About Us


  • Who are we
    • Lions Club of Rye
    • Lions Australia
    • Lions International
  • Donation
  • Annual Accounts


Who are we?

Lions Club of Rye:

We are a community not-for-profit group of people located in Rye on the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria. We are men and women who simply want to be involved to make our community a better place to live. Lions enjoy social interaction within the club leading to new and lasting friendships.

Our main focus is to serve our local community. We also assist neighbouring communities and help with medical research, disaster relief and other humanitarian projects around Australia and Internationally.

Constitutionally all monies generated through our activities as Lions Members are to be used for Charitable concerns so when you purchase that sausage at Bunnings the money paid will pay for the sausage, bread, sauce with the vast majority going towards the chosen Charity on the day.  Your ticket purchase in the annual boat raffle goes towards the cost of the boat (which is heavily supported by our sponsors) and some petrol to tow the boat to selling locations.  Last year we generated nearly $88,000 from the boat raffle.  See how we used the funds in the donations below.

Lions Australia:

Lions Australia has a proud history of achievement in Disaster and Emergency Relief, Medical Research and Community Service. We were at the coalface for Cyclone Tracy, the Black Saturday bushfires and the Queensland floods.

We were involved with the development of the bionic ear and the cervical cancer vaccine Gardisil, developed by Prof Ian Frazer AC, a former Lions Medical Research Foundation Fellow. We also inspired a young Fred Hollows and continue to provide funding for a range of other research initiatives involving diabetes and autism.

We assist with local community fundraising for special causes and help with development and building of local parks, community venues and sporting centres.

Lions International:


  • TO ORGANIZE, charter and supervise service clubs to be known as Lions clubs.
  • TO COORDINATE the activities and standardize the administration of Lions clubs.
  • TO CREATE and foster a spirit of understanding among the peoples of the world.
  • TO PROMOTE the principles of good government and good citizenship.
  • TO TAKE an active interest in the civic, cultural, social and moral welfare of the community.
  • TO UNITE the clubs in the bonds of friendship, good fellowship and mutual understanding.
  • TO PROVIDE a forum for the open discussion of all matters of public interest; provided, however, that partisan politics and sectarian religion shall not be debated by club members.
  • 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 endeavors.

Donations – Recipients 2017/18 – Total Donation $80,618.95

MOAM – Donations Rye Primary School
Coffee with a Cop Blairgowrie Yacht Club – Sailability Program
Licola – Disadvantaged Youth Sponsorship – Wild 4 x 2 McCrae Lions – Leonard – Special Wheel Chair
Mornington Peninsula Post Polio Support Group Royal Childrens’ Hospital
RoadSafe South East Inc. Youth Of The Year Program
Biggest BBQ – Childhood Cancer


Drought, Flood & Bushfire Appeals

Feed the Children

Story Dogs


Variety Bash – Kids in need

Blairgowrie Yacht Club – Beach Chair  for Disabled

Myositis  (Polio) Foundation ALCCRF – Childrens’ Cancer Research
SES, CFA & Coastguard Share the word – Clean up Rye
Companion Dogs


SMP Connect – Chisholm –  Training Support

Clothes 4 You – Rosebud


Very Special Kids

Sorrento Sea Scouts St Josephs School – Sorrento
Portsea Camp – Disadvantaged Youth Support St Vincents De Paul
Rye Primary School – Morning Breakfast Room Lions Eye Foundation
Australian Lions Drug Awareness Mens Health / Women of Rye
Light Up Autism Family Life – Tootgarook
2 Bikes for VicRoads Bike Ed Program – Disadvantaged Youth National Youth Science Forum – Sponsorship
Southport Lions Club – William Dixon – Medical Assistance Seawinds – Boomerang Bags
Rye Tennis Club Mumma Bears
Movember – Mens Health Flowers – Remembrance Day
Regional School Quiz Rye Yacht Club – Senior training yacht
Public Seating Biggest Morning Tea – Cancer Council
Coast Guard Cloverleaf – Mental Health Support
Ride 4 Life – Mental Health Food 4 All
Toys/Bears/Ray White Giving Tree Police Register – People in Need
Taking Care of Tyler – Youth Support Red Cross
Rosebud Football Club – Under 19’s training jumpers HMAS Hobart – Plaque
World Challenge – Overseas Aid Tootgarook Netball (Bunnings)
Neighbourhood Day – Community Activity Coach Program – Homeless/Low Income Support
Books 4 India Swans Football Support
Rye RSL Lions Club Australia – Disaster Relief, Australian Aid
Police Senior Citizens Register Lions Club Victoria – Victorian/Regional/Local Aid
 St Vincents – Rye Peninsula Health Hospital
Rye CFA St Vincent De Paul
Lions Club International – Overseas Aid Rye Community Centre

Annual Accounts 2018/19:

Lions Club of Rye Inc
Statement of Receipts (Income) and Expenditure
For Period Covering 01/07/2018 to 30/06/2019

Receipts from Activities:
Boat Raffle Proceeds 2018/19 (Net) 87,802.76
BBQ Takings 11,837.60
Public Donations 1,478.05
Bank Interest/Dividend 779.66
Lion Mints 316.66
Christmas Cakes 233.19
Total Receipts from Activities: 102,447.92

Activities Expenses:
Donations 73,679.18
Community supported Events 3,555.12
Swans Support 997.63
Youth of the year 524.83
Total Donations: 78,756.76
Rates and maintenance of shed 3,117.28
Vehicle and Trailer Expenses 2,011.18
Postage and stationery 444.00
Lions District 201v3 Dues 416.60
Promotional Materials 185.95
Equipment Maintenance 111.13
Sundry Expenses 57.80
Total Overheads: 6,343.94
Total Expenditure from Activities: 85,100.70
Surplus Receipts for Period: 17,347.22