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Jun 072012

Last Wednesday the Carindale Community Forum showcased the activities of some local community groups and had a chat about local history.

Ian Bruning of the Camp Hill – Carindale Lions Club had a chat to us about the local Lions.

Supporting Rosies food van and helping Lions Medical Research are some of the ways the Lions Club benefits the community.

“We’re also helping people caught between a rock and a hard place,” Ian said.

The club helped someone who had to go to Sydney for an operation by paying for their petrol to get there.

“We spread our money about and look at what’s happening in the community,” Ian said.

“As an organisation we offer support to you and we offer an outlet for people who want to help other people.”

Unlike many not for profit organisations, 100% of all money raised by the Lions Club goes back to the community. The members of the club pay all the admin costs. The Camp Hill – Carindale Lions Club meets two Mondays a month and is always looking for new members.

Another local group actively engaged with the community is Men’s Shed Carina.

The group was started under the house of Georgie Hickey and now is located at the Clem Jones Centre.

Mal Weier, President of Carina Men’s Shed said he got involved with the shed 20 months ago. Mal says support from former Member for Chatsworth Steve Kilburn, former Member for Bulimba Di Farmer and Clem Jones Centre’s Steve Heald helped to get the shed at the Clem Jones Centre.

While men do activities such as woodwork, Mal says, they talk about everything from their health to relationship problems. He also believes that their shed has directly saved men from suicide.

“Men don’t talk face to face, they talk shoulder to shoulder,” Mal said.

The Men’s Shed Carina meets 2 days a week.

Keith Gilchrist, who was part of the original 'Carindale Progress Association', sharing local stories with the forum

In the second part of the forum we heard from some local residents who shared their knowledge of how the Belmont and Carindale region has developed and changed.

Glenn Millar, the coordinator of this monthly forum, says this exploration of local history will be something that we’ll continue to explore in these sessions. There was a really interesting wealth of knowledge in the audience and Carindale Connect is keen to document some of these stories. We encourage you to bring old photos and your stories to a future community forum.

The next forum is Wednesday June 27th.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Gen is the Founder of Carindale Connect (started in 2007). She has a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Queensland University of Technology and an internship from ABC Online. She's involved in a number of web projects, was the Website Manager for Chamber of Commerce and Industry QLD and the Editor of Wotnews (Australian news aggregator and search engine start-up). She also spent some time as a volunteer Community Correspondent for 612 ABC Brisbane. Born in Hobart, Tasmania, Gen now lives in Carindale. She loves her bicycle (but doesn't do lycra), the environment and art.
Genevieve Robey

  One Response to “Lions Club, Men’s Shed and local history”

  1. Good to see the activities of the men’s sheds are spreading.

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