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Don Small Wyong Lions Tuggerawong Retirement Village
By far the biggest undertaking of the club was to build this village. During the early 1970’s Lions recognised there was a great need for low cost housing for aged persons. It was the dream of one of the Charter Members Lion Don Small to provide a quality low cost retirement village. The first stage of the village consisted of 10 Units.
The Lions Club raised the sum of $28,000 which was quite a sum of money at that time. Don Small donated the land that the village was to be built on. The club received a grant from the Commonwealth Government. There was still a short fall of funds as prices were rising quickly. Tim Farrell a member of The Entrance Lions Club and a councillor on Wyong Shire Council was able to secure a loan from council until the facility was built and then the loan could be repaid from the deposits of prospective residents. Mr Lawrence Bower of Bower, McFadyen & Little Architects designed the building which consisted of 10 units. The Builder was Mr Frank Michels (F& M Building Pty Ltd). The Lions cleared the land in preparation to the building works to begin.
The land was transferred to Wyong Shire Council with the proviso that the Lions Club manage the village. It is managed by a 355 Committee consisting of 2 council officers and 3 Lions Club members.
The original Lions Administrator for the village for many years was Lion Bill Thomas and is currently Lion George Kinealy.
The village was completed in early 1979 and the official opening was 1st July 1979. It was opened by the then District 201N3 DG Lion Max Nixon and the Wyong Shire President Tim Farrell. The first resident was Mrs Ivy Curtis.
The village has been extended twice since the initial development with. Stage 1 consisted of ten units, then Stage 2 being 10 additional units and Stage 3, the adjoining land was purchased and 2 additional units built, and existing house on the land remaining and a community hall. The Lions Club hold their meetings in the community hall.
If you are interested in becoming a resident of our village please contact our administrator Lion George Kinealy 02 43530946
Mingara Carols by Candelight 2014
Members joined together to supply a BBQ for the Carols by Candlelight at Mingara in December 2014. We used our new Chip Cooker which proved a great success
Deb is a local Mum with Motor Neurone. She needed assistance to modify her home to enable her to access the upper levels. Her friends wanted to hold a fundraiser for her and approached our Lions Club. Together we had a Trivia night at Wyong Leagues Club that kicked off the fundraising. We then held BBQ's at Bunnings to get together part of the funding. Then our Foundations ALF and Public Health assisted and we were able to install a lift that will take a wheelchair to enable Deb and her family to stay in their home.
Ben is a young man from our area who was involved in a motor vehicle accident and became a paraplegic. His family approached the Lions Club to assist with his fundraising appeal. Ben had played in a band and his family and friends organised an event at Wyong Golf Club which raised enough money to assist the family to get a vehicle and make changes to their home for Ben to come home from Rehabilitation.
Provision of a Vehicle with wheelchair access for a family with a disabled child. This was a project too big for one club but the clubs in Zone 2 decided to support the project and start the fundraising by holding a Zone Trivia night at North Entrance Surf Club which was a lot of fun. Clubs also donated money towards the project. We approached Wheeling and Able and Life Without Barriers as well as ALF Australian Lions Foundation and NSW Public Health Care Lions Foundation for Grants and with their generous assistance we have been able to purchase a vehicle with a wheelchair lift for this family
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Catering State Age Netball Championships Wyong June Long Weekend 2012. Wyong Lions enjoyed a busy weekend using 114 dozen eggs, 116 loaves bread, over 400 hot dog rolls, almost 1000 sausages, and lots of bacon.
European Exchange Students. During July 2012 Wyong Lions hosted 3 exchange students. Niels from Germany, Matthieu from Belgium and Sempsa from Finland. Our Lions club joined with other Lions Clubs in the area for outings with their exchange students. The boys found the Australian Winter warm and enjoyed surfing many times during their stay. We also visited the Blue Moutains, Sydney and Palm Beach by Ferry. The boys assisted the club with the Zone Tree planting, cooking a BBQ for Special Olympics Soccer Day, and assisting the Dune Care Group for National Tree Day planting.
Variety Bash Breakfast wyong Lions Catered the Variety Bash Breakfast at The Entrance recently. We were a bit unlucky with the weather with the wind gusting off the lake however we were prepared with cars parked on the ends of the tarp to hold the tent down. It was a very successful day.