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Happy New Year 2022!What a challenging year 2021 has been for the Community and the Lions! The 16 members of our Club have contributed more than 1,200 hours of Community Service in 2021 amongst multiple lockdowns and restrictions on activities relating to Covid Safe planning. Members of the Club cut and delivered firewood to several members of the Community in need. Members also set up/cleaned and then packed up marquees for a number of events towards the end of 2021. They also provided support and made donations to several local community projects including the Victorian Miniature Railway. They also established a new project working with the Castlemaine Motocross to provided catering to the riders and their families!
2022 is shaping up to be another amazing year for the Harcourt Lions Club. VMR has continued to work on the footing permits for the restoration of the 101yr old 8m high, timber railway signal box they acquired. The signal box has been transported to VMR and will become the new club rooms for the Harcourt Lions. It needs to be reconstructed and restored with assistance and donations from the Community. So if this project interests you, please contact us for more information on how you can donate money, materials or maybe some of your time in 2022!
Traditional Custodians of this Land Acknowledgement - May 2022The Harcourt & District Lions Club and Victorian Miniature Railway (VMR) wish to acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we meet and live. We recognise their continuing connection to the land, water and community.
We thank them for sharing the beauty of this land. Such as the sights, sounds and smells of the gum trees, after rain.....
We pay our respects to the Elders past and present.
The Lions Club and Victorian Miniature Railway will continue to support the amazing work of the Dja Dja Wurrung and Nalderun Elders, in bringing the Community together. we strongly support the opportunity to explore and understand the rich indigenous history of our Nation.
In 2022, the Lions Club & VMR hope to continue working with the Nalderun Project to assist the Castlemaine Secondary College students to begin a native revegetation program across the VMR site. The plan is to remove all introduced flora and replace it with native flora. It is hoped that this Project will continue to inspire our youth to engage in positive ways with the traditional custodians of this land to learn about the importance of Community Service. Planning has commenced with an announcement to be made on the Project timetable to be provided after Reconciliation Week this year.
Youth Engagement Program 2022The Youth Engagement Program commenced in 2018 to help the Victorian Miniature Railway (VMR) build a new tourist attraction in Harcourt. The Project was initiated by the Harcourt & District Lions Club members who approached the Secondary College to offer the Year 10 – 12 VCAL students an opportunity to engage in Community based, work experience. The idea was to offer a place for the student’s and volunteers to come together. To combine the youthful energy of the students with the lifetime of work knowledge and experience of the volunteers. And to everyone’s surprise, it worked! 26 students (girls & boys) provided the energy and the volunteers provided the guidance in making 2kms of railway tracks. The students were taught how to safely use drop saws, drill presses and construct the railway track in 6m lengths, using a templates for straight & curved tracks. They cut & pre-drilled 12000 recycled plastic sleepers; removed rubber rings from 51,000 roofing screws that were used to screw the tracks to the sleepers; curved 166 lengths of track using a steel press. The students also learnt to safely use excavation plant & equipment to dig 400ms of trenches to lay drainage pipes and install drainage pits under the line.
The Program offered the Nalderun & VCAL students from the Secondary College a trade base, hands on work experience, at VMR. The Program also provided an opportunity to teach the students how to apply for local and State government grants, for Community projects.
In 2019 the Lions Club & VMR applied for a ‘Pick My Project’ grant for $198K to build the miniature railway station. The selection process relied upon ‘public voting’ for the projects. The students actively engaged in set up ‘Voting help stations’ in Harcourt and Castlemaine during Term time and on weekends over an 8 week period. Thanks to the amazing efforts of the students and the Clubs, we were able to secure the funding for the railway station to be built in 2019.
The Nalderun Project & VCAL students have not only met, but exceeded our expectations regarding their commitment to the Program. They have done this by representing the school values of resilience, responsibility, creativity and engagement with the local community. They have also shared their knowledge and love of the land.
In 2020 the program was significanlty impacted by COVID-19. Due to the lockdowns and transition to remote learning the program was placed into hibernation.
In 2021 we had planned to recommence the collaboration between the Secondary College students, Nalderun Project and VMR. However, once again, the ongoing impacts of Covid-19 lockdowns and restrictions stalled the commencement of this project.
In 2022 we hope to relaunch a new program to restore the native flora and fauna, to the miniature railway site. We hope to achieve this with the support of the secondary college students and Elders of the Nalderun Project, in the later half of the year. We hope to deliver this project with the support of Land Care Harcourt, the Victorian Miniature Railway and any interested members of the local Community. So, if you would like to know more about this project, please contact Grant Victor-Gordon on 0410 261 338.
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Beware e-mail scams targetting LionsLions 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.
More details: http://lionsaustralia.com/2018/01/29/lions-beware-e-mail-and-social-media-scams/
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
More details: https://www.facebook.com/lionsaustralia/
Our new TV advertisment launched #morethansausagesIt'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!
More details: https://lionsclubs.org.au/more-than-sausages/
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 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.
More details: https://lionsclubs.org.au/members/oz-clubhouse/