Okanagan Mission Lions attend IH Volunteer Appreciation Tea
This group of Mission Lions were recognized by Interior Health for the hours of volunteerism they do. Pancake breakfasts, Bingo, Barbeques are supported by volunteers from our club and they were thanked for the hundreds of hours they have spent in the last year at Senior Homes Cottonwoods, Three Links Manor and David Lloyd Jones. Congratulations and good work!!!
Congratulations to Lion Herb Comben - Club Lion of the Year
Lion Herb Comben was recognized as this year's (2015-2016) Lion of the Year. Lion Herb has worked hard at managing the Trailer Fund Raising Events for the past several years.
Okanagan Mission Lions walk for Memories
More than a dozen Lions from our club walked around Kelowna Secondary School in support of Alzheimers. It was the annual Alzheimers Walk for Memories. The walk raised $27,000 around B.C. and a good time was had by all.
Okanagan Mission Lions Help Enhance Environment
In 2010, the students of KLO Middle School discovered baby western painted turtles nesting in their long jump pit. Students’ efforts to protect the at-risk turtles’ nesting area turned into talking about what it would take to rehabilitate that part of Fascieux Creek that crosses school property. Students, teachers, school staff and community volunteers began discussions about how to daylight approximately 250 metres of Fascieux Creek that had been culverted and covered in concrete pads several years ago.
Fast forward a few years. Significant challenges are overcome, money is raised, consultations with community experts and volunteers and many planning sessions take place with stakeholders – the KLO Green Parent Committee, City of Kelowna, Central Okanagan School District #23 and the students and staff of KLO Middle School. Work on Phase 1 of the Fascieux Creek Rehabilitation Project began in early October and has included daylighting approximately half of the creek by removing the concrete pads and culvert; digging a diversion channel; students netting fish in the creek and moving them to the diversion channel; recontouring the south end of the creek to include an island and small wetland with sand and habitat features for turtles and other amphibians to nest and once the ground thaws next spring, students will plant native plants along both sides of the restored creek. To enhance the educational value of the rehabilitated creek area, interpretative signage will be installed and an outdoor classroom area made of stumps, logs and rocks will be created by the turtles’ nesting area that will be available to all students and teachers of School District #23 for learning anything from art to math.
Funding for Phase 1 came from a variety of sources including the National Wetlands Conservation Fund; Central Okanagan Foundation, Mission Lions Club, Vancouver Foundation, TD Friends of the Environment, Okanagan Basin Water Board, Central Okanagan Foundation Funding for Youth, Fortis and Central Okanagan Naturalists’ Club. Once work began, many community individuals, organizations and businesses offered in-kind donations ranging from excavators to materials to a bridge.
Work on Phase 2 of this truly community centred project will take place next summer and then the entire portion of Fascieux Creek on school property will be restored.
Our thanks to Lion Dave Lange for managing this project on our behalf!!!
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August 2016 Newsletter - http://e-clubhouse.org/userfiles/2249/file/August%202016%20Okanagan%20Mission%20Lions%20Tale.pdf
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