The Lions Club of Sydney Chinese Inc is a member of Lions Clubs International, an international non profit community service organization, upholding a common motto “WE SERVE”. It has now been 96 years since Melvin Jones established the first Lions club in USA in 1917. A typical Lions year begins on 1 July and ends on 30 June in the ensuing year.
Today, there are Lions clubs in 208 countries and geographical areas all over the world. In District 201N5, which covers the Sydney area and Norfolk Island, there are some 70 clubs with around 1,650 members. Amongst these, there are 7 Chinese-based clubs. Sydney Chinese Lions is the first of these Chinese-based clubs chartered in April 1995.
Currently, Sydney Chinese Lions comprises 135 Active Members and 6 Associate Members. The 6 Associate Members that the club is privileged to have inducted are International President Barry Palmer AM, Immediate Past International President Wayne Madden, International First Vice President Joe Preston, Past International President Wing Kun Tam, Past International President Sid Sruggs III and Past International Director Tapani Rahko. In membership terms, the club enjoys top ranking in District N5.
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This year, the Australian Red Cross celebrates its centenary year. We are honored to have our annual Charity Ball associated with the ARC.
Next year, it is Sydney Chinese Lions’ turn to celebrate its 20th anniversary. Your Board of Directors has decided that the beneficiary of the 20th Anniversary Charity Ball shall be the Lions Club International Foundation. This is the second time the LCIF being a Charity Ball beneficiary (2013 being the first time).
LCIF is the charity fund on the international level for all the Lions Clubs. Its fund comes from all the Lions Clubs of the world. Various Lions Clubs as well as other organizations do raise funds for LCIF.
LCIF allocates its funds to its various programs including the saving vision Program, the hearing and speech conservation program, the diabetes awareness program, the Empowering Youth Program, the Disaster Relief program, etc. All these programs are international programs in the sense that they are not country specific but funds are allocated to where they are most needed.
In other words, the Lions Club that Chicago businessman, Melvin Jones, set up in 1917 to “do something for somebody else” has developed into the current structure of Lions Clubs raising funds for LCIF to allocate to the needy. Although Lions Clubs as community service organizations are not restricted to raising funds for LCIF only.
To mark the 20th anniversary of the Sydney Chinese Lions Club we call upon all Sydney Chinese Lions to support our Annual Charity Ball and LCIF.
The 20th Anniversary Charity Ball is to be held on Saturday 14th March, 2015 at the Doltone House, Darling Island Wharf, G/F, Accenture Building, 48 Pirrama Road, Pyrmont 2009.
Before then, the Castle Hill District Convention (14~16/11/2014) is the very first District Convention to be hosted by our Club and we are looking forward to meeting many, many Lions at the Convention. Do book your attendance with President Jason Zhang or Secretary Sophie He if you have not already done so. See you all in Castle Hill.
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