Bracken Ridge Lions News
Catch up on all the latest news from the Bracken Ridge Central Lions Club
Changing of the GuardBRACKEN Ridge Central Lions Club has welcomed a new committee to be led by incoming president Neil O'Sullivan.
Outgoing president Keith Gridley handed over the bell and gavel at a formal dinner held at Sandgate Bowls Club.
The 2017-2018 Board Consists of:
President: Neil O'Sullivan
Secretary: Jason Sutton
Treasurer: Melanie Thomas
Membership Chair: Val Klauke
VP Trains: Alan Ward
VP Community Service: Peter Guy
VP Events: Sharon O'Sullivan
1st Year Director: Gordon Butler
2nd Year Director Glennis Wallace
Lion Tamer: Bill Taylor
Tail Twister: Jeff White
Love of miniature steam trains leads to OAMA SELF-PROCLAIMED 'train nut' who builds and drives miniature steam trains has received a Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia in the 2017 Queen's Birthday Honours List.
Neil Mackenzie of Bracken Ridge is a regular at Bracken Ridge Central Lions Club's monthly miniature steam train days in McPherson Park and the club's Mackenzie Line is named in his honour.
The 90-year-old retired mechanical draftsman has had a lifelong interest in steam engines and said he was overwhelmed to receive an OAM for service to the community through scale model steam train displays.
"It's a wonderful feeling,” he said.
"I don't think my feet have touched the ground since I found out.”
Mr Mackenzie was one of the founders of the Lions Club's railway line, which is 800 metres of five inch gauge track encompassing straights, curves, rises, junctions and sidings.
He said he was approached by Lions Club member Phil Blank in 1991.
"He said to me 'if we put a track down can you put your trains on it to pull passengers' and I said yes.”
More than 5000 voluntary hours went into the track's construction. The interim track was completed in December 1995 and the Mackenzie Line was officially opened on March 24, 1996.
Mr Mackenzie is serious about his steam train safety and ensures every train has a current boiler certificate before it can run on the track.
He said he became interested in model trains in 1950 when he was about 24 and moved onto miniature steam trains in 1976.
As well as being an honorary member of Bracken Ridge Central Lions Club since 1997, he is also a member of the Australian Association of Live Steamers and the Queensland Society of Model and Experimental Engineers.
New blue engine adds extra puff to train daysA BIG blue train engine has made its way to the miniature steam train railway in Bracken Ridge.
The Little Blue Engine, made by members of Sandgate and Districts Men's Shed, will become a regular feature at Bracken Ridge Central Lions Club's monthly steam train days in McPherson Park.
Lions Club member Rod Chiapello said the engine would act as a 'photo booth' for children and families attending the train days.
"When we have our train days there are usually long lines of people who want to get their photo taken on a train, as well as have a ride,” he said.
"We decided we needed to build a big train and decided there was only one group in the community we could ask.”
Mr Chiapello approached Sandgate Men's Shed president Les Batson, who took the idea to member Gerry Loth and asked if he could build it.
"He said yes. A lot of work was done in the shed, but Gerry took some bits home to do,” Mr Batson said.
Bracken Ridge Central Lions Club member Rod Chiapello tries out the Little Blue Engine which was delivered by Sandgate Men's Shed members (from left) Kevin Fenwick, Gerry Loth, Brian Cronin and Terry Yates.
Bracken Ridge Lions - Cooking up a Storm at the VMR ExpoAt short notice the Bracken Ridge Lions Club pulled together to set up at a stall at the VMR Emergency Service and Community Expo held on Sunday 11th September 2016 at Volunteer Marine Rescue Brisbane Inc head quarter at Shorncliffe. Shifting from the regular Sausage Sizzle the challenge was on to pull together the Ultimate BRLC Burger. And pull it off we did! At an amazing cost of $3.50 they sold like hot cakes... or should i say Hot Burgers! The Lions family had a great day serving the community whilst spending time together.
Congrats to the cooks, hamburger assembly ensemble, cash acceptance crew, tomato slicing ninja, patty and onion delivery (did you meet patty?). And big shout out to Michael Gordon for pulling it all together at very short notice.
Introducing the 2016/2017 Bracken Ridge Central Lions Club BoardJune 17th 2016 - The Bracken Ridge Central Lions club held its annual change over dinner at the Bracken Ridge Tavern. MC for the night was Lion Jason Sutton and the induction formalities were completed by PDG Des Sawyer. Also in attendance was Brisbane City Councillor for Bracken Ridge Ward - Amanda Cooper.
The evening was enjoyed by all
Introducing the new Board Members: (From Left) Past President - Peter Guy, Tail Twister - Alan Ward, VP Membership - Val Klauke, President - Keith Gridley, Secretary - Gloria Prideaux, Lion Tamer - Bill Taylor, Director 2yr - Marion Gridley, VP Community Service - Michael Green, VP Events and Publicity Officer - Jason Sutton.
Not present but part of the 2016/2017 Board. Director 1yr - Geoff Minniss, Treasurer - Neil O'Sullivan, and VP Trains - Graham Titman.
We wish the board all the best for the next twelve months
2016 Youth of the Year Zone 8 FinalsSaturday 12 March 2016 Bracken Ridge Central Lions Club hosted the Zone 8 final for the 2016 Lions Youth of the Year at the Geebung- Zillmere RSL
Representing Zone 8 were the following candidates
- Ella Beutner - Representing Brisbane Nundah from St Margaret's School
- James Cafferky - Representing Brisbane Inner North from Brisbane Grammar
- Brittany Thornton - Representing Aspley Lions from Aspley State High School
- Billie Shanks - Representing Bracken Ridge Lions from Bracken Ridge State High School.
Judges were Trish Springsteen, Chief Judge. Sharon Doyle, and Aaron McDonald.
The two winners were Ella Beutner , St Margarets's School. and James
Cafferky from Brisbane Grammar.
The event was MC'd by Bracken Ridge Central Lions Treasurer Neil O'Sullivan.
The two finalists will now move forward to the Q3 District Final to be held on the 2nd April.
Best of luck to our two Zone 8 finalists.
The Emily Seebohm Aquatic Centre Opening DayBracken Ridge Central Lions recently helped celebrate the official opening of The Emily Seebohm Aquatic Centre in Bracken Ridge. Doing what Lions do best providing hearty Sausage Sandwiches and icy cold drinks to the visitors and officals for this the special community day.
The above photo features Cr. Amanda Cooper and Club President Peter Guy
Youth of the Year 2016The Lions Club of Bracken Ridge Central Inc held their club event on the 16th February
Lion Kev Huntley – Program Chairman
Club Final Contestants:
• Billie Shanks – Bracken Ridge State High School
• Todd Heinemann – Bracken Ridge State High School
• Naomi Seuao - St John Fisher College, Bracken Ridge
• Hayley Crowe – St John Fisher College, Bracken Ridge
Lion Peter Guy – Club President
First event of the evening saw contestants presented with two impromptu questions by the Program Chairman, Kev Huntley. Contestants were then provided two minutes to respond. Whilst a challenging event all contestants provided comprehensive responses on the spot. After a short supper each contestant then gave a five minute prepared speech. Speeches were very well prepared, researched and delivered.
Whilst all contestants provided captivating, factual and thought provoking speeches the Judges retired with the difficult task of selecting the Club winner.
• Richard Thorn
• Jan Muller
• Annette Thompson
Presenting the Judges Award was Club President Peter Guy with the award going to Billie Shanks from Bracken Ridge State High School
Zone Finals will be held on Saturday 12th March where Billie will represent the Bracken Ridge Club
We wish Billie Good Luck
Membership NewsBracken Ridge Central Lions Club is an active group. That raises much needed funds for the community.
Why not consider finding out more about us, please phone Glenn Harris 0404 468 824
BRACKEN RIDGE MINIATURE STEAM AND ELECTRIC RAILWAYTrains run on the 4th Sunday of each month. Trains run 9.30am - 2.30pm in McPherson Park, Denham Street, Bracken Ridge at a cost of $2 a ride. Bring along a picnic lunch, bring the family and make it a great family day out.
OCCASSIONAL VOLUNTEER PROGRAMHaven''t got time to join a club but would still like to do something for your local community
Become an ''Occassional Volunteer''.
We are establishing a list of tradespersons, home cooks, keen gardeners, etc. that we would only call upon when a community based task requires more assistance than our club can offer.
Here is your chance to do something when needed without committing yourself to our club.
Just email your details and ''abilities'' to us and we will include you on our list of Volunteers.
BIRTHDAY PARTIES AVAILABLE AT TRAINS
Looking for something different for your childs birthday party Why not have it at our Minature Steam Railway. Contact our Train Organiser Graham Titman for more details via email at email@example.com
WHERE DOES THE MONEY GOALL of the profits from out Train Days are given back into the community. This financial year has seen a lot of money donated to a variety of causes including: Premier''s Flood Relief Fund, Lions Club Foundation; Childhood Cancer Institute; Scouts Australia; Qld Police Sandgate Bike Squad; Sandbag Sandgate and local School Bursaries and School Chaplaincy programs.
Get ready for 2017 Lions District 201Q3 ConventionNever too early to prepare for the 2017 Lions District 201Q3 Convention. The Lions at Cecil Plains-Dalby are excited to host everyone! Come and watch what they have prepared.
More details: https://youtu.be/aL2d8GQY2r8
Check out the District Convention 2016 PhotosWhat a successful event we had ! The 201Q3 District Convention last month was a stunning event. Congratulations to the Convention Committee ! ! !
More details: https://www.facebook.com/Lions201Q3/photos
District Convention 2017 Cecil Plains-DalbyRegistrations are now open - Get in early
The link below will take you to the Information Page and Registration Form.
More details: https://lionsdistrictq3convention2017.com/
Peace Poster Update
A Celebration of Peace
Please note the theme for this year's Peace Poster competition is “A Celebration of Peace”. I am including in this notice some extracts from Helen Campbell National Peace Poster Chair as a reminder to those Clubs who regularly support this project and as notification to those Clubs that will be participating in this project for the first time.
There had previously been an indication (in the January Newswire) that the Peace Poster Kits (available from National Office at a cost of $20.00 (plus postage if applicable)) were already available for purchase. However I have been advised that there has been a delay in these arriving from LCI. We are of the understanding that these will be available by late February.
For those Clubs that include the Peace Poster competition in their Club activitites, please purchase your PP Kit and begin the process of negotiating with your local Schools to gain their support and commitment to participate in this International Youth Project competition. There are a number of items which I wish to bring to your attention as a reminder as it is very disappointing to have to withhold an entry from judging at the District level due to non-conformance of the competition rules.
Lioness Clubs can sponsor the contest through the sponsoring Lions Club. The Winner Sticker which is attached to all entries submitted, needs to show the Lions Club details. Also keep in mind that no words are allowed on the drawing. This is clearly stated in the rules and any entry with words included must be withdrawn from submitting for judging.
If any of the Lions are attending the MD Convention in Echuca, the winning District Posters will be on display for viewing and collection to return to the School and Student at the close of the Convention. For those Clubs who have not previously been involved in the PP competition, it is recommended that a member of your Club is appointed as PP Chair and the Club become involved in this International Youth competition. A visit to the MD Convention Peace Poster stand would be most beneficial.
More information is available on the Lions Peace Poster website and the closing dates for last year are stated as a guidline for this current year. These will be updated for the current year shortly.
I can be contacted by email firstname.lastname@example.org telephone 07 38513249 (voice message available) or mobile 0412 097670.
Yours in Service,
District Chair – Reading Action Program, Fire & Peace Poster
Cabinet Meeting8.00am for 9.00am Start at Challenge Employment and Training, 21 Dunlop Street, Collingwood Park. Host Club: Ipswich Redbank-Goodna
Cabinet Officers Development SessionA session for Cabinet Officers is being organised for Saturday 6 February 2016 at 3.00pm at the same address as the Cabinet Meeting - Challenge Employment and Training, 21 Dunlop Street, Collingwood Park
Out and About Edition 19 is OUTGo to the Out And About Tab on the main menu or click below.
More details: http://201q3.lions.org.au/outandabout
LCI RecognitionLions Club International (LCI) have recognised District 201 Q3 for the growth in family membership and women members during 2014-15. Congratulations to All. Details in the January District Newsletter.
Arthur Witheyman, Cabinet Secretary.
Camp Duckadang Working Bee26th to 28th February. Contact Peter Boge for details.
Message from the Global Leadership TeamHave you ever thought of assisting your club by taking up a position on your Club's board, but aren't sure what is involved. You can have all your questions answered by attending a Webinar (Online Meeting).
Click the link below for full information.
Attachment: OFFICE AWARENESS SESSIONS.pdf
Oz-Clubhouse template refreshIn response to the overwhelming positive comments from our webmaster, our template is being refreshed.
All your content will remain the same but you will notice a sharp, new banner reflecting both the Lions Australia brand and our International Centennial logo.
The only other change you will notice is that the 'contact' and 'privacy information' link is at the bottom of the page - which is the normal location for this information.
Lions 100 - A glimpse into our historyIn 1969, we watch the first successful moon landing.
In that same year, Australian Lion Roy Worfold completed a 20 minute documentary, commissioned by Lions Clubs International explaining Lions Clubs to the uninitiated.
Thanks to Lion Roy's family, we can share this with you.
More details: https://lionsaustralia.com/2016/08/17/a-glimpse-into-our-history/
DonateLife WeekDiscussing Organ Donation with your loved ones is important.
Lions Australia adopted a policy in Echuca to promote discussing your choice as part of club meetings.
More details: https://lionsaustralia.com/2016/08/01/its-donatelife-week/
Attention All Lions OZ Clubhouse WebmastersThe "Text Instructions" for webmasters of Lions OZ Clubhouse websites have been updated as at 29th December and can be found by clicking on the attachment below or by clicking on the website link.
Your MD201, OZ Clubhouse Webmaster, Lion Ron, recommends that all club webmasters review the revised instructions.
If you have any queries, Ron can be contacted by email which you will find in the website link below.
More details: http://lionsclubs.org.au/members/oz-clubhouse/
Lions Youth of the Year Finalists share their viewsLions 2014 Youth of the Year finalists share their impressions of our flagship program.
Hear these short videos and don't forget to subscribe to our own Youtube channel
More details: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLRMjk8J-AUGzcSrorlaVshAd8tA1MVdlL
Join usIt's so easy to find out about becoming a Lion. Just ask your local club or follow this link to find out more!
More details: http://lionsclubs.org.au/join-lions/