Lions is a community service organisation!
The Lions Club of Austinmer/Thirroul has contributed to many projects since formation in 1959.
The following are some of the major projects and activities undertaken over those years:-
FIRST YEAR OF OPERATION - RAISED AND DONATED OVER $100,000 in "cash or kind".
Erected Senior Citizens Centre Thirroul
1960 - 1970
RAISED AND DONATED OVER $300,000
HOLIDAY COTTAGE Austinmer - opened
In 1963 sponsored the new Lions Clubs of Camden, Griffith and Corrimal.
In 1968 sponsored the Lions Club of Woonona.
1965 Hosted visit of Lions International President Lion Dr Walter Campbell; Mr Bill Parsons, Director Lions International, DG District N201 Phil and Lions Lady Barbara Lusher, Cabinet Secretary L. Whitefield and Aust Sec Lions International Jim McLardie
Purchased stretcher for Bulli Ambulance Service
Assisted Shark Attack victim - medical trip and expenses to Melbourne for treatment
Eleven Lions Club sponsored 90 people to Holiday Home for short stays
Psychiatric Rehabilitation Centre "Outlook", Austinmer
Lions International President W Bryans visited Thirroul Senior Citizens Centre
1970 - 1980
RAISED AND DONATED OVER $160,000
"Outlook" Rehab Centre, Austinmer
Seaside Shelter Sheds and BBQ pit "Hamie Frew Memorial Park" (Named after Charter President)
Began design and construction of Shelter sheds at Thirroul Beach Reserve (1976)
1980 - 1990
RAISED AND DONATED OVER $200,000
Holiday Cottage Austinmer - Connection of sewerage (Volunteer 100hrs )
Held Children's Christmas Party
Donation to Ash Wednesday Bushfire appeal
Erected Cricket Nets - Austinmer Primary School, Playground Equipment to Coledale Public School
Sponsored Youth exchange to Canada
Nyngan Flood Appeal
Coledale Senior Citizens
New kitchen applicances -"The Outlook" Rehab Centre
Construction Pergola -Thirroul Senior Citizens Centre
Life Membership conferred upon Lion Ken Curtis, Ric Turner (dec), Reg Ryan and Barry Husbands
1990 - 2000
RAISED AND DONATED OVER $150,000
Gold Phone installed Bulli Hospital
Assisted with NSW State Surf Titles Thirroul
Assisted participant to world Junior Athletic Champship in Seoul
Fete and BBQ Coledale Hospital
Playground equipment Thirroul Public School
Ebony House Garrawarra
NAME CHANGED TO "AUSTINMER/THIRROUL LIONS CLUB" IN 1999
Equipment Bulli Hospital
2000 - 2010
RAISED AND DONATED OVER $200,000
Assisted with Olympic Torch Relay, Bulli Show, fundraising for Coledale Hospital
Voice activated Computer - $4000 donated to local boy
Assisted Drought affected families from country NSW at Holiday Cottage
$30,000 donation to Coledale Hospital
Tsunami Appeal donation $5000
$15,000 to five Junior Surf Live Saving Clubs
$9,500 to Thirroul Surf Club for equipment and Centenary celebrations
$10,000 to Thirroul Scouts for new Hall
$20,000 to Northern Beaches Primary Schools and Bulli High School for Library services
Sponsored local school girl to G'Day USA $1500.
Victorian Bushfires donation $3,200
Position Locator Beacon for Austinmer Scout Troop $750
Financial support($16000) to two local families to conversion of vehicle for transportation of their disabled children.
CLUB CELEBRATED 50TH ANNIVERSARY ON 12 SEPTEMBER 2009 AT THIRROUL BOWLING CLUB. Chair Organising Committee Lion Bill Steele, Member: Secretary Lion Bob Ascoli
2010 - 2013
OVER $120,000 raised and donated to various charities (national and international), Lions Foundations, individuals and organisations.
In 2010 over $46,000 was donated and some 120 individuals benefited from direct donations or volunteer hours contributed.
The proceeds of the 2010 Seaside and Arts Festival were applied towards the purchase of an Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB) for Austinmer Surf Lifesaving Club. This amounted to $13000 which also covered the cost of a new trailer for the IRB.
Australian Lions Foundation received $2550 towards Appeals for Floods and Bushfires.
In 2011 $17600 raised at the Seaside and Arts Festival was distributed to 11 local primary Schools to aid in the development of junior art and artists in those Schools.
The Childhood Cancer Research Foundation received $2500 from the Lions BIGGEST Barbecue held during the 2011 Seaside and Arts Festival.
Flood Relief Appeal following devasting floods in Qld and NSW received $2200
Members contributed over 380 volunteer hours conducting renovations of the Lions Holiday Cottage by removal of asbestos roofing and installing new Kitchen and renovation of Living Area.
November 2010 fire gutted the laundry and bathroom of Lions Holiday Cottage.
2012 Seaside and Arts Festival funding ($12000) was directed to support establishment of permanent facility for newly formed Thirroul Mens Shed. A further $4000 was applied towards the purchase of an all terrain Surf Rescue vehicle for Thirroul Surf Lifesaving Club.
Club funds ($3900) were used to purchase an hydraulic lift bed for a severely disabled 18months old child to assist in his full time care by his family members.
A donation of $3000 was made to assist with the purchase of an Aqua Wheelchair for a young girl in the Thirroul area.
The Club sponsored a local Cheerleaders Aerial group to participate in the World Championships in the USA.
Over $9200 was donated to other various charities, individuals and organisations across national and international groups as well as Lions Clubs International Foundation.
Life Membership awarded to Lion Tony Davis and Lion Garry Sutton for dedicated Club and community service.
Club also awarded Melvin Jones Fellowship to Lion Bill Steele, Lion Tony Davis, Lion Ron Buchan, Lion Garry Sutton, Lion Lloyd Jones
Club Historian Lion Col Wilkinson researched and developed a Club History celebrating 50 years of Service to the Community from which most of the above information was gained.