District 201N5, New South Wales, Australia

Upcoming Events

25 - Meals on Wheels
25 - ERNA Netball BBQ
      7am Eastwood Ryde Netball Association Courts
      96 Constitution Road, Meadowbank
30 - Dinner Meeting
7pm for 7.30pm
       Eastwood Rugby Club
       146-150 Vimera Road, Eastwood
       Tel: 9868 4222

1 - ERNA Netball BBQ
     7am Eastwood Ryde Netball Association Courts
     96 Constitution Road, Meadowbank
5 - Board Meeting
8 - Meals on Wheels
8 - ERNA Netball BBQ

     7am Eastwood Ryde Netball Association Courts
     96 Constitution Road, Meadowbank

Club news

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    Progressive Dinner a great success!

    Wonderful food and great fun! Thanks everyone for making this such a spectacular social event!

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    Netball fundraising BBQ season gets off to a flying start!

    Netball BBQs are one of our clubs major fundraisers and this year we got off to a flying start with back to back BBQs! Our famous sausage sandwiches were as popular and our expert BBQ team kept the sausages, bacon & eggs coming for the hungry crowds. Well done everyone!

  • ANZAC Day Dawn Service

    ANZAC Day Dawn Service

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    Lions Fund New Technology for Ryde Hospital

    Recently the Epping Eastwood Lions Club together with the Australian Lions Foundation funded the purchase of two Electronic Patient Journey Boards for Ryde Hospital. Installed in the Graythwaite Rehabilitation Centre the boards are an integrated information system containing all the vital patient data including bed numbers, clinical notes, personal details and care plans. This system coordinates with the other wards and departments within Ryde Hospital, with linkages to other hospitals. A formal presentation, hosted by Ryde Hospital, was held at the Graythwaite Rehabilitation Centre on Thursday 2nd April.

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    March Dinner Meeting

    Guest speaker Steve Drakoulis inspired us with his talk about the Autism Community Network & how it supports families affected by autism. Our other guest speaker Jacob Messina spoke eloquently about his experience as an Australian delegate to THIMUN conference in The Hague,Netherlands. We also welcomed new member Gail Kimber to the Lions family.

    More details: https://www.autismcommunity.org.au/

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    Youth of the Year Area Final

    Congratulations to Connor Boesel (Epping Boys High School) who won the Public Speaking Award and Suryanash Sharma (James Ruse Agricultural High School) who won the Area Final.

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    06 - i-Pad helps Maddy learn

    Young Madeline (Maddy) Oakey has a hard start to life being born with a hole in her heart, cross eyed, her feet facing backwards (Talipes,) and autism.

    Maddy is now at school and is progressing well. Her teacher Emma Lodewijks says that using assistive technology such as the i-Pad will help Maddy to further develop in the key learning areas including reading, writing and speech.

    Epping Eastwood Lions Club (EELC) are delighted to fund the purchase of an i-Pad so that Maddy can continue to develop to her potential.
    Photo: Inga Nicholson (mum), Emma Lodewijks (teacher),
    Lion Charles Webster, Maddy Oakey, Kim Oakey (dad),
    Lion Thillai Nadesan (President, EELC)

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    05 Mar - Boronia & Duncan Parks Public Consultation

    Many local residents took the opportunity to provide feedback on the proposed redevelopment of Boronia and Duncan Parks. Afterwards catching up with their neighbours while enjoying a fabulous sausage sandwich cooked by the Epping Eastwood Lions Club.

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    18 Feb - Ron Young receives Lions highest award

    The Melvin Jones Award was presented to Ron Young at Epping Eastwood Lions Club’s annual Youth of the Year Dinner on Wednesday 18th February.

    Lions Clubs world-wide recognize outstanding individuals by bestowing on them an award that is named for its founder, Melvin Jones. This award is the highest form of recognition and embodies humanitarian ideas consistent with the nature and purpose of Lionism. The recipient of this award becomes a model of exemplary service to his club and the community which it serves.

    Ron has been a Lion for 40 years and although 92 years young he can still be seen hard at work on the BBQ each Saturday during the Eastwood Ryde Netball season at Meadowbank Park. Congratulations Ron!!!
    Photo: Marilyn Latham, Ngaire Young, Ron Young, Thillai Nadesan
    (EELC President) & Warren Lathan (Multiple District Council Chairman)

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    18 Feb - Youth of the Year Contest

    Connor Boesel from Epping Boys High School was this years’ winner of Stage 1 of the Lions Club Youth of the Year (YOTY) Program. While Hugh Entwistle, also an Epping Boys won the Public Speaking section of the contest.

    Students from Epping Boys, Normanhurst Boys and Marist College Eastwood participated in the program. Each student was interviewed by a panel of judges prior to the dinner event. On the evening of the 18th Feb each student presented two impromptu speeches & one prepared speech to guests at a dinner function.

    Last year’s State winner, Raul Vellani spoke of his exciting journey through the Program & how it enhanced his knowledge of himself and his capabilities. Angus Russo also spoke of his wonderful experiences as a Youth Exchange student to Japan which was sponsored by Epping Eastwood Lions Club.

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    17 Feb - Cavanstone BBQ

    On the 17th Feb Eastwood Lions Club another participated in another successful fundraising BBQ at the Cavenstone Estate, Eastwood.
    All food, drinks and entertainment including train rides, a jumping castle and magician were provided by AV Jennings.

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    10 Feb - Isaac shows off his new KidWalker

    Two year old Isaac suffers from Dystonic Cerebral Palsy a condition that affects the ability to control muscles and walk unaided. All Isaac wants is to be up and walking independently and his brand new Kid Walker is enabling him to do just that!

    When asked what difference the KidWalker has made his mum Sarah said: Just to know that he’s going to be doing what any other toddler is doing – exploring!

    Being able to get himself up to his toys and into the garden … just to have that little bit of independence. He’d be so tired and cranky but put him in his walker and he’s just like instant smiles and happiness and he has that extra burst of energy – he loves it!

    Funded by the Epping Eastwood Lions Club in conjunction with the Australian Lions Children’s Mobility Foundation the KidWalker has expanded Isaac’s world. Isaac's Mum hopes that one day he will walk independently.
    Photo L-R: Mike Barnett, Nigel Jeny, M. Thillai Nadesan,
    Margaret Wright, Isaac, Greg English.

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    01 Feb - Talking barcode scanner makes a difference to local family

    Krystel has low vision and her partner is blind so identifying groceries, clothing, medicines, etc. was quite a challenge until the Epping Eastwood Lions Club stepped in providing funding for the purchase of an I.D.Mate - a talking barcode scanner & camera.

    More details: http://www.visualindependence.org.au/main/page_products_quest.html

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    22 Jan - Wyong Summer Raceday

    Fun and games at the Wyong Races. Many thanks to Wyong Lions Club for their warm welcome

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    21 Jan - Two new members join the team

    At our January dinner meeting PDG Warren Latham, assisted by sponsor Lion Marilyn Latham, inducted two new members into the Epping Eastwood Lions Club. New members Ann and Jane were welcomed by all including our one of our special guest speakers, District Governor Anthony Cheung.

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    Lions Fund New Technology for Ryde Hospital

    Epping Eastwood Lions Club and Australian Lions Foundation presented a cheque for the sum of $7290 to Brian Bonham, Director of Nursing and Midwifery at Ryde Hospital. This amount is for the purchase and installation of two Electronic Patient Journey Boards to enable a more integrated bed management system. Initial works have commenced with the scheduling of cabling in the new Graythwaite Rehabilitation Centre. Upon the completion of the project a formal presentation will be arranged. The estimated time for completion is mid-February.

  • 17 Dec - Club Christmas Party 2014

    Club Christmas Party 2014

  • 03 Dec - Joint Venture Gives Bus New Gear

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    27 Nov - Wheelchair Accessible Bus Launch

    The availability of a wheelchair accessible bus funded by the Lions Club and Bendigo Community Bank is set to change lives in the Epping Eastwood Community.

    "I like to be independent…with this bus I can go to say that shopping centre for 2 hours…do whatever I want…and that makes such a difference. It’s absolutely fantastic for me!" Helen

    The Epping Eastwood Lions Club and Bendigo Community Bank worked closely with Christian Community Aid to make the bus a reality. After many months in the planning the bus was officially launched on Thursday 27th November, 2014.

    Funding for the project was provided by the Lions Club of Epping Eastwood Inc., Lions NSW-ACT Save Sight & Public Health Care Foundation and Bendigo Community Bank, Epping.

    Photo: L-R Thillai Nadesan (President, Epping Eastwood Lions Club Inc.; Jean-Claude Legrand (Director, Lions NSW-ACT Save Sight & Public Health Foundations); Sharyn Hubert (Manager, Bendigo Community Bank, Epping)

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    26 Nov - Dinner Mtg. Glen Dobson speaker

    Glen Dobson speaker

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    23 Nov - Special OlympicsXmas BBQ

    Special OlympicsXmas BBQ

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    20 Nov - Lions Luncheon

    Lions Luncheon

  • 15 Nov - North Epping Fair

    North Epping Fair

  • 15 Nov - District 201N5 Convention

    District 201N5 Convention

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    02 Nov - Melbourne Cup Lunch

    Melbourne Cup Lunch

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    18 Oct - Granny Smith Festival

    Granny Smith Festival

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    15 Oct - Dinner Meeting - Leos & Youth Exchange

    Leo & Youth Exchange speakers

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    17 Sept - Beyond Blue

    Photo: Lucy Neville (Beyond Blue) & PDG Warren Latham

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    13 Sept - Macquarie University Open Day BBQ

    Macquarie University Open Day BBQ

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    6 Sept - Lions Got Skills Event

    Photo: Thillai Nadesan (President, EELC), Warren Latham (Immediate Past District Governor); Joe Preston (President, LionsClubs International)

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    20 Aug - District Governors Visit

    Photo: Thillai Nadesan (President) Epping Eastwood Lions, Anthony Chung (District Governor 201N5)

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    6 Aug - An evening at the Theatre

    On Wed 6th August Epping Eastwood Lions Club hosted an evening at the Theatre on Chester, Epping. Members and guests enjoyed a light supper and drinks in a relaxed environment prior to the attending a wonderful performance of Alan Bennet's play the History Boys.

    Many thanks to all those who contributed to the success evening.

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    30 Jul - Social evening

    Photo: Club members enjoying a social dinner together at WING'S at Eastwood restaurant.

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    25 Jul - WPH / Cherrybrook 50th Annervisary

    25 Jul - WPH / Cherrybrook 50th Annervisary

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    16 Jul - The Gallipoli Campaign talk

    Our guest speaker for the July dinner meeting was Lt. Col. Peter Sweeney RFD (Ret). Peter regaled with an interesting and informative talk covering the main aspects of the Gallipoli Campaign from planning through to execution. Thank you Peter!

    Photo: Lt. Col Peter Sweeney & Lion David Doring

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    27 Jun - Annual Changeover Dinner

    Changeover Dinner

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    18 Jun - Mal & Shirley Ellis awarded a Ministerial Mention for their charity work

    On Wednesday 18th June our very own Mal and Shirl Ellis were presented with a Ministerial Mention for their work with Touched by Olivia Foundation.

    The Hon.Victor Dominello MP presented the award and will read the citation in Parliament where it will be forever recorded in Hansard.

    As there have only been three of these awards presented in the greater Epping, Eastwood & Ryde area over the past four years, this is extra special.

    John and Justine Perkins from Touched by Olivia Foundation were the instigators of this award and thanked Mal & Shirl for their work with BBQs and the Christmas lights.

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    15 Jun - Samaritans Purse Sewing Bee

    Great company and good food contributed to making the Samaritans Purse Sewing Bee a highly productive and successful day.

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    May - ERNA Netball BBQs

    The ERNA season is off to a great start with sales up about 10% on last year. The new bain marie set up for keeping food warm is working very well and giving more cooking room on the BBQ which has given us the capacity to keep up with growing demand.

    The Touched by Olivia Foundation Family Fun Day BBQ held on Sunday 18th May was a great success. We had the pleasure of Roy Maggio, the Ryde Mayor, cooking and serving with us for three hours. He is looking forward to helping out at ERNA in the not too distant future. The children and families enjoyed beautiful weather, a great sausage sizzle, a huge cake and plenty of fun activities. We raised $410 in donations which was given directly to the organisers.

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    25 Apr - Anzac Day Service

    Seven members of the Epping Eastwood Lions Club attended today’s Anzac Service at Forest Park, Epping. The threatened showers did not eventuate and there were about 500 people in attendance.

    The participants assembled before dawn, lit by 2 street lamps in the park. As the dawn began to break and the figures became clearer, the sombre mood seemed to lift so that by the time the service concluded, those in attendance seemed to be quietly cheerful.

    The service followed the standard format which never loses its poignancy. Wreaths were laid by a substantial number of individuals and organisations including the one from our Club.

    Afterwards, most of our members adjourned to the Epping Club for a hearty breakfast.

    As has been noted by many commentators, it was wonderful to see so many young people in attendance although the organisation of the event still seems to remain in the hands of the veterans who are now really beginning to show their age.

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    16 Apr - Magic & Awards

    Dinner Meeting

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    13 Apr - ERNA Netball BBQ

    Dry, wet, dry, wet, what a confusing start to the ERNA season. After two busy weekends, with Gala Days on both Sundays, we are well on the way to a great season. Our regular customers are back for more fun and teasing while they wait for their sandwiches.

    Our new food warmers look very professional and give the cooks more space on the BBQ. This enables the cooks to keep up with customer demand without too much pressure from the serving staff.

    Meat tray tickets are selling well, with one happy customer winning two in one day!

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    12 Apr - Raul Wins State Final!

    Raul Vellani was again successful at the State Youth of the Year Finals in Nambucca Heads on Saturday 12th April. What a fantastic result - Congratulations Raul!

    Raul's next stop is Tamworth for the National Finals, 2nd - 5th May.

    Good luck!

    Photo: District Winners: N1 - Joel Hedge (Sponsor Club: Lions Club of Taree Inc.), N5 - Raul Vellani (Sponsor Club: Lions Club of Epping Eastwood Inc.), N2 - Mary Madeline Tilyou (Sponsor Club: Lions Club of Moruya Inc.) N4 - Nimalan Sundaram (Sponsor Club: Lions Club of Leeton Inc.), N3 - Kate Field (Sponsor Club: Lions Club of Aberdeen Inc.)

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    6 Apr - Angel making Workshop

    What a fantastic day filled with fun, frivolity and crafting.

    Somehow amid all the talking, eating and cups of tea each one of us managed to produce a beautiful angel! Of course we could not have done it at all without our wonderful tutor Kath who was there to guide our every move.

    A big thank you to Kath for her patient tutoring, to Rosemary for the venue and morning tea and to Shirley for organising the event and providing us all with such yummy sandwiches!

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    29 Mar - Raul Vellani: Three times a winner

    Three times a winner already, Raul Vellani is off to Nambucca Heads to compete in the State Final of the Lions Youth of the Year Quest.

    Raul Vellani, from Normanhurst Boys’ High School has once again beaten his opponents in the Lions District 201N5 Youth of the Year Quest. The standard of contestants at the district level was outstanding, with students drawn from across the Sydney basin.

    Epping Eastwood Lions Club has supported Raul throughout the three levels of competition and will once again be there to cheer him on at the State Final. The Lions Youth of the Year Quest is designed to find students with leadership and community skills. It allows students to improve interview skills, gives them an opportunity to speak to people of all ages and interests as they progress in their scholastic and professional endeavors.

  • 16 Mar - Kuring-Gai Chase Fun Run and Barry Easy Walk

    This event is a community fun run and walk held by Special Olympics Upper North Shore organization to raise money to help over 200 special athletes achieve their potential.

    Epping Eastwood Lions Club supported the event by providing BBQ services.

    By 8.30 am, the bagpipes, drums & fifes of the Know Grammar School Pipe Band were providing a rousing musical backing during the BBQ set up in leafy Claude Cameron Grove Wahroonga.

    Sausages and onions were cooked to perfection by the time hungry participants arrived back from their run. There were queues - but our team, assisted by Knox School boys & event volunteers dealt with them efficiently. Happy smiles and words of gratitude told the story of another EELC BBQ success, as hundreds of sausage and onion sandwiches were speedily devoured.

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    4 Mar - Taking on the competition

    Lions members preparing "Lions Homemade" Tomato Relish for entry to the 2014 Royal Easter Show. Good luck everyone!

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    2 Mar -Donate for Life BBQ

    A worthwhile event held over two days at two Bunnings venues, simultaneously promoting Organ Donation and fundraising for Lions Club. The Artarmon crew worked to the max on Saturday, while dreary weather and showers on Sunday kept customers numbers down at North Parramatta Bunnings. Promoting Organ Donation while serving sausages proved challenge...but the suggestion to "Sign up now, Donate in 50 years" seemed the most appreciated tactic!

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    19 Feb -Raul Villani wins Youth of the Year

    Raul Vellani from Normanhurst Boys’ High School was Epping Eastwood Lions Club winner for 2014. See below for further details.

    Photo: Raul Vellani receiving his Public Speaking certificate from competition judge Tim Radford

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    19 Feb - Youth of the Year

    On Wednesday evening, 19th February six local students competed in the Epping Eastwood Lions Club Final of the Lions Youth of the Year Quest. Raul Vellani from Normanhurst Boys’ High School was this years’ winner.

    All participating students are required to undergo an interview with the judges, speak for two minutes on two impromptu topics and finally present a five minute prepared speech. This year the students enthralled the audience speaking with passion on topics ranging from musical theatre and social media to poverty in Nicaragua.

    These students also have a wealth of talent between them, many in leadership roles within their schools as well as being competent in sport and music fields.

    Raul Vellani will continue to the Area Final to be held at Club RydeX on 8th March. The area winner will proceed to District and State level. State winners will tour the country, visiting the town of each State winner. Some past winners of the Youth of the Year include ABC journalist Sabra Lane, former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, and former Premier of Queensland Peter Beattie.

    Photo: L-R Declan Noble (Epping Boys High); Tim Radford (Judge): Ashleigh Lister (Arden Anglican School); Narelle Bowen (Judge); Hayden Tonazzi (Epping Boys High); Lachlan Scadden-McHugh (Judge); John Sheather (EE Lions Club President); Raul Vellanii (Normanhurst Boys’ High), Jack Rodgers (Marist College Eastwood), Matthew Gore (Normanhurst Boys’ High)

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    16 Feb - YMCA Family Fun Day

    The Epping YMCA recently introduced a GymAbility Program – a recreational and competitive gymnastics program for people with intellectual and physical disabilities.

    Hearing that the Y were looking to purchase additional equipment for the program our club stepped in providing the funding for the purchase of a Tunnel Slide IV Combo – a secure bounce house with pop ups & two slides.

    Children attending the YMCA Epping’s Family Fun Day on Sunday 16th February were among the first to experience the new equipment.

    “The new equipment will help the Y to continue to provide and further develop quality programs and services.

    Photo: Cheque presentation ceremony was held at the “Y” and attended by EE Lions Club President John Sheather, Club Directors, District Governor Warren Latham, John Alexander (MP) and Greg Smith (NSW Attorney General), Geoff Frost (YMCA Centre Manager) and Debbie Court (YMCA Community Development Officer, Western Region)

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    23 Jan - Wyong Races

    In the spirit of collaboration and friendship the Wyong Lions Club hosted a lunch and social day for us at their "Shed" located in the grounds of the Wyong Racing Club. As a race meeting was also in progress a number of our members also managed to have a "flutter" on the ponies.

    A variety of methods were used to pick a winner. Some relied on evidence including blood lines, wins over the distance etc. Other relied on colour, general apprearance etc. Each method had equal success and failure!

    All in all a great day! Thanks again to Rus, Kath and club members!

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