A Little Bit About Our Club
Armidale Dumaresq Lions Club has been providing service to the Armidale community and beyond for over 42 years. We were chartered on 28 January 1978. The Club has always been one which is immersed in community initiatives and has cooperated with, and assisted, many local organisations.
We are fortunate that our club is located in a cosmopolitan and sophisticated city that has a unique blend of culture, state of the art technology, educational diversity and natural beauty. Situated on the New England Highway, half way between Sydney and Brisbane, Armidale is located in a picturesque rural setting on the doorstep of some of the most scenic national parks in Australia.
We are a strong club that is still growing. We have more than 35 active members who come from all walks of life including agriculture, education, business, health, public service, construction, technology and many others.
Many of our community service projects are arranged in conjunction with, or as part of, a social activity and as a result we spend a lot of time having fun and socialising with members of our club, members of our district and our community. Tree planting, clean-ups, working bees, barbecues and helping at community events form a regular part of our Lions calendar. We are always on the lookout for fund raising opportunities too.
We are particularly proud of …
Armidale Dumaresq Lions Club has for many years proudly supported and participated in Lions Australia Youth of the Year program which is aimed at all young people who seek to improve their skills before entering the workforce or other endeavours. Our Club Youth of the Year event is held early in November each year with successful candidates proceeding to Regional and District judging in March and April.
Lions Australia Youth of the Year is designed to encourage, foster and develop leadership in conjunction with other citizenship qualities in our youth, at the age when they are about to enter the fields of employment or higher education. It provides students with the incentive to pay greater attention to the qualities which are so vital in developing our youths into first class citizens. The qualities sought (apart from academic attainments) are those of leadership, personality, sportsmanship, public speaking and good citizenship. The students meet like-minded peers, have the opportunity for open discussions, exchange ideas and mix with club members and judges from the community.
Lions Australia Youth of the Year program is an excellent means of assisting our youth and promoting the essential role of leadership development and community service organisations in maintaining Australia’s high standard of living.
We were also very proud of our strong support and sponsorship of the Armidale Dumaresq Leo club. This club was based at the University of New England in Armidale but is not restricted to university students. Omega Leo clubs are tailored for young adults between 18 and 30 years of age. We sponsored a Leo Club because we strongly believe that young people’s participation in the Leo Club Program enhances their lives. As active community members, Leos learn the true meaning of the Leo club motto – leadership, experience and opportunity.
Leadership - Leos develop skills as organizers, time managers, and motivators of their peers.
Experience - Leos learn the importance of cooperation through the performance of community service.
Opportunnity - Membership in a Leo club provides young people with a chance to excel, to develop character traits, and to receive recognition for their contributions to the community.
Our meetings are held on the first and third Wednesday of every month at the Armidale City Bowling Club except in January when a casual gathering is held on the first Wednesday of the year. Members meet at the Bowling Club for fellowship at 6.30 followed by dinner at 7.00. We try to finish between 9.00 and 9.30. Partner’s are invited to the second meeting each month which usually features an entertaining or informative (sometimes both) guest speaker. Social events are organised throughout the year – sometimes at night, sometimes on a weekend. Directions to the Armidale City Bowling Club can be found by clicking on the Google Map Icon
Guests and Visitors We welcome travelling Lions or prospective new members at our meetings.