Booragoon Lions Club Inc

District 201W2, Western Australia, Australia


Club news

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    Peace Poster competition - Club winner

    The Lions Club of Booragoon's entry in this year's Peace Poster contest was submitted by Grace Holswich, a Year 7 student from Applecross Senior High School.

    Andrew McAndrew, a teacher at Applecross Special School of Art, set his students the task of producing a Peace Poster as a homework assignment. The result was a wonderful array of posters displaying a wide variety of mediums, with Grace's poster providing a unique image of artistic imagery, entitled "Breach language barriers to knit the World together. Together we can!"

    Grace's poster advanced to the Lions District 201W2 competition and was chosen as the Lions Clubs District 201W2 winner. WELL DONE GRACE!

    Thank you to Grace's art teacher, Andrew McAndrew, for encouraging his students to participate in this year's event.

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    2017 Shoebox Appeal

    The Samaritans Purse Shoebox Appeal is an annual event held nationally to provide daily useful items to disadvantaged children in Asia. Our Club is one of many community groups who fill shoeboxes with useful items such as soap, clothing, pencils, carry bags, hats, toys, etc. The shoeboxes are forwarded to a central collection point and distributed overseas.

    Club member Kathryn Jackson coordinates this project for our members.

    More information about the Shoebox Appeal can be found in our Club Projects section of this website.

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    Vehicle for Kelly

    Kelly K’Bidi is a young lady who suffers from Spinal Muscular Atrophy Type 2. She recently approached our Club for financial assistance to purchase a second-hand wheelchair accessible vehicle.

    The Club raised $537 through a charity theatre night fundraiser, in conjunction with the Lions Clubs of East Fremantle and Manning, and also donated a further $513. In addition, a request for financial assistance from other Lions Clubs in our Zone resulted in the following donations:

    Lions Club of Fremantle - $250
    Lions Club of Jandakot Lakes - $200
    Lions Club of Leeming & District - $500

    Our Club was also successful in applying for a grant of $3,997.77 from the Australian Lions Foundation to assist with the purchase and maintenance of a second-hand vehicle from Rocky Bay.

    Kelly is very pleased with her new vehicle and visited our Club meeting on 22 August to thank members. She no longer has to wait for taxis in all sorts of weather and has already visited Northam a few times to see her brother who is also in a wheelchair.

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    Perth Half Marathon 6 August

    Booragoon Lions' members joined other volunteers to help with this year's WA Marathon Club Half Marathon held on 6 August. All profits benefit the Lions Save Sight Foundation.

    Runners began the 21.2 km marathon, or 5 km walk, at the WAMC Clubrooms in Burswood. They followed the South Perth foreshore, crossed the Narrows Bridge and continued along Mounts Bay Road. At the half-way mark they turned around and returned to Burswood using the same route.

    Our volunteers assisted with marshalling runners and manning the water stations.

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    Visit by 2nd VDG Frank Camarri

    2nd VDG Frank and Irene Camarri visited our Club meeting on 8 August. VDG Frank gave an interesting presentation focusing on increasing Club membership, managing disputes and evaluating where we are now and where we want to be in the future. Frank and Irene are members of the Lions Club of Nannup.

    Nannup Lions Club are embarking on a big fundraising effort for stem cell research into retinal disease. The Club is holding a Gold Nugget Raffle with the prize being a $12,500 gold nugget found by Club President Chris Morten 14 years ago whilst prospecting with his late wife near Meekatharra. Tickets can be purchased directly from Nannup Lions.

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    Friends of Booragoon Lake

    On 15 June, Club members joined Friends of Booragoon and Blue Gum Lakes and local residents for a Saturday morning planting session at the Blue Gum Lake.

    Our Club recently donated $1,000 to the Friends of Booragoon and Blue Gum Lakes to assist with their restoration of the native vegetation at the lake. As well as purchasing tools, gloves, etc with our donation, the Friends also purchased the gazebo seen in one of the photos.

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    2017 Changeover Dinner

    Our changeover dinner, presented by Master of Ceremonies Lion Les Castle, was held on 27 June. Lion Kathryn Jackson installed the new Board of Directors.

    Congratulations to Club member Jaya Subasinghe (pictured above right) who received the Club Member of the Year award from outgoing Club President Paul Tomas. Jaya has chaired our Club's Youth of The Year competition for the past few years and willingly assisted other Club members with their projects.

    The incoming Club Board of Directors (pictured above) will be led by incoming Club President for 2017-18, Lion Sarah Baker.

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    Lions member for 57 years

    Club member, Lion George England, was recognised at the recent WA Lions' 100th Anniversary, for his 57 years of service to Lions Australia. George received a Certificate of Service. He is pictured with DG Michael Wolf (W1) and DGE Grant Hewett (W2).

    George received a standing ovation from Lions members and visitors at the Anniversary dinner.

    Our Club members applaud George's dedication as a volunteer for nearly six decades. Well done!

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    ASG barbecue

    The Australian Scholarship Group held an information/family day at Piney Lakes Reserve, Murdoch on 10 June and our Club catered for the expected 600 visitors with a sausage sizzle.

    Allan, Sarah, Mike, John, Wendy, Paul, Joanne and Helen manned the Club's BBQ tent.

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    New Club member - Daniel Leary

    Club members welcomed Daniel Leary as our newest member on 23 May.

    Daniel was sponsored by Lion Les Castle and inducted by President Paul Tomas.

    Daniel is a keen traveller and he leaves Australia late May for a six-week visit to Italy. His hobbies include membership of two choirs - Spirit of the Street and Born to Sing - and renovating his purple MG sports car.

    Daniel is pictured above with Les and Paul.

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    Bunnings Family Night

    Bunnings Willetton held a family night for their customers on 10 May which included face painting and a bouncy castle. A small band of our Club volunteers -- Colin, Kathryn, Bob, Dawn, Paul and Mike -- looked after the sausage sizzle.

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    Youth of The Year contest

    Four candidates (pictured left) recently competed in our Club’s Youth of The Year conquest -- Breanna Tory, Sara Coombs, Sarah Ciccarelli from Santa Maria College and Pooja Ramesh from Perth Modern College.

    Pooja Ramesh (centre photo) was the voted overall winner. Sarah Ciccerelli, photographed below with Club President Paul Tomas and Chairman of the judging panel Allan McLean, won the public speaking section.

    Margaret Amm, Lions District YOTY Chairperson, congratulated the contestants and winners and thanked Booragoon Lions Club for their ongoing support of YOTY.

    Youth of The Year is an annual, national Lions' contest which gives young adults an opportunity to compete at Club, District, State and national level.

    We are very appreciative of the support given by our 2017 judges - Allan McLean (Chairman of Judges), Barbara Stuart and Rachelle Lewis (representing National Australia Bank). NAB is the national sponsor of the Lions YOTY contest.

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    $1,000 community grant to Friends of Booragoon & Blue Gum Lakes

    Friends of Booragoon & Blue Gum Lakes are the winner of our Club’s Lions Australia Community 100 grant of $1,000. The group was formed in 2011 to conserve and restore the native vegetation in the reserves around the lakes, which provided habitats for turtles and local and migratory birds, and to improve the water quality in the wetlands, which was not in particularly good condition. They also support the area around the Blue Gum Tennis Club.

    The group carries out weeding all year and plants sedges and other plants in early winter, with the assistance of the local scouts and residents, the City of Melville, South East Regional Centre for Urban Landcare (SERCUL) and other community groups.

    Mary-Anne Oliver visited a recent Club meeting to thank our members for the generous contribution. The $1,000 grant has been used to purchase a variety of items including a gazebo, folding chairs, portable furnace, eskys and planting equipment to make them more independent of SERCUL.

    Our Club members are keen to assist the Friends of Booragoon and Blue Gum Lakes with their next planting in April/May.

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    Visit to WA by Bourne Lions Club, England

    Several Club members recently enjoyed a cafe dinner with Lion Steve Wilson from Bourne Lions and partner Annette. Steve and Annette were visiting family in Perth. The photo below left shows Steve (centre), our Club President Paul Tomas (left) and Past District Governor Allan Cooper exchanging bannerettes.

    The Bourne Lions Club's bannerette incorporates a "racing car flag" design based on the history of their town. The racing car marques English Racing Automobiles (ERA) and British Racing Motors (BRM) were both founded in Bourne by Raymond Mays, an international racing driver and designer. ERA started in 1934 and BRM's first car was unveiled in 1949 at Folkingham Airfield.

    More information on Bourne Lions Club can be found at their website -

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    National Lions magazine - Lion George England

    Club member, Lion George England, has featured in the December 2016-January 2017 edition of the national Lion magazine which is sent to all Lions' members in Australia. The text in the article reads:

    While Lions Clubs International is about to celebrate its centenary, Lions George England and Ross La Spina from W2 can look back on 108 years of service between them.

    George, 93, joined Lions 57 years ago. He was a charter member of the Lions Clubs of Minyip and Sandringham, before moving to Dandenong Lions and eventually Booragoon Lions in 1985. "As I transferred to different areas in my banking career, joining local Lions clubs gave my wife and I an instant association with the local community," he says. "Working with other members on worthwhile projects cemented friendships which have lasted for decades."

    During his 51 years of service, Ross, 92, has travelled the world to Conventions and made many overseas friends. "Lions has given me a very interesting life," he says. "My best friends are in Lions." Ross was Charter President of the Lions Club of North Perth back in 1965, and when the club closed he moved to Fremantle Lions.

    George and Ross have knocked up a century-plus.

  • Award to Brentwood Primary School student

    Each year, a student at Brentwood Primary School is awarded the Wendy Reid Citizenship & Community Service Award. Wendy was a past student at Brentwood Primary and past member of Booragoon Lions Club.

    The 2016 Award was presented to EVIE PEAKE, head girl at Brentwood Primary School. Evie has demonstrated impeccable manners and respect for the entire school community. She has a set a high standard for herself academically and socially and holds herself to that standard each day. She models exceptional behaviour and work ethic for others to follow. Evie is a model student who will always go out of her way to assist both peers and school staff. We are exceptionally proud of Evie and wish her every success in her future.

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    Christmas Carols

    This year's Carols at Sunset was held by our Club on Sunday 4 December 2016 at Centennial Reserve (John Creaney Park) Bullcreek. Once again we were fortunate to receive a community funding grant and support from the City of Melville to stage the event.

    The weather was excellent for the celebration and people started to fill the grassed area quickly. Added to the festive atmosphere the smell of a sausage sizzle wafted through the air ... and the icecream van was pretty busy too. Activities commenced from 6.00pm with participants enjoying a BYO picnic. A musical interlude was provided by the Leeming Concert Band. The Carols were opened at 7.00pm by His Worship the Mayor of the City of Melville. Students from Caralee Community School then performed the Nativity Play and the choir followed with several familiar carols. Father Christmas arrived and, of course, this was a major attraction for the children who received bags of lollies. The evening was closed by our Club President, Lion Paul Tomas.

    We appreciate the tremendous assistance given by the local SES who once again set up the site for the event, and our Club members who helped prior to and during the Carols to ensure their success. Thank you to all involved!

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    Letters to Santa

    Each year, local primary school children write letters to Santa, asking for Christmas gifts and reassuring Santa that they have been "good kids" during the past year.

    Our members set aside one meeting in November to reply to each of the children's letters. Each child receives a handwritten envelope and letter from Santa which is returned to the child's school for distribution.

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    Caring for the Canning River Foreshore

    Booragoon Lions regularly join forces with members of CRREPA (Caring for the Canning River Foreshore group) for Sunday morning busy-bees near Second Avenue, Shelley. Our duties include planting suitable plants to help stabilise the sandy shoreline of the Canning River, weeding, watering new plants and generally assisting CRREPA members with the maintenance of designated areas of the foreshore. Hot weather, rain or wind don't deter our willing helpers.

    Learn more about CRREPA in our Club Projects section of the website.

District news

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    This year's awards will be held St Mary's Anglican Girls' School, 75 Elliott Rd, Karrinyup WA 6018 on Sunday 20th May 2018

    Click on the link below for more information and to download the information and nomination forms.

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    East Fremantle Lions Markets start Sunday 17 December 2017

    East Fremantle Club has obtained approval from the Town of east Fremantle to conduct a market on the 3rd Sunday of each month (starting 17th December).

    The location is a park on the southern shore of the Swan River, at Norm McKenzie Reserve, 85 Riverside Rd, East Fremantle and it will be open 9:30 to 2:00pm.

    Details (and Application Form) can be found on their website or downloaded from the link below.

    The markets are being supported by Booragoon and Fremantle Clubs, but any other LIONS who are interested (and enjoy) markets are welcome to enquire, and earn $ revenue for their own club through their participation.

    Please check with East Fremantle LIONS for details and how it works …. Someone who can help with bookings etc will be especially welcome to enquire, and they of course will be a shoe-in for participation on the day of the events as well.

    The picture shows an aerial view of the location.

    Stall-holder enquiries are welcome, and not for profit organisations will be welcome with special consideration; for example, our friends at Rotary will have a spot promoting their “Shelterbox” programme for disaster relief.

    We seek LIONS support in attendance, and even just helping hands (and minds) to make this new market a success for many years to come.

    Contact: Alan Springett, on behalf of East Fremantle LIONS club, 0402 499 049.

    Attachment: E Fremantle LIONS Market Stallholder application.pdf

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    Gold Nugget Raffle - Nannup Lions - Draw date extended to 10 February 2018!


    The six ounce nugget was donated by a Nannup Lion who found it while prospecting 900km North of Perth. It was recently valued at Au$12,500 (about US$10,000). Raffle closes January 28 2018 and will be drawn on February 10, 2018.

    Only 10,000 tickets have been printed, and can be purchased for $10 each,
    either by PayPal or by contacting

    For details and to pay using PayPal, go to

    Good luck!

    Attachment: Gold Nugget Raffle story.pdf

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    Sandakan Scholarship

    Sandakan Scholarship
    Today it was once again my privilege to travel to Boyup Brook to participate in the judging of the Sandakan Scholarship.
    How many Lions know of this project the signature project of the Boyup Brook Lions Club?
    How many Lions even know what or where Sandakan is?

    As part of their Australian History curriculum the year 9 and year 10 students at Boyup Brook District High study WW2 and in particular the Sandakan Death Marches.
    Would you at the age of 15 had the confidence to face three strangers all seniors from Lions Clubs and answer their questions about what you think of conscription, and do you think people should be forced to go to war, and should Australia support our allies in any and every conflict, and should POW's be compensated and many more interesting and difficult questions?
    Because of time constraints we are only able to spend 10 minutes with each of the students, often we would like to have much longer conversations with them.

    This was only the morning's work. After what I suspect could have been a nervous wait and probably not much lunch for the students we gathered in the lesser hall. In front of their fellow students, the family members that they had invited and some strangers interested in Sandakan, the students then presented a speech, a 5 minute video production or a trilogy consisting of a short factual statement, a painting and an original song or poem. These extremely articulate and talented young people blow me away every year with their knowledge and presentations. Our job is so difficult even with a score sheet.

    It's just as well we had a good morning tea and lunch because there is no way the judges will see afternoon tea. This is the hardest part of the day, we have to add up scores then open the all-important envelope and see the score from the teachers who have been working with them all year. The judge's score out of 90 and the teacher's score out of 10 add up. The winner this year scored 90 and the others were all close behind.

    The winner is Patrick. I'm looking forward to the memorial service tomorrow to hear Patrick's very emotive speech again. He well deserves the trip to Sandakan in April for the ANZAC service. I will also lay a wreath on behalf of district 201w2.
    If you don't know about the Sandakan Death Marches google the information.
    Over two and half thousand soldiers captured at the fall of Singapore were incarcerated by the Japanese. Six men survived the death marches. I pray we will never forget the young Australians and Brits who lost their lives in such appalling circumstances. Tragedy is not an adequate word to describe what happened.
    There are at least 6 young Australians in Boyup Brook who will also remember


  • Waroona Leos

    Monday night was the culmination of several months work and fun on the part of Leos advisors John Clare and Lisa Fry. 25 young people ranging in age from 13 to 15 were inducted and the Leos Club of Waroona was chartered.
    Congratulations to the Lions Club of Waroona as the sponsor club. may the Leos continue for many years serving their community and having fun doing it.


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  • Margaret River Ronald Mc Donald House

    Margaret River Lions has adopted a room for 2016 at the new Ronald McDonald House in Monash Road Nedlands. The new Children’s Hospital when opened will be next door.

    The purpose built facility is for seriously ill country children and their family who live over 100 km from the Children’s Hospital in Perth. This accommodation if offered free to the family.

    The facily is amazing and so well planned and designed it has 42 rooms that can cater for two-eight people depending on the family needs. They all have disable en suites, wardrobes, cupboard space and encouraged to bring some of their family photos and memorabilia to make it more homely.

    There is a full kitchen dining area. Several play areas both for young children and teens. With a lovely roof top space and garden area. There is a schooling area the only one of its kind in a Ronald McDonald House in Australia. It is fully equipped with laptops and all programs run benefit both the sibling and patient who are staying at the House. The Centre is staff by fully qualified teachers and all activities align with the Australian School Curriculum.

    A recreation room equipped with game machines, gym equipment all pleasantly displayed in large bright spaces.

    Central to all this is a wonderful mobile that can be seen from the centre of the 4 floors of the house. All artwork on the mobile was designed by patients of siblings staying in the house. A lasting memento that there is happiness to be found despite the difficult journey of childhood illness.

    Several of our Club members have enjoyed a visit to RMH and are awed by all it has to offer families that are coping with a severely sick child.

    Metro Clubs may like to assist the House by volunteering, there is a wonderful opportunity for Metro Groups to participate in Home for Dinner where you can cook dinner for the families, along with the assistance of a professional chef. Please contact for more information.

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  • WA Lions Hall of Fame

    Nominations for this year are now sought

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  • Busselton Lions Club Turns 50

    Over 100 people gathered at the Esplanade Hotel in Busselton on Saturday night 28th May to celebrate the 50th birthday and changeover of Busselton Lions club.
    Governor Allan Cooper Inducted the new board and presented several monarch chevrons for 10, 15,20,25,30 and 50 years of service.
    There were multiple James D Richardson Awards and three Melvin Jones Fellowships were presented.
    PCC Ian kelly also presented two charter members with 50 year medals from ALF and Distinguished Service Awards.

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    This project started back in October last year when Lion Bob showed the members an article indicating that Fiona Stanley Hospital was seeking funds for the purchase of paintings for the Neonatology Unit. As nobody knew about this, and prior to allocating funds, it was decided to send Lions Bob and Brian W on a mission, being finding more information about the project idea and report back to the Club.

    As usual for Bob and Brian, this was acted professionally and in no time, we had a good idea of the project: it was the purchase of "paintings" from the renowned WA artist Wendy Binks. Now , it was not the usual painting on cancas or paper as we know them. it is a revolutionary printer that "paints" directly on th ewall; as these paintings are in a hospital environment, this method is extremely clean and avoids the accumulation of dust, bugs, etc - and you do not want this in an area with premature babies.

    By that time, the Club decided to go abead with the project, funds were allocated and the lady in charge of this project at Fiona Stanley nurse unit manager Allison Martin was advised our Club was behind her and she could seek quotes. It didn't take long before we had news, we agreed on the costs and the paintings went ahead. And what a result!!: a myriad of little and big emus appeared in the rooms, corridors and offices - around 400 of them splached on 91 paintings: some in pyjamas, with crutches, other little ones in incubators, and a lot of silly but lovely ones - a treat for all parents, kids, visitors and staff. It is a fantastic project well completed - we are very proud of us and it is deffinitely funds well spent. This will give immense entertainment for a lot of people for many years to come.

    Attachment: Fiona Stanley Hospital Project by the Lions Club of Bull Creek.docx

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