The Ulladulla Milton Lions Club - Who Are We?
The Ulladulla Milton Lions Club was chartered on 26th March 1963 with members/ The Charter President was Sylvester Robinson, a local builder of the area.
The Ulladulla Milton Lions Club was sponsored by the Nowra Lions Club, which it appears, sponsored many other clubs in this area.
The Ulladulla Milton Lions Club has, over the years, inducted over 250 members. It appears from records that every year since charter, we have inducted at least one member, with the best previous year being 1976-1977, with 15 members joining. Since chartering, our club has performed countless thousands of Community Service hours and have raised many thousands of dollars for donation to charity.
The Merry-Go-Round was built in 1980 and has given enjoyment to many a young child.
The area known as Lions Park was converted from swamp to what it is today, mainly by hard work and money raised by the Lions Club. The original fill was sand dredged from Burrill Lake back in 1978 when Council first granted permission to the Lions Club. Most of the facilities at the Lions Park were paid for by the Ulladulla Milton Lions Club, with some financial assistance from Council for the plastic playground equipment and BBQ’s. Lions members continue to maintain the grounds. They also clean and maintain the BBQ’s daily.
The Donut Van was built by members with the assistance of Charlie Woods. Lions Club famous Donuts are very popular at all functions we attend. Over the years the Donut Van has been a regular source of income and attends most functions, if requested.
On the 29th December 1978, with 30 members, the Ulladulla Milton Lioness Club was sponsored by the Lions Club. They continued to serve the Community until 30th November 1998.
On the 1st December 1986, with 12 members, the Ulladulla Milton Leo Club was sponsored by the Lions Club. It only operated for 1 year and was then disbanded.
The Lions Club, over the years have assisted many community groups, either with financial assistance or labour. Our ongoing commitment to Schools, Youth Groups, the Elderly and Young etc. Projects such as Youth Exchange, Youth of the Year, Blessing of the Fleet and Leos, give our young people of the community an opportunity to excel in their own personal development.
Further information regarding the simple day to day details of the Lions Club can be found in the Bulletin and on the website.
A Community Merry-Go-Round
The Lions Community Merry-Go-Round is available for hire. For hire details please contact the Secretary on Tel 0418 625 595
Lion Mint Australia Program History
This program was established at the 1976 Melbourne Multiple District Convention, with the idea being brought forward by the then International Representative, the late Lion Jim McLardie. At the Convention, delegates voted to have Council conduct a Multiple District Project around a special Lion Mint, a peppermint candy to be made by Life Savers Australia Limited.
District Governor Maurie Minervini of then District 201J introduced the project on behalf of Council to the tune of “The Candyman Can”. He urged the appointment of a Candyman in every club in every District. It was believed, however, that our Multiple District clubs needed a year round fund raiser rather than a once a year project. This project was seen as ideal and would allow Lions more time to work on local community projects, rather than numerous fund raising activities.
Over the years that original vision has NEVER changed. “To provide Lions Clubs with a year round fund raising opportunity in the form of a Multiple District managed program."
Initially, the program started slowly with some hesitation by Lions. John Powell, the then Council Secretary, was quick to see the opportunities and benefits to clubs and, as a consequence, made the Council offices available for administration and banking facilities. About 12 months after the program commenced, Lion Neil Williams introduced the virtues of plastic for the display dispenser, the likes of which are still in use today.
New Zealand Lions launched a similar program with Life Savers sending the first container of Lion Mints from Australia in 1981. Life Savers also commenced manufacturing in South Africa for a similar program there. In 1986 the first Lion Mints were exported from Australia to the USA. At about this time, a similar project in the UK failed probably because it did not follow the successful format of the Australian program. In 1987 the Canadian Lions established a similar program, and likewise with Scandinavia and Japan in 1988 and 1989 respectively. In the past, Lions conventions in Australia regularly featured Lion Mint promotions with Lion Neil Williams and the dancing girls often performing. In 1991, Life Savers, after a number of take overs, were eventually acquired by Nestlé Australia Limited. In 1992, John Douglas, the past General Manager Industrial for Life Savers, who has since become a Lion, decided to leave the new company and established a private company, International Mints Pty Ltd which then took over the warehousing and distribution of Lion Mints manufactured by Nestlé Australia Limited. All orders were being processed by the Multiple District Office for which they received a handling charge. Promotion was co-ordinated by the Multiple District Lion Mint Committee.
In accordance with acceptable and good business practice, in 1996 it was decided to test the market and as a result Cadbury were awarded a Supply Agreement for a re-badged Lion Mint Australia program. (Contrary to the opinion of others, Multiple District 201 has been “in the mint business” since the beginning of the Lion Mint program). International Mints Pty Ltd declined to tender for the Supply Agreement choosing instead to offer their products directly to Lions Clubs in Australia as they had been doing for overseas clubs and as they continue to do so.
Unfortunately, the taste and packaging of the Cadbury product was apparently not to the liking of the Lions of Australia. Also, the distributor for Cadbury, Mandy Martin, was wound up and this then allowed the legal termination of the contract with Cadbury. Hence, Nestlé Australia Ltd was approached in late 1998 to once again produce the Lion Mint to the original 1976 recipe which is still held by Nestlé to this day by virtue of their acquisition of Life Savers in the early 1980s. The only change has been in the range of confectionery offered to Lions Clubs with the addition of Fizzers and Musk and an assorted product.
Lions Clubs International (LCI) requires that all products sold using the Lions logo must be done so under licence to LCI. This is recognised by the inclusion, on the wrapping of all Lion Mint Australia products, of the Lions “fund raising” logo as depicted in the footer to this page below. The registered trade marks “Lions Mints” and “Lion Mints” are held by Lions Clubs International. Nestlé are a licensed supplier and the Multiple District, as such, does not need its own separate licence. This is a similar situation to that with the Lions Christmas Cake program. The distinctive Lion Mint Australia logo depicted in this Guide and on all Lion Mint Australia products and advertising was created in 1996 and the copyright to this logo assigned to Multiple District 201 at that time.
In October 2002, Nestlé moved their confectionery manufacturing to New Zealand in order to rationalise this side of their business and aimed at keeping costs down.
The current packaging of a 24 roll inner has also assisted in keeping costs down without significantly compromising the amenity of the display dispenser.
In late April 2006, John Douglas sold the business, International Mints Pty Ltd, to Dollar Sweets Company Pty Ltd of Victoria which has no known affiliation to the Lions of Australia.
Any reference, by other parties, to the Lion Mint Australia program “continuing to make record losses” is simply not true. However, it must be clarified that the decision to go with Cadbury in 1996 and then terminate that arrangement in 1998 did incur significant one-off establishment costs which the program has been recovering from over several years. These costs aside, the program, over and above the approximate $800,000 in funds raised annually by clubs and after administration costs are recovered, generally makes between $15,000 and $35,000 per year for MD201 (depending on stock levels at the time of reporting the financial position and performance of the Multiple District). It has been these funds which have pulled back our position on the establishment costs thus allowing the program to once again accumulate funds from mid 2006 and will do so even faster if more clubs become involved. At the time of awarding the Supply Agreement to Cadbury, most of the existing accumulated funds from the program went to making significant contributions to worthy causes at the direction of Convention which left very little to cover these establishment costs as a result of the contract termination.
The funds available from the sale of Lion Mints over the years have been a great financial boost to clubs for Community work. Australia’s Paralympic athletes, the Australian Lions Childrens’ Mobility Foundation (the Hart Walker) and the Lions Cord Blood and Childhood Cancer Research Foundations have been some of the worthy recipients of significant funds raised by the program.
Multiple District 201 Lion Mint Chairmen who have made a major contribution to the development and management of this programme are:
- PDG Neil Willams OAM (dec.)
- PDG Neville Elphick
- PDG Doug Somerville (res.)
- PDG Ian Seymour OAM
- Ralph Farran-Price
- Tony Jimmieson
- Sam Lochhead
Information on the Manufacturer
September 1st 2008 was a great day for the Lion Mint Australia project. That was the day when we changed to one supplier of our mint products, Dollar Sweets Company Pty.Ltd.
All Lion Mint Australia products are now "Made in Australia" We have increased the range available. We now have Peppermints, Fizzers, Musk, Spearmint, Sugar Free Spearmint and individual Peppermint Drops. New header boards have been produced and these reflect the new branding of Lions Australia, as do the various mint flavours. Dollar Sweets Company Pty.Ltd handle all orders, deliveries and complaints.
Dollar Sweets Company Pty.Ltd is a manufacturer of cake decorations and confectionery, located in Packenham, country Victoria.
Dollar Sweets is a proudly Australian family owned company. They have been manufacturing confectionery products in Australia for more than fifty years, using only the highest quality ingredients. They currently employ approximately fifty staff and supply products to the retail, food service and industrial markets across the country.
Dollar Sweets operates a fully documented Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points system including Food Safety and Quality. They have a total commitment to quality and safety in all areas of product processing. There recording systems document the quality of products and their packaging, metal checks and cleaning.
Dollar Sweets recognizes the important role that the Lions Clubs of Australia plays in their local communities. They agree manufacturing on behalf of the Multiple District is not only a financial perspective from MD's part but also from a community perspective.
Dollar Sweets are committed to working with the Multiple District to ensure the long term growth of Lion Mint Australia program.
LIONS CHRISTMAS CAKE VISION AND HISTORY
To be the global leader in community and humanitarian service.
To empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding through Lions clubs.
Aims of the Lions Australia National Christmas Cake Program
· To promote the Lions Clubs International organisation to the general public and to raise awareness of the community service programs undertaken by Lions Clubs in their local communities, nationally and internationally with a high profile, high quality product for sale exclusively by Lions Clubs.
· Through the sales of Lions Christmas Cakes and puddings raise significant funds for distribution by Lions Clubs to worthwhile service projects in their local communities and other national and international Lions Clubs International programs as appropriate, operating in their local communities.
· To further promote the Lions Clubs International Purposes whilst complying with the Lions Code of Ethics, in particular:
o To Coordinate the activities and standardize the administration of Lions clubs.
o To Create and foster a spirit of understanding among the peoples of the world.
o To Unite the clubs in the bonds of friendship, good fellowship and mutual understanding.
o To Encourage service-minded people to serve their community without personal financial reward, and to encourage efficiency and promote high ethical standards in commerce, industry, professions, public works and private endeavours.
o To Show my faith in the worthiness of my vocation by industrious application to the end that I may merit a reputation for quality of service.
o To Remember that in building up my business it is not necessary to tear down another’s; to be loyal to my clients or customers and true to myself.
o Whenever a doubt arises as to the right or ethics of my position or action towards others, to resolve such doubt against myself.
o Always to bear in mind my obligations as a citizen to my nation, my state, and my community, and to give them my unswerving loyalty in word, act, and deed. To give them freely of my time, labour and means.
o To Be Careful with my criticism and liberal with my praise; to build up and not destroy.
The Multiple District 201 (Australia and Papua New Guinea) Christmas Cake Program had its beginnings back prior to the 1965 International Convention in Los Angeles where the late PDG Captain Philip Lusher was to be inducted as District Governor, District 201B. PDG Philip, whilst in North America prior to the Convention, visited a number of Clubs in Canada, and whilst attending a meeting of the Lions Club of Montreal, heard of the “Lions Christmas Cake” program, and returned to Australia with full organisational details for the information of his fellow Governors.
District Governor 201 E, the late Ken Fenwick and his Cabinet Secretary the late Lion Ern Smith introduced the program to their District with home baking and packaging of Lions Christmas Cakes in the Goulburn, NSW area.
The following year, Lions of the Multiple District were seeking a National fund raising project to support “SAVE SIGHT” activities and the Council Chairman, the late PDG Jamie Jamieson, called for ideas for a project to fund the campaign.
Lion Ern Smith suggested to his District Governor, that Lions should sell Christmas Cakes and the project brought back from Montreal Lions Club by PDG Captain Philip Lusher should be expanded to a National program. His Governor told him he was crazy.
The Council Chairman noted the exchange and called on District Governor Ken for comment, who said “This clown of a Cabinet Secretary of mine has suggested we should sell Christmas Cakes!” It was immediately formulated, moved, seconded and adopted that Lion, later District Governor, Ern Smith, be given one week to formulate a plan to bring his idea into being. The first “LION SAVE SIGHT CHRISTMAS CAKES” were baked by Big Sister, part of the Reckitts and Coleman group of companies, and were three pound cakes.
The project immediately proved successful, and sales have been constant over the past two decades, after reaching astronomical sales on the inception of the program.
In 1975 the cake became “metric” and converted to 1.5kg and reduced in packaging from twelve to ten per carton. This resolved many headaches for Club Chairmen with stock control records and book keeping made so much easier.
In 1986, Council adopted a recommendation from the National Cake Committee that the cake be manufactured to a lower, larger profile which has proved popular. Cakes have been baked by Australia’s leading food companies, including Big Sister, Gartrell White, Arnotts, Sarah Lee, and since 1983 by the present manufacturer, “Top Taste,” (the baking division of George Weston Foods Limited).
1998 saw the introduction Nationally of the 1kg Lions Christmas Cake to the program. A 1kg cake program had been successfully marketed by District 201 N5 (formerly District 201 N2 and N5) for many years. In 1999 the Iced Cake was introduced, but has been discontinued.
In 2010 a Lions Traditional Pudding has been added to the product range and is 900 grams in size in a blend of 45% fruit and wonderful traditional spices.
All cakes and puddings are baked to the relevent identical recipe by the manufacturer, ensuring a uniform, high quality product.
Annual sales nationally are approximately $6,500,000 and the funds raised by Clubs and Districts for save Sight, Health, Welfare and Humanitarian projects are in the order of…. $2,000,000 per year.
It is estimated that since the inception of the programme as a National Project funds raised have exceeded…. $50,000,000
This is an outstanding result and reflects the enthusiasm of the Clubs participating in the program, and is a testament to a unique, high quality product and respected brand, “Lions Christmas Cakes and Puddings “.