harris (grades 5-6)

    Koo Wee Rup Primary School – Elle Brown (grades 3-4) Jayda Tannahill (grades 5-6)

    Lang Lang Primary School – Gemma Lion (grades 3-4) Zoe Palmer (grades 5-6)

    St John the Baptist Primary School – Tara Van Den Heuvel (grades 3-4) Kelly Milner (grades 5-6)

    Winners were Grade 3-4 – Alisha Kilpatrick from Bayles Primary and grades 5-6) Jayda Tannahill from Koo Wee Rup Primary. Both students awarded trophy and certificate and respective school accepted perpetual trophies.

    Congratulations to all the finalists.

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    On Friday 9th August, the KWR Lions held our annual dinner to welcome newcomers into the area. The aim of the night is to introduce people to some of the clubs and groups in our area.
    Although the weather was bleak outside, we had a fun night in the Community Centre.
    MC Brendon McGreal did a wonderful job of keeping the night moving along. He had random questions and prizes for the lucky winners.
    We had raffles, door prizes and seat prizes which were great fun and lots of people went home with their winnings.
    The speakers were Dan Crowley from KWR Football Club, Cathy Stephens from KWR Country Women Association, Brian Harlow from the Hub & KRHS, Keith Halden from Lang Lang United Soccer Club and Peter Grondman from the KWR Tennis Club. There was a lot of interest shown in these clubs and follow up with interested parties will occur with more information.
    The Trophy for most ticket sales went to Liz Wade at the Bendigo Community Bank. This was presented by Rex Sanders who thanked Liz for her outstanding effort.
    The Koo Wee Rup Cricket Club worked behind the bar and were kept busy all night. A big thank you for helping with the cleaning up afterwards.
    Bunyip River Meats supplied the 2 course buffet, well done ladies. A delicious meal yet again.
    The Venturers from 1st Koo Wee Rup Scout troup helped to clear the tables after dinner, a big thank you to all who did a great job.
    Special thanks from our sponsors Harcourt Real Estate Pakenham, Cardinia Shire and Bendigo Community Bank KWR and Lang Lang. Without your support, the night would not be such a success.
    Thanks to all who helped set up, run and clean up. More hands make light work and this certainly applied on the day/night. Special thanks to the committee for all their hard work and many hours at meetings before the event.


    Would you like to: Meet locals

    Meet other new residents

    Learn about our Community

    Learn what’s here and where

    Find out who to contact

    and enjoy a great dinner just having fun!

    Buffet 2 Course Dinner $20 pp


    Quality Raffle

    Lucky Door & Seat prizes

    Pre-dinner nibbles

    Compered by radio’s Brendon McGreal

    introducing local community organisations so you get the most from Koo Wee Rup and district

    Friday 9th August 2019

    Tickets available at the Bendigo Bank KWR & Lang Lang,and One Agency

    A project of the Lions Club of Koo Wee Rup and District Inc

    assisted by: Bendigo Bank, Cardinia Shire and Harcourts Real Estate

    Attachment: 2019 Newcomers Dinner flyer[14642].pdf

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    What a very successful day this was. More than 540 people attended the Community Centre between 9.30am and 4pm on Saturday 22nd June 2019.
    Sometimes it was hard to move around as there were so many people.
    We had over 120 entries with a diverse range of quilts, wall hangings, knitting, crochet, embroidery, paintings and photos to view.
    The girls were busy in the kitchen making scones for the Devonshire teas. We also had sandwiches, soup and slices to go with tea and coffee. This was all very popular and there was a steady stream of customers having a rest while having morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea. A very big thank you to all the ladies who worked non stop all day catering for this event.
    The winners of the raffle were Jan Blackwood, who won First prize with the quilt. Second prize of the sewing machine was Jacky Veltman and third prize went to The Koo Wee Rup RSL but they asked to redraw it. This was then won by Geoff Gee (a member of the Koo Wee Rup Lions).
    The lucky dip was very popular and we were busy all day getting gold coins for bags full of surprises.
    After two full days of putting everything together, running it on the day and then packing up afterwards, there were many very weary members, partners and helpers. Well done everyone involved, it was a fantastic day and the money raised will go to help our community.


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    What a way to finish the year.

    On Friday 14th June the Club held its annual changeover dinner at the Koo Wee Rup Bowls Club in Rossiter Road. Approximately 80 Lions, their partners and guests attended, many of whom represented other community organisations, Cardinia Shire and our local schools.

    Our annual changeover dinner gives us Lions an opportunity to recall the many successes of the past twelve months, as well as those few things that did not turn out quite as well as we would have wished. It also gives us an opportunity to thank our outgoing president for, in this case, his commitment and direction over the year just gone and to look forward with anticipation to what the coming year has to offer.

    The Club also recognises that, on its own, it can only achieve so much, but by continuing to work closely with other community groups, together we can achieve so much more for those who need our help. So, our Club annual changeover dinner also gives us an opportunity to express our thanks to many of the town’s community groups for their support over the last twelve months and, hopefully, we can build on that support over the coming year.

    As is traditional, our outgoing President, Frank Grant gave an overview of the Club’s achievements for the year and later in the evening was installed as the Club’s president for 2019-2020. President Frank presented several awards to members for their efforts during his first twelve months in office, with June Wright being presented with a James D. Richardson Award for her dedicated service to the Koo Wee Rup community over many years – a wonderful award to a wonderful lady and very well deserved.

    As part of building that support it is most gratifying to note that the volunteer groups who so faithfully man the Koo Wee Rup Lions Community Op Shop shared equally in its profits for 2018-2019, which totaled almost $55,000. What a fantastic result.


    We are busy organising the upcoming CRAFT AND QUILT EXPO which is to be held on 22nd June 2019 at the Koo Wee Rup Community Centre. The day starts at 9.30am and goes through to 4pm. Entry is $5. There will be scones, jam and cream, sandwiches and soup available along with tea and coffee.

    If you have a quilt or craft item that you would like to enter, please email Jen on for a registration form. One form is to be filled out for each entry. Forms need to be received back by 13th June 2019 at the above email address.

    Items should be dropped off at the Koo Wee Rup Community Centre, Rossiter Road on 21st June 2019 between 2pm and 5pm or by arrangement. Call Jen on 0425 751 223 if you have any questions.

    Attachment: 2019 Registration Form .pdf

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    CWA Trivia Night

    Some members of the Koo Wee Rup Lions Club attended the Koo Wee Rup CWA Trivia night held on Sat 20 Oct 2018. Lions Linda and Rex won the best dressed for the evening. Fun was had by all.

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    February 2018

    It seems like only yesterday we were looking forward to the festive season and now we find ourselves into the second month of 2018 – how time flies when you’re having fun! Going back to the start of December 2017, the Club was involved in two major projects.

    On Saturday 9th December the Club, with the able assistance of a number of other community organisations, organised the new look Koo Wee Rup Community Carols by Candlelight. It is almost certain that others contributing to this month’s Blackfish will also be reporting on this event.

    So, instead of writing a lengthy article, the Club would like to acknowledge what a fantastic success the evening was, with what appeared to be well over 1,000 in attendance.

    The members would also like acknowledge the outstanding contribution Lion Ron Payne, who was the driving force behind the event, made to the success of the evening. Ron not only brought the community committee together, but also worked tirelessly with the committee towards a most memorable outcome. What an outstanding job, which sets a wonderful foundation for 2018.

    Sincere thanks must also be extended to all those individuals, organisations and businesses which in a number of ways sponsored the event. Without this support this year’s Carols may not have happened.

    On Sunday 10th December the Club final of the Youth of the Year competition was held at the Senior Citizen’s Hall in Icke Street with four contestants participating, again all from the Koo Wee Rup Secondary College – the College continues to give exceptional support to our Club.

    As a reminder, the competition comprises an interview component to gauge each contestant’s leadership, sporting, cultural and community credentials, for which 80 of the available 110 points are awarded, followed by two impromptu questions and the five minute prepared speeches.

    This year, President Sheryl Blay took on the mantle of the Club’s YOTY Chairman and compered the event, introducing the judges and contestants, Joel Mudge, Camryn Walker, Simone Geyer and Taign Horsburgh.

    The impromptu questions were: 1. What do you think is important for school to teach to prepare students for the future? 2. If I ruled the world. Recognising these questions required the contestants to think on their feet, without preparation, they all acquitted themselves extremely well. It was interesting to note that, with Question 1, all contestants spoke about the need for schools to not only teach academic subjects, but to also teach students some basic life skills

    After lunch and an opportunity for the contestants to relax, we came to the prepared speeches, which are summarised below.

    Joel Mudge: Joel asked whether Australia should involve itself overseas in the fight against terrorism. Some may say that Australia should not involve itself, because it is not that country’s business. Joel advocated strongly that Australia must involve itself in such a fight, because terrorism is a global problem and it is only by countries working closely together that terrorist acts anywhere in the world can be minimised. Australia also has a moral responsibility towards those affected by acts of terrorism. A thought‐provoking presentation.

    Camryn Walker: Camryn discussed the disconnection between many young and old people caused by technology. Young people have been brought up with electronic devices as the norm, which has resulted in many of them conducting their lives through social media, which requires little face‐to‐face contact. Many members of the older generation are not ‘tech savvy’ and still rely heavily of face‐to‐face communications. Another excellent presentation, delivered with great conviction. Simone Geyer: Simone explored the effect on young people born into families where no family members have worked for a considerable period of time, with such families existing on unemployment and welfare benefits. Not only can such a regime have devastating consequences on members of these families, but, on occasion, some families are better off ‘on the dole’ than they would be if gainfully employed. Simone believes the Federal Government must resolve this situation to reduce the burden on taxpayers and to put monies saved into other critical areas, such as education, health and aged care. Another thought‐provoking topic.

    Taign Horsburgh: Taign advocated for the introduction of a national sugar tax in an effort to address the problem Australia has with obesity. Taign reminded us of the extremely high quantities of sugar contained in some products, particularly soft and energy drinks, which is not only a major cause of obesity, but is also a major contributor to a host of other diseases, particulary diabetes, which is currently at a frightening level in Australia. Taign suggested a campaign similar to that used to encourage people to quit smoking could be used. An excellent presentation.

    After considerable deliberation, the three judges, Susanne Rutten, Mat Anderton and Brian Harlow declared Taign Horsburgh as the winner of the public speaking component, with Joel Mudge being the overall winner.

    As noted on several occasions previously, competitions such as Youth of the Year continue to confirm that the vast majority of today’s young people are fantastic individuals and it is most unfortunate that, because of the extensive bad publicity a very small minority of this age group receives, there is a tendency by some to tar all young people with the same brush.


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    Attachment: 2018 - SOCIAL MEDIA POLICY STATEMENT (005).pdf

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    The V3 Directory is now available on the District website in the MEMBERS ONLY section.

    Simply log on to the District website using your membership number as the password. Then select the MEMBERS ONLY tab and then the V3 Directory tab.


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    V3 Lions Clubs Web Addresses

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    Attachment: V3 Club Websites 2.pdf


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