District 201V2, Victoria, AUSTRALIA

Lions Club of Geelong Breakfast

The Lions Club of Geelong Breakfast was formed by people who had a strong emphasis on youth and this remains the strong focus.

We are unique because we meet at 6.45 am for our meetings. This allows members who do not have time in the evenings to serve their community

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Members and friends of the Club were welcomed by Outgoing President Alan Davis to the 14th Anniversary/Changeover luncheon which was held at the Telegraph Hotel, Pakington Street, Geelong West on July 5th, 2015.

We were privileged to have Immediate Past District Governor and now Council Chairman Philip Johnson as the Installation Officer given that he is going to have a very busy year.

Outgoing President Alan provided a report on the past Lions year, welcomed the new Members that had joined the Club during the year (4 new Lions and 1 transferee) reminded Members of the enormous amount of fundraising that was conducted during the year which enabled the club to support a huge range of projects and charities as well as the service that we provided to many in our community. Alan thanked Secretary Pete for all his tireless fund raising and outstanding work for young people and schools, community groups and their carers, and a multitude of local individuals, families, groups and causes. (See full report below).

Once the installation of the new Lions Officer Bearers was complete, Incoming President Jan thanked Alan and his committee and members for making 2014/2015 such a great year and looked forward to continuing this on over the next Lions year.

Youth Exchange participant Myrthe Veen from the Netherlands was a special guest and she presented Outgoing President Alan with a bannerette from the Lions Club that sponsored her. Alan then presented Myrthe with one of our Club bannerette’s and wished her a happy and safe stay in Australia.




Our club organised a Party Plan Market on Sat 15th August. 

We invited 8 distributors to present their products, Tupperware, Intimo, Partylite, Feathers and Sole, Thermomix, Spices, Postie and Arbonne Cosmetics.

These girls were the loveliest girls that you could ever want to work with. They were all so enthusiastic about the event all the way, advertised it through their social media outlets and presented their products and themselves just beautifully They kept to the time constraints without any fuss and so we were able to get through the program within our time frame enabling people to go back at the end to do their buying.

The hall looked absolutely magnificent once they had all their colourful products out on display and the Lions members did a wonderful job with providing a huge range of goods to be used in the 11 raffles draws, and also providing a banquet for afternoon tea.

A big thank you to the congregation of St Albans Uniting Church for allowing us to use the hall at no charge, it was the perfect size for our fundraiser.  




Youth Exchange - Myrthe Veen (The Netherlands)


Our club had the delight to host a wonderful young lady from The Netherlands for 3 weeks. Mythe Veen, stayed with Secretary Judy for 3 weeks in July. She was with her for 2 weeks, then Myrthe attended Camp Koala nd then she returned to Judy for a further week. 

We are indebted to Judy for the time and effort she put into hosting Myrthe for the 3 weeks as she was originally only scheduled to do this for 2 weeks.

During her stay here othe members assisted in taking Mythe on trips and activities. 

VP3 Lion Paul Austin and his wife Jeanette showed Myrthe the beauty of the Otways during her stay in Geelong.  They visited the Otway Fly then lunched at a delightful café at Lavers Hill.  Unlike the Otways in winter where the rain tumbles and trees drip, it was a glorious sunny day! The highlight of the tour was seeing koalas, kangaroos and kookaburras all in the one scene on the Cape Otway Road….a simply marvellous experience that not many of us have experienced.  They returned along the majestic Great Ocean Road enjoying the rugged scenery Lorne, Aireys Inlet and Anglesea.

VP3 Lion Paul Austin and Secretary Lion Judy McDonald provided a day of adventure for Myrthe with a visit to the high ropes course at Glen Harrow Park at Belgrave in the Dandenongs.  This is located immediately beside Puffing Billy and on their arrival, they were treated to a full length Puffing Billy heading off into the misty rainforest.  Lion Paul & Myrthe donned the harness and after a safety training session, embarked on what is called the Red Course, an intermediate course of high cables, flying foxes, climbing nets and balancing beams.  They needed to complete this before tackling the Black Course….the hardest.  Successfully completing the Red Course, they tackled the short Black Course (running out of time to do the full Black Course) and had a ball desperately hanging on for dear life and balancing their way across the cables dodging all sorts of obstacles….oh and 15 metres above the forest floor mind you…….and mostly giggling their way around the course, with Lion Judy also chuckling watching the 2 daredevils well above her groaning and moaning.  They finished off with a lovely picnic at One Treet Hill picninc ground compliments of Lion Judy……a great day by all.

Again, thank you to Judy, Paul and Jeanette for their efforts


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