DRA Lions Club Branch Launch

Wherever DRA deploys volunteers on the ground to aid communities, Lions is there to help. Lions Clubs around Australia raise funds and volunteer their time to assist their local communities throughout the year in practical ways.
DRA is putting together a DRA Lions Club Branch which will be sponsored by an established Lions Club. A Lions Club Branch enables a group of people from across Australia to join one club together with a specific focus – ours being disaster relief. A Club Branch operates under the ‘Lions Umbrella’ through its sponsoring club, linking it to Lions Club International, Foundations, Lions Insurance and an authority to fundraise.

DRA is looking for members wanting to be a part of the DRA Club Branch. The following positions need to be filled:

Club Branch President x 1
Club Branch Secretary x 1
Club Branch Treasurer x 1
General Club Branch members

What are the benefits?
To further strengthen and grow our current amazing partnership with Lions Clubs Australia
To get more support for the Lions Disaster Relief Australia Project from clubs across Australia

There is no joining fee
There is an annual membership fee of up to $158 and this fee enables 100% of any fundraising efforts to come directly to DRA (the cost will be covered by DRA)

For more information, contact Rebecca Miller, National Fundraising Manager on 0421 213 001 or email Rebecca.miller@disasterreliefaus.org


August Spirit Award Member Chris Koedam

Chris Koedam has worked above and beyond to help people in the community over multiple operations. He has been outstanding within the IMT and also shows true grit on the tools. Chris always looks out for the best way to help his community and team, prioritising jobs and workloads to achieve the best outcomes.

When things don’t go to plan, Chris is flexible, calm and undaunted. He will stay positive, working towards an end goal. He is observant of the group and also each individual and will manage and organise his team/tasks around any challenges to make the best of any situation.

Chris will put his hand up to help where ever it is needed. He has mentored others and has gained respect amongst his peers who will look for his advice and opinion knowing it will be honest and untainted. Chris shows respect to every member he works with and will go out of his way to make people feel welcome and included. In return, he is also respected.
Excellence in all regards

Both in my personal dealings with Chris and through widely observing his continued and significant involvement within DRA, he has consistently conveyed ‘Excellence’ in all regards thanks to his vision, dedication and determination to the mission and to helping those in need.

Service is the lifeblood of any organisation, and Chris has embodied this DRA value to its core by showing up, continuing to show up, and acting without expectation of personal gain, recognition or reward.

A member of the team who never fails to look for the best in others or give the best of himself, it’s a pleasure to see Chris well-deservingly receive this month’s DRA Spirit Award.

– Cade Cooper – Deputy National Director of Disaster Relief Teams