Lions is a community service organisation! People join Lions because they want to user their intellect, creativity, commitment and enthusiasm to get things done.
This is where you can find out about the sorts of projects that Rockingham Lions Club is doing.
If you like what you see and would you like to get involved contact us now.
Assisting the Homeless
Rockingham Lions approached the Salvation Army to offer assistance with their work in providing for homeless people. The club decided to assist by providing towels and a kit that contained personal toiletries such as soap, toothbrushes and toothpaste. Complementing this was a committment to provide a meal once a week for the needy.
Batteries and Newspaper Collection
We have regular collections of newspapers (which are stored in our shed in Hurrel WAy) and old car batteries. These are then sold to other companies involved in recycling.
We conduct a number of Sausage Sizzles throughout the year for special community events (i.e. Have a Go, Australia Day, Harmony Day), as well as utilising the Bunnings store at Rockingham for regular Saturday sessions. These are great fun and an excellent chance for social interaction by members and meeting the general public.
Christmas Gift Wrapping
The Rockingham Shopping Centre has assisted us with providing space for gift wrapping over the Christmas period. This is usually offered for a gold coin donation.
Christmas Hampers for the Needy
After many years working with St Nicholas, Vinnies and the Salvation Army in providing food hampers at Christmas, it became obvious that many recipients were not "needy". The decision was made to purchase food items to add to that collected from primary schools and donate approximately 40 hampers to Care Options who look after elderly and disabled citizens.
Collection of Spectacles
Our means of supporting the Lions Save Sight Foundation is to collect no longer needed glasses and donate them to the Lions Save Sight Foundation in Verdun St, Nedlands.
Lions was asked to sponsor a Community Fair. This was done in conjunction with Street Hassle. Sponsorship was sorted from Lotteries Commission, Healthway, the City of Rockingham and other sponsors. The Fair was such a success that Lions continued to partner with Street Hassle in future years. This event has been recognised as a hugely successful and an excellent way of advertising Lions in the community.
Distribution of Emergency Books
The Club has purchased a number of books that contain information on what do to in an emergency and also to provide personal information that can be used in an emergency. These are provided at a nominal cost.
This is a Multiple District Project that has raised considerable funds for clubs all over Australia for many years.
Clubs buy containers and display material for the Multiple District Office. Individual members and organise sale outlets (which can be in public places, work offices or shops). The mints go on display in a box which also contains a money box in whixh buyers of the mints place their money. The Lion responsible for delivering the kits must keep in contact and service the outlet, including the collection of the proceeds.
The range includes regular mints, sugar free mints and fizzers with fruity flavours. Each item sells for 60 cents.
Sale of Lions Christmas Cakes
As with the Gift Wrapping, we have a very busy time over the Christmas period by selling to the public the Lions Christmas Cakes and Puddings. Again we are grateful to the Rockingham Shopping Centre by providing space for this at a central location. The Christmas Cake Chairman is responsible for the coordination of ordering and recording sales.
School Dux Awards
These Awards are presented annually to the Year 7 Dux at a number of local primary schools. Each school is provided with a Lions Honour Board to record the name of the recipient of the award. Each awardee is provided with a cheque. The original Honour Boards were made by Lion, Bob Scott and the engraving is completed by Trophy Express.
At the school's Graduating Assembly, a representative from Lions will be present the trophy and a certificate. The school usually donates a hamper of goods that Lions will then use for its Christmas collection.
A recent project was supporting Malibu Special Needs School. The school needed a shade cloth erected to cover the garden area. Lions offered to assist them with the project and completed them in August.
In 2016 it was decided to support a different Primary School each year within our district by providing funds recognise a school's 'wish list'. In 2016 the nominated school was Cooloongup Primary School.
In 2017 the nominated school was Bungaree Primary School and in 2018 the school was East Waikiki Primary School.
The club also made a committment to support the City of Rockingham 'Castaways Sculpture Awards'. This committment was for three years to provide a cash prize for a school entry.