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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 06 Hansard (Thursday, 24 June 2010) . . Page.. 2480 ..

The other thing that made it so positive and cheerful is that the profits from the previous slow food soup kitchen were given to a group of children from Wanniassa primary because they have a kitchen garden. They are doing gardening and some cooking in their school, so they were given a big basket of a whole heap of gardening equipment, including a hose, watering cans, seeds and gloves. It was really nice and the kids were so pleased to be there, to have acknowledged that what they are doing is really great and that they are the foundation of our future.

So I commend the slow food movement to you. On 27 June, for those people who live on the south side, there will be a Solstice—Slow Food Kitchen at the Woden farmers market if you would like to go and experience it for yourselves.

Lions Club

MR DOSZPOT (Brindabella) (5.31): Last Saturday night I had the pleasure of attending the changeover dinner of the Lions Club of Canberra City, the Australian Capital Territory’s first Lions Club. It was chartered in 1958 by the Lions Club of Queanbeyan and has been pivotal in spreading the Lions Club international code of ethics and objectives within the Canberra region.

I have been aware of Lions Clubs International for many years and, whilst I have not been a member, I have a number of friends who are, and I have admired their commitment and service to our community. It is worth noting their code of ethics and objects and I quote a couple of these:

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;

To remember that in building up my own business it is not necessary to tear down another’s; and

To be loyal to my clients and customers and true to myself.

And their objectives:

To fund and otherwise serve the civic, cultural, social and moral welfare of the community.

To assist financially, culturally, socially and morally the handicapped, disadvantaged and infirm of the community both directly and also indirectly

It is impressive to note that membership of Lions International is now 1.35 million people around the world in around 205 countries or regions. The worldwide success of Lionism is because of the thousands of clubs such as the Canberra City Lions Club. As I understand it, the club was the original founding club in Canberra and it started out with 72 members based around the old Ainslie Rex Hotel, now Olims Hotel. One of its original projects was a scooter race from Canberra to Queanbeyan. The club started the two-bob—or, for the benefit of the younger members, 20c—chicken raffles in pubs and raised £8,000 in their first year.

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