Update 13 June 2013 - ALF Newsletter May June 2013
Mr Dick Smith AO at the ALF AGM with Trustees
Update 26 April 2013 - Dick Smith donates $1 Million
Dick Smith, the eminent businessman, philanthropist, adventurer and entrepreneur, together with his wife Pip Smith, have donated $1 million to the Australian Lions Foundation (ALF) to help people in need.
Download a copy of the Media Release here: Dick Smith Donation Ė Media Release
Earlier News from Summer 2012-13
Australian Lions Foundation National Disaster Appeal
To all Lions, Lioness and Leo Clubs in Multiple District 201 – Australia
With the unprecedented natural disasters that have affected many of our States over the recent times and now with the serious impacts of flooding and damage on the East Coast, the Trustees of the Australian Lions Foundation in conjunction with the Council Chairman have agreed to widen the current Appeal to be a “National Disaster Appeal” to cover all areas that are currently and are likely to be impacted in the future.
The Trustees thank the Districts and Clubs for once again showing their generous support of the National Appeal for bushfire victims from throughout Australia and hope that your support will continue in aid of those now impacted by the current flooding in Queensland and New South Wales.
The original appeal was established in mid-January to assist the Tasmanian fire victims, but since the need increased to other areas the appeal widened for support across the country.
The Foundation has donated $50,000 to Tasmania (T1) and $20,000 to New South Wales (N4) to support the immediate needs of the bushfire victims.
Clubs have been involved supporting not only those residents directly affected by the bushfires, but also those who have played a key role in providing support and catering to those that have been fighting the fires. Of the amounts donated to date, $34,500 has been donated specifically for the Tasmanian victims and the remainder for the broader National Appeal of which Tasmania will be included.
The Foundation through the State Trustees, are closely liaising with the Governors of the impacted Districts throughout the Country and will continue to review support for areas that may be impacted further. An immediate allocation of $50,000 has been made to the Districts now dealing with the flooding and this funding will be disbursed as the Governor’s request.
Clubs should continue to send their donations through their Cabinet Treasurer and not send direct to the ALF Emergency Relief Account as electronic deposits made without a reference from a club cannot be identified and allocated and acknowledged as a club contribution. As noted earlier, a generous deposit has been received but no details have been provided to locate the donor as yet.
If Clubs wish their donation to be directed to a specific area impacted by the fires or floods, please indicate with your advice to your Treasurer otherwise the Foundation will disburse funds received proportionally to the needs of the areas as these donations are received. Remember that every dollar that is donated goes directly to assist the victims of these disasters.
Please continue to support this appeal and help those in need
Remember the “Australian Lions Foundation” is your foundation
Clubs are able to send their donations through their Cabinet Treasurer.
Donations may be collected by Clubs from the public or organisations but if they request a receipt for their donation for tax deductibility purposes, clubs will need to obtain the following information and provide that to their Cabinet Treasurer when they send through their donations.
- Name of Donor
- Address of Donor
- Contact Number
- Amount of Donation
When the ALF Treasurer receives the donation from your District via your Cabinet Treasurer, a receipt will be issued direct to the donor. The Australian Lions Foundation is able to respond in such a way because of the generosity and willingness of the Lions family in Australia to support those in need.
Other Recent News
New Community Service Award now available
Award and Grant Application Forms updated
Applications, forward to: Grants Chairman - PDG Ken Hallam,
18 Koree St, Cessnock, NSW 2325
Applications, forward to: Award
Chairman - David Constable -
49 Pareena Crescent, Mansfield, Qld 4122
Chairman Paul Loque presenting the Hall of Fame Certificates to PDG Bob Korotcoff
(L) and PDG Garth Gleeson (R) at the Convention.
At the recent MD201 Convention in Mildura, the Australian Lions Foundation
announced four Lions had been awarded acknowledgements for their
contribution to Lions and the community by appointing them to the ALF "Hall
of Fame". The four recipients were - PDG Bob Korotcoff (C2), PCC Ambose
Depiazzi (W2), PDG Garth Gleeson (Q2) and Lion Dick Strickland (T1). Two of the
recipients being PDG Bob Korotcoff and PDG Garth Gleeson were at the Convention
to receive their Certificates. Lions Dick Strickland was presented with his
Certificate at the T1 Convention and PCC Ambrose will receive his Certificate
after the Convention.
We congratulate all recipients and thank them for their service.
BEWARE OF CONVENTIONS
the ordering of Awards
Conventions can rob you of valuable lead-time
in the ordering of awards.
The ALF Trustees are all required to attend
convention. We have the AGM to attend, voting for changes to the Trust Deeds if
required, voting for Trustees as their terms expire, manning the display booth
to answer your questions, and so the list goes on.
This means, of course, that Treasurer Damian
is not at home to bank your cheques when they arrive and forward the award
application to Awards Coordinator
When you consider that the Trustees may also
take the opportunity to have their annual break around convention, it can mean
that nothing happens for at least a week and maybe longer. The awards are
manufactured in Tasmania, and the 4 weeks requested as the minimum lead-time can
easily be reduced quite dramatically due to these absences, and this places
unnecessary stress on all concerned.
So, please bear this in mind when you are determining which deserving Lion, or
person you will nominate to be honoured with an ALF award. Place your
application as early as you can so that the Trustees donít have to contact you
with the bad news that the awards that you require canít be delivered in time
for the presentation.
Continue to support YOUR Foundation as you have done so well in the past, but
PLEASE get your applications in early to avoid disappointment, particularly
around Convention time.
ALF Award Application Form
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