Annual Report 2011 – 2012
President Report, by Frances Michael.
Congratulations to the Board and all members for a successful year. The year started with the exciting news that the Beecroft/Cheltenham club had won an International Award for the best website.
Our membership has grown with five new members this year, giving us 38 members for 2012. As a relatively new club our membership has grown steadily.
In our Lions club we enjoy many social activities, some fundraising, some purely social. Examples include Lovers of Good Food & Wine, Bunning’s BBQs, selling Christmas cakes, trivia evenings, Beecroft in Bloom and the art show. In all a busy programme with variety that includes fundraising to help others.
Youth of the Year is a special part of our programme, one that we are proud to support. For 2011-12 Sam Wiggins from Normanhurst Boys High represented us at zone level. Thank you Sam, for sharing your passion with us.
We have supported several local people this year, including a 17 year old athlete who represented Australia in the Disabled Games in Italy and we presented a special barcode machine , a local vision impared man. We have continued to collect used postage stamps to raise funds towards Parkinsons research, collect used eyeglasses for use in overseas countries and help the residents of Chessalon Nursing Home each month with BBQs, trivia mornings and bus trips.
This year we have committed to raising $68,000 for a dialysis machine for Hornsby Hospital. This is a tremendous challenge, one that will help many in our community. Congratulations to Dr Margaret Talbot and her incoming Board on their appointment and I wish them all the best for 2012/2013. Our club is in very capable hands working with our community, for our community.
Frances Michael, Outgoing President 2010-2011
Incoming President’s Report by Dr Margaret Talbot
Hello Everybody. This is a very exciting time for me being elected as your incoming President. I am following in the footsteps of Frances who has been a tireless worker for our Club. Because of the efforts of Frances and the outgoing committee, our Club is in a very strong position on all accounts. Above all, we are a friendly Club and I want your support to continue to build the strong enduring friendships that characterise our Club. Together we are a team.
I am very proud to have a wonderful Board of Directors to work with. Each of the incoming Board members brings their special capability and knowledge with them and as you meet them tonight you will realise how very fortunate our Club is to have such a fantastic team.
Our District Governor has asked us to “reach out” into our community. My theme for the year is “build up” so together I believe we can continue to “reach out” and “build up” our Club and our friendships towards one another. I believe that the Ethic, “To be careful with my criticism and liberal with my praise, to build up and not destroy” should characterise all our daily interactions.
This year your Committee members have already planned a number of activities. Beecroft in Bloom is fast approaching. On Saturday 7th September we will have the opening night of our annual Art Exhibition to launch our activities for this year. On Saturday 8th September we have planned many different street stalls, flowers for you to admire, our Bar-B-Q as well as our animal farm and other attractions. Later on in the year we will have our annual Christmas Cake and Pudding sales and the time for these is also fast approaching. We are aiming to make this year as successful as other years and I do hope that all Club members will have the opportunity to get involved with the activities to help with our fund raising.
I sincerely hope that you have a wonderful year ahead and will continue to support your incoming committee in the activities planned.
Dr Margaret Talbot, Incoming President 2011-201.
Report from Secretary 2010/11 & 2011/12, Doreen Moore
Where has this year gone? It only seems liked a few months ago we were in this same venue welcoming in our new Lions Year under the leadership of Frances Michael, now we are back again to reflect on the year gone by and look forward to our new year under the leadership of Dr Margaret Talbot.
I have been honored to be the Secretary for the club however it was a very huge learning curve for me in the early part of the year and I feel I have finally mastered the role so I am back for another year just to get it right. I would like to thank everyone for their support especially Frances. It has been an honour to work so closely with a very creative and dedicated lady.
The year has seen many of our yearly activities come and go. The Annual Beecroft in Bloom and Art Show was another huge success even though the weather was not very kind to us. As with every activity in Beecroft –Cheltenham club the committee with the support of the whole membership worked very hard before and on the day. Christmas gave us the opportunity to have Santa and the Christmas Kids Craft in the Beecroft Village. These annual activities are always well received by the community and shopkeepers alike. The Trivia Night fundraiser held in May exceeded our expectations raising $4000.00 for the start of our Hornsby Hospital Dialysis Machine Project.
February saw our annual Youth of the Year dinner and these young people never cease to amaze us with their maturity and confidence. Our Bunning’s BBQ’s continued to help increase our activities account with almost $1000.00 raised at each one. This allowed us to donate $1000.00 to the “World’s Biggest BBQ” towards the Lions Childhood Cancer Research Project.
On the Membership front we have seen 5 new members join our club, 10 club members attended the District convention in Norfolk Island and 5 members attended the Australian National Convention in Perth. Beecroft club have 3 members who have been asked by the Sydney District’s Governor, Greg Dunn to serve on his committees this year.
Looking forward to another exciting 12 months at Beecroft Cheltenham Lions Club
Doreen Moore, Secretary 2010/11 & 2011/12
List of grants by Lions Club of Beecroft Cheltenham To Support Others During 2011-2012
During 2011 – 2012 the Lions Club of Beecroft Cheltenham provided funds to help the following worthy causes…
$1,000 Cystic Fibrosis
$1,200 Barcode machine – Eddie Solomon
$1,000 Childhood Cancer
$1,000 Alzheimer’s Association
$1,000 Tim Forster – Disabled Olympics
$ 500 Aust Lions Foundation
$ 500 Indigenous Literature Program
$ 500 Goods to Matthew Talbot House
$ 250 Lions Special Olympics Club
$ 250 Care Flight
$ 250 Education Builds Bridges
$ 250 Eye Health Raffle
Plus, members devoted many happy hours to:
- Preparation for and running of Beecroft in Bloom and Beecroft Lions Art Exhibition
- Contributing to and enjoying ourselves at our two Trivia Nights (November and May)
- Selling Lions Christmas Cakes and Puddings
- Helping with Santa’s Mail box
- Assisting the Children to make decorations and gifts at the Christmas Children’s Craft Table
- Assisting each month at Chesalon Nursing Home with bus trips, bbq’s and trivia functions for residents
- Several days raising funds by barbecuing at Bunnings Warehouse
- Supporting our Youth of the Year contestant through several levels of the Quest
- Presentation of Community Service Awards to local High Schools
- Collecting used postage stamps to assist Parkinson’s NSW with their project to “Stamp Out Parkinson’s”
- Collecting and re-cycling used spectacles
- Members attended National and District Conventions
- Members served on N5 District Cabinet and the Lions Cord Blood & Childhood Cancer Research Appeal Committee