District 201N1
DG Bill Shepherd (2019-2020)

New South Wales, Australia





District news

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    DG's Update Number One

    29 March 2020

    To All Lions, Lionesses and LEOs,

    Retention is our Future through Caring Compassion and Empathy

    By now you would be all aware of some of the consequences for our Lions organisation of the corona virus. As at today the International Convention (Singapore), MD Convention (Adelaide) and our District Cabinet Changeover have all been cancelled.

    As most of our Clubs have decided to take a recess and not hold meetings for various periods these decisions will not have a major effect for you.

    To those members who were standing for the International Director position they will not now be considered before 2022 – to our candidate PDG John Muller hang in and keep on going.

    DGE Kevin and his team will take the reigns officially on 1 July 2020. There is a small group of people working very hard to ensure that all our Region/Zone Training and Club Development Days can be completed electronically. This team being led by our GAT Coordinators are endeavouring to do as much as they can within the timeframe we have.

    Both Kevin and myself appreciate this effort immensely and I encourage you all to come on board when the training comes online.

    Our Cabinet Changeover will be done completely online and we will do all the formalities (including awards) as part of our session. I will report on the past year and Kevin will introduce his new cabinet and his way ahead for the District.

    Kevin and I will be preparing a booklet that will be sent out together with the Cabinet Papers and reports. It is important that all Cabinet members remain in touch with their Clubs and maintain communication until we can start up our meetings again. Please watch your emails for your invite to the Cabinet Changeover meeting via Zoom.

    To our Club members I say this – please keep in touch – particularly with your more senior members – with every member in your Club. R U Okay is a simple term but an important one.

    Look after our fellow Lions – Try to think outside the box when someone needs assistance. For instance a non-contact delivery if someone needs medical supplies or food etc.

    This is a time where we need to come together and support each other. We need to set an example that people in our local communities can see and hopefully want to join with us. We are starting 2 new Clubs and their charter will be done by electronic means as well.

    In addition to our members our general community is still in need of help –

    We have people still in tents etc as a result of the fires;

    We have people still in need as a result of the Drought.

    Where we can we need to keep going forward with our support. However please ensure that you do it safely.

    I am aware that our 1VDGE Robin Parker will be contacting all Clubs by telephone to see how things are going and to ask R U Okay. (I thank her for this initiative).

    My telephone number is below and I am happy to take any calls and I will try to assist where I can.

    However the best sources of advice are the Federal and State websites – Please stay away from overseas sites and do not pass on any unconfirmed information on social media. (It only creates panic – tried buying toilet paper lately (and why?))

    Please remain Strong – Remain Lions and keep up the good work.

    Yours in Lionism
    Bill, Maureen and Catherine


    Bill Shepherd
    District Governor
    Lions District 201N1




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    District Newsletter – January-February 2020 - NOW AVAILABLE

    22 March 2020

    The District Newsletter is now available. To download click here.

    Visit the Newsletter page for past editions.

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    Lions Event Management - COVID-19

    16 March 2020

    Lions Australia has issued advice on Lions Event Management in regards to the COVID-19 situation. This advice relates to any events arranged by Lions in the current environment, including club meetings, weekend events, seminars, workshops and conferences. All Clubs and members are encouraged to download the advice from the Lions Australia website - click here.

    As we all know - Kindness Matters - and right now there is a great opportunity for Lions to be of Service in their local communities, should they wish to do so! You will have heard of the steps being taken by Woolworths and others to provide special early morning shopping times for the Elderly and those with Special Needs so that they may purchase the necessities of life from the overnight re-stocking of shelves - before the hordes of other shoppers demolish what's on offer.

    How can we Make a Difference? Please consider:-
    * offering our Services, either as an individual or a club, to take those in need on their early morning shopping trips.
    * That offer could be in your own private vehicle, or hiring a small people-mover to take a group.
    * In many communities, perhaps more so in regional and country centres where there is limited or nil public transport, communities quite often have a small community bus that is made available for community needs. Maybe Lions could offer their services to "drive the bus"!
    * If we become aware of someone living alone, perhaps a simple call for a chat over a cuppa could make the world of difference to that person.
    * And let's not forget our own Lions members in all of this - Club Care right now is most important.

    In suggesting the above, please understand that you (Lions members) have to decide what is right for you in the current circumstances. If you have any doubts personally - please remember it is your own decision should you elect not to get involved All of us must do what is right to protect our own health, and that of our families! It is entirely up to you to decide.


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    ALF - Newsflash - March 2020 Update

    9 March 2020

    ALF has issued the attached update for the information of Clubs.

    Since the beginning of this disaster season, donations received by the Foundation (as of 1st March 2020) has exceeded $2.2m. This is an amazing response, with donations coming from not only Australia, but from around the world.

    All Districts that have been impacted by these fires, have established Disaster Relief Committees which are managing the funding disbursement and supporting those individuals and communities devastated by these tragic fires. Our sincere thanks and also congratulations go to them for the wonderful effort they have all made.

    Clubs have undertaken fundraising events; community groups and business groups have all worked together in support of the victims and Lions have received the thanks for these efforts.

    Initial support provided has included food, clothing, water, accommodation, fuel, stock fodder, water tanks and other essential items to help individuals restart. The focus now for many areas is on recovery and rebuilding. The Foundation is providing grants to these areas as they identify specific needs. To date, we have seen disbursements covering equipment for clearing and re-establishing property boundaries, community infrastructure such as playgrounds and park rebuilding. This recovery process will all take time and as many have said, “Lions” are in for the long haul and the Foundation is with you.

    Our thanks to all members of the “Lions family” for your support of the Foundation and for what you have done and continue to do for those in need.

    The Newsflash is available for download - click here.


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    MyLion Support News

    1 March 2020

    MyLion has recently been updated to simplify service reporting. The District has developed the following resources to assist Club in reporting service activities.

    * Register for myLion (Lions Clubs International Universal Login) - Steps to follow to register for a myLion account
    - PDF Format (2.2MB) - Download here

    * myLion Support Notes - provides technical & general support information
    - PDF Format (214KB) - Download here
    - Word Format (84KB) - Download here

    * myLion Reporting Guidance – provides guidance on concepts around reporting
    - PDF Format (355KB) - Download here
    - Word Format (108KB) - Download here

    * myLion Reporting Guidance – provides a step-by-step guide to report service activities.
    - PDF Format (1.3MB) - Download here
    - Word Format (7.6MB) - Download here

    Video: MyLion - Reporting a Past Service Activity


    View Recording of myLion Webinar (conducted by Lions Clubs International) - 13 February 2020 => Click here




    More details: https://201n1.lions.org.au/mylion


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    ANZI Pacific Forum - Perth - September 2020

    12 February 2020

    Registration for the ANZI Pacific Forum to be held in Perth, Australia from 11 September 2020 to 13 September is now open.

    Information and registration form may be downloaded by clicking on the following links:
    * Information Pamphlet (PDF - 1.6Mb)
    * Registration Form (PDF- 209Kb)

    Further information is available from: www.lionsanzipacificforum.com

    Registration forms may be submitted by:

    Post:
    |      The Registrar
    |      PO Box 435
    |      Freemantle   WA   6959

    OR Email:
    |       ANZI.Perth.2020@westnet.com.au

    Direct deposit bank details:
    |      BSB 036-308
    |      Account No: 392455
    |      SWIFT Code: WPACAU2S
    |      (If 11 characters required use WPACAU2SXXX)



    More details: https://www.lionsanzipacificforum.com/


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    ALF Bushfire Recovery Grants ***NOW AVAILABLE***

    20 January 2020

    ALF Chair PID Tony Benbow OAM, has advised DG Bill Shepherd that ALF funds have been released for assistance to those directly affected by the 2019-2020 Bushfires.

    Forms for Clubs to make an immediate application for assistance to those in your area who may require help. To download the Grant Application Form:
    * PDF Format - Click here
    * PDF Fillable Format - Click here.

    Where possible, please provide the information required, (i.e. quotes, letters of support etc) but if these are not available, and if you are sure the costs/letters of support are genuine, please submit your applications immediately.

    The criteria for seeking a grant is not defined, but we rely upon your discernment in selecting those you consider are in genuine need and require immediate help.



    Please submit your applications to:
    |        PDG Peter Mercer,
    |        146/1 Greenmeadows Drive
    |        PORT MACQUARIE NSW 2444
    |        Email: peter.mercer@lionsdistrict201n1.org.au

    with a copy to:
    |        DG Bill Shepherd – Email: bill.shepherd@lionsdistrict201n1.org.au.

    DG Bill Shepherd will review and approve each application before making submissions to ALF for Grant Funding.

    More details: https://201n1.lions.org.au/alf


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    ALF - National Bushfire Appeal - Update - January 2020

    7 January 2020

    Since the last Newsflash issued in November 2019 we have seen the fire situation across Australia increase into catastrophic proportions. All States have been impacted in some way over this extended period with the current situation as at end of December seeing major fires still burning in NSW, Victoria and South Australia. Many are still out of control and we are seeing new areas impacted daily. This situation is not going away in the short term and we are still only early in the summer season.

    Since the National Appeal was established we have received donations from Clubs, businesses and private individuals totalling over $600,000 and we have already disbursed grants to impacted Districts in Queensland ($85K), New South Wales ($160K) and South Australia ($69K) totalling overall to date $312,000.

    With the most recent devastation throughout the South Coast of New South Wales through to areas of East Gippsland in Victoria, more than 500 properties have been lost impacting whole communities. The needs for these areas are significant and support of Lions through the Australian Lions Foundation will recovery assistance to be given. Sadly, a number of lives have been lost including those of Volunteer Fire fighters who have been on the front line fighting these fires. Our thoughts are with all families impacted at this sad time.

    We ask that all Clubs please consider their support for those in our communities who have lost everything.

    Club donations can be made direct to the Foundation as detailed below, but please let all your communities know what Lions are doing and if they wish to donate direct they can do so by using the “GiveNow link” button on the Multiple District Website and the Australian Lions Foundation Website. All public donations received over $2 are tax deductible. Please consider supporting this appeal to help those in need.

    We thank the many clubs who have already donated and this will go directly to assist via the local clubs and their District support mechanisms.

    ALF Account Details:
    |   Account Name: National Appeal Fund
    |   BSB: 036-048
    |   Account No: 440704

    Cheques payable to the Australian Lions Foundation can be sent to:
    |   Treasurer
    |   Australian Lions Foundation
    |   PO Box 278
    |   Melville WA 6956

    Donations to the National Appeal do not qualify for Award credits as the funds go directly to the affected areas and are not held by the Foundation.

    More details: www.alf.lions.org.au


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    Lions District 201N1 - District Convention - Nambucca Heads

    20 October 2019

    Congratulations to the Lions Club of Urunga, and those clubs that assisted, in hosting a very successful District Convention being in Nambucca Heads. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the Convention and hospitality extended to the Lions, Lionesses, Leos and guests.

    Photos from the Convention are available from (Click here) courtesy of Julie Fleck, Tamworth Peel Valley Lions Club.

    The 2020 Convention will be hosted by the Lions Club of Tamworth in Tamworth during October 2020.

    Results of the elections for 2020/21 were:

    District Governor Elect - Kevin Thornton - Manning River Lions Club
    First Vice District Governor Elect - Robin Parker - Maclean Lions Club
    Second Vice District Governor Elect - Grahame McEwan - Coffs Harbour Pacific City Lions Club

    John Muller - LionsOnOz Lions Club - was nominated by the District as a candidate for the position of International Director Constitutional Area 7 for 2020-2022.

    Maclean Lions Club was successful in their nomination to host the 2021 District Convention.

    More details: https://201n1.lions.org.au/convention/#Conv2019


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    Recycle for Sight - Tamworth Peel Valley Lions Club

    4 October 2019

    Tamworth Peel Valley Lions Club is holding a working bee over the long weekend (5-7 October 2019) and has put out a call for volunteers. Please click on the attached link to view Prime Television News clip on this important project.

    The clip features Lion Julie and Lion Mike of the Tamworth Peel Valley Lions Club discussing the project.

    View news article - Click here.

    Thank you to Tamworth Peel Valley Lions Club for sharing this publicity.

    More details: https://www.facebook.com/tamworthpeelvalleylions/


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    New Lions Year - DG Bill Shepherd

    1 July 2019

    Welcome to the 2019-2020 Lions Year. We wish DG Bill Shepherd the very best for a successful year.

    Congratulations to IPDG David Emanuel on his achievements over the past year.


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    We're on Facebook

    Lions District is on Facebook !!! To follow what is happening in our District please like our Facebook page

    More details: https://www.facebook.com/lionsdistrict201n1


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    The Leo Connection

    A mine of information on Leo Clubs and how to Charter a new Leo Club in your town.

    More details: http://201n1.lions.org.au/leoconnection




National news

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    Oz-Clubhouse Clean up needs YOU!

    Thanks for using Oz-Clubhouse but our server is groaning under the weight.



    We'd like your support in deleting old files, including documents,images and videos. Please have a look around your site for very old materials that can now be deleted!



    Executive Officer

    Rob Oerlemans


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    Beware e-mail scams targetting Lions

    Lions should be aware of common e-mail and social media scams targeting club members. Sadly, some of our members have been targeted with these scams.

    For more information follow this link.

    More details: http://lionsaustralia.com/2018/01/29/lions-beware-e-mail-and-social-media-scams/


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    Lions Hearing Dogs on WinTV!

    Head on over to the Lions Australia Facebook page to check out this nice story on WinTV Canberra about our Hearing Dogs

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    More details: https://www.facebook.com/lionsaustralia/


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    Our new TV advertisment launched #morethansausages

    It's here! We are very proud to announce the new Lions Australia television campaign - #MoreThanSausages.

    It showcases the breadth of work Lions do in our communities, helping real people through disaster relief and recovery, medical research, youth programs and more. Lions Serve - more than sausages!



    Follow the link to see our video and find out more!



    More details: https://lionsclubs.org.au/more-than-sausages/


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    Attention All Lions OZ Clubhouse Webmasters

    The "Text Instructions" for webmasters of Lions OZ Clubhouse websites have been updated as at 29th December and can be found by clicking on the attachment below or by clicking on the website link.

    Your MD201, OZ Clubhouse Webmaster, Lion Graham, recommends that all club webmasters review the revised instructions.

    If you have any queries, Graham can be contacted by email which you will find in the website link below.

    Attachment: Oz-Clubhouse-Instructions-Revised-29th-December-2015.pdf

    More details: https://lionsclubs.org.au/members/oz-clubhouse/