Lions Club of Figtree Inc.

District 201N2, New South Wales, Australia


Events between July 2010 and June 2011

Holden Scramble barbeque at Kiama Golf Club - 3 September 2010

Peter Brown, Greg Dombkins, Dave Johnson and I manned the barbeque at Kiama Golf Club to feed breakfast to the participants in the Holden Scramble.  The rain held off long enough for us to finish but the golfers would have got a little damp. Admire our new club banner proudly draped over the rail and the Lions aprons.


Camp Quality Truck Convoy - Sunday 21 November  2010

Much to the pleasure of Lions Camp Quality Liaison Officer, Mark Dandridge, this year's Truck Convoy enjoyed very fine, verging on hot, weather which was soooooo excellent for selling soft drinks that we managed to sell out of all 1399 cans available. Coke and water were very popular and the first to run out. The Illawarra Mercury on 8 December 2010 reported that the Convoy had so far raised a total of $536,000, beating last year's record by $194,747. The main source of revenue was the $30 per vehicle charge for each truck and motor bike to participate in the convoy. At the auction, Ross Transport paid $71,000 for the honour of leading the convoy. We raised $2,200 from our soft drink sales. Thanks to all our volunteers.


Lions Youth of the Year Quest - Club Final - 7 December 2010

The Club Final for 2010/2011 was held at the Function Room at The Grange Golf Club, Kembla Grange. Congratulations to Sean McCarthy of Edmund Rice College who won the Youth of the Year final and also the public speaking prize.

Sean is shown below accepting his certificates and cheques from President Kevin Hartley. Carna Feldtman, from The Illawarra Grammar School, also impressed the judges and the audience. Isaac Kim, also from TIGS, was a late withdrawal to attend the funeral of a close relative in South Korea. Isaac hopes to participate next year. Thanks also to the judges - Ray Tolhurst for his third visit, along with newcomers - Jim Wade and Sally Perry, shown below with YOTY Chairman Keith Horrocks and President Kevin Hartley. All 49 people present went home well satisfied after a very pleasant meal, enjoyed with good company and in pleasant surroundings, happy in the knowledge that the future will be in good hands. (Posted by Keith Horrocks)

Pres. Kevin and winner Sean McCarthy            Sean and Carna                      Keith, Ray, Sally, Jim and Pres. Kevin

Dinner Meeting 1052 - Christmas at The Grange - 14 December 2010

A joyous time was had by all! Seasons compliments to everyone!

The pleasant venue                           Wine bottles were popular Kris Kringles were funny hats!

Cockatoo Island Excursion - 2-4 February 2011

Five Lions and their ladies (Carey, Dombkins, Horrocks, Peirce and Sassall) ventured to Sydney to stay at heritage listed accommodation on Cockatoo Island in Sydney Harbour. Highlights included a visit to Fort Denison, a walking audio tour of Cockatoo Island (location of major shipbuilding and repair activities during World War 11), lunches at the nearby Woolwich Hotel and at the Sydney Flying Squadron Club in Kirribilli and a swim in the island "pool" (originally one of the shipbuilding slipways). Thanks to Lion Greg for another enjoyable adventure. Heatwave conditions made sleeping without air-conditioning a bit of a challenge! (Posted by Keith Horrocks 13 Feb 2011).

Forever Angels Orphanage Benefit Night - 12 February 2011

Mark Dombkins (son of Lion Greg) and his wife Anna, have recently adopted three Tanzanian children from the Forever Angels Orphanage in Mwanza, Tanzania on the shores of Lake Victoria. ( Together with Jackson and Jemima, Mark and Anna now have five children, all under 4 1/2 years.  Greg and his wife Barbara organised a benefit night with a theme of "A Night at the Opera" for Forever Angels Orphanage at the Kembla Grange Golf Club on Saturday 12 February. Preliminary indications are that $4,100 was raised. (Posted by Keith Horrocks 13 Feb 2011).

MS Society Mega Swim - 5&6 March 2011

The first MS 24 Hour Mega-Swim to be conducted in the Illawarra has now been and gone. Over $40,000 was pledged! This will be used to provide up to 38 people living in the Illawarra with Go for Gold scholarships to assist with in-home respite, further education, child care etc. 225 swimmers representing 17 teams collectively swam more than 1000km. Among those who swam were London Olympic hopefuls Robert Hurley and Ben Allen. Anita Graham, a Clinical Dietician with Port Kembla Hospital's Illawarra Transitional Aged Care Service was the principal co-ordinator. Figtree Lions managed the registration, the barbeque, sponsor donations as well as general admin assistance. Congratulations to Peter Brown and his committee (Kevin Hartley, Arthur Smithers, Michael Cadorin and Geoff Failes). Some photos from the very successful event held at the University of Wollongong Pool are shown below. (Posted by Keith Horrocks 12 April 2011)

Open for business                             They're coming.                                The starters were ready

They're off!                                         Lap 1 of many                                   Up and down... 


Up and down...                                   Saturday day shift at the barbeque     Barbeque action                              

Night shift at the barby                     Night swimming is lonely!               Some appreciated recognition