Lions Club of Figtree Inc.

District 201N2, New South Wales, Australia


Barbeque at Bunnings Wollongong October 5 2012

Michael Cadorin, Pat Peirce, Dave Berry and Kevin Hartley slaving away at Bunnings! (Posted K Horrocks 14 Nov 12)

MS Bike Ride Beer Tent and Sausage Sizzle - November 5, 2012

The sausage sizzle gang                                                                                   The beer tent gang                                                                                       The beer tent bean counter, Trevor Field

The idyllic setting                                                                                                             (Posted by K Horrocks 14 Nov 12)

Lions Youth of the Year Quest - Club Final November 20, 2012

64 Lions, Lions' Ladies and guests attended this year's club final at The Grange Function Centre

2012 Contestants - Ruth Barnes (Illawarra Christian School), Thomas Bolt (The Illawarra Grammar School), Leyla Goluch (Cedars Christian College), William Holmes (The Illawarra Grammar School), Rhys Kilian (Figtree High School) and Ivana Zaric (Figtree High School) with Figtree's Youth Chairman Wayne James

Contestant group photo and our judges - Rebecca Fullford, Mike Burke and Sally Perry

Wayne James congratulating the winner of Figtree's Youth of the Year Quest Club Final, Ivana Zaric and Public Speaking winner, Thomas Bolt. (Posted by K Horrocks 26 Nov, 2012)

Lions Youth of the Year Quest - Region Final - February 19, 2013

Figtree Lions hosted the Region final of the Youth of the Year Quest at The Grange Function Centre on Tuesday 19 February 2013.  82 people in total attended and all enjoyed an entertaining night, orchestrated by MC Wayne James in typical fashion.  Ivana Zaric from Figtree High School won both the Public Speaking and Youth of the Year titles and will go on to attend the District final in Merimbula to be held on Saturday March 23.  (Posted by Keith Horrocks 24 Feb 2013)


A section of the crowd of 82 attendees                                               MC Lion Wayne James thanking the judges (Pamela Hanne, Shae Davies and John Driscoll)

Contestants-Laura Kierse(Holy Spirit), Lucy Packer (St.Mary's), Ivana Zaric(Figtree), Jenna Owen(Smith's Hill), Casey Jamieson(Illawarra Sports)       

Public Speaking Winner - Ivana Zaric with judge Pamela Hanne       and also Winner of the Region Youth of the Year - Ivana Zaric with judge Shae Davies

A Night at The Opera - Saturday 23 February 2013, Dapto Leagues Club Sinclair Room

In excess of $28,000 has been raised to support Righteous Pups Australia in their training of Assistance Dogs to support families with children sufferring autism.  Local Westfield Figtree businessman Enzo Stranges and his wife Adriana and their sons Michael and Gabriel hope to receive an RPA trained labrador in the near future.  Fundraising for RPA came about after Lion Kevin Hartley became aware of the Stranges family situation.  Lion Greg Dombkins was planning to run a repeat of a 2011 social event based on A Night at the Opera.  Combining the two culminated in 200 people attending Figtree's second Night at the Opera in the Sinclair Room at the Dapto Leagues Club on February 23. With Figtree Lions support, Enzo energetically promoted the fundraising to his many  friends, family and colleagues.  Proceeds of the ticket sales, a raffle and silent auction and various donations to the cause raised the funds and represented one of the highlight events for Figtree Lions in recent years. Some photos from the night that appeared in the Illawarra Mercury Good Life feature on page 45 of the March 1 edition are shown below.  (Posted by Keith Horrocks 3 March 2013). Photos courtesy Orlando Chiodo.


Enzo and Adriana Stranges                                                      Drawing of the raffle - Greg, Adriana and Enzo Stranges, Keith Horrocks, MC Kevin Hartley

Geoff and Penny Failes, Barbara and Greg Dombkins          Kevin and Jan Hartley, Toni and Michael Cadorin                            Robin Lanham, Peter and Susan Brown

Di and Charlie Gordon                         Coral and John Erickson                                Hermes and Anna Bianco           Jenn Atkins (Righteous Pups Australia) and Gilbert

Mark Dandridge, Arty Smithers selling raffle tickets at Westfield Figtree     Sinclair Room, Dapto Leagues Club          Kevin Hartley, Lindsay Colquhoun, Jan Hartley, Rob Sassall

MS Mega Swim - March 2-3, 2013

It will be a couple of weeks before the numbers are finalised but it looks like over $40,000 will be raised for MS Society Go for Gold scholarships as a result of the Wollongong Mega Swim which was conducted at the University of Wollongong Aquatic Centre on March 2 and 3.  The weather was not helpful but many smiling faces indicated the event was enjoyed by all.  Photos will be posted when they are available. (Posted by Keith Horrocks 5 March 2013, updated 15 March 2013).   Photos courtesy Edwin Kwan Photography.


Anita Graham and Karen Davies (MS Ambassador)                     Dave J, Kevin H, Deidre C, Jan H, Peter B, Chris C at the barbeque                      The Graham girls - Anita, Merryl and Aliece


Anto Tyson - Happy Healthy Harold                             David Bras, Happy Healthy Harold, Lis White                          David Bras with Happy Healthy Harold


Em Gale - the cow                                                 Suzi Fredricks - the fairy                                                           Swimming in PJs horse


                Woonona Red and Yellow team (Woonona Surf Club)                                      Crossfit Wollongong team

Kevin Hartley                                                                                                        Peter Brown

                                                                                                                       It's 5.30 in the morning!                                                Wayne James keeping customers happy on night shift

2012/13 Changeover Dinner - June 18 2013

22 members and 19 guests attended the 48th Annual changeover dinner held at the Grange Golf Club function room.  Lions Service Awards were earned by John White (45 years), Rob Sassall (45 years), Chris Carey (25 years), Fritz De Busch (25 years), Dave Berry (20 years) and Ferit Uyguc (20 years).

Life memberships were awarded to Dave Tanner and Wayne James.

Peter Brown was awarded an Australian Lions Foundation James D. Richardson award for his role in chairing the MS Mega Swim committee for the first three years and helping to raise over $130,000 for the MS Society.  For her work on the Mega Swim committee, Anita Graham was awarded a Community Service Award. 

Melvin Jones Fellowships were presented to Greg Dombkins and Kevin Hartley.

22 members present at the Changeover Dinner - back row Lindsay Colquhoun, Greg Pitt, Richie Parsons, Ian Mackay, Greg Dombkins, Pat Peirce, Peter Brown & Kevin Hartley; middle row Michael Cadorin, Wayne James, Ian Whitehead, Dave Johnson, John White, Jim Tolerton & Henry Karpik; front row John McMahon, Trevor Field, Arthur Smithers, Keith Horrocks, Geoff Venables, Dave Berry & Dave Tanner

more photos to come