Lions Clubs are part of community life, in the cities and in the country. Clubs are easily identified by their distinctive Logo, the trademark of our International Association, and the 'We Serve'; motto.
Lions Australia is part of an international association, filled with people who are joined by the common desire to make their communities better, by using their creativity, enthusiasm and energy. Membership is open to all people of the community in good standing
The Lions Club of South Vermont has around 30 members who meet on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month.
Many strong friendships both within and outside the club have been established through our activities which are focused on Vermont South and adjoining areas of Melbourne.
New and prospective members as well as members of other Lions clubs are made to feel welcome at our meetings. If you are interested in becoming a member of our Club or another Lions Club click here to contact the Membership Chairman
For members of other Lions clubs who would like to attend one of our meetings please contact the Club Secretary.
Vermont South is a suburb in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 20 km east from Melbourne's central business district. Its Local Government Area is the City of Whitehorse. At the 2006 Census, Vermont South had a population of 11,485. The eastern boundary of Vermont South is the Dandenong Creek, which travels from the Dandenong Ranges through to Port Phillip. The suburb was mostly developed in the late 1970s and early 1980s, after developers bought the local apple orchards in the area.
Vermont South is most well known as the filming location for "Ramsay Street" in the famous Australian soap opera Neighbours. A Neighbours Tour Bus operates on a regular basis and is very popular with UK Backpackers.
The following is a summary of some of the recurring projects and activities of the Club:
The Club conducts a sausage sizzle at the Brentford Square Shopping Centre in front of Woolworths on the third Saturday of each month. Funds raised from this activity are typically utilised in the local community and in recent times included a donation of over $2,000 for bushfire relief.
The Peridot Theatre Group is based at Mount Waverley Secondary College. Our Club assists approximately every three months to deconstruct the sets at the end of each season. Additionally we have helped them with a number of other projects including construction of new dressing rooms. Each year the Club receives the tickets for a preview night to sell as a fund raising activity. The preview night is one of the highlights of the year.
Leo's Club of Vermont Secondary College
Our Club provides sponsorship, support and guidance to the Leo's Club of Vermont Secondary College, and in turn, the Leo's also assists our Club on a range of community service projects.
Leo Clubs provide the youth of the world an opportunity for development and contribution both individually and collectively. Members are given the opportunity to grow and develop as responsible members of the local, national and international community. Alpha Leo Clubs in particular are designed for 12 - 18 year olds, of which, are based within the educational institution they belong to.
Leos Clubs stimulate among it's members acceptance of high ethical standards, develop leadership, provide experience through service to the community and provide an opportunity for international understanding.
Members experience increased self-esteem and personal growth as they meet challenges and accept responsibilities as well as have fun! By volunteering their time and talents for the benefit of others, Leos learn firsthand the value and rewards of service. Leo club involvement can start young men and women on a lifetime of helping others.
We are commited to developing Leo's as we see them as the future of Lions Australlia, and when they graduate from their Leo Club, they are are encouraged to continue their service through the Leo to Lion program.
You can easily find the Leo's Club of Vermont Secondary College by searching in Facebook or Messenger for @vscleosclub
Lions Wilderness Village Licola
Since 2006, the Club has been involved with renovating and maintaining House 13 at the Lions Wilderness Village.
At the commencement of the renovations, house 13 was in a very dilapidated state and was close to being demolished. Renovation work included three new toilets, three showers, facilities for the handicapped, internal and external painting, new carpet and curtains and the most recent addition; a new kitchen. A large front porch was constructed by the Wangaratta Lions Club who also supplied all of the materials.
Considerable support for this project has also been provided by Bunnings at South Vermont.
As a result of the renovations, house 13 is now one of the best houses at Licola if not the best!
For more information on Lions Wilderness Village refer to www.licola.org.au
The Club also funds up to 14 children from our area to attend camps at Licola each year. These children would not otherwise have an opportunity to participate in such activities.
Youth of the Year Quest
The Quest is a community project designed to encourage, foster and develop leadership qualities in young Australians. More than 2,000 people compete in the Quest each year, with winners making their way through zone, region, district, state and national finals.
The Quest is designed to encourage student interest in leadership and the qualities required to take an active and constructive role in the community. It does this by selecting an outstanding young person from candidates throughout Australia to travel overseas and act as an ambassador for Lions Clubs International Multiple District 201. The international travel is conducted under the auspices of Lions Clubs International.
Students from many nations meet to discuss a wide range of international issues. They also have the opportunity to learn leadership, management and community service skills from groups of professional men and women throughout the world.
The Quest seeks a high level of academic, leadership, sporting, public speaking and citizenship achievement in its potential winners. By emphasising these qualities it hopes to provide outstanding role models for the youth of Australia and an overall increase in the confidence of young men and women.
The Quest is an excellent means of assisting Australia's youth and promoting the essential role of leadership development and community service organisations in maintaining Australia's high standard of living.
Our Club's involvement in the Quest comes from coaching and supporting a number of student entrants from Vermont Secondary College and surrounding secondary schools each year. The winner of our Club's competition then moves on to the next level in the competition.
For more information on Youth of the Year click here
Australia Day Breakfast
Since Australia Day 2007, our Club has held an Australia Day breakfast at Bunnings South Vermont with the ongoing support of Whitehorse City Council and local sponsors.
The cooked breakfast is provided free to the local community and features a flag raising by the Girl Guides, entertainment by the Maroondah Brass Band and various rides and entertainment for children.