District 201Q3, Queensland, Australia

Bracken Ridge Lions News

Catch up on all the latest news from the Bracken Ridge Central Lions Club

Club news


    It's that time of year again, Christmas is coming and what's Christmas without a Lions cake or pudding?

    Cakes now available at the Bracken Ridge Post Office, Bald Hills Post Office, Lions Train Day November 22nd and December 13th or by calling Neil O'Sullivan on 0409 234 325.

    Cost of cakes are $17 for 1.5kg or $13 for 1kg. Puddings $13

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    Love of miniature steam trains leads to OAM

    A 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.


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    New blue engine adds extra puff to train days

    A 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.

  • Membership News

    Bracken 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 Val Klauke on 0422 624 740.

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    Trains 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.


    Haven''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.

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    Looking for something different for your childs birthday party Why not have it at our Minature Steam Railway. For more details email

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    ALL 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.

District news

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    Q 3 are finalists in ABC Radio (Brisbane) Community Spirit awards

    Lions Q 3 Marketing & Communications are finalists in the inaugural ABC Radio Brisbane Community Spirit Awards- category social media.
    Community Spirit Awards Finalists - social media are Anne Russel, Yana Ford, Nell Harvey and the Lions District 201 Q3.
    Find out more about what makes these four finalists so special:
    Perhaps tomorrow (Friday 13 Nov) night you can spend 30 minutes to view the Community Spirit Awards, held at ABC studio South Bank. The Governor of Queensland, His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, will present the Community Spirit Awards. Tomorrow night’s event will be live streamed via the ABC Radio Brisbane Facebook page from 6:00 pm.
    Q 3 Marketing & Communications - image of Allan & Peter

    -posted 12/11/2020


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    Peace Poster competition - District round

    The Winner was announced at the first Face-to-Face Cabinet Meeting on Saturday 7th November 2020. Held at the Arana Leagues Club.

    District Governor David Orton was pleased to announce that Ella Frazer from Humpybong State School, supported by Redcliffe Central Lions Club, was selected. Ella progresses to the next level (State) of the Peace Poster competition.
    Ella Frazer is 12 years old and is in Grade 6.

    This year Lions Clubs participating in this competition were Bribie Island, Forest Lake and Maleny-Blackall Range.

    Such an inspiring project for our youth to be involved with. Our Youth are Our Future. I wish to thank all Lions Clubs for their efforts and support. I look forward to Zone Chair's promoting the project for 2021.

    Chair - Lion April Lindel
    -posted 8/11/20

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    Youth of The Year .. yes..we're back in action

    While Roley McAtee is currently convalescing, Narelle Gluer is getting ready for our 2021 activities.

    To get Clubs started early, please visit our District Q 3 YOTY website for more information and resources.

    If you have any questions, please contact

    Narelle -

    Rob Craig -

    - posted 19/10/2020

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    November is Diabetes Awareness month

    Dear Presidents, Secretaries, GST Chairs and Zone Chairs

    Please visit our Q 3 website - projects/diabetes awareness -
    You'll find information to assist you in hosting a Diabetes Event and participation in Lap the Map on Saturday/Sunday 14 - 15 November 2020.
    Reminder the Club and Zone Participation form is to be completed and returned to GST Chair Rodd Chignell by 31 October please email

    LIONS members can promote Lions Clubs and Diabetes Awareness all year round by wearing a specially designed polo shirt (as attached).

    Details on how to order Polos @ $35.80 - available in both Men’s & Women’s sizing. There is no minimum order quantity. They can be ordered individually via Ale Toowoomba's online shop (please see link below) or can be ordered and posted all together. Email Alisha Hubbard with sizes and quantities They will calculate postage once your order is placed.

    Reminder also National Diabetes Service Scheme (NDSS) have resources. A wide range of brochures and booklets that can be downloaded and printed or ordered on-line. When ordering allow a couple of weeks for delivery.

    Please remember to promote your Diabetes Event through our District Marketing and Communications Team:

    Out and About - PDG Beverley Bates
    Announce - PDG Beverley Bates
    Social Media (Facebook) - Peter Wilkes
    Thank you for supporting Diabetes Awareness and Education.
    Lion Bernadette Craig
    Chair Global Cause – DIABETES
    Mobile: 0405 285 656

    - posted 7 Oct 2020 -

    Attachment: Club&Zone Participation form - Lap the Map PW.pdf

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    Lions Camp Duckadang - Open day Sat 21 November

    Max. 100 attendees per session

    Guided session one: 10:00am - 12:00 pm
    Guided session two: 1:00 - 3:00pm

    perfect one day … magic the rest ... a hidden gem

    Lions Camp Duckadang Board members are wishing to promote our facilities to you. We are planning an Open day on 21 November for our Lions members to experience our facilities.

    We (Board) extends an invitation for you to consider bringing a few of your children/grandchildren with you. They could road test our many facilities - basketball, climbing tower, low ropes, jumping castle, ping pong, putt putt, see saw, swimming pool, tennis and water sports. Yes we have a large body of water allowing canoeing/swimming and even catch some fish. I’ve even seen people panning for gold. At night observe the heavens using our telescope.

    Bring a picnic lunch or we offer you a small selection

    Accommodation bookings: first in best dressed use - Booking form (attachment)

    Camp Manager Belinda Bowie 5424 8122

    -updated 25/10/2020

    Attachment: Openday Duckadang Bookingv3.docx

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    Lions Xmas cakes & puddings - ready for sale

    Lions Christmas Cakes and Puddings have been an important fundraising project of Lions Clubs in Australia since 1967. 100% of the funds raised are donated back to our projects. These funds go towards benefiting the local community, perhaps nationally or internationally.

    We guaranteed a quality product that is produced right here in Kedron, Brisbane Australia. People have been know to add extra ingredients, then seal in a container a few months out from Christmas.Our products have a long shelf life and is also suitable for freezing then reheating.

    Our cakes & puddings make a valued corporate gift for your customers & staff, a present or treat for elderly relatives or your friends. Thinking again, perhaps a treat for everyone. Its a ready to go dessert or afternoon tea treat during the holidays or at the office.

    Recommended retail prices in 2020:

    Christmas cake 1.5kg @ $17.00 (box of 10)

    Christmas cake 1kg @ $13.00 (box of 12)

    Christmas pudding 900gm @ $13.00 (box of 12)

    Mini cake 80gm @ $2.00 (box of 45)

    To buy your Lions Christmas cakes and puddings -
    contact your nearest Lions Club -
    - or contact our District Coordinator Kaye Smith 0477 212 242

    More information visit -
    * sales tips & potential customer queries
    * Cake Marketing manual 2020

    - posted 27 Aug 2020

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    Lions Club Lap the Map polo shirt

    Lion Bernadette Craig our District Chair – Global Cause – Diabetes has organised Ladies & Men's polo shirt with Lions Club Lap the Map logos

    Left hand chest: embroidery - Lions Club "Lap the Map" (logo)

    Upper back: metallic silver "Videoflex" - Lions Club "Lap the Map" (logo)

    Available from : ALE Clothing & Signs Pty Ltd

    @ $35.80 + $10 postage & handling - allow 14 days between payment and receiving

    Polo shirts available in store - 222 North St, Rockville Toowoomba

    Inquiries : 4634 3066

    Please use web link below for ordering

    -posted 24/6/2020

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  • Our District Q 3 Convention - Eatons Hill Brisbane

    Friday 1 - Sunday 3 October 2021

    More information to come in the next couple of months.
    Look for advert posted on our Q 3 Facebook-

    -posted 3 Oct 2020

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National news

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    LCIF Fundraiser - Australia's Campaign 100 Chairperson for LCIF, PCC Lou Onley, invites you to Follow Your Rainbow...

    While practicing safe social distancing over the past few months, Lou let his usual neat number two hair style grow wild. In true Lions fashion, there's a greater good at play.

    Before Lou cuts his hair, he wants you or your club to do two things:

    1. Donate to LCIF by 26 July 2020. How to donate - follow the link below to find out how to donate.

    2. Once you have donated, follow the second link to register your donation and vote for the colour you'd like to see on Lou's hair.

    The colour that receives the most votes will win and Lou has agreed to wear it for the month of August! Join the challenge and support Lions Clubs International Foundation.

    Attachment: LCIFLou "Register your donation and colour"

    More details: "How to donate"

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    Oz-Clubhouse Clean up needs YOU!

    Thanks for using Oz-Clubhouse but our server is groaning under the weight.

    We'd like your support in deleting old files, including documents,images and videos. Please have a look around your site for very old materials that can now be deleted!

    Executive Officer

    Rob Oerlemans

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    Beware e-mail scams targetting Lions

    Lions should be aware of common e-mail and social media scams targeting club members. Sadly, some of our members have been targeted with these scams.

    For more information follow this link.

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    Lions Hearing Dogs on WinTV!

    Head on over to the Lions Australia Facebook page to check out this nice story on WinTV Canberra about our Hearing Dogs


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    Our new TV advertisment launched #morethansausages

    It's here! We are very proud to announce the new Lions Australia television campaign - #MoreThanSausages.

    It showcases the breadth of work Lions do in our communities, helping real people through disaster relief and recovery, medical research, youth programs and more. Lions Serve - more than sausages!

    Follow the link to see our video and find out more!

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    Attention All Lions OZ Clubhouse Webmasters

    The "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 Graham, recommends that all club webmasters review the revised instructions.

    If you have any queries, Graham can be contacted by email which you will find in the website link below.

    Attachment: Oz-Clubhouse-Instructions-Revised-29th-December-2015.pdf

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