Lions International. Jointly hosted by Brisbane Chinese and Sunnybank Lions Club. 201-Q1 District Convention. 18-20 October 2013.
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About Lions

Lions Clubs are part of community life, in the cities and in the country. Clubs are easily identified by their distinctive Logo, the trademark of the Association, and the 'We Serve'; motto seen on road signs throughout the country.

Membership is open to all people of the community in good standing. Clubs may either provide service or raise money for their community. Most of the money raised goes back into the community, either directly or indirectly through National and International Projects.

Registration is now OPEN to all Lions members

We are a group of people who are dedicated to making our communities a better place to live, work and grow. We collaborate with like-minded people who are dedicated to providing real change and creating opportunities within our communities. At Lions we make things happen.

Message from DG Ross Gibbins

Fellow Lions, as we move from one Lions’ District team to the next we look forward to a very exciting year. Undoubtedly, one of the highlights of this year will be our Reinvention Convention in October 2013 at MacGregor State Primary School.

Lions Clubs get but one opportunity each year to have a say in how our District is managed.  The District Convention is our Annual General Meeting.  The future leadership of this District is also determined at Convention.   I therefore encourage all new Club executives to ensure that their membership is adequately represented at the convention.  You don’t need to be a Club Delegate or Alternate to attend convention.  Every Lion in the District and their family and friends are entitled to register for Convention.  If you would like to be a Club Delegate then tell your Club President or Secretary.  If you want to experience a great weekend then get your on-line registration completed as soon as possible.

Conventions are also a means of allowing members to find out more about the great association we belong to and the many and varied projects, programmes and foundations we work with. There will be a comprehensive range of forums and workshops on the Friday afternoon and on Saturday for Lions, their partners and our Youth.  We have secured some great guest speakers with current Immediate Past International President Wayne Madden being our keynote speaker.  We are asking that all Clubs consider making a donation to LCIF this year as many of you already do.  We would like to collate all of those donations into one large donation for presentation to LCIF Chairman Wayne on the floor of convention to demonstrate to him that the Lions of Q1 are prepared to REACH out to the international community through support of LCIF and its global programmes.

We also expect to be able to bring you some wonderful news about potential breakthroughs in medical research that are currently being conducted using Lions seed funding or have the potential to attract future funding.

Probably the most important aspect of a Convention is to make new friends, catch up with old ones and learn about what other Lions are doing in their clubs as well as enjoying fun and fellowship.

Every function will be affordable for every Lion and both entertaining and informative.  The official opening on the Friday evening will be conducted by the Lord Mayor of Brisbane, Lion Graham Quirk, and feature a spectacular flag ceremony with the whole audience involved together with entertainment by the Australian Girls Choir.

To highlight the cultural diversity of Australia we will be featuring the Q1 Lions Bush Poetry contest open to all ages and genders with the winners performing their winning bush poem/ballad at the International Show on the Saturday evening which promises to be a kaleidoscope of song and dance presented by many volunteer performers from the local community as a celebration of multiculturalism and volunteering.  The bush poets will be judged professionally by past Australian Bush Poetry Champion, Noel Stallard.

Unfortunately, due to major roadworks the authorities have severely restricted the route of any potential Lions Parade.  So after much deliberation we have decided to cancel the Parade and concentrate our publicity efforts on engaging with the local shopping centres to promote Lions and their activities during the week leading up to the convention.  We believe this will provide better value than potentially upsetting local motorists through unnecessary road restrictions and traffic congestion.

I extend a special invitation to the younger members of our Lions family, children and grand-children of our members.  We will ensure that these young ones are also catered for at our functions and with a Lions Cubs outing on the Saturday to the Queensland Museum meeting up with the Partners’ Excursion later that day.

You are ALL WELCOME to come and learn and to celebrate what is arguably the largest and best community service organisation in the world.

Ross Gibbons and Olly

Lion Ross Gibbins and Olly

Update from Convention Chair PDG Peter Ho

The Convention committee continues meeting monthly planning for a fun, enjoyable and educational convention.

The on-line registration is now live. When you complete the registration on-line, you will receive a confirmation email containing a registration number (Reg_ID). Please use this number to communicate with us when you want to change your registration details.

This Convention we are offering a 10% discount for those register and submit payment prior to 31 July 2013. Our hospitality package will definitely be value for money.

We cater for not just Lions, but your partners and your children. Please join us on 18-20 October 2013 for a Reinvention Convention.

Peter Ho

Peter Ho

201Q1 District Convention 2013 Committee Executive

PDG Peter Ho: Chairperson & Sergeant At Arms – 0412 796 243

1st VDGE Kent Wilcox: Deputy Chair – 0400 316 304

Lion Robert Zee: Deputy Chair – 0431 772 522

Lion Barbara Tate: Secretary – 0413 471 312

Lion Elizabeth Whitestyles: Cabinet Secretary Designate– 0404 035 884

Lion Kee Cheung: Treasurer – 0412 191 371

Postal Address: PO Box 3031, Sunnybank South, QLD 4109