Stawell Lions: An active volunteer community group

DONATION: SES volunteer John Hooper receives a cheque for $6931.28 from Stawell Lions Club president Marie Hosking. Picture: CONTRIBTUED
DONATION: SES volunteer John Hooper receives a cheque for $6931.28 from Stawell Lions Club president Marie Hosking. Picture: CONTRIBTUED

The Lions Club of Stawell is a long-established and active community group which has been serving the Stawell community for almost 50 years.

It will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2022.

The club is proud of its contributions to Stawell and the wider community.

It was the first service club in Victoria to commence Coffee Break (now called Driver Reviver) as a road safety initiative - now a service provided across the state at busy times.

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Since its inception it has been involved in providing community barbecues, Christmas Cakes, delivering Meals on Wheels, managing the Easter Carnival, providing Lions Hearing and Carer Dogs and walkers for disabled children.

Other activities include L to P plate driver training, drought and bushfire relief, donations to local schools and Stawell Football and Netball Club to provide jumpers for junior players, equipment for Stawell Regional Health, the SES and other worthy causes.

It conducts a tin rattle on Cup Day to provide funds for research into cancer.

Members also quietly assist people in need by checking their welfare and from time to time visiting them.

The club participates in wider Lions projects which include collecting used spectacles for re-use in needy countries, and collects used stamps which are sold to fund other activities.

Other joint projects assist research into prostate cancer and other health-related causes.

Stawell Lions was one of the first service clubs to encourage female members.


One of the first, Margaret Dunn, was one of the first female District Governors who hosted a District Convention here in Stawell.

The club is also about having fun - it has a monthly dinner with an interesting range of speakers, and occasional social events where members and families can enjoy each other's company.

It is concerned that it continues to thrive by attracting new members with new ideas and fresh approaches. It invites prospective members of the public to attend one of its meetings to meet its members and gain an impression of its activities.

The club was delighted to provide $6931.28 to the local SES to provide security equipment to prevent theft of vital equipment from their property.

These funds in part come from the Club's share of the proceeds from the Easter Carnival - a much-appreciated community activity.

SES volunteer John Hooper told Club members present at the donation handover the SES had suffered losses of vital equipment recently and that the new security equipment would help protect assets stored in and around its headquarters valued in excess of $1million.

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