Lion Cub receives award.
Lions Club of Glenwood and District Inc. in District 201Q4 started in May 1997 with 20 members and was chartered in August 1997. Over the years, the club has fluctuated in numbers from 30 at times, but over the last six years, they have maintained a small base of six to seven active members.
In 2002, a number of members had young children so one of those members,Tammy Stewart, suggested starting a ‘Cub’ club. They took the idea to the annual convention in Rockhampton that year and it was highly praised, so in May 2003 eight children were officially inducted as ‘Lion Cubs’ by District Governor Charlie Walker. Although the numbers dwindled as children grew up and/or their families moved from the district, Kaysha Stewart (who has been attending meetings since she was born) was inducted as a Lion Cub in 2011 and remains a cub today. Kaysha has actively been involved with club activities and has helped Lions Members with selling raffle tickets and Lions Christmas cakes, attending Driver Reviver and the club’s second-hand book shop.
Throughout all the years of service, the club has been very active in the both the local area and wider community by
- – developing the Lions Botanical Garden in Glenwood
- – conducting the ‘Town & Country’ Auction in 2003 that supported the local rural fire brigade
- – operating an amusement train that serviced many events in the local area as well as the surrounding district of 201Q4, especially over the Christmas period
- – fundraising activities such as raffles, local dances and karaoke evenings to support Lions Medical Research Foundation
- – volunteering at the Gunalda Driver Reviver site
- – establishing and operating a second-hand book shop
In 2008, as part of International Women’s Day of 2008, the club developed and launched the publication ‘Women Inspiring the Community and Creating History’ (WICCH). Ten (10) ladies from the Tiaro Shire Council told their stories with a view to highlighting their extraordinary achievements around ‘work – life – balance’. Each of them became affectionately known as a WICCH.
In the last few years members have continued to volunteer at the Gunalda Driver Reviver, operated the second-hand book shop and fundraised through raffles and Christmas cakes sales, and have funnelled all our donations to Lions Medical Research Foundation.
2018 marked the 10th anniversary of the original WICCH project and through the support of Office for Women, the club was able to celebrate in style by showcasing original WICCHs and introducing WICCH … the next generation.
During March 2018 at Gatakers Artspace in Maryborough an exhibition was mounted. It was an exhibition of photographs and inspirational quotes from the original WICCHs along with photographs and quotes that introduced 13 inspiring young women and girls from within the Fraser Coast. In addition to the exhibition, a second publication was developed – WICCH … the next generation. The anniversary of this remarkable project was celebrated with a special evening that coincided with Queensland’s Women’s Week and 2018 International Women’s Day.
Each of the original WICCHs was asked to nominate young women/girls from the Fraser Coast who were recognised as a WICCH … the next generation. These young women and girls all from the local community are the quiet achievers, those who have overcome barriers and/or are assisting others, young women and girls who are/have the potential to be future role models within the community.
Kaysha was one of the 13 girls who was honoured as a WICCH … the next generation.
As a result of her commitment and support to the Lions Club of Glenwood and District Inc and Lions International, club members were proud to recognise Kaysha’s achievements by awarding her with a Professor Ian Frazer Humanitarian Award in June this year. The award was presented by Past District Governor Charlie Walker who also inducted Kaysha as a Lion Cub.
Well done Kaysha!