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    February 2019 marks the 40th Anniversary of the Bracken Ridge Central Lions Club. Our mark celebration will be in the form of an Anniversary Dinner Dance to be held on Saturday night the 9th February, 2019 at 7pm at the Tavernetta Function Centre, Dorville Road, Carseldine.

    We invite all past and current members to come along and be part of the celebrations, ticket $50 per person. For more information call Sharon O'Sullivan on 0466 358 696.

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    Check out our own Lion Neil Mckenzie on Channel 7's Queensland Weekender Program.

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    Changing of the Guard

    BRACKEN Ridge Central Lions Club has welcomed a new committee to be led by incoming president Jason Sutton

    The 2018-2019 Board Consists of:

    President: Jason Sutton
    Immediate Past President: Neil O'Sullivan
    Secretary: Gail Christianson
    Treasurer: Melanie Thomas
    Membership Chair: Val Klauke
    VP Trains: Michael Gordon
    VP Community Service: Frank Edwards
    VP Events: Jon Twartz
    1st Year Director: Doug Robinson
    2nd Year Director Mark Southwell
    Lion Tamer: Bill Taylor
    Tail Twister: Jeanette Mitchell

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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.

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    Introducing the 2016/2017 Bracken Ridge Central Lions Club Board

    June 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


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    The Emily Seebohm Aquatic Centre Opening Day

    Bracken 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

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    Youth of the Year 2016

    The Lions Club of Bracken Ridge Central Inc held their club event on the 16th February

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    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.

    Judges were;
    • 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 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 Glenn Harris 0404 468 824

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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. Contact our Train Organiser Graham Titman for more details via email at

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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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  • Check out the District Convention 2018 Photos

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  • 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.

    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 telephone 07 38513249 (voice message available) or mobile 0412 097670.

    Yours in Service,
    Desley Kelso
    District Chair – Reading Action Program, Fire & Peace Poster

  • Camp Duckadang Working Bee

    10th to 12th November. Contact Peter Boge for details.

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