Monthly Communication 22 Dec 2014

Memo From Jennifer Touzel, Cabinet Secretary, To District 201N5 Lions, Lioness and Leo Clubs and Cabinet Members,  December 20, 2014

Season’s Greetings
It’s the Festive Season and I’d like to take this opportunity to wish you and your family all the best for the holiday season and for a healthy and happy New Year.

Regulatory Compliance A12 Form
The Public Officer has the important role of ensuring your club is compliant with the regulations under the Department of Fair Trading through the lodgement of an Annual Return. I remind clubs you only have until December 31, 2014 to lodge your A12 Form, otherwise you need to lodge a form for an extension. A number of clubs have been late with their lodgements for the past few years. There are significant fines and late payment fees for late returns. The role of the Public Officer is summarized in the fact sheet at www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au

DG Visit Schedule – Secretaries Please Check and Confirm Visits
Quite a few clubs have not confirmed the planned visits by the DG, 1st VDG and 2nd VDG. Please do so ASAP, as the DG’s diary is becoming very busy for any rescheduling. The Visit schedule is updated regularly on the District website.

Early Bird Registration For International Convention – Hawaii June 26-30, 2015
Don’t forget January 9, 2015 is the deadline to register for the International Convention to be held in Honolulu, Hawaii June 26-30, 2015 at the lowest rate of $110 – a savings of over 35% off the full registration fee! Be sure to book your hotel through LCI. Complimentary bus shuttles provided to all official convention events when you book your hotel room through LCI.  Make plans to join your fellow Lions in Honolulu for an experience to remember. To find out more information visit Lions Clubs International website http://lionsclubs.org

Worldwide Week of Service on January 10-16, 2015
Don’t miss the Lions Worldwide Week of Service on January 10-16, 2015! This special week of service is a great opportunity to strengthen your community, showcase your club and celebrate the birthday of our founder, Melvin Jones. It’s easy to get involved: just host a service project that benefits youth, vision, hunger or the environment during the week of January 10-16. When you report your project via MyLCI, you can earn a Centennial Banner Patch for your club. Visit Lions Clubs International website for further details and to download the event flyer.

Lions Skills Sharing Expo – Sunday, April 12, 2015
The next Lions Skills Sharing Expo will be held on Sunday, April 12, 2015 at Castle Hill RSL Club. If you have a skill to share with your fellow Lions, please contact DG Anthony at tonycmcheung@hotmail.com or give him a call on 0414 330 887. Presentations begin at 2 pm on the day with 25 or 55 minute sessions with free afternoon tea, followed by an optional Get Together Dinner at the Club, a two course served dinner at $28 per person. Please RSVP me for dinner attendance.

Leo Clubs On The Rise
Over the past few months we have seen an increase of Leo Clubs and we welcome two new clubs – Sydney Inner West Leo Club and Sydney South Shapla Shaluk Leo Club. If you wish to find out more about Leos please contact our Leo Liaison Officer Gail Hart, email leo@lionsclubssydney.org.au

Lions Figures On The Rise In 201N5
Lions figures are on the way up for the first half of the Lions year, with a few new clubs being formed and some Lions Clubs attracting new members, I’m pleased to advise we are “strengthening the pride”. As at the July 1, 2014 we started with 1,666 members and now we have 1,711 members. On 15 December, a new Sydney Indian Lions Club was formed. Charter application is currently in progress. DG Anthony has appointed Lion Ken Button (Lugarno) as Deputy GMT-D Coordinator to assist in the increasing workload of the District GMT team. Remember it’s December, and all Secretaries should be checking that membership details are correct on LCI. I have had a few “Lion Magazines” returned, so please remember to update information regularly, as some of our members are missing out on information. If you are a President, Secretary or Treasurer and don’t have a logon to LCI please contact me asap and I will assist you with the process. A reminder that LCI and District invoices are based on

membership numbers as at 31st December, 2014 and will be issued in January, 2015. Therefore, if you have had a decrease in membership and it has not been recorded, your account will be based on the higher number and unfortunately must be paid, as adjustments are not permissible.

Request From Nurse Unit Manager At Cumberland Hospital
The purpose of their correspondence is to invite us to provide some donation/sponsorship for their sensory project. The project involves a variety of tactile and visual objects that aid in the comfort of their patients with mental health illness. These aids provide comforting stimulus, which facilitates a coping mechanism for patients in distress. The age band of patients they provide mental health care ranging from 15 to 60 years. As a government provider hospital, these sorts of projects are not funded with government money, therefore they rely heavily on kind donations/good will of companies within the community. The examples of objects/items they would like to purchase/donation include: soft objects (stress ball), aroma therapy items, board games, visual material/tranquil items, music MP3 player, IPODs, cordless headphones, etc. Although they need to be mindful regarding the items patients use which could pose risk of self harm, eg no cords, chemicals, naked flames, etc. For further details contact the Cabinet Secretary.

63rd National Convention In Newcastle – April 30-May 4, 2015
District 201N3 is hosting the 63rd National Convention in Newcastle from April 30-May 4, 2015. PDG Ann Ryan, Secretary of the 2015 National Convention Committee said “they have a wonderful venue – the Civic Theatre and the adjacent City Hall”. The theme is “Steel time to See Chance”. This is a convention for all conventioneers and a variety of functions have been planned especially for you that include –

Club hosted hospitality, “Meet & Greet” at City Hall & Lioness Dinner on Thursday evening.
District Dinners in multi room venues at the Newcastle Jockey Club on Friday evening.
“A Night at the Trots” and a PDGs Dinner on Saturday evening.
“Black Diamond” Gala Dinner at Panthers Newcastle on Sunday evening.
A Conventioneers Luncheon on Monday at City Hall.
Details about the Convention can be found on the Lions Australia Website – http://lionsclubs.org.au/conventions/Newcastle-2015/

Newcastle awaits you! It’s time to register and make your bookings. Don’t delay – some functions have limited numbers!

DG Anthony’s Treks
Interested in knowing more about DG Anthony’s/District’s highlights? To date, DG Anthony has a collection of 12 articles awaiting to be read at http://lionsclubssydney.org.au/about/dg-anthonys-treks/ or click DG Anthony’s Treks on the Home Page of the District Website.

Coming Events
Remember to check the Events page of the District Website http://lionsclubssydney.org.au/news-events/event-board/ for the latest upcoming events.

Regards,
Jennifer Touzel
Cabinet Secretary, 2014-15

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