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Lions deliver access 303 boat to Gosford Sailability.

The Lions club of Gosford City was approached by Sailability Gosford to assist with the purchase of a new access 303 sailing boat in order to augment their small fleet of vessels. Sailability is a worldwide organisation set up to allow for disabled children and adults to enjoy sailing and is run by local volunteer sailors, instructors, and interested helpers from each area of operation.

Gosford City Lions Club voted to assist this endeavour but due to financial constraints found it difficult to initially access almost $11,000 dollars, so the request was put out to the district governor who sent out an appeal to Lions clubs in the district. The first club to pledge funds was the Lions Club of East Gosford. The Lions clubs of Gosford City and East Gosford have since amalgamated to form a single energetic local service club within the district. Eventually the full amount was in place and the boat was donated by Zone 1 N3 Lions clubs.

The vessel was commissioned on the last day of summer sailing at the handover to Sailability on March 20. Members from district and the donor clubs were there present with the Lions Club of Woy Woy supplying the traditional Lions BBQ to celebrate the event which was held at Gosford Sailability, based at the Gosford Sailing Club in Masons Parade.

Gosford City Lions Club Park to receive a facelift.

The Lions Clubs have been active in and around Gosford for well over 60 years since the Gosford City Lions club was inaugurated in September 1957.   One of the very first projects undertaken in the area was the establishment of the Lions Park in Masons Parade which was built on new land reclaimed from the Broadwater foreshore between the Gosford Sailing Club and the Gosford swimming pool complex.   Huge amounts of rock and rubble topped by fill and soil were needed to produce the park which is basically as it stands today. Improvements and changes have occurred over the years and the Brick entry was part of renovations during the mid 1970s.

The park will soon undergo further up-grades and improvements which should greatly enhance the area and facilities thanks to a grant of $45,000 which has been awarded to the club through the Community Building Partnership and the efforts of Lion Glenn Tritton.   The Lions are also grateful for all the enormous support received from Ms Liesl Dorothy Tesch, Member of the Legislative Assembly and Member for Gosford who has supported this project from the onset.  This park has been a popular picnic area and playground for many visitors over the years and is a worthy Lions Centennial Project to celebrate 60 years of service to the local community.

November Car Rally.

On Sunday November 12, the club ran its annual car rally with 16 participants driving through the scenic Central Coast searching for clues to take them to their target destination.   The rally started at the Lions hall in East Gosford and finished at the Hardys Bay RSL Club in Heath Road in just under 3 hours.   Each vehicle was given a set of instructions as well as 26 questions to answer from their observations along the circa 50 kilometre road trip.

Some cryptic clues kept the participants on their toes but nothing so complicated as to confound the members on their mission to locate that final "watering hole".   The members reported that the food was great, a lovely ambience sitting out in the open pergola area, and that it was a warm sunny day enjoyed by all.

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