Lions Club of Torquay
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Lions Duck Races are On Again

Lions Club President Neil Roche said today the success of Torquay’s inaugural duck racing season in 2020, has led to a bigger event this year.

“Our Club is aiming for 300 ducks (the little yellow type that float) to race off in heats, on 11 December 2021,” he said. 
“The exact venue and time will be announced on the day, subject to weather and tides.  The event will go live to our club Facebook page, @lionstorquay, yes, we do have one).”
Lion Neil invited Surf Coast residents, and anyone else, to ‘adopt’ a duck, for $10.00 each duck.
“If all ducks are adopted for race day, and thanks to our sponsors donating prizes to the value of $500, the Lions will raise $3,000 to put back into the community,” he said.
“Tickets are available through this Lions’ Club website, just click on this
Link We suggest you get in quickly before they are all adopted, as happened last year.
“You can also catch us selling in Gilbert Street, or at the Farmers Market during November,” Lion Neil pointed out.
Lion Neil assured the community that no ducks (or Lions) will be injured in this event; no plastic ducks will be lost to our beautiful oceans and waterways; and he is very confident none will fly away!
“It’s been a difficult year for many, including for the Lions to get together and fundraise.  So, the idea of a bit of fun, and the ability to financially support our local community, is something to which the club is looking forward.”

Four years old Harriet, helped by dad, Steven Reaper, checks the floatability of the Lions Club’s little yellow ducks in preparation for the Beached Duck Races to be held on 11 December at a Torquay location being kept under wraps at this time.

Moonah Woodlands Working Bee

Torquay Lions Club fundraising activities have ceased because of COVID restrictions, but its members have moved to lift their community service activities.
The Club’s emphasis this month has switched from fundraising to wood gathering and collecting old plastic plant guards abandoned in the Moonah Woodlands at the east end of The Esplanade.
Club President Neil Roche has care of the environment as one of his projects for this year.
“I believe caring for our fragile environment is critical today to ensure it’s OK for future generations,” he said.
“Liaising with Surf Coast Shire officers, we offered to help clean up the Moonah Woodlands, collecting long abandoned stakes and plastic left lying about in this wonderful native reservation.
“Our environment project has become also a recycling project as the wooden stakes and some of the plastic guards will be recycled for use in future plantings,” Lion Neil advised.
In their morning spent in the Woodlands, the Torquay Lions collected hundreds of old stakes and numerous bags of disintegrating plastic.

Volunteers (from left) Lions Bill Ferguson, Gayle Roche, Lion Peter McMahon, and Club President Neil Roche gather stakes and plastic from the bush.

The Lions Analemmatic Sundial Rejuvenated

Working hand in hand with the Great Ocean Road Coast and Parks Authority (GORCAPA), Torquay Lions Club gave their analemmatic sundial a 25-year rejuvenation. GORCAPA removed weeds, cleared congested plants and shrubs and guided the Lions on how best to rejuvenate the sundial’s surrounds with seedlings provided by the Authority. The chilly, windy morning did not deter the Lions from their tasks. Here, Lion Brian Keane and Terena Lane plant and water in seedlings with their fellow Lions


Torquay Lions Club President Neil Roche and wife Gail, plant seedlings at the Lions’ popular analemmatic sundial undergoing a 25-year rejuvenation.

Bunnings Sausage Sizzle

It’s great to be back! Torquay lions (from left) Robert Grubb, Tom Harding, Terena Lane and President Neil Roche with handfuls of freshly sizzled sausages for Bunnings’s customers last week (15/08). To replenish their community funds, the Lions seek all opportunities to raise monies for disbursement to needy persons and organisations in Torquay.


Customer Daryl Collings, waits patiently for his sausage and onions as Torquay Lions argue over who has the best-cooked product and the right to serve him. Lions (from left) Robert Grubb, Tom Harding, Terena Lane and Neil Roche mix work and pleasure as they go about raising funds for the Australian Lions Foundation (ALF) flood disaster relief. The club donated $500 from their community fundraising to the ALF.

Torquay Lions Gift Lions Comfort Koalas To Police

Torquay Lions Club recently presented 12 Lions Comfort Koalas to Victoria Police members at the local station.
Police and other organisations use the
Lions Comfort Koalas to assist young children caught up in stressful situations.
During the past 35 Years with the support of Lions clubs throughout Victoria, and now nationally, Lions Crimewatch has distributed over 53,000
Lions Comfort Koalas.
Torquay Lions President Neil Roche, pointed out local Lions had been part of “Lions Operation
Comfort Koalas” for some years.
“The Koalas are handed out to kids at motor vehicle accident sites, at courts, at house and bush fires, in domestic violence homes, hospitals, children’s cancer units and on myriad occasions where children might be distressed,” Lion Neil shared.
“With Lions clubs ongoing support of “Lions Operation
Comfort Koalas”, jointly we continue to supply bears to Police, SES, CFA and others where children might become anxious and stressed,” he said.
Distributing Comfort Koalas is only one way the Torquay Lions help support people in our local community.


Torquay Lions President Neil Roche (right) and Leadership Chairman Lion Colin Bellis handover Teddy Bears to Sergeant Peter Christo at Torquay police station

New Lions Leadership Team Installed

The annual Changeover Dinner of the Torquay Lions Club was held at the Torquay Lions Village recently (24/6) and a new executive team was installed for the next 12 months.
Torquay Lions’ Zone Chairman Les Cropley, formally installed the new team at the Changeover Dinner.
Past President Bill was proud to announce at the dinner that the Torquay Lions had distributed just on $35,000 to local, national and international causes during the past year.
“Lions worked hard to raise those funds for distribution despite the COVID restrictions,” he said.
“More importantly, however, the money raised from the community all went back to various communities in one form or another,” he emphasised.
Incoming President Neil Roche pointed out to his new executive team that their year’s activities had already begun, and they would gather quickly to cross-pollinate any new ideas to ensure another successful year.
Lions in the Executive Team supporting the President this year are Colin Bellis, Leadership Team; Ken Farrow, Secretary; and Brian Keane, Treasurer.
“Like many other service organisations, Torquay Lions are an ageing group, and although we have a few younger members, we need more people between 25 and 60 to try their hand serving the community,” Lion Neil pointed out.
“Most people who try out working with Lions, join us for the satisfaction they receive serving others,” he concluded.


At its recent Changeover Dinner (24/7), Torquay Lions Club’s new President Neil Roche, looks to the year ahead while Lions Zone Chairman Les Cropley listens attentively.


Torquay’s coveted Lion of the Year award was presented to Lion Peter McMahon by the outgoing President Bill Ferguson for his considerable achievements during the past 12 months.


At Torquay Lions Club Changeover Dinner, Lion Terena Lane, a relatively new member of Torquay Lions, received a new award – the Rising Star Award - from outgoing President, Bill Ferguson, for her outstanding efforts during the past year.

Torquay Lions Recognise Retiring Fellow Lion

Torquay Lion Trevor Secombe and his wife Nicky were recently farewelled at the Torquay Lions May Dinner Meeting. Lion Trevor had recently decided to resign from Lions after many year's service. Trevor, a Past President, has been a greatly valued member, respected for his wise counsel and mentoring of many members. Trevor was also instrumental in the success of the Charity Bowls Days which raised many thousands of dollars for local causes. We will miss him.

Lions Provide BBQ for "You Matter Too" Charity Walkers

Torquay Lions had our BBQ trailer at Whites Beach playground on Saturday 8 May. We were supporting the "You Matter Too" charity walkers. See their webpage at . They are supporting TIACS, an organisation who provides free and ongoing professional mental health support to blue collar workers, rural and remote communities and supporters of anyone struggling with mental illness through a convenient text and call service.

Surf Coast Trek

Congratulations to all the walkers in this year’s Surf Coast Trek, for getting to the finish line and for raising funds for two great Geelong charities - the Give Where You Live Foundation, and the Kids Plus Foundation. Torquay Lions Club were pleased to be involved at the finish line with our BBQ.

Great Ocean Otway Classic

The Great Ocean Otway Classic Bike Ride was recently held starting and finishing in Torquay. Ten local Lions acted as marshals for the bike riders as they cycled through Central Torquay.

Safe Food Handling Refresher for Lions

After a quieter than usual year for the Lions BBQ trailer (we look forward to Cowrie markets returning later in 2021 for our BBQ and our train!) President Elect Neil Roche organised Surf Coast Shire’s Environmental Health Officer, Rhonda Gambetta, to check that the Lions trailer and its volunteer workers continue to meet today’s critical health standards. A brush-up on safe food handling never goes astray.
When the next sausages and onion come from the Lions BBQ trailer, patrons can be assured that, from unpacking the ingredients to handover of magnificently cooked sausages to the customer, everything will be managed in an environmentally healthy way.

Lions Gardening Working Bee

Following a request for assistance for a local family. A group of Torquay Lions recently held a working bee in the families garden. Pictured (L to R) are Lions Peter McMahon, Tony Smith, Theo Reyntjes, Allen Osman and Neil Roche. Torquay Lions are very pleased to be able to help in these circumstances.

Good Friday Royal Childrens Hospital Appeal

There were many Lions out rattling a tin on Good Friday to raise much needed funds for the Royal Children’s Hospital. This year represents 90 years of giving. Lion Peter McMahon spearheaded operations and over $6,500 was raised, a fantastic effort.

Torquay Lions Village Celebrates 20 Years

Torquay Lions Village recently celebrated 20 years since its first residents moved in. Photographed is Torquay Lion Brian Fuller, cutting the cake, who was instrumental in establishing the Village.

Torquay Lions Visit Foundation 61

Torquay Lions Club members and their partners recently were invited to share a meal at Foundation 61 at its Mt Duneed facility.
Torquay Lions Club have contributed $50,000 to the local drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre over the past 5 years, and have established a strong relationship with the foundation.
In the photograph Program Director Rob Lytzki is speaking to the assembled guests.

Torquay North Yarning Circle Nears Completion

Lions President Bill Ferguson recently took part in a working bee to spread mulch at the newly established Yarning Circle in North Torquay. Torquay Lions have been involved from the start of this project after being approached to help with funding arrangements.

Shire $5000 Helps Lions Support Feed Me Surfcoast

A $5000 Surfcoast Shire grant to Torquay Lions has helped them deliver hundreds of meals to those in need every week.
As the key delivery service for Feed Me Surfcoast, the Lions have delivered more than 3000 meals to addresses throughout the Surfcoast region in the past 9 months.
About 30 Lions have been rostered over the past 9 months as delivery drivers for Feed me Surfcoast.
Co-ordinator of the Torquay Lions providing support, Lion Peter McMahon, has ensured sufficient drivers have been available each week to help deliver to those in need.
“This a great project for the Torquay Lions Club” he declared.
“Not only did it provide our club with a community project, during COVID, but it also fired up our Lions to continue helping Feed Me Surfcoast, post-COVID.
“We are now old hands at delivering to addresses spread throughout the Surfcoast region, but receiving the Shire’s $5000 goes a long way to offsetting costs of Lions using their own vehicles for deliveries.
“Feed Me Surfcoast is an eye-opener. Although its primary mission is to help those in need, it has also diverted about 400 tonnes of food from landfill,” Lion Peter pointed out.

Lions Pay Last Promised $10000 to Foundation 61

Torquay Lions Club has presented another $10,000 to provide accommodation and program support for two clients at the Mount Duneed rehabilitation centre, Foundation 61, while they rebuild their broken lives.
“The Torquay Lions committed $50,000 to supporting the centre for five years,” President Bill Ferguson said.
“As we are now at the end of this financial support program, we will review our commitment to Foundation 61 and consider whether this is the best way ahead, considering the many calls for support that we have.”
“We have built a wonderful relationship with the team at Foundation 61.
“Torquay Lions greatly appreciate the work being done at Mount Duneed and we are proud to have been able to help in some way.
The Lions Club President said his members are dedicated to helping people who have drifted from mainstream society or to long-term projects supporting children, or one or more foundations dedicated to specific medical conditions.
“Over the past five years, we have been able to assist up to 15 participants and provide accommodation for two of them in rooms funded by the Lions,” Bill Ferguson said.
“As well as the annual donations, we have been able to provide a large outdoor pizza oven for the participants with funds raised from the community at one of the Lions’ Annual Bowls Day.
“Foundation 61 and Torquay Lions have become quite a team and we have enjoyed BBQs with staff and members of their programs,” Ferguson concluded.
Torquay Lions’ President Bill Ferguson, presents Foundation 61 Co-ordinator, Rob Lytzki, with a cheque for $10,000, making the total amount donated to Foundation 61 over the past five years $50,000.

Torquay Lions Club Australia Day Duck Race Number 3

The third Torquay Lions Club Duck Race has been run and won. The Duck Race was held early on Australia Day at Fishermans Beach. Due to overnight rain the creek was running well which made for a fast race course. The results are as follows.
1st Place. Duck Number 71
Prize: A Ripcurl S/ Men’s tracksuit pants valued at $119.99
2nd Place. Duck Number 198
Prize: A Bunnings voucher valued at $50
3rd Place. Duck Number 171
Prize: A IGA voucher valued at $20
We will be in contact with the winners soon to arrange the delivery of their prizes.
Thank you very much for everyone who purchased (adopted) our ducks in this our third Duck Race for this year.
And thank you to Ripcurl, Bunnings and IGA for your generous donations of prizes.
Click on the following link to see short video of some of the heats and the final.
More details:

COVID-19 Safe Virtual Australia Day Celebration in Torquay

At 10.30am on Tuesday 26 January, Surf Coast Shire Council is holding a special online Australia Day event partnering with Anglesea and Torquay Lions Clubs, including a livestreamed citizenship ceremony to welcome 13 new Australians to the Shire:
How will you be spending this time of year? Because we can't be together in person, hashtag #AusDay2021SurfCoastShire with photos or words to share how you'll be spending the day or the weekend.
Please note that Torquay Lions will not be hosting the usual Australia Day Celebrations in Taylor Park. No free Sausage Sizzle this Year ☹️☹️☹️

Broken Glass on Foreshore Concerns Torquay Lions

Torquay Lions cleaning rubbish along Torquay’s foreshore from dawn on New Year’s Day were disappointed at the amount of broken glass they gathered.
According to Lions President Bill Ferguson, there was more broken glass scattered around than in 2019 or 2020.
“It concerns us greatly that the careless actions of a few counter those who mainly did the right thing,” Lion Bill declared.
“We recovered more broken glass among the usual bottles, drink cartons and other general rubbish.
“Our Lions swept the foreshore from the Torquay Surf Club to Zeally Bay Road and accumulated dozens of bags of rubbish.
“And there were other people doing their bit in removing some rubbish from the lawns, as we checked the beaches, lawns and bushes,” he said.
Torquay Lions Club has cleaned the foreshore and surrounds for a number of years.
They start at 6.00 am as the sun rises and have the job done for the early morning walkers by 7.00 to 7.30 am.
The Lions leave their collected rubbish in bags alongside GORCAPA bins which are cleared as the Lions finish their task.
“We don’t want visitors to Torquay to experience dirty and dangerous foreshore and beaches, which leaves a bad impression of our delightful beachfront and environs,” President Bill stated.
He also thanked his team of Lions who fronted the task so early after New Year’s Eve.
“However,” he declared over a coffee at Third Wave Kiosk after the work was done, “Glass is our biggest enemy. It is difficult to spot in grassy areas, tedious to remove and always concerns us that we might miss some shards which can cause severe gashes in feet”.
Torquay Lions (from left) Colin Bellis, Bill Ferguson, Brian Keane and Darryl Stewart, pause during their New Year’s Day clean up of Torquay’s beaches and foreshore, with bags of rubbish to be gathered later when the bins are emptied.

Torquay Lions Hold Their Annual Christmas Party

Torquay Lions recently held their annual Christmas Party. The club met at their usual venue, the Torquay Lions Village, on 8 December and enjoyed the opportunity to meet friends in person again now that COVID restrictions have been eased.
President Bill Ferguson addresses club members.

Lions Recognise 180 years of Community Service

Torquay Lions Club held its first face to face dinner meeting recently (26/11) following easing of COVID restrictions.
Lion President Bill Ferguson chaired the meeting which was held both on the Torquay Foreshore and at Bomboras in their marquee.
During the foreshore gathering, Lions International Zone Chairman Les Cropley, presented badges and certificates recognising more than 180 years of community service performed by just five Torquay Lions.
Zone Chairman Les Cropley (Third from left) joins (from left) Lions Alan Young, Robert Grubb, Harvey Price, Theo Reyntjes and Allen Osman following his presentation of well-deserved awards for years of community service.

Torquay Lions Collect Used Spectacles

Torquay Lion Harvey Price and his wife Gail, a Friend of Torquay Lions, have been busy recently packing used spectacles into an empty Lions Christmas Cake box for their safe dispatch to the Lions Spectacle Recycling Group in Queensland.
Harvey, who recently completed 40 years service to the community as a Lion, has been collecting and passing on used spectacles for much of this time.
Members of the public can donate used spectacles to the club to be sent overseas to assist vision impaired people as part of the Lions International Vision Program
You can also purchase a Lions Christmas Cake from our Online Store (See link this page)

Torquay Lion of the Year

Despite COVID restrictions, Torquay Lions Club’s Immediate Past President John Bell (left), was determined to present his award to the Lion of the Year for 2019 – 2020, John Wilson. Among his other Lions duties, John Wilson was the Club’s Roster Master, an onerous task at any time, but John managed rosters for several BBQ sites in Torquay willingly and efficiently despite the many changes which occur because of family or other commitments which clash with roster times.

Torquay Lions Hold Their Annual President's Dinner

Torquay Lions held their President's Dinner on 28 January. The annual Pizza evening was scheduled to be held at Torquay's Cosy Corner but had to be relocated to Lion and Past President John Bell's property at the last moment due to a sudden change in the weather. The Lions and their partners were celebrating their successful Summer holiday fundraising season despite the COVID restrictions. The club managed to still raise $6500 from Meat Tray Raffles in the Caravan Parks, 3 Duck Races and by the sale of Lions Christmas Cakes. President Bill Ferguson presented Lion Brian Keane with a Commonwealth Bank Treasure's Award and then amused those present with a cryptic quiz of Torquay and Jan Juc street names. Many thanks to John and Barbara Bell for allowing us to use the shelter on their property.

Torquay Lions Cook Breakfast outside New Haymes Paint Shop

Torquay Lions Club earned $500 for the Australian Lions Foundation by serving bacon and egg rolls at the grand opening of Haymes Paint Shop recently (20/1).
Up bright and early, the Lions were set up and prepared to serve breakfast rolls to local tradespeople visiting the new venture.
A trickle of painters and decorators in and out of the paint shop stopped to enjoy the Lions’ fare before heading off to their work sites breakfast.
All appeared to enjoy the unexpected tasty rolls through the morning.
According to Torquay Lions Club President Bill Ferguson, the early morning project was only one in a number of projects designed to raise funds for community projects.
“This assistance to the Haymes Paint Shop earned $500 for the Australian Lions Foundation,” Bill said.
“In this time of COVID, fundraising has been limited, but our activities are slowly earning revenue for the various community projects in which Australian Lions are involved”.
When disaster strike, the Australian Lions Foundation is among the first to offer disaster relief.
The Foundation continues to be one of the first organisations on the ground providing financial assistance and support to local communities in times of need.
Australian Lions Foundation continues to be where their support is needed, not only in Australia and Papua New Guinea, but also internationally where our emergency relief and community welfare projects contribute to global understanding and cooperation.
Personal gifts to the Australian Lions Foundation are welcomed. Gifts of $2.00 or more are tax deductible. To donate, send donations to: Chairperson, David Triffett, PO Box 465, Glenorchy, Tasmania, 7010.
Torquay Lion Colin Bellis hands a bacon and egg roll to Danny Clifford of Point Danger Painting (white top) watched by Tim Dwyer, Store Manager of the Haymes Paint Shop Torquay, and Lion Brian Fuller. The Lions served breakfast rolls to tradespeople attending the grand opening of the Haymes Paint Shop in Cylinders Dve. Torquay. The activity earned $500 from Haymes Paints for the Australian Lions Foundation.

Torquay Lions Racing Ducks Earn Dollars

Three Torquay Lions Beached Ducks events have raised $2350 online for needy and community projects.
According to President Bill Ferguson, the popularity of the duck races promoted on the Club’s social media outlets surprised some members of the Club.
“We had a few doubters sure this fun-driven fundraiser would not work.
“The results show that even with COVID restrictions our community can have fun while helping others.
“The proven success of the races has led us to consider running another series of races later in the year,” he opined.
“The absence of spectators caused by pandemic restrictions, was a bit of a let-down because of the inability of people to attend the actual races at Spring Creek and Fisho’s,” President Bill commented.
The final event held at Fisherman’s Beach near the boat ramp, did draw a small safe-distancing group of spectators, including young children enthralled by the ducks racing to the beach.
Organised by Lion Neil Roche, and with prizes donated by Rip Curl, Torquay Books, IGA and Bunnings, buyers of ducks were plentiful.
“The online event was exceptionally popular,” Lion Neil said.
“The number of ducks set to race grew from 120 in the first event to 200 today as buyers sought to be winners
“We ran 10 heats and a final in each event, with prizes presented to the first three ducks to cross the finish line in the final,” he reported.
“Today’s event was a fun experience with a small crowd encouraging the ducks along the course to the beach and Lion Brian Keane calling the races as they happened.
“It wasn’t a Caulfield or Melbourne Cup, but it was Torquay’s own Australia Day home racing event, with full fields in each race,” he concluded.
The fun online fundraiser produced $2350 which will be distributed by Torquay Lions as community needs are assessed.
The past 12 months’ restrictions have had an adverse on the Club’s fundraising but the Ducks Races show there are more than the Lions’ traditional income streams such as sausage sizzles and raffles.
Results of the races and a video of today’s final race are available on the Torquay Lions Website and Facebook.
Torquay Lions’ racing ducks sweep past a group of spectators approaching the finish line. One duck from each heat went on to a final race of heat winners at Fisherman’s Beach on Australia Day (26/1/20210). Three Beached Ducks events raised $2350 for the Torquay Lions Club fun fundraiser organised as an online event using the club’s social media outlets.

Local Lion Retires after Life of Service

When he and his wife, Sylvia arrived in Torquay in 1975, John Peck did not think he would still be involved in community service 45 years later.
“A few years after we moved to Torquay, I was recruited into the Torquay Apex Club as my first move into community service,” said John.
Better known over the past 35 years as Lion John Peck of the Torquay Lions Club, Lion John has now retired, not because he wanted to, but because a long-time medical condition was curtailing his involvement in Lions International.
“Serving one’s local community and even helping others nationally and internationally is a wonderful opportunity for men and women”, he said.
Lion John had risen to President of the Torquay Apex Club by 1982, but left the club in 1983 because he had reached the maximum age of members.
Ten years after becoming a Torquay resident, John Peck joined the Torquay Lions Club.
From 1985 until early last month, Lion John had served on the club committee in every executive position including President in 1990.
Because of his medical condition, Lion John left the Lions Club for a few years until he became well enough to re-join and in 2008 was a key member of the Lions Village Project team which oversaw the construction of the award-winning Torquay Lions Village in Kooringa Place.
Always interested in the development of young people as young Australians, Lion John managed the Lions International Youth of the Year Torquay contest for three years as its planner and co-ordinator.
Torquay Lions well-known BBQ trailer, designed and built locally, involved Lion John heavily involved in the team designing and overseeing the project until the colourful vehicle hit the streets.
Torquay Lions Club President, Bill Ferguson, admired Lion John’s service to his community.
“When a job was there to be done, John was usually one of the first Lions to volunteer”, he said.
“Lions International has awarded John with its highest award, the Melvin Jones Fellowship, for his dedication to service over many years.
“We will miss him from the Club, but we hope to see him and Sylvia back at our dinners, whenever the current Coronavirus restrictions are lifted,” Mr Ferguson declared.
John and Sylvia Peck prepare John’s well-worn Lions shirt for retention as a memento of his many years of community service following his retirement from the Torquay Lions Club.

Duck Race Number 3 Is Coming Up

Duck Race No 3 sales began on Saturday 12 December at the Farmer’s Market. Race day will be Tuesday 26th, Australia Day, 8.30am. We will also be selling Ducks outside the Bendigo Bank in Gilbert Street on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The purchase of Ducks from our Online Store is no longer possible.

Prizes this time are:
1st Prize. Ripcurl S/ Men’s tracksuit pants valued at $119.99
2nd Prize. Bunnings voucher valued at $50
3rd Prize. IGA voucher valued at $20

Bunnings sausage sizzles have returned to Torquay

Bunnings sausage sizzles have returned to Torquay, but under strictly supervised COVID restrictions. Not only are they popular with shoppers at the store, but they are a sought-after source of funds for the Torquay Lions Club enabling the club to build its monies to meet needy causes and local, national and international projects.

To ensure social distancing, Torquay’s Lions greeter Bill Ryan guided people along ‘the yellow brick road’ referring to the yellow distance markers entering the sausage sizzle precinct

Duck Race Number 2

The second Torquay Lions Club Dusk Race has been run and won. The results are as follows.
1st Duck Number 135 wins a Ripcurl F-Light Backpack.
2nd Duck Number 85 wins a Men's T-shirt (small).
3rd Duck Number 20 wins a IGA $20 voucher.
We will be in contact with the winners soon to arrange the delivery of their prizes.
Once again thank you very much for everyone's participation in our Duck Race Number 2.
And thanks to Ripcurl, and IGA for your generous donations of prizes.
Copy the following link into your Browser to see short video of some of the heats and the final.

Inaugural Torquay Lions Club Duck Race

The inaugural Torquay Lions Club Dusk Race has been run and won.
The results are as follows.
1st Duck Number 87 wins a Bunnings $50 voucher.
2nd Duck Number 117 wins a $30 Torquay Bookstore voucher.
3rd Duck Number 42 wins a IGA $20 voucher.
We will be in contact with the winners soon to arrange the delivery of their vouchers.
Please copy and paste the link below into your Browser to view a short video of todays Duck Race. Or go to the Events pull down menu and click the same link.
Once again thank you very much for everyone's participation in our Duck Race.
And thanks to Bunnings, Torquay Books and IGA for your generous donations of vouchers.

Beached Duck Race No 2

Another chance to have a "quack", so "eider" be quick if I were you and “swan” on over to our online shop to adopt a $5 plastic duck.
All funds raised go back into the community via our many projects. Those "billed" will be notified of their duck number by email. Heats and final will be held on a Surfcoast beach, 9.30am, November 14th.
COVID regulations to be applied, so the event will be videoed and results "down" loaded on our Facebook page and "web"site.
Our old “coots” will choose a safe, suitable beachside location for racing that will ensure no ducks are lost. The best paddler from each heat will go into the final.
There are 200 Ducks available for adoption. Be quick! They are going fast!
 "Waddle" you win?
1st Prize- 1 x F-light searcher bag $179.99 donated by Rip Curl.
2nd Prize - 1 x small mens tee $49.99 donated by Rip Curl.
3rd Prize - $20 Ryans Torquay IGA voucher.
Ducks are now available from our Online Store and will be available from the Saturday Farmers' Markets held outside the Surf Coast Shire's Offices on Merrijig Drive North Torquay.
Click on the Online Store Link on this page and then select Shop now.

Lions Christmas Cakes Are Now On Sale

Lions famous traditional Christmas cakes are now available for sale.
The 1.5 Kg Cakes sell for $17
The cakes will be available for sale at the Saturday Farmers' Market outside the Surf Coast Shire's Offices on Merrijig Drive North Torquay.
They are also available from our Online Store by clicking on the link.

Torquay Lions Plan for a COVID-19 Normal Summer

Members of the Torquay Lions Club Global Action Team, lead by President, Bill Ferguson, recently held another socially distanced meeting at the Rotunda in Taylor Park. The Global Action Team were meeting to discuss the way forward now that COVID-19 restrictions in Victoria are gradually being eased.
Discussing future club activities are (from left) Lions Colin Bellis, Brian Keane, Neil Roche, Bill Ferguson, Phillip Newson and Ken Farrow (behind the camera)

Farmer's Market Lions Cake Sales

This week, for the first time, the Torquay Farmers' Market welcomed the Torquay Lions Club selling Lions Cakes and tickets for the Lions' November Duck Race. On the Saturday morning, the Lions sold 14 Christmas cakes and 26 tickets in the Beached Ducks Race.
Here, customer Philip Thomas, chats about the cakes with Lions Theo
Reyntjes (left) and Bill Ferguson before ordering 40 cakes for distribution to his clients and staff for Christmas. He bought two ducks for the Lions Duck Race as well

Torquay Lions Club Inaugural "Beached Duck Race"

The Lions Club of Torquay will "conduckt" it's inaugural "Beached Duck Race" on October 3rd. To have a "quack", "eider" be quick if I were you and go to our online shop to adopt a $5 duck. All funds raised go back into the community via our many projects.
Those "billed" will be notified of their duck number by email. Heats and final will be held on a Surfcoast beach from 9.30am on October 3rd. Due to current rules on social distancing and restrictions on group gatherings, there will be no "Peking" so the event's "eggsact" location must be kept "under our wing" and not disclosed, however the event will be videoed and results "down" loaded on our Facebook page and "Web"site.
To purchase a ticket for a duck click on the Online Store Link.
Entries will be limited to 120 and a suitable location allowing adequate surf and no loss of ducks will be chosen on the day. Ducks will be dropped from a "quacker" barrel and given 30 seconds to beach themselves by surfing to shore. The best paddler from each heat will go into the final.
"Waddle" you win?
1st Prize- $50 Bunnings voucher.
2nd Prize - $30 Torquay Book Shop voucher.
3rd Prize - $20 IGA voucher.

Torquay Lions Club Global Action Team Hold First Meeting for the New Lions Year

Members of the Torquay Lions Club new Global Action Team, lead by Incoming President, Bill Ferguson, were recently enticed to a meeting at the rotunda in Taylor Park with the promise, from Bill, of a Boston Bun and a coffee
Fine weather and social distancing requirements, due to the COVID19 restrictions, made the venue an ideal meeting place.
Discussing future club activities are (from left) Lions Bill Ferguson, Ken Farrow, Colin Bellis, Brian Keane and Neil Roche.

Torquay Lions Help Distribute Meals

Following a presentation to a Surfcoast Shire Community Zoom Meeting by 'Feed Me, Surfcoast, Torquay Lions offered to help distribute their meals.
Torquay Lions began their first delivery of meals on Wednesday 5 August 2020.
Feed Me Surfcoast's, Tiffany Quinlan, hands over meals to Torquay Lions (From left) Peter McMahon, Bill Ferguson and Neil Roche.

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