District 201N2 Australia

South - Eastern New South Wales and the ACT.

DISTRICT GOVERNOR Lorna Gordon

DISTRICT

GOVERNOR

201N2

LORNA

GORDON

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It is a privilege to serve you as District Governor this 2020-2021 Lions year. I hope we can achieve our goals, and that we have fun and fellowship because that is so important in our Lions Clubs and in life.

We can look back over the years in our Clubs, our Zones, and our District, there are so many successes that have been achieved. In fact, I believe very project you do, every plan you execute, is an achievement. Our communities are all the better for your efforts.

We are very aware of what our District N2 has experienced this year. We have had drought, fire, and floods and that for anybody to suffer in a lifetime let alone in less than 12 months is huge and a heartbreak to so many. I have chosen as my theme this year Embracing our Past - Serving our communities with 2020 Vision and I believe that in looking back over the years on where I’d come from to where I am, in all aspects of my life,

I decided that I would choose as my theme for this year to reflect that and to encourage Lions Clubs to regather and rethink their Lions Journey and where they see their Club. I am sure "we will come back stronger", we will do things differently, but we will I hope, look to the future at how we approach our own lives and our Lions life and the way “We Serve” in our communities. 

Each of us brings something different to our communities and our Lions Clubs. We will find there are new and important ways to serve in our communities and that it is not all about money all the time. 
 

“We will come back stronger”

Thank you for your service to your community and District. 

“Embracing our Past - Serving our communities with 2020 Vision”

Has COVID-19 really thrown a “spanner in the works”? Yes, we have been forced into living a life we never imagined possible. But I believe some Clubs will have rethought how they will continue as a Club. I am sure there will be peaks and troughs as we bounce back, I am hoping and thinking positively. I believe Clubs will come back together, and we will get back to doing what we do well, serving our communities and its people. 

There are areas of our District that were critically affected by drought and then the fires to be followed by floods, we have committees in place looking after these communities, but there is no doubt there are many ways that individual clubs can also assist in supporting these committees.

What does Embracing our Past – Serving our Communities with 2020 Vision mean?  I see it in a number of ways, it is the things we have done in the past and the anticipation and hope in carrying out the many wonderful things we can and will do this year and beyond.

Our Lions pin that we receive when we are inducted as Lions, has two Lion heads, one looking to the left and one to the right that is “Looking behind to the past and looking ahead to the future”. I believe we will do that. It is what keeps us positive as we adjust to new ways of doing things.

Reflecting on the Lions Pin - What does it mean to wear this pin?  Please wear it as a symbol of commitment to service in your communities and wear it with Pride. What does it do?  - Does it make us smile and does it shine the spotlight on us as Lions, because we are proud to play a part in the lives of people we touch in our communities? 

We have witnessed excitement, happiness, and sadness also, As Lions, we will endeavour to bring that sadness to joy, through our connection to our communities in many ways and in what we can do.,

Health and Welfare of Members
I would like us to focus on the welfare of our membership and especially during this COVID 19 Pandemic? I would like us to encourage Club members to take charge and ring/contact Club members, make a commitment to self to pick up the phone and call members, check with those who are vulnerable and ask them do they need help (that is, if you are able). This is ‘Service’ to our membership

I want to ensure members know that we care; that we are concerned for all our members. When we can, look to encouraging Service activities.

Our Global Causes
The causes are as following

I am encouraging Clubs and members to embrace these causes and I encourage participate in projects involving them.

LCIF/Campaign 100
I encourage all Clubs to consider making LCIF/Campaign 100 as your Key beneficiary this year to assist in the replenishment of the generous grant to district N2 to aid the recovery after the bushfires. We need to be able to continue making Grants in the disasters and crisis that plague our world. Campaign 100 will continue until June 2022.

Sharing your stories 
In line with my theme this year I am asking Clubs to reminisce, to lookback on the history of your Club share the stories of old with the members who do not know what the Club did in years gone by. Maybe revisit projects of the past. Build on the fellowship and fun.

Servant Leadership
Give newer members the encouragement to step up and consider taking on Leadership positions. Encourage board members to give others the opportunity to serve on the board.

Within the map there is a picture of the new growth of fern fronds. It was to me symbolic of the determination to regenerate to come back from the blackened earth and destruction.

The new ferns sprouted everywhere, and I believed nothing would hold back those little spores of fern and other vegetation from growing to new heights.

I am hopeful that we will as Lions reach to new heights in this very different year we are experiencing; I am sure, we will be resilient like the ferns in the bush area of our District. We will regenerate our Clubs to go forward into the future.

On my banner there is the maps of Australia and New Zealand, and we know that during the most difficult and devastating times that our countries experience, we as neighbouring countries and as Lions are there to help in whatever way is possible. We are also able to reach out to our Clubs and help and support those who need that help.

My pin represents my heritage, where I have come from, to where I have made my home.

My mother was from Co Meath, Ireland and my father’s mother was Irish also and both parents immigrated post World Wars.

Paul, and I with our children emigrated to Australia from New Zealand and made it home in 1984. 

The Celtic Knot represents my Irish history, the Kowhai on the left is a New Zealand native, on the right is the Wattle an emblem and native of Australia.

It tells the story of no matter where we come from, we can bring a combination of cultures, we can do and be, an impact through our service in our communities

The District N2 pin has been chosen by DG’s over the past 7 years with the individual DG;s adding their own little symbol on the top, this year I chose to add a fern because it shows great strength, tenacity & determination.

I hope and believe and we can we be like the ferns who are so determined to sprout to new heights, and we can regenerate, multiply and grow our Clubs with that same strength and tenacity.

In working hard, we will reap the rewards and our new “vision” will lead us to just what we can do. I believe we too can have the resilience of the ferns that are growing to new heights throughout our district.

Let us stop for a moment, to look to the past and think how we go forward.

“Embracing our Past - Serving our Communities with 2020 Vision”

Has COVID-19 really thrown a “spanner in the works”? Yes, we have been forced into living a life we never imagined possible. But I believe some Clubs will have rethought how they will continue as a Club. I am sure there will be peaks and troughs as we bounce back, I am hopeful and thinking positively. I believe Clubs will come back together, and we will get back to doing what we do well, serving our communities and its people. 

There are areas of our District that were critically affected by drought and then the fires to be followed by floods, we have committees in place looking after these communities, but there is no doubt there are many ways that individual clubs can also assist in supporting these committees.

  1. What does Embracing our Past – Serving our Communities with 2020 Vision mean?  I see it in a number of ways, it is the things we have done in the past and the anticipation and hope in carrying out the many wonderful things we can and will do this year and beyond.
  2. Our Lions pin that we receive when we are inducted as Lions, has two Lion heads, one looking to the left and one to the right that is “Looking behind to the past and looking ahead to the future”. I believe we will do that. It is what keeps us positive as we adjust to new ways of doing things.
  3. Reflecting on the Lions Pin - What does it mean to wear this pin?  Please wear it as a symbol of commitment to service in your communities and wear it with Pride. What does it do?  - Does it make us smile and does it shine the spotlight on us as Lions, because we are proud to play a part in the lives of people we touch in our communities? 
  4. We have witnessed excitement, happiness, and sadness also, As Lions, we will endeavour to bring that sadness to joy, through our connection to our communities in many ways and in what we can do.,

Health and Welfare of Members
I would like us to focus on the welfare of our membership and especially during this COVID 19 Pandemic? I would like us to encourage Club members to take charge and ring/contact Club members, make a commitment to self to pick up the phone and call members, check with those who are vulnerable and ask them do they need help (that is, if you are able). This is ‘Service’ to our membership

I want to ensure members know that we care; that we are concerned for all our members. When we can, look to encouraging Service activities.

Our Global Causes
The causes are as following

I am encouraging Clubs and members to embrace these causes and I encourage participate in projects involving them.

LCIF/Campaign 100
I encourage all Clubs to consider making LCIF/Campaign 100 as your Key beneficiary this year to assist in the replenishment of the generous grant to district N2 to aid the recovery after the bushfires. We need to be able to continue making Grants in the disasters and crisis that plague our world. Campaign 100 will continue until June 2022.

Sharing your stories 
In line with my theme this year I am asking Clubs to reminisce, to lookback on the history of your Club share the stories of old with the members who do not know what the Club did in years gone by. Maybe revisit projects of the past. Build on the fellowship and fun.

Servant Leadership
Give newer members the encouragement to step up and consider taking on Leadership positions. Encourage board members to give others the opportunity to serve on the board.

 

 

 

Districts    MD201 (Australia)
C1, C2       (South Australia & Northern Territory)

N1, N2, N3, N4, N5 includes Norfolk Island (New South Wales)

Q1, Q2  Q3, Q4  includes PNG, (Queensland)

T1 (Tasmania)

V1-4, V2, V3, V5, V6 (Victoria)

W1 & W2 (Western Australia)

Lions Acronyms

ALCMF          Australian Lions Children’s Mobility Foundation

ALCCRF        Australian Lions Children’s Cancer Research Foundation

ALDAF           Australian Lions Drug Awareness Foundation

ALF                Australian Lions Foundation

CC                 Council Chair

PCC              Past Council Chair

CBL               Constitution & Bylaws Chair

DG                 District Governor

DGE               District Governor Elect

PDG               Past District Governor

GAT               Global Action Team

GMT               Global Membership Team

GLT                Global Leadership Team

GST               Global Services Team

ID                   International Director

PID                 Past International Director

IPDG              Immediate Past District Governor

IP                   International President

PIP                 Past International President

IPIP                Immediate Past International President

LASCF           Lions Australia Spinal Cord Fellowship

LCI                 Lions Clubs International

LCIF               Lions Clubs International Foundation

LEHP             Lions Eye Health Program MD

LIONS            Liberty, Intelligence, Our Nations Safety

MC                 Master of Ceremonies

MD                 Multiple District

MJF                Melvin Jones Fellow(ship)

PP                  Past President

Sight First II    LCIF Sight program to eradicate preventable blindness

VDG                 Vice District Governor

VDGE               Vice District Governor Elect

 

District Zone Chairman

Zone 1 Chair:

Lion Rod Peppernell (Fran) 47 Cambrai Avenue Engadine NSW 2233 (M) 0408159566 (E) rodfran@optusnet.com.au (Helensburgh)

Clubs: Austinmer Thirroul, Corrimal, Helensburgh, Woonona.            

Zone 2 Chair:

Lion Kevin Hartley (Jan) 25 Hennessy Lane Figtree NSW 2525 (M) 0423 776 541  (E)jk.hartley@bigpond.com (Figtree)

Clubs: Dapto, Figtree, Oak Flats, Wollongong, Shellharbour, (Lioness Club Wollongong Heights)

Zone 3 Chair:

Lion John Moore , 

(M) 0417 035 115 (E) tba (Shoalhaven Heads)

Clubs: Bomaderry, Gerringong, Kiama, Minnamurra, Nowra, Shoalhaven Heads, Jervis Bay,

Zone 4 Chair:

Lion Peter Turl (Sandra) 17/1 Norman Street Lake Conjola NSW 2539
(M) 0416 004 577 (E) turl.peter53@gmail.com (Ulladulla-Milton)

Clubs: Batemans Bay, Moruya, Sussex Inlet & District, Ulladulla Milton. (Branch Clubs) Mud Pride, Ulladulla Preloved Bookshop

Zone 5 Chair:

Lion Robyn Bedford PO Box 841, Merimbula NSW 2548 (H) 02 6495 9623

(M) 0408 968 331 (E) bedfordx2@gmail.com (Pambula-Merimbula) Clubs: Bega, Bemboka, Bermagui & District, Narooma & District; Pambula-Merimbula, Tathra

Zone 6 Chair:  

Lion John Neilson (Jann) 4 Blairgowrie Avenue, Cooma NSW 2630 (M) 0418 643 008 (E) johneilson1@bigpond.com (Cooma) 

Clubs: Berridale, Bombala, Cooma, Jindabyne, Nimmitabel

Zone 7 Chair:

Lion Mel Oxman (Lion Paul) 1 Benny Place, Chisholm ACT 2905 (M) 0412 299 280 (E) lionmeloxman@outlook.com.au (Canberra Lake Tuggeranong)

Clubs: Canberra Brindabella, Canberra Kambah, Canberra Lake Tuggeranong, Canberra Woden, Queanbeyan

Zone 8 Chair

Lion Mick Brice (Allison) 26 Fitzharding Cres Evatt ACT 2617 (M) 0408 842 420 
(E) brice64m@bigblue.net.au (Gungahlin)

Clubs: Canberra Belconnen, Canberra City, Canberra Valley, Gungahlin

Zone 9 Chair

Lion Linda Bensley (Graeme) 16 Hercules Street Murrumbateman NSW 2582 (M) 0408 992 478 (E) lindajb2603@gmail.com (Murrumbateman)

Clubs: Bowning & Districts, Gunning, Murrumbateman, Yass

Zone 10 Chair

Lion John Flarrety (Kerri) 120 Green Valley Road Goulburn NSW 2580 (H) 02 4823 6358 (E) jflarrety@bigpond.com (Goulburn City)

Clubs: Braidwood, Crookwell, Goulburn City, Marulan & District

Zone 11 Chair

Lion Geoff Rickards (Sharon) PO Box 514, Moss Vale NSW 2577 
(E) tallwood@bigpond.com (Bowral)

Clubs: Bowral, Bundanoon, Kangaroo Valley, Moss Vale, Tahmoor.

Zone 12 Chair

Lion Carol Franshaw (Lion Wayne) PO Box 743 NSW 2565 Ingleburn (M) 0402 181 027 (E) wattlegrove.nsw@lions.org.au (Wattle Grove)

Clubs: Camden, Campbelltown City, Ingleburn, Macarthur, Narellan, Wattle Grove

Zone 13 Chair

Lion Pauline Dinning JP PO Box 148, Ingleburn NSW 1890 (M) 0423 032 293 
(E)  paulinedinning51@gmail.com (Wakeley Fairfield)

Clubs: Cabramatta- Cabravale, Holroyd City, Wakeley-Fairfield. Liverpool, South West Sydney, Sydney Baseball,