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    District Newsletter - March-April 2021 - NOW AVAILABLE

    14 May 2021

    The District Newsletter for March-April 2021 is now available. To download click here.

    Visit the Newsletter page for past editions.

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    Incoming Club Officer Updates

    27 April 2021

    The District has prepared a series of videos to update incoming Club Officers for the 2021-2022 Lions Year.

    Videos for Club President, Club Secretary, Club Treasurer & Club Membership Chairs may be viewed on the District's Youtube Channel - click here.

    There is also a video on the training & other resources available on the District website.

    Please subscribe to District 201N1 Youtube Channel to receive notification of new videos as they are posted.

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    Lions Cubs of Australia (MD201) National Convention

    22 February 2021

    The Multiple District Convention is set down for 7-10 May 2021, at the National Convention Centre in Canberra.

    Delegates/Alternates Forms and Remembrance Forms are available to download from the District's website. All forms are due back to the Cabinet Secretary by 14 April 2021.

    More details: https://www.lions2021.com.au/

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    Presentations from the Lions District 201N1 Special Convention - February 2021

    14 February 2021

    Presentations from the District's Special Convention are now available on the District's website - Click here.

    If you missed the convention and would like to review some of the presentations check them out NOW.

    More details: https://201n1.lions.org.au/convention#Conv2020Presentations

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    Lions Club International - Montreal Convention 2021

    21 January 2021


    Due to the continuing concerns about the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the board of directors voted to transition the 2021 Montreal Lions Clubs International Convention to a virtual event that will be delivered totally online. This decision was made with the health and safety of our Lions, staff and vendors in mind as limiting international travel and large gatherings is key to global containment strategies.

    Although we are disappointed that we won’t be able to host this event in person, we are excited about hosting our first virtual international convention that can safely connect Lions from around the world. We are still finalizing the details of your new convention experience, and will share those with you as soon as they are ready.

    Here are some important details about the 2021 virtual convention we’d like to share with you:

    Everyone’s invited – Our 2021 convention will be a virtual event that’s open to all Lions and Leos around the world.
    Registration fees – The registration fee will be US$50 until March 31, then US$75 beginning April 1. The registration fee for Leos will be US$30 regardless of date. Convention is currently scheduled for June 25-29. Additional event and registration details will be provided soon.
    Current registrants – Lions who are currently registered for convention will receive an email soon with more information about their registration options.
    Elections – Executive officer and international director elections will be conducted electronically, and voting procedures will be forthcoming.
    Convention updates – Check our convention website LCICon for convention updates and details as they become available.

    This global health pandemic has forced us all to make decisions and changes that place health and safety first. However, we are optimistic that with each new day there is hope, and as Lions, we continue to find new ways to stay connected, safely serve our communities and continue our global mission of service.

    We appreciate your understanding during this challenging time for our organization and the world, and thank you for your incredible service as a Lion.


    Dr. Jung-Yul Choi
    International President

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    District 201N1 Newsletter – November-December 2020

    6 January 2021

    The District Newsletter for November-December 2020 is now available. To download click here.

    Visit the Newsletter page for past editions.

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    District Convention - February 2021 *** REGISTRATIONS NOW OPEN ***

    22 December 2020

    The District 201N1 Special Convention will be held in Tamworth from 5th-7th February 2021.

    Registrations are now open. Registrations close: 22nd January 2021.

    Visit the District's Convention page for all Convention details.

    More details: https://201n1.lions.org.au/convention#Conv2020

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    Measuring Service Impact for Lions

    9 September 2020

    Lions Clubs International has issued further guidance concerning service reporting using myLion.

    This guide
    * Defines what service means to Lions and Leos
    * Explains the various ways Lions and Leos measure their impact; and
    * Provides direction on how to calculate the number of People Served

    The guide may be download from the District OneDrive - Click here.

    For further assistance and guidance - visit: www.lionsclubs.org/en/service-reporting.

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    New Lions Year

    1 July 2020

    Welcome to the 2020-2021 Lions Year.

    Congratulations to Bill Shepherd on his year as District Governor. Bill has assisted and supported all Clubs in our District with responses to the ongoing drought, bushfires, heavy rain/flooding and then Covid-19.

    We welcome Kevin Thornton as District Governor for the 2020-2021 year. Kevin's theme is "NEVER GIVE UP – ENCOURAGE OTHERS – DO YOUR BEST : NEVER GIVE UP – ENCOURAGE OTHERS – DO YOUR BEST".

    The District website has been updated for the 2020-2021 Lions Year.

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    District Training - 2020-2021 Lions Year

    17 April 2020

    To: Incoming Club and District Officers
    From: Lions District 201N1 - District Action Team

    You will be aware that the Covid-19 situation has forced us to cancel all face-to-face Club Development Workshops for incoming Club Officers as well as District Officer training. This training is vitally important to assist all new incoming officers and provide updated information.

    The District Action Team, with the aid of experienced District Lions, has been working to prepare suitable online training resources. As you can probably appreciate this is a mammoth task made even more difficult as we have never been done anything like this before.

    It is our hope to have online presentations ready by around mid-May so that all incoming officers are ready for the start of the new Lions year. There is one advantage of the proposed online presentations - we will be able to extend the presentation period and availability.

    What will the new training look like?

    The following is an outline of the “plan”:

    • A new training page has been added to the District Website – https://201n1.lions.org.au/training. This page will contain all District training material and is being updated as elements are completed.

    • All incoming Club & District Officers will receive printed material/information by post (that is, Snail Mail). It will include a printed version of your manual (LCI eBook), a District supplement (for District specific information), copies of forms, summaries, check lists and other useful information. Please note your manual this year will be the appropriate Lions eBook. Whilst you will receive a printed copy, we recommend you also download a copy from the District Website as the electronic version contains links to other resources. You can get a head start as the manuals for Club Presidents, Secretaries, Treasurers & Membership Chairs, Cabinets Officer and Zone/Region Chairs are now available on the District website.

    • There will also be video presentations for Club Presidents, Secretaries, Treasurers, Membership Chairs as well as Zone and Region Chairs. These video presentations will also be accessible from the District website. We are making these presentations now! We are trying to keep them to around 20-minutes in length. We ask that you watch the appropriate video(s) once they are available. These presentations will be similar to those that would have been made at Club Development Days.

    • Towards the end of May/early June incoming Club Officers will be invited to participate in one of a series of “Zoom meetings”. These will be arranged in small to medium size groups. For those officers who do not have the capability to participate in a Zoom meeting we will also be arranging to have telephone conference calls. The purpose of the Zoom meetings/telephone conference calls is to follow up the online training and provide an opportunity to ask questions.

    Please note: This is the plan that we are working towards at the moment. Things change every day! We will keep you informed. Thank you for your patience and understanding!

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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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    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:

    |      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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    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

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