2018 Convention Update – May 2018

With just over 5 months to our Convention and AGM, which is being held at Deakin University’s Burwood Campus between October 26th and 28th the Planning Committee have finalised our draft program and can promise an interesting and challenging Convention Program.  Our program will feature sessions that are topical to all Lions at the moment and will be presented by high profile speakers.

The theme for this year’s convention and AGM is “Navigating towards the Future” and we have some excellent guest speakers lined up to deliver our program.

Our Convention Program and Speakers

Amongst the topics and speakers we have included are:

  • Lions Club International Foundation (LCIF) – we will learn how this important Lions Foundation functions and how it assists victims of disasters worldwide, including here in our own District, with its various projects. These range from helping the victims of fire, drought, tropical storms, hurricanes and floods amongst other things. We will also hear about the interesting and impactful projects conducted by LCIF. This session will be conducted by Past International President Barry Palmer who is a member of the LCIF Board and will share his experiences with us.


Past International President Barry Palmer

  • Diabetes – This dreadful disease is a priority project for Lions and is one of our 5 key pillars of service for the coming year and, most probably, well beyond. This session will present details about the shocking impact this disease is having on our world, both locally and internationally. We will also hear from our speaker, , about global and Australian needs related to diabetes and particularly about potential projects for District V5 and the Multiple District specifically and how we can assist in the fight against diabetes. Professor Keeffe is the former Head of Population Health at the Centre for Eye Research Australia based at Melbourne University and is currently the convenor of the Diabetes Working Group for LCI/LCIF. She is also a member of our Seymour Goulburn Lions Club.


Professor Jill Keeffe

  • James Stewart – James is the Managing Partner of Ferrier Hodgson and is the Head of their Retail Practice. James’ specialisation is in the area of change management at the macro or strategic level. He has assisted many clients organisations in adapting to changes brought about by social and economic factors that can affect their businesses. His session will address strategies on how we as Lions might navigate our way successfully through the raft of changes we are currently experiencing in society and how we can maintain our relevance.


James Stewart

The Global Action Team (GAT) Structure – PIP Barry Palmer and PDG Ann Eldridge will conduct this session. Ann is currently the Multiple District 201 GMT Membership Area Co-Ordinator and her role involves supporting both Clubs and Districts with membership activities ranging from planning through to training and the implementation of membership drives. Ann is a Past District Governor in V5 and was responsible for driving changes in the District that have made us a stronger and more effective Lions organisation. Barry and Ann will explain the Global Action Team structure that has been adopted internationally, the reason for its adoption and the benefits that will flow from its implementation. They will also highlight how this structure a supports the LCI Forward initiative and how it presents opportunities for us to strengthen our relationships with our communities and for engaging in more creative and rewarding projects.


PDG Ann Eldridge

  • We will also be conducting a District Project Forum where we will be presenting an overview of a range of interesting projects conducted by Lions Clubs within our District. This session will be facilitated by our Community Relations Chair, Chester Allen, and will be presented by representatives from a number of clubs in the District; the session will also allow for some question and answer activity. One of the reasons we have adopted this session is that it has been requested and will provide an opportunity for some clubs to present their projects and for other of us to find out about the exciting and impactful projects being conducted in our District.


Community Relations Chair, Lion Chester Allen

Convention Registrations                                     

Whilst our Convention Committee is delighted with the arrangements and organisational progress made so far, they are concerned about the low numbers of people who have registered to attend our convention to date.

Number of Registrations since the last newsletter= 0

The following registrations have been received so far:

Early Bird Registrations

Other Registrations Total Registrations
61 1


Why are we concerned? – History tells us that a lot of registrations are received in the last few weeks prior to the convention.

Why does this present a problem for us? – We are dealing with caterers and Deakin University and we have to work to finalise arrangements with both well before the Convention date – the organising committee cannot leave these discussions to the last minute

How can you help? – You can help by registering as soon as possible, but certainly by Friday 14th September



Graham Bryant

Convention Chairperson


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