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News Item published on 3rd May 2024

Last night at our club dinner meeting 1st May one of our members, Amanda Maystone-Towell who heads up the YMCA School Breakfast Program gave a really great presentation about the program.

The Brisbane Macgregor Lions Club has frequently provided funding to assist this very important work in ensuring thousands of children obtain a nourishing breakfast which regretfully is not available from their home.

Nutritional food enhances the learning capability of students. The YMCA School Breakfast Program commenced in 2006 and is now operational in 239 schools in South East Queensland as well as a further 140 statewide.

In March this year 137,428 breakfasts were served.

Some very sobering facts:

  • On average, 3 students in every classroom will arrive to school hungry or without having eaten breakfast
  • Teachers estimate that the average student loses more than 2 hours of learning time per day if they have not had a nutritional breakfast
  • The need is growing as so far in the 2023-2024 year there has been a staggering increase of 22% in breakfasts provided


News Item published on 17th November 2022

Macgregor State School Grade 6 student Claire Arthur, club dinner meeting 16.11.2022


Macgregor State School Grade 6 student Claire Arthur, the Inaugural Paula Davoren Bursary Awardee. The bursary will financially offset costs of her schooling for the next four years at Macgregor State High School. Paula was a lifetime and long term Lions member, who on her passing bequeathed funds via the Lions Club of Brisbane Macgregor.





News Item published on 30 August 2022

Bridge to Brisbane Volunteer Wrap Up... Thank you!

First of all, WOW! What a great day it was on Sunday. I hope you enjoyed yourself as much as I did.

It was amazing to meet you during the process leading up to this event and even better to witness such greatness on event day. Most times people don’t understand why I love my job so much but it’s all because I get to meet and work with wonderful people like you.

On behalf of The Sunday Mail, Transurban and my whole team at EMS, I want to say THANK YOU for being so awesome. You’ve heard me say it before but I will say it again.. this event would not pe possible without people/teams like yours.

I would love to hear any feedback (both good and bad) that you might have. This could include pre-event communication, what worked and what didn’t around your station, even any suggestions for next year. If you took any photos that you wouldn’t mind sharing, I’d also love a copy of them.

I look forward to hearing back from you and hope to see you at next year’s event! 😊

Kind regards,

Event Management Solutions


News Item published on 17 June 2022

Guest speaker Cheryl Desha Wednesday night dinner meeting 15.06.2022

  Born on the island of Mauritius Cheryl migrated to Australia in 1981. After primary school at Wishart State School, she went to Moreton Bay College in the 1980s for secondary schooling. During secondary school she spent a year away on exchange in Japan when she was 14 on a scholarship exchange in 1992.

She entered the Lions Youth of the Year competition in 1994, and subsequently was inspired to study environmental engineering at Griffith University to 'make a difference'.

Cheryl graduated in 1999 from her degree with first class honours and a university medal for her achievements in obtaining a Grade Point Average of 6.9 out of 7.0.

She went on to work for Arup - an engineering design company - before returning to Griffith to become an academic in 2004, inspired by the opportunity to join a sustainability think tank. Over the next 10 years she finished her PhD in rapid capacity building, co-authored 7 books on sustainability, and more than 150 publications.

Over the last 6 years Cheryl has turned to disaster management as an agenda that is urgent and critical in the pursuit of sustainable development. Her proudest achievement is the new "N79" building for teaching on Nathan campus which also includes a Disaster and Resilience Management Facility.

In 2020 the Qld Government awarded her the annual 'Change Champion' award on International Women's Day. Last year Engineers Australia awarded her the Queensland Professional Engineer of the Year award. This year she was also profiled on the cover of the Engineers Australia national magazine, January edition.

News Item published on 30 December 2021

It is with deep sadness that we advise that Lion Bob Green passed away peacefully yesterday evening after suffering a massive brain bleed ten days ago. Lion Bob was a Life Member of the Club who joined us in April 1985 and will be missed enormously.

All our thoughts and love are going to his wife Elizabeth and the family.

We send our deepest condolences to Elizabeth and family at this saddest of times


News Item published on 28 December 2021

Result of draw for the Christmas Raffle run by the Lions Club of Brisbane Macgregor:

  • Drawn on 23 December at Big W Garden City
  • Winning ticket number BW 0709
  • Winner P Gascoine

Congratulations to the winner and thanks to all for participating and helping to raise funds for Lovewell Foundation - Helping to Champion Vulnerable Women.


News Item published on 23 December 2021

The Lions Clubs of Brisbane Macgregor and Camp Hill Carindale Christmas Raffle was drawn at Westfield Carindale Shopping Centre and the lucky winner was Kathleen Kennedy, winning ticket number was CA1326. Congratulations Kathleen and a Merry Christmas from Macgregor Lions Club.

News Item published on 08 December 2021

Macgregor Lions club members Joan and Tania put the final touches to the 42 Hampers the club has made up, which will be distributed throughout the Community over Christmas.




News Item published on 01 December 2021

Three new members Alison Rosier, Vipul Patel and Adineh Yavari were inducted into the Brisbane Macgregor Lions Club at the Tuesday night dinner meeting. The new members are pictured with their club sponsors, Sara Rosier, Sam Prasad, President Kathlyn McCarthy and Ken Mulcahy Membership Chairman.  

News Item published on 18 November 2021

Macgregor Lions was chartered on 11 November 1971. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of its formation the Club organised a dinner on Wednesday 17 November during which the following took place:


















  1. Presentation of $2,000 each to organisations which were nominated by Narelle Wyvill-Anstey when she campaigned for the Westfield Local Hero earlier this year. The top photo in our collage shows the recipients of the $2,000 prizes: left to right: YMCA Schools’ Breakfast program - Catherine Hannell, Mt Gravatt Community Centre Inc- Deb Crompton (CEO), Narelle Wyvill-Anstey, Access Street Vans Outreach - Pastor Russell Witham, Care Kits For Kids Qld - Christine Rafter and Southside Community Care Inc - Bob Green OAM (treasurer)  
  2. The dinner was also attended by Sunnybank President Michael Muir and seven Members from the Lions Club of Sunnybank which sponsored Brisbane Macgregor in 1971.
  3. The bottom photo in the collage shows left to right Charter Members Ashley Burns, Jon LeCourt and Noel Brady.
  4. As Noel had to leave early Ashley and Jon took on the duty of cutting the 50th Anniversary cake which was enjoyed by all attendees with a small glass of bubbly. Middle left photo in the collage.
  5. Lions Ashley and Jon were presented with a gift of a bottle of Chivas Regal whisky by Brisbane Macgregor President Kathlyn (middle photo in the collage). Lion Noel will be presented with his gift over the next few days.

News Item published on 21 October 2021

Congratulations to Narelle Wyvill-Anstey



The dinner meeting on 20 October viewed a one-minute video slideshow highlighting the contribution that Narelle has made to the community over the last few years. Her campaign for the Westfield Local Hero was successful resulting in her winning $10,000 for the Club to distribute equally to five charities that she had nominated. The music to the slideshow was appropriately an extract from the Dire Straits well-known album "Local Hero".

Our photo shows President Kathlyn presenting on behalf of all Club members a beautiful orchid plant to Narelle after congratulating her on her success.

News Item published on 21 October 2021

Author Tess Rowley was our guest speaker on 20 October

Author Tess Rowley addressed the dinner meeting of Macgregor Lions on 20 October. Tess is an award-winning author who has written many children's books covering a wide range of topics. She has a background in child and family support. During her presentation she talked about her books: My friend Gordon, Touches and Feelings and Everyone's Got a Bottom. She finished with an entertaining recital of some of her poems.

Our photo shows Macgregor Lion Tania presenting a Certificate of Appreciation to Tess Rowley.

News Item published on 12 October 2021

Congratulations to Macgregor Lion Narelle who is one of the three Westfield Garden City local heroes

Narelle Wyvill-Anstey is an inspirational volunteer with The Lions Club of Brisbane MacGregor. She relishes being able to provide hands-on help through a program she runs that distributes donations to families in distress, the homeless, youths and the elderly. Over the past year, the program has helped over 4000 people.

Westfield will donate $10,000 to Lions Club of Brisbane Macgregor for distribution to charities nominated by Narelle when she campaigned to be a local hero. Those organisations are: Care Kits for Kids, Mt Gravatt Community Centre, Southside Community Care, Access Street Vans Outreach and YMCA Schools’ Breakfast Program

News Item published on 13 September 2021

We were very saddened to hear the news that Past Member David Ryall had passed away in hospital on 11 September. His family were with him at the time.

David was a much respected Past President and Member of our Club. His funeral will be a private family funeral. His family has advised that sometime in the near future there will be a Memorial Service to celebrate his life.

We send our sincere condolences to Pam and Family. Our love and thoughts are with them at this sad time.


News Item published 10 September 2021

Macgregor Lions Member Noel Brady displays his 50 year Lions International Award. "Congratulations Noel from all club members".

Noel has happily settled into his new unit at the Aveo Retirement Village Aspley and is enjoying his new lifestyle.

News Item published on 19 August 2021

Newly installed 201.Q1 District Governor Nicole Phillips pictured with Bev Fraser, was a guest at the Brisbane Macgregor Lions Club dinner meeting held at the Mt Gravatt Hotel on Tuesday night.

The  Macgregor Lions Club wishes Nicole a successful year.

News Item published on 13 August 2021

Vote for Club Member Narelle as Local Hero

Macgregor Lion Narelle Wyvill has been selected as a finalist in the Westfield Garden City Local Hero program.



The simplest way to vote for Narelle is to take a photo of the QR code shown here with your phone and provide your email address when prompted. Please vote early as voting closes on 30 August.

Encourage family and friends to vote for Narelle! 


If Narelle succeeds to be in the final three heroes she has nominated 5 community groups which will receive a much needed donation of $2,000 each. Please help us get there.

  1.    Care Kits for Kids
  2.    Mt Gravatt Community Centre
  3.    Southside Community Care
  4.    Access Street Vans Outreach
  5.    YMCA schools’ breakfast program

News Item published on 22 July 2021

Copy of a tweet posted on Griffith Uni Social Media


News Item published on 21 July 2021

Linnea Lappalainen wins Ron Ould Memorial Scholarship 2021

At the dinner meeting held on 20 July 2021 it was announced that Linnea, a student on the Community Internship Course at Griffith University, had won the Ron Ould Memorial Scholarship 2021.

The annual scholarship was set up in 2020 to honour and commemorate the name of Macgregor Lion Ron Ould who passed away in February 2020. Ron had been a very active member of the Club and was well known in the community for his volunteer work.

Congratulations Linnea and best wishes for future endeavours!

The photo below was taken at the dinner meeting showing Linnea holding her Certificate awarded by Lions Club of Brisbane Macgregor. More photos on our Photo Gallery page.

News Item published on 27 June 2021

Two more members inducted into the Club

Macgregor Lions welcomed two new members on the Changeover night - Brett and Deb Gallon. Our photo shows Brett and Deb in the company of Membership Chair Ken Mulcahy and Past Council Chairperson Kim Forrest who presided over the induction ceremony.

News Item published on 16 June 2021

Two new members inducted into the Club

Lions Club of Brisbane Macgregor new members Arthur Rego and George Smith were inducted  at Tuesday nights dinner meeting. Pictured are Arthur and Violet, George and Gail with their lions club sponsors. Club members wish you both well for the future.

News Item published on 6 June 2021

Early Chid Education Centre built in Fiji

Our Member Sam Prasad has forwarded the photo below of the Early Child Education Centre built in Fiji. $5,000 which were donated by Lions Club of Brisbane Macgregor went towards the cost of the building.

The funds were raised partly by cash collection by Club Members at Garden City Shopping Centre in the aftermath of Cyclone Winston in March 2016.

As one of the strongest storms ever recorded in the Southern Hemisphere, tropical cyclone (TC) Winston and its 185-mph winds caused widespread devastation across the island nation of Fiji when it made landfall February 19-20. The storm was one of the strongest tropical cyclones to make landfall anywhere on earth since the modern era of global records began in 1970.

News Item published on 4 June 2021

Club Member Narelle Wyvill-Anstey receives Mansfield Great Award from MP Corrine McMillan

We are pleased to announce that NarelIe was honoured today and presented with a plaque as the winner of Corrine McMillan’s Mansfield Greats Queensland Day Award 2021 in appreciation of outstanding commitment to the Mansfield Electorate community.

Congratulations, Narelle. It is wonderful to see one of our Members acknowledged from a community nomination for your volunteer work.

Our photo shows Narelle receiving the award from MP Corrine.


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