Lions Clubs are part of community life, in the cities and in the country. Clubs are easily identified by their distinctive Logo, the trademark of our International Association, and the 'We Serve'; motto.
Lions Australia is part of an international association, filled with people who are joined by the common desire to make their communities better, by using their creativity, enthusiasm and energy.
Membership is open to all people of the community in good standing.
Since being charted in 1968 the Club has donated more than to $ 1,000,000 to Lions Projects and the local Community and currently, in conjunction with the Mooroolbark Community Bendigo Bank, sponsoring two guide dogs in training.
Our club is active in providing for the local Community by running BBQ's and functions for the local organizations including the Celebrate Mooroolbark Festival, Christmas Carols, World Service Day, Planting/Cleaning days, we also undertake duties as Stationeers by maintaining the local Railway Station.
Other activities in the past have included the construction of a home for low income people, a rotunda in a local park, extensions for a local Child Care Centre and playgrounds for children.
Our twin Lions Club is in Wiro Park, Johannesburg, South Africa.
Op Shop Manchester Road Mooroolbark
The Mooroolbark Op Shop has been operating over 35 years. It is manned solely by Lions volunteers and is open 6 days a week The shop continues to play a valuable welfare role in our community. Not only does it provide funding for the numerous community projects undertaken by the club, but it also provides clothing, furniture and household items that are affordable, even for the people on the lowest of incomes
A Brief History.
The Lions Club of Mooroolbark was chartered ion the 14 November 1968.
The Charter President was Ken Murray and together with twenty two other men they were inducted at the Charter meeting at the “Baron of Beef Reception Centre”, (since destroyed by fire) Sherbrooke. The sponsoring Lions Club was Ringwood. Charter President Ken operated the Mooroolbark “Toy World” shop. The other members were prominent citizens and business men from the Mooroolbark area. President Ken set about establishing the Club as a permanent entity in Mooroolbark. The success of the Club over the past 45 years is perhaps, a tribute to his vision and leadership.
The first project of the Club was the provision of a community caravan at a cost of nine hundred dollars. This van was used by numerous community groups throughout the then Shire of Lilydale. It was also used for many years as First Aid Centre at Lake Mountain – we have come a long way since then .Early fund raising ventures included The Lions Club of Mooroolbark “Sports day and Carnival” and the running of the “Lilydale Gift”. These were, at the time, annual events which raised thousands of dollars for community projects.
In the 1970’s the need for community service from the Club was such that an increased level of funding was required. To meet this need, the Club opened an Opportunity Shop, which still operates today from a premises in Manchester Road. The Club was very active in the establishment of the Melba Centre, which included the “Yarra Me” Paraplegic and Quadriplegic Centre, Maroondah Highway Croydon.
The Melba Centre received extensive financial support from the Club. This support was recognised by the then Premier, Sir Rupert Hamer. “Yarra Me” was also the subject of much hands on assistance. An extensive system of wheel chair walkways was constructed by Club members. Around this time the Club provided adventure playgrounds for a number of Mooroolbark schools. These were again “hands-on projects.
Following the Ash Wednesday bush fires, the Club provided a replacement home for an affected family in Upper Beaconsfield. This too, was a “hands on” project and involved many thousands of voluntary labour hours. Some twenty five years ago, the Club provided a “state of the art” hydro therapy pool for the Rosine Nursing Home, Mount Evelyn.
Also around this time the Club was responsible for the establishment of the “Jim Fuller Group Home” in Wynyard Drive, Mooroolbark. The Shire of Lilydale provided the land and the construction costs were shared between the Club and the then “Office of Housing”. The Club was responsible for landscaping the property and provided much of the communal furniture and appliances. The home continues provide affordable accommodation for “low income” residents and is still supported by the Club.
A most successful project initiated by the Club was “The Lions Club of Mooroolbark Bone Marrow Donor Registry Project”. This project was adopted by the Lions District of 201-V5 and was underwritten and managed by the Club and raised more than $100,000.00 and resulted in some 4,000 bone marrow donors being tissue-type tested and placed on the register. It should be noted that the funds raised in this project do not form part of the $1,250,000.00 returned to the community,
During its 45 year history, the Club has sponsored hundreds of underprivileged children to holiday camps at “Lions Village Licola”. Much of the survey work during the establishment phase of “Lions Village Licola” was carried out by a Club Member.
To celebrate its 25th Anniversary, the Club (in equal partnership with the Shire of Lilydale) erected a magnificent Rotunda in Hookey Park. The Rotunda is the venue for the annual “Carols by Candlelight” and the “Anzac Day” memorial services, both of which are organised and funded by the Club The rotunda is also a popular venue for weddings and is enjoyed on a daily basis by the residents of Mooroolbark.
The Club fully funded the erection of the Play Ground (since replaced) and the Picnic and Barbeque facilities at the Mooroolbark “Red Earth Park”. During its history, the Club has been a strong supporter of Health and Welfare Projects. These include (among many other things) the provision of vital equipment for the Maroondah Hospital, extensions to the Charles Street Kindergarten for use by the “Mooroolbark Early Intervention Programme”, the provision of two “Hart Walkers” for young cerebral palsy sufferers, and the provision of a “Lions Hearing Dog” for a local resident.
The Club has been (and continues to be) a strong supporter of youth projects. It is a major sponsor of the annual “Auskick Round Robin Tournament” and has funded the installation of lighting for the Mooroolbark Junior Soccer Club grounds in Esther Crescent, as well as being a major sponsor and supporter of the local “Billy Cart Derby”. The Club is also a regular financial supporter of the local Scouting and Guiding groups and other junior sporting organisations.
In particular the Mooroolbark Scout Hall has been upgraded by the Club on a number of occasions.
For many years the Club has been providing educational grants to local Secondary Colleges and supports many primary schools, both financially and practically. One recent project was the provision of a chicken coop “Cluckingham Palace” for the Manchester Primary School.
The Club works closely with the Shire of Yarra Ranges “Youth Services Department” and has, in recent years, funded youth forums addressing such issues as Youth Suicide, Mental Illness, Drug and Alcohol abuse and Cyber Bulling .For many years the Club has successfully encouraged students from local Secondary Colleges to participate in the “Lions Youth of the Year Quest”. The aim of the Quest is to select an outstanding youth, who is a permanent resident within Lions Multiple District 201, which covers Australia, Papua New Guinea and Norfolk Island, to be an ambassador and to travel overseas under the auspices of Lions Clubs International. Many young people have benefited through their participation in the Quest.
The Club is also a strong supporter of cultural programmes, being a major financial sponsor of the Ringwood Eisteddfod and a long time financial supporter of the Croydon Citizens Bands, who perform at our “Carols by Candlelight” and “Anzac Day” Services. Further, the Club has supported the “Celebrate Mooroolbark Festival” since its inception, providing an initial establishment grant and ongoing annual financial Sponsorship, as well as being involved in the organisation of this event.
During its history the Club has been a very strong supporter of Lions Sponsored projects at International, Multi District, State and District Levels. These include the “Lions Sight First” Programme, which has restored the sight of many hundreds of millions of people throughout the world. The Australian and Victorian Lions Foundations are responsible for funding medical research into hearing and sight loss, cancer, stem cell and spinal cord development and many more.
The Club has also been very active in providing funds for disaster relief, both locally and abroad. Donated funds are administered through the “Lions Clubs International” via Local Lions clubs, avoiding administrative costs and bureaucratic delays. Two kindred volunteer service organisations, the Mooroolbark Fire Brigade (C.F.A.) and the Lilydale S.E.S. are strongly supported by the Club. Donated funds assist in the on-going provision up graded equipment.
In recent years the Club provided funds to its “Sister Club” in South Africa, for the construction of permanent materials home for an orphaned South African family.
Currently the Club is exploring the possibility of facilitating the establishment of a “Men’s Shed” and a “Skate Park” in Mooroolbark and would welcome community feedback on both of these issues, especially the establishment of a “Men’s Shed”. The Club is also working with the Shire of Yarra ranges for the installation of public seating in some areas of Mooroolbark
Many people only associate their Lions Club with Sausage Sizzles and the like, but the work of Clubs has a far reaching effect on the local and wider communities.
Today the Lions of Mooroolbark Club is small in numbers, but strong in community spirit, but new members are required urgently to ensure that the marvellous work of the Lions Club of Mooroolbark continues into the foreseeable future.
The Lions Club of Mooroolbark is most grateful to the residents of Mooroolbark and local businesses for their on-going support of our fund raising activities. We especially value the donation of goods to our Op-Shop and provide a pick up service for saleable items.