Lions Club of Torquay
Victoria, Australia, District 201V2
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What We Do
Club Vehicle

Start Date 2020
End Date Ongoing

In 2020 the club decided to purchase a vehicle for transporting equipment and members to events, The vehicle is also used to tow the BBQ and Lions Train Trailers. We have also been using the vehicle to transport food for Feed Me Surf Coast.

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Farmers Market Christmas Cakes Sales

Start Date 2020
End Date 2020

During the COVID restrictions of 2020, with our usual methods of funds raising curtailed, we began selling Lions Christmas Cakes at the local Farmers Market and on our new Online Store attached to our webpage,

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Beached Duck Races

Start Date 2020
End Date 2020

During the COVID restrictions of 2020, with our usual methods of funds raising curtailed, we ran 3 Duck Races. The public bought (adopted) ducks at $5 each and then heats and a final were held with the winners receiving donated prizes.

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Feed Me Surf Coast

Start Date 2020
End Date Ongoing

Feed Me Surf Coast is a local charity that provides food relief for needy residents. Torquay Lions have been transporting the food trays every Wednesday to people from Anglesea to Grovedale.

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Bellbrae Cemetery Maintenance

Start Date 2020
End Date Ongoing

Beginning in 2020 Lions Club members have been preparing plots for the internment of ashes and conducting regular maintenance of the grounds for the committee of management.

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Youth Pod

Start Date 2018
End Date 2019

Torquay Lions provided funding for a Surf Coast Shire relocatable drop in centre for the Shire's young people called the Youth Pod. The Pod has been recently refurbished and is presently located in Winchelsea.

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Camp Licola Sponsorship

Start Date 2017
End Date Ongoing

Torquay Lions each year support an accommodation cabin and sponsor local children, who would otherwise never get to go on a holiday, to attend the Licola Wilderness Village.

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Lions Storage Shed, Spring Creek Reserve

Start Date 2016
End Date 2017

Torquay Lions and Rotary Clubs funded the building of a storage facility at the Surf Coast Shire's Spring Creek Reserve to house both clubs' BBQ trailers, the Lions Train and other equipment.

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Lions Charity Bowls Days

Start Date 2016
End Date 2020

The Lions Charity Bowls Days commenced at the Torquay Bowls Club in 2016. The Charity Bowls Days have become a regular event held in January each year. Funds raised each year are donated to a single local cause.

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Foundation 61 Sponsorship

Start Date 2016
End Date 2020

Torquay Lions have been sponsoring two rooms at Foundation 61, a non-profit drug rehabilitation centre for men, for 5 years. The club has donated a total of $50,000 to the Foundation.

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Sale of Lions Mints

Start Date
End Date Ongoing

Members of the public are able to purchase Lions Mints in many shops and businesses around Torquay on an honesty basis.

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Relay For Life

Start Date
End Date 2019

Each year the Lions Club sponsors its members to take part in the Relay for Life charity event that raises funds for Cancer Research.

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Gilbert Street Summer Raffles

Start Date
End Date 2019

For many years Torquay Lions sold raffle tickets for a BBQ and a hamper in Gilbert Street during the Summer holiday season. Due to dwindling ticket sales this long running activity was abandoned in 2019.

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Point Danger ANZAC Day Gunfire Breakfast

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End Date Ongoing

Every year at the ANZAC Dawn Service at Point Danger Torquay Lions prepare and serve the Gunfire Breakfast consisting of a sausage sizzle and rum laced hot coffee.

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Working Bees

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End Date Ongoing

Torquay Lions regularly have people in need of help brought to our attention. These usually involve help with gardening and/or house maintenance.

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Torquay Schools Scholarships

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End Date Ongoing

Each December Torquay Lions award scholarships to a grade 6 boy and girl at each Torquay primary school. We also award the Matt Clay scholarship to a senior student at the Surf Coast Secondary College.

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Good Friday Appeal

Start Date
End Date Ongoing

Each year Lions rattle tins around Torquay to help raise funds for the Royal Children's Hospital Appeal on Good Friday.

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Bunnings and Cowrie Market BBQs

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End Date Ongoing

Torquay Lions regularly conduct sausage sizzles outside Bunnings in North Torquay and at the Cowrie Markets on Torquay's Elephant Walk. These are major sources of income for the club.

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Recycling Spectacles

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End Date Ongoing

The Club collects used spectacles from the public and sends then to the Lions national organisation who send them overseas for visually impaired people.

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Lions Youth of the Year

Start Date
End Date Ongoing

Each year the club organises a Lions Youth of the Year competition for local senior secondary students. The winner then goes onto the District Final and so on.

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Australia Day Taylor Park Celebration

Start Date
End Date Ongoing

For many years the Lions Club have organised the Australia Day celebrations in Torquay's Taylor Park on behalf of the Shire Council. We organise the seating, PA system, entertainment and provide a free sausage sizzle for the public.

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New Years Day Beach Clean Up

Start Date
End Date Ongoing

Early on New Years Day each year club members gather on the foreshore to clean away the rubbish from the previous night's celebrations and make the foreshore safe again for the public.

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Lions BBQ Trailer

Start Date 2008
End Date Ongoing

A fit for purpose BBQ Trailer was built for the the club in 2008. This enables members to cook sausages in large quantities at events like the Cowrie Markets.

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Torquay Lions Train

Start Date 2006
End Date Ongoing

The Torquay Lions Children's Train operates at the Cowrie Markets, school fetes and private functions around Torquay. The much loved little train is a steady provider of funds for the club.

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Torquay Lions Retirement Village

Start Date 1999
End Date 2003

Torquay Lions organised the building of the Torquay Lions Retirement Village with the help of the Surf Coast Shire, the Commonwealth Bank, Roy Morris Solicitors, the architects, and builders and donations of $51,000 from the Club.

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Analemmatic Sundial

Start Date 1995
End Date 1996

The Analemmatic Sundial on the Torquay Foreshore at Fisherman's Beach was designed and made by local artists, using 120,000 coloured ceramic tiles to depict traditional dreaming stories of the Wathaurong indigenous people. Routine maintenance is provided by the Lions Club.

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Pub Meat Tray Raffles

Start Date 1990
End Date Ongoing

Every Friday night for 30 years two Lions Club members have sold raffle tickets at the Torquay Hotel for a $50 meat tray.

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Deep Creek Walking Track

Start Date 1990
End Date 1991

The track, stretching from the Elephant Walk along the foreshore to Deep Creek then up to Fischer Street and onto the Surf Coast Highway, was built by Torquay Lions, aided by Torquay Scouts. Gravel and equipment was provided by the Torquay Foreshore Committee.

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Elephant Walk Playground

Start Date 1985
End Date 1989

Elephant Walk Playground was constructed from 1985 to 1989. Torquay Lions Club members donated over 2000 man hours to the playground, including the BBQ shelter, and rotunda rest area, assisted by the Torquay Public Reserves, and the City of South Barwon.

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District 201V2 Convention

Start Date 1983
End Date 1983

The Lions Club of Torquay, hosted their first, and only, District Convention, welcoming over 700 delegates and their wives from Lions District 201V2. A series of large interconnected marquees were erected, located on the camping ground, in Bell Street, Torquay.

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Torquay Community Health Centre

Start Date 1974
End Date 1975

The Torquay Lions joined forces with the Shires of South Barwon and Barrabool, and the Senior Citizens Club, in forming a Bush Nursing Centre in Torquay. With assistance from Federal Government funding, a permanent Community Health Centre, was established in Bell Street, Torquay.

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Torquay Senior Citizens Club

Start Date 1969
End Date

Torquay Lions helped establish the Torquay Senior Citizens Club and Clubrooms, in its current location, on Torquay Improvement Association land in Price Street, Torquay.

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Formation of Club

Start Date 1969
End Date

The Charter Night was held at the Torquay Golf Club on September 13th, 1969, with Laurie Nairn officiating as Charter Chairman, and the Lions Charter presented by District Governor John Newand.

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