BATAWA LIONS CLUB
Batawa Lions Club begins in September
By Emily Mountney
What started out as a group of people voicing their concerns for Batawa has turned into the creation of a new club.
Batawa will be home to the newest Lions Club in the area this September.
More than 30 members have joined, and all except four are from the small hamlet of Batawa, said club secretary Rene LeFort.
"It all started this past winter when we were looking for community spirit to maintain a skating area," he said. "Many were interested and showed their concern for the community of Batawa."
LeFort said the club plans to become involved with the blind and visually impaired, the Adopt A Highway project, the youth of Batawa, community trail projects, summer and winter activities and helping some of the many charities in the community.
"The process of starting a club is well orchestrated," said LeFort. "There are longtime Lions who volunteer their services to help you get started by making sure you follow the guidelines and they will, and have, come from as far as Bowmanville and Newcastle to encourage us."
The club also had support from the Trenton Lions Club, a sponsor club for Batawa.
Members of the Trenton club will act as "guiding Lions" for the Batawa Club, attending the meetings until the club is making progress.
The club will begin meeting in September on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month, at 7 p.m. in the Batawa Community Centre.
"There is no limit to numbers to join our club," said LeFort. "We first wanted to make sure that we did have a good representation from our little Batawa, and we have, and now it is open to anyone who wishes to join us."
For more information about the club, contact Membership Chairman : René LeFort at 343-263-1794
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