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    Due to the COVID-19 Virus, the Maryborough Lions Club has made a decision to close the Maryborough Lions Club Bookshop, until further notice. The Maryborough Lions Market, normally held on the first Sunday of each month, will also be closed until further notice.

    We are very concerned for the health of our members, volunteers, market traders and our valued customers, in the coming weeks.

    Unfortunately, during this time, we will be unable to accept donations of books, from our very valued community members.

    We hope that you can understand the decision made, and be assured that we will re-open, when it is safe for us to do so.

    We wish all members of our community good health and safety, in the weeks to come.

    If you have any queries or concerns, you are very welcome to contact:


    Lorraine Parker
    Mobile: 0456 040 823



    Maryborough Lions Club is doing more than offering financial help for the many people affected by this summer’s bushfire season across south-east Australia – the Club is also helping to feed volunteers who have signed up with disaster recovery agency BlazeAid.

    BlazeAid is a not-for-profit organisation set up in the wake of the 2009 Black Saturday fires, which for a decade now has been assisting people with fence rebuilding and debris clearing following any natural disaster Australia-wide. It has been active in the Maryborough area before, notably after the 2011 floods when BlazeAid volunteers helped rebuild farm fences near Carisbrook.

    The Club has been delivering food donated by Coles Maryborough to the BlazeAid base camp at Lexton in central Victoria, where volunteers rebuilding fences destroyed in the Mount Lonarch/Ben Major fire are based. Every Monday until the camp is disbanded, the Club makes a delivery run to the Lexton Recreation Reserve with bakery products and other food items donated by Coles to help feed some 40 BlazeAid volunteers.

    The Club is also on a roster to cook dinner for the volunteers and treated the BlazeAid crew to their first dinner, a Shepherd’s Pie cooked by Lions member Roy “Shady” Lane – who is accustomed to cooking for large numbers from his Navy service – on February 10th, 2020. Lions member Gary Hutchinson, one of the serving crew, said the dinner went down a treat.

    “About two-thirds of them came back for seconds so we must have been doing something right,” Mr Hutchinson said.

    Maryborough Lions Club has also made a $1000 donation to a Lions Foundation bushfire relief fund and will continue to assist until the 2019-20 Black Summer crisis has passed.



    Maryborough Lions Club is accepting postage stamps as part of an international Lions fundraiser aimed at helping mobility-impaired children.

    Stamps collected by the club will go to the Australian Lions Children’s Mobility Foundation who will use the funds raised from their sale to buy Hart Walkers, enabling children born with Cerebral Palsy to move more freely.

    The stamp project began in Australia when Queensland Lions members John and Christine Arckless challenged residents in their town of Dayboro to collect stamps for the foundation. The stamp-ede has spread nationally from there.

    Lion Gary Hutchinson is coordinating the stamp project for Maryborough Lions Club and urges residents to save their stamps for the cause. “This fits well with our recent project to install the Liberty Swing in Maryborough as another helping hand for mobility-impaired children.”

    Used stamps can be taken to a special collection box at the Maryborough Lions Bookshop, 124 High Street.

    The Lions bookshop also accepts used glasses for distribution to people affected by natural disasters in the Asia Pacific. Already, Maryborough residents have donated more than 4000 pairs of spectacles to this cause.


    The Scleroderma Foundation, Maryborough Brass Band, Central Goldfields Girl Guides, the local Animal Shelter and Riding for the Disabled group were among recipients of donations from Maryborough Lions Club at the club’s annual distribution night in June 2018.

    At a dinner at the Lions Clubroom marking its annual distribution, cheques were presented to various community groups and causes, with the amount distributed totalling more than $11,000.

    Peppa Rasmussen-Breitinger, a Year 12 student at Maryborough Education Centre, accepted a $500 cheque on behalf of the Scleroderma Foundation and spoke about the rare disorder from which she suffers. “Although it’s very rare, anyone can contract the disorder,” Peppa said of the skin-hardening condition, which also can affect internal organs.

    Other donations were made to the Maryborough Red Cross, Maryborough Historical Society, Maryborough Arts Society, Havilah Hostel, Black Dog Institute and the Shannon’s Bridge Foundation, dedicated to palliative care.

    Lion and MC for the night Gary Hutchinson said fewer donations were made this year, reflecting the club’s strategy to increasingly plan, fund and execute its own community projects, following the success of the club’s recently completed Liberty Swing project, which cost more than $30,000.

    Maryborough Lions Club President Lorraine Parker said the annual distribution was an important event in the life of the club and the community. “All of the recipients are very deserving of our help for the work they do for the community.”



    After speeches from Central Goldfields Shire Chief Administrator Noel Harvey, Ripon MP Louise Staley and Lions District Governor Malcolm Qualtrough, it was Montoya Turner's smile that stole the show at the official opening of the ‘Liberty Swing’ for mobility-impaired people in Maryborough's Prince’s Park on April 29.

    It was Montoya's first swing ... and the swing's first swing!

    Louise Staley thanked Lion Brian Hawkins who did the hard yards to project-manage the $34,000 project over 2017 and early 2018 and commented that Brian is "very persuasive" after realising that Brian was actually asking for a personal donation towards the project!

    Noel Harvey commented that even adults sometimes like to use a swing in reflective moments or when things “just get too much”.

    “Now people in the Central Goldfields region with mobility issues can enjoy a swing like everyone else,” Mr Harvey said.

    The swing is already well-utilised and many people have asked for the key to the fenced enclosure so they can arrange access for disabled children or family members. It features an access ramp, a locking device and there are instructions for different types of wheelchairs.

    Keys are available from the Lions Bookshop (124 High St, Maryborough), the Maryborough Resource Centre, or the nearby caravan park. Alternatively, keys that open all the Liberty Swings in Australia can be bought for $3.

    A free BBQ capped off the day.

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    While kids and many adults unwrapped chocolate eggs, Maryborough Lions Club hatched a cracker of a market on Easter Sunday, with close to 50 stalls lining sections of Nolan and Alma Streets and selling a wide range of wares in just the club’s second market in the town centre.

    The Maryborough Lions CBD Tourist Market coincided with the Australian Veterans Cycling Council’s Highland Society Criterium, drawing a large influx of visitors to the town. A new attraction was music by Greg Joseph and Ray Johnson who strummed and sung old favourites to provide a relaxed musical mood in Nolan Street. Community groups including Zonta and the Salvation Army – as well as Lions – were represented at the market.

    Trevor Stevens, Maryborough Lions Club’s market manager, said the extra attractions during the long weekend helped boost the market, which started strongly on March 4th. “It was great to see so many new traders at our Easter market,” Mr Stevens said. “We’re very excited at the prospect of growth in our market, the boost for local businesses and support for our community projects. We’re also reminding Maryborough’s other community groups that the market is a great opportunity to showcase their services to local residents.”

    Between the furiously busy barbecue, stallholder fees, a raffle and donations, the club raised about $1800 for new community projects, following on from the club’s Liberty Swing project last year.

    Lorraine Parker, Maryborough Lions Club president, thanked members for putting in such a big effort at the barbecue, managing traffic, collecting donations and providing information about Lions, which already has drawn interest from a prospective new member. “Our club members worked hard for the first CBD market last month and rallied again for the even bigger event in Easter, despite its falling in a long weekend.”

    Mr Stevens said that new stallholders were still being accepted for the CBD Tourist Market held on the first Sunday of every month and encouraged businesses selling goods ranging from fresh produce, preserves and cheeses to clothing, crafts and bric-a-brac to get in touch.


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    Leading Lion from Iceland lauds Maryborough bookshop

    Maryborough Lions Club bookshop hosted distinguished international guests recently when Gudrun Yngvadottir, Lions International First Vice President, and her husband, Dr John Bjarni Thorsteinsson, from Iceland, popped in on September 3 for afternoon tea.

    The couple were passing through Maryborough on their way to Bendigo after attending the Lions ANZI Pacific Forum in Ballarat from August 31 to September 2.

    Ms Yngvadottir praised the bookshop as a prime example of what Lions Clubs around the world can achieve in their local communities. “It just has all the elements: it’s about literacy, connections with local people, and all the proceeds go back into community projects,” Ms Yngvadottir said.

    When one club member commented that the couple would be unlikely to find any books about Iceland, Ms Yngvadottir proceeded to find three relating to aspects of Icelandic culture, including volcanoes and Vikings. Dr Thorsteinsson was impressed with the shop’s extensive medical section.

    Maryborough Lions Club president Lorraine Parker said the bookshop was an important element of the club’s presence in Maryborough and was gaining a strong reputation in the state’s Lions community.

    The club soon will unveil a “mobility swing” for disabled children at Lions Park. Donations towards the equipment can be made in the bookshop.

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    On the 6th January 2017 Maryborough Lions Club opened their new book shop at 124 High Street Maryborough. The modern open plan shop has over 10,000 books in stock, is wheel chair friendly and has books to make most people happy.

    All staff are volunteers, all stock is donated with nett. profits staying in the community. The shop is open 5.1/2 days a week.

    Monday to Friday 9am. to 4pm. and Saturday 9am. to 1pm. at this stage we are closed Sundays and public holidays.

    If you are ever in Maryborough take a look at our hand painted window display then come in for a browse.

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    The member ship team for 2016 / 17

    The new membership team for the Maryborough Lions Club for the 2016 /17.

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    The William R Tresise Fellow Awward

    The William R Tresise Fellow Award was presented to Lion Garry Hutchinson by P.D.G. Lion Nancy Dean from Australian Lion Foundation.

    Attachment: Lion Garry Hutchinson with P.D.G. Lion Nancy Dean

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    Maryborough Lions Club adds 6 new lady members at the one time.

    From left to right
    ( sponsor ) Jenny Johnson ( new member ) Judith Lind
    ( sponsor ) Ray Jennings ( new member) Lorraine Parker
    ( sponsor ) Robyn Suridge ( new member ) Collen Richards
    ( the man doing the inductions ) R.D.O. Graham Allan O.A.M.


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    Maryborough Lions Club adds 6 new lady members at the one time.

    Left to Right
    ( sponsor ) Janet Regan ( new member ) Jenny Jenkin
    ( sponsor ) Trevor Stevens ( new member ) Kerri Jongebloed
    ( sponsor ) Brian Hawkins ( new member ) Pat Martin


  • $1,000 donation to Sceroderma Australia

    One of our members granddaughter has a little known disease called SCLERODERMA, the causes of the different types of Scleroderma are not known, but they do know what happens; the auto-immune system malfunctions, so that the body places excess collagen on its connective tissue which makes the skin, joints, tendons and parts of the internal organs. Damage to the blood vessels, meanwhile, causes them to constrict and stiffen, weaken the organs they supply.
    Thankfully, there are now very successful treatments that can halt the progress of Scleroderma, but each of these applies to a overall cure.
    It is extremely important that the diagnosis is made early as possible, so that treatment can begin. ( information from the Scleroderma Australia broacher )
    This disease affects one in every 10,000 people and has no government support.
    A donation was asked for, after another Lion spoke from heart on this disease after losing a child to it. It is with great pleasure we donated $1,000 we hope it helps just a little.

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