The Lions Club of Berowra - What We Do
We have our Dinner Meetings on the third Thursday of the month at Caf&eacture; Laurella and these are mainly social and informative nights. Club business is largely avoided at these meetings unless circumstances dictate otherwise. All formal business of the Club is managed at the Board Meeting on the first Thursday of the month. All members are welcome to attend the Board Meeting but only the elected officers are required to attend.
Our Club restored, maintains and manages the Berowra District Hall (on the corner of Berowra Waters Road and Crowley Road) on behalf of Hornsby Shire Council. Profits from the hall are used for maintenance or repairs to the hall and any surplus funds can be used in the community. Council does not take any money from this hall - all money stays in the community. Bookings for the hall are managed by the Club's Hall Director, who also oversees the collection of the money, supervision of the cleaning and minor maintenance.
We hold a BBQ/Sausage Sizzle at Berowra Village Shopping Centre every month for a variety of causes such as SIDS/KIDS, Diabetes Australia, Asthma Foundation, Lions Cord Blood Foundation, etc. Hours of operation are typically 9.30 am to 1.30 pm (approx) and this activity also gives us a great opportunity to promote Lions at work in the community.
Lions Christmas Cakes and puddings are organised every year. We will be selling these through Bendigo Bank and The Bush Telegraph office, as well as at various stands around the region.
Occasionally we are called upon to assist with activities such as selling buttons etc for other charities (for example, Daffodil Day), helping with collections (e.g. Red Shield Appeal, Vinnies Food Drive, etc) or any other cause needing a helping hand.
As our membership grows, we will be looking at new projects that will be of benefit to the community without over-extending our membership or resources. We welcome input from all members with ideas for projects or causes to support.
We are looking at re-introducing some social activities such a dinner parties, theatre groups, social sports, etc. Nothing is organised at the moment but as our membership grows we will be seeking suggestions and initiating some outings.
Motto: "We Serve"
Members: 1.4 million
Clubs: 46,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographic areas
To create and foster a spirit of understanding among all people for humanitarian needs by providing voluntary service through community involvement and international cooperation.
CODE of ETHICS
A Brief History of Lions International
The International Association of Lions Clubs began as the dream of Chicago businessman Melvin Jones. He believed that local business clubs should expand their horizons from purely professional concerns to the betterment of their communities and the world at large.
Jones' group, the Business Circle of Chicago, agreed. After contacting similar groups around the United States, an organizational meeting was held on June 7, 1917 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. The new group took the name of one of the invited groups, the "Association of Lions Clubs," and a national convention was held in Dallas, Texas, USA in October of that year. A constitution, by-laws, objects and code of ethics were approved.
Among the objects adopted in those early years was one that read, "No club shall hold out the financial betterment of its members as its object". This call for unselfish service to others remains one of the association's main tenets. Just three years after its formation, the association became international when the first club in Canada was established in 1920. Major international expansion continued as clubs were established, particularly throughout Europe, Asia and Africa during the 1950s and ’60s.
In 1925, Helen Keller addressed the Lions international convention in Cedar Point, Ohio, USA. She challenged Lions to become "knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness." From this time, Lions clubs have been actively involved in service to the blind and visually impaired.
Broadening its international role, Lions Clubs International helped the United Nations form the Non-Governmental Organizations sections in 1945 and continues to hold consultative status with the U.N.
In 1990, Lions launched its most aggressive sight preservation effort, SightFirst. The US$143.5 million program strives to rid the world of preventable and reversible blindness by supporting desperately needed health care services.
In addition to sight programs, Lions Clubs International is committed to providing services for youth. Lions clubs also work to improve the environment, build homes for the disabled, support diabetes education, conduct hearing programs and, through their foundation, provide disaster relief around the world.
Lions Clubs International has grown to include 1.4 million men and women in 46,000 clubs located in around 200 countries and geographic areas.