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Torquay Lions Club Receives Two Awards at the Lions V2 District Change Over Dinner

At the Lions V2 District Change Over Dinner in Warrnambool on Saturday 29 June the Lions Club of Torquay received two awards.
The Club received the District Website/Social Media Award and the Bank of Ideas Award.
The Website/Social Media Award was in recognition of the positive way in which Lions is being promoted in our community. The Bank of Ideas Award is in recognition of the Club's 3 year $12,750 sponsorship of the Art of the Minds Song Contest, supporting Mental Health in our Community

Torquay Lions Club Change Over Dinner 27 June 2024

The Lions Club of Torquay held their Change Over Dinner at the Torquay Lions Village on Thursday 27 June with 42 Members, Partners and Guests in attendance. It was a busy evening! A new member, Anne Sullivan, was inducted and welcomed into the Club by Zone Chair Allen Osman. Outgoing President Brian Keane presented Bill Ferguson with the club "Lion of the Year Award" for his Social Media work. Then to his surprise, Allen Osman was presented with the Lions top award, a Melvin Jones Fellowship by President Brian, for his outstanding work in the community.

After Dinner the Outgoing President Brian gave his report on the lions year just ended and the President's Banner was unfurled.

John Mitchell then installed the Incoming President, Colin Bellis. John then proceeded to install the rest of the Office Bearers for the 2024-2025 Lions Year.

Veronika Bellis presented Joan Keane with flowers in appreciation for her support of Outgoing President Brian during his year as President

Finally newly installed
President Colin then addressed the Club for the first time as President and outlined his theme for the year - ‘Building Communities.’ He outlined that a priority continues that we build our Lions Club community (membership), and work with others to build a cohesive Torquay community generally. We will also take steps to build the impact of our club in some of the new estates around Torquay and - with other Lions Clubs - in the growth areas to our north.

Billy Ryan Charity Bowls Day Friday 5 April 2024

Torquay Lions raised over $12,000 for the Torquay and Bellbrae CFA Brigades on Friday's Billy Ryan Torquay Lions Charity Bowls Day. Torquay Lions and Friends of Lions were on deck for the day, catering and organising raffles. There were 120 bowlers from the Torquay Bowls Club and other local clubs. In the weeks leading up to the event, Torquay Lions collected donations from over 90 local businesses. We received cash donations from our long-term major supporters Champion Blinds and McCartney Real Estate and Roy Morris & Co. Lawyers. In total we collected over $18,000 in cash donations, goods and services. The non-cash donations were used as prizes for the 3 Raffles and the Silent Auctions. The bowlers had a great day and together we helped to raise over $12,000 for our local CFA Brigades. The Bowls Charity Day is named after Billy Ryan who was a Lion and a Bowler, and was well loved in Torquay. He passed away in July 2022. Also supporting us on the day, as usual, was local councillor Rose Hodge.

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Lions Take Part in the Taylor Park Centenary Celebrations

On Saturday 24 February Torquay Lions Club took part in the Centenary Celebrations of Torquay's Taylor Park. Community groups were invited by the Friends of Taylor Park to set up information booths to showcase their groups activities. Torquay Lions Club recently donated funds to the FOTP for nesting boxes to to established in the park.

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Torquay Lions Club Lose Two Stalwarts

Jean Young OAM, wife of Lion Alan Young, died on the 16/11/2023 at the age of 90. Jean was a Lions Lady, and her life of service to the community is an inspiration to us all. Jean was awarded an Order of Australia Medal in January 2023 for Services to the Community. Jean’s funeral was held at St Lukes Anglican Church Torquay on 8/12/2023.


Alan Young died on the 4/01/2024 at the age of 93. Alan was a Lion for 48 years, was Club President in 1992 and was Torquay Lion of the Year in 1990, 1994 and 1996. Alan was awarded an Alan Holding Award in 1998 and a Melvin Jones Fellowship in 2001. Alan received a 40 year Monarch Letter signed by the International President in 2015. His funeral will be held at St Lukes Anglican Church Torquay on 19/12/2023.

Torquay Lions Have a Busy Weekend

On Friday night two Torquay Lions sold tickets for our usual Meat Tray Raffle at the Torquay Hotel. Then on Saturday, at short notice, we held a Sausage Sizzle at Bunnings in North Torquay, while another team of Lions were also selling Lions Christmas Cakes and Puddings at the Farmer’s Market. Finally, on a beautiful sparkling Sunday, at Torquay's Cowrie Market we held another Sausage Sizzle while a second team of Lions ran our Children's Train. All told, we raised over $4,300 for the weekend. Every dollar of which will go back to the community. It was a great result! Thanks to everyone who bought a ticket, or a sausage, or a cake, or had a ride on the train. We also managed to talk Santa into coming to the market to spread some Christmas cheer . 🎅

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Youth of the Year Competition

Three Surf Coast Secondary College students competed in the public speaking phase of a comprehensive contest for Torquay Lions Club’s Youth of the Year for 2023 at the August Dinner Meeting.
After a COVID three-year hiatus, Torquay’s Youth of the Year competition made a welcome return.
The Lions Youth of the Year has a proud history in encouraging and fostering leadership skills in Australian students approaching the end of their high school years.
By emphasising qualities such as contribution to the community and school, public speaking, academic skills, sporting and cultural involvement, YOTY aims to bring forth the next generation of outstanding young Australians.
This year’s Torquay final was between Surf Coast Secondary College Year 11 students Jetaime Liberatore, Annabel Dean and Tobias Kingston-Brown.
Annabel Dean took off both the top prize of YOTY and the Public Speaking Award, closely pursued by Jetaime Liberatore.
Fellow Year 11 student Tobias Kingston-Brown was praised by the judges for his performance on the night.
The judging was held at the Lions Village Community Centre in Kooringa Place Torquay.
Annabel Dean will go forward to the V2 (Southwest Victoria) District competition, and if successful, on to the national competition.

Bellbrae Cemetery Working Bee

Torquay Lions held another working bee at the Bellbrae Cemetery on Tuesday 15th August. The club regularly helps maintain the Cemetery grounds by mowing, weeding and raking the gumtree litter. The club is paid by the cemetery trust for its efforts, with the funds going into the Administration Account. This helps subsidise the costs of running the club.

Pictured are John Bell, Allen Osman and Richard Kelly.

Torquay Lions Club Change Over

After a successful year as President of Torquay Lions Club, Lion Colin Bellis has passed the role to Lion Brian Keane.
“During 2022 – 2023, Torquay Lions have done a wonderful job in raising
a memorable $96,616 to be gifted to many local, national and international causes,” Lion Colin said.

According to the outgoing President, success of the year was based on the strong support of club members and our local community.

“Monies distributed this year have helped a considerable number of groups or individuals achieve a better way of life for themselves or others.
“Some of our larger donations went to supporting organisations determined to make the world a better place,” Lion Colin said.

The greatest amount raised was through Lion Peter McMahon who organised the Good Friday Appeal in Torquay enabling us to pass $41,848 to the Royal Children’s Hospital,” Lion Colin declared.
“Various Lions Foundations, created to assist communities in need, received $13,177 from Torquay Lions, and $10,000 is being given this year to Foundation 61’s new House of Hope to support women confronting life-controlling issues.
“Last week, (22/6) Lions presented a donation of $12,500 to
Art of the Minds which has evolved into a powerful community conversation centred on mental wellbeing,” Lion Colin concluded.
Preparing for the year ahead, incoming President, Lion Brian Keane, declared his vision is to make a difference in the Community, and the Club’s purpose is to see a need and do something about it.
We will do this by Strengthening Lions and our Club locally, through developing New models for growth by looking for new service opportunities, reaching out for new members of a younger generation and building partnerships with businesses and other not for profit organisations,” he said.
“The club will align goals, governance and operational support by ensuring we continue to have strong financial management, concise safety protocols, robust maintenance programs and a culture of looking after each other.
“I am looking forward to a year full of activity, interest and fun. I know that I will have the support of our Members, Friends of Lions and our partners,” Lion Brian acknowledged.

Art of the Minds Donation

Last week, Lions presented a donation of $12,500 to Art of the Minds at the Lions Village.
Art of The Minds has evolved into a powerful community conversation centred on mental wellbeing.
The local charity showcases the brilliant talents of Surf Coast and regional artists, individuals and groups in a festival week full of community-based activities each year.
Founder and President of Art of the Minds, Jules Haddock, is proud of her project and was most grateful for Torquay Lions contribution to the Mental Health Week festival.
“The project forges connections with all community members from young to old”, she said.
“Through creative art-based conversations, ranging from theatre, song, visual arts, music, yoga, sound, sport events with a twist, and an exciting education event, this festival gives our community the right to talk about mental illness, and the responsibility to support one another.
“Art of the Minds aims to activate, educate and engage the Surf Coast and wider community to creatively manage mental health and wellbeing.

Wildlife Nesting Boxes Installed in Torquay's Taylor Park

Torquay Lions teamed up with the Friends of Taylor Park and the Torquay Men's Shed to build wildlife nesting boxes in Taylor Park. Lions provided the funds to purchase the materials, the Men's Shed built the boxes and GORCAPA funded their installation. Great things happen when local organisations work together.

Surf Coast Trek 13 May 2023

Lions help Kids! Torquay Lions ran a BBQ for the 2023 Surf Coast Trek. Over 800 took part in the 26km or 40km fundraising walk from Anglesea or Aireys Inlet to Torquay. Each receiving a medal as they crossed the line at a sunny Elephant Walk. Money raised is for Kids+ and the Give Where You Live Foundation. There were a lot ready for a sausage after their trek.

Great Ocean & Otway Classic Ride 29 April

Great Ocean & Otway Classic Ride was held with around 3,000 riders completing the 60 km, 145km, and 204km rides. Torquay Lions were there assisting O2 Events with marshalling from 6 am as each of the races started from Torquay. We also ran a BBQ at the finish line at Point Danger. It was very busy, with around 900 sausages cooked and served as the riders returned. We raised $2,200 which will go back into the local community. Lion Allen Osman can be seen on the winner’s podium after hours of cooking, doing a Shoey!

April 27 Dinner Meeting

Guest speaker at our April Dinner Meeting was Richard Riordan, State Member for Polwarth, in his capacity as President of Parliament Lions Club. Richard spoke of his background, his involvement with Lions and some of the issues facing our local community. It was fascinating to learn that his stay in Russia as an exchange student was a life changing experience which helped form his views on life, politics and service to the community. What an interesting life he’s led. Torquay Lions President Colin Bellis presented Parliament Lions President Richard Riordan with a Torquay Lions bannerette.

ANZAC Day Dawn Service at Torquay

Torquay Lions were at Point Danger to help with traffic, directions and crowd control. Our Torquay Lions President Colin Bellis laid a wreath on behalf of our club. It was a superb morning; clear and crisp, without wind or rain! Police estimated that there were around 10,000 at Point Danger, and it was pleasing to see lots of children. As we know, Point Danger is an ideal place for the Dawn Service, but our secret is out. The Channel Nine Today Show were there, with weatherman Tim Davies doing the weather report every half an hour, with glorious shots of the Point, the Front Beach and the RSL Service and 2 Up at the Torquay Bowls Club. Tim interviewed Torquay RSL President Bob Brackin, Past President Bob Tyler and Secretary Daryll Topp.

Never see a need without doing something about it

Torquay Lion Brian Keane is on a quest. Lion Brian follows the Lions motto of “we serve”, but as Chair of MacKillop Family Services, Chair Keane follows the Mary MacKillop motto of “Never see a need without doing something about it.” Either way, Brian wants to help others. MacKillop Family Services was established in 1997. But its history dates to the 1800s and was founded on a deep commitment to caring for the most marginalised children, young people and families in our community. Its mission is inspired by Mary MacKillop (Sisters of St Joseph), Catherine McAuley (Sisters of Mercy) and Edmund Rice (Christian Brothers). Next week, Brian leaves for Ireland with four others from MacKillop Family Services to investigate and understand how these groups began helping children who are orphaned, destitute or neglected, and helping families in need of care and support, and how this is relevant to providing services in Australia today.
Pictured are MacKillop CEO Robyn Miller with MacKillop’s Aboriginal Service Development Director, Esmai Manahan and Chair of MacKillop Family Services Board, Brian Keane.

Torquay Lions Raise $41,382 for 2023 Good Friday Appeal

Torquay Lions and their many local helpers raised $41,382 dollars for the Royal Children’s Hospital 2023 Good Friday Appeal.
The local appeal shattered last year’s record of $13,000.
“We not only achieved our target, which initially was $20,000, but we finished the day with $41,382 for this year’s Appeal,” Regional Co-ordinator, Lion Peter McMahon, enthused.
An elated McMahon declared community generosity, small projects by children, a Lions bowls day and many other donations has led to the new record.
“More than tripling last year’s figure almost leaves me speechless,” McMahon stated.

“Volunteer highway collectors from Deakin University, Torquay Lions Club, with help from Grovedale Fire Brigade and various other volunteers, all helped us achieve the $41,382”.
“I thank all who supported the appeal so generously.”
According to McMahon, the Good Friday Appeal resonates with many local families who have had some contact or contacts with the Royal Children’s Hospital over the years.
“Almost every family has been touched as the Children’s Hospital has helped so many youngsters,” McMahon stated.
He said he expected a few more donations would be forthcoming to add to Torquay’s figure.
‘The Lions Club, which donated $11,000 raised at their Billy Ryan charity bowls day, promised a few more hundred dollars would be directed to the Appeal from money raised at a small online auction for a gymnasium membership voucher,” he concluded.


Photograph: Torquay Lion Peter Mc Mahon, Co-ordinator of the Torquay Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal, hands over his final collection of cash to Armaguard for banking. Torquay raised $41,382 for the Appeal.

Billy Ryan Torquay Lions Charity Bowls Day

Torquay Lions raised $11,000 for the Royal Children's Hospital Good Friday Appeal at yesterday’s Billy Ryan Torquay Lions Charity Bowls Day. All Lions were on deck, and there were 110 bowlers from Torquay Bowls Club, Anglesea Bowls, OceanOcean Grove Bowls and Leopold Bowls. We ended up with a winning team with cash prizes awarded. In the weeks up to the event, Lions collected donations from just over 90 local businesses. We received cash donations from our long-term major supporter Champion Blinds and our new supporter Surfside Dental. In total we collected over $18,000 in cash donations, goods and services. All these donations were used as prizes for 5 raffles, and a silent auction. The bowlers all had a great day, and the $11,000 is going to a wonderful cause. Billy Ryan was a Lion and a Bowler, and well loved in Torquay. He passed away in July last year, and the Bowls Charity Day is named after him. His wife, Pam, was there to present the winning bowlers with their prizes. Also there supporting us was councillor Rose Hodge.

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