INSIDE: Hard work pays off with new Lions Club in Caloundra:
CALOUNDRA West is now the home of a new Lions Club.
On February 22, the club was officially charted as their own standalone branch.
Lorraine Hendy was responsible for starting the group.
She had been volunteering for the Lions for quite some time when she realised the area really needed their own specialised club.
“I was selling raffle tickets for Lions and Dave, who owns Positive Property, came up to me and said ‘if you start a club in this area, I’ll be your first member’, and on the same day Penni who came down from the north asked me if there was a Lions Club in the area, and I said ‘no but I’m going to start one’,” Mrs Hendy said.
While the club is brand spanking new, Mrs Hendy said they had been supporting the community for a long time.
Previously they were operating under the Sandstone Point Lions Club at Bribie Island.
President of the Caloundra club Penni Nulty said becoming their own stand-alone branch will help members to work faster and more efficiently for the community.
“We are ecstatic, now we are answerable to ourselves, we don’t have to put everything we want to do through another club,” Mrs Nulty said.
“If we want a grant, we can get it ourselves.
“A member of their club had to come and attend our meetings to make sure we were running everything correctly, and we were expected to attend theirs, we’ve cut out a lot of travel time.”
Mrs Hendy said all the money they raise will stay in the community.
“We’ve just helped a young boy that lives in Kings Beach,” she said.
“He needed a communication device because he’s a non-verbal autistic boy. His mum wrote us a letter asking for $250 and in the end, we were able to fundraise $1000.”
NEW START: Caloundra West members with their new Lions charter documents.