Lions Clubs are part of community life, in the cities and in the country. Clubs are easily identified by their distinctive Logo, the trademark of our International Association, and the 'We Serve'; motto.
The Battunga Country Lions Club is an Adelaide Hills club covering the district around Echunga, Macclesfield and Meadows.
In 2003-4 membership of the Meadows and Districts Lions Club, as it was then called, was down to six people. At this size the club was barely able to function and was very close to folding. However a letter drop inviting people to attend a dinner meeting resulted in three married couples from Macclesfield joining, boosting membership to twelve, which made the club viable once again. Because the club had members from Macclesfield, Echunga, Bull Creek and Kangarilla (and none from Meadows), it was decided around this time that a name change to Battunga Country Lions would be more representative of the whole area the club served.
At that time the clubs main project was the restoration of the old Wesleyan Cemetery on the hill at Meadows. This took several years, with Lions providing the labor and the Mt Barker Council, through Leon Shillabeer, the curator, donating the materials.
Another ongoing project was the erection of fatality markers and warning signs at the sites of motor accidents, of which there were unfortunately far too many.
Bus shelters for school children were also built and erected in Meadows and Macclesfield.
Fund raising is an essential part of any service club and Battunga Country Lions were and are very active in this area. The club provides catering at clearing sales and other events such as the Classic Adelaide Rally, Australia Day, Anzac Day, the Maccy Strawberry Fete and Meadows Easter Fair. The club has recently built a barbeque trailer to simplify catering operations and is hoping to expand this side of its activities. Members also help out at the Macclesfield horse show in January of each year.
The Christmas wheelbarrow raffle was an annual event but has been replaced by a "Santa run" through Meadows, Echunga and Macclesfield which delights the local children and enables the sale of lots of Christmas cakes and puddings. For many years Christmas trees were harvested from Kuitpo Forest and sold on to other clubs. This source is unfortunately no longer available, but the club planted 200 plus seedlings on land provided by a local farmer and will follow up with further plantings. Shed sales from our own shed at Macclesfield are a major source of funding at present with locals generously donating most of the goods (and then buying them back again) and although time consuming, the sales are great fun and very profitable.
The funds raised go to a host of different causes including charities such as Christian Care and Share, Salvation Army, Cranio-Facial research, Cord Blood research, Julian Burtons Burns Trust, Lions Hearing Dogs, cancer research and many others. Internationally, Lions fund a huge project called SightFirst, which provides training and services for vision impaired people in third world countries. Money also goes direct to many disaster funds both here or overseas.
Locally, the club has and still is providing financial and material support for families in need.
The Macclesfield Gravity 600 festival also raises money for charity and is most popular as a free family day out. Held in April each year, there are categories for junior and senior racers as well as a Business and CFS Cup.
Last but not least, the Lions Club is not all work: it also has a social side with bonds of friendship formed between members through dinner meetings and outings and occasional get-togethers with other clubs in the area. For additional information contact:
President: Fred Keal 0449 664 370
Treasurer: Su Keal
Secretary: Dean Hewlett
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