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Imagination Library

In 2016, the Lynden Lions started our own chapter of the Imagination Library for our town's children. The Imagination Library, for those who do not know, was created by Dolly Parton in her hometown in Tennessee which provided books to children every month from the ages of 0-5 years. Parton, in her research discovered that children who had more opportunities to read at home with their parents before starting school, showed that the children developed stronger reading levels compared to the children who do not have the same opportunity. Through determination, Dolly Parton's Imagination Library has been spreading all throughout North America giving children a chance to read together with their parents. 

The Lions last year discovered the Imagination Library Program, and one of our members Lion Ed F. was very interested on the work involved to bring this program to Lynden ON. The process for setting up the program in Lynden was much easier than expected, since we received help from a couple wonderful ladies from Brantford's Kids Can Fly program (Imagination Library but with a different name). They took us through the steps to creating our own chapter, and offered us ideas on how to set it up to work for us. Each child entered in the database is quite easy to do. The program will ask for the name of the child, address, age and birthday to ensure that the child receives their book every month until their 5th birthday. The Lions club pays for the cost per child. For less the $4 a month (per child), a book is delievered straight to their door. Our club now pays for 30+ children to receive a free book. 

Lynden Lions Memorial Scholarship Fund

2016 was a big year for new projects in the Lynden Lions Club. The Lynden Lions Memorial Scholarship, also lead by Lion Ed F. was created to give the opportunity for families to honour their loved ones with a special plaque hung up in the Lions den with providing money to help support our youth in their post-secondary education. In 2016, five students were honoured; Katherine F., Jillian F., Amanda R., Taylor D., and Joshua L. with cheques made out to each for $500. These students put their scholarship money generally towards the cost of their tuition or to the cost of their textbooks. This year (2017), five more students were honoured at $500 each; Andrea B., Sarah H., Alanna D., Brooke L., and Korey L. who also said their scholarship money would go towards tuition and textbooks. 

The youth were chosen from a scholarship application created by Lion Ed F. who wrote down their personal information, their community involvement, what would they have liked to see when they were younger growing up in Lynden in terms of volunteer opportunities and why they believed community volunteer work is so important. We are so very proud of our ten youth who have been honoured so far with scholarships and know that the families who have donated to our Lions Memorial Scholarship know that their loved ones would be happy supporting our youth too.

Golf Tournament for Children's Fund 

On July 15, 2017, the Lynden Lions held our 8th annual Children's Fund Golf Tournament at Brant Valley Golf Club. The Children's Fund supports our local schools for new music instruments, classroom tools, supplies, etc., the children's camps in the area such as Camp Dorest, Pioneer Camp, Camp Trillum etc. This fund also supports any child led endeavours such as the Cancer run a few of our Leos did a couple years ago. 

It was a perfect day for golf for our 60+ golfers and our volunteers who were doing registration and taking pictures. Our golfers enjoyed their time at the 18 hole golf course, attempting to out do the rest. After the golf tournament, our golfers headed back to the Lynden Lions den for a steak dinner prepared by our Lions members, and received prizes for things such as, best score (which three teams tied with 5 under par), most honest (the team with the most over par which was 11), most enthusiastic group, best attitude, best dressed golfer and our most unique golfer who played the entire course bare footed in clashing plaid.

Thank you to all of our sponsors who sponsored holes at $150 each, our amazing golfers, Lions Ed F. and Peter F. who organized the entire golf tournament, our incredible Lions Kathy R., Marilyn B., Kathy V., Rosie B and Mary Lynn who cooked and served our delicious meal and Lions Ken F. and Eldon M. who cooked steaks and chicken. If you would like to see some of the photos taken that day, please check out our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/LyndenLionsClubA15/ When going onto Facebook, please make sure you are looking at the Lynden Lions club in Ontario and not the one in the United States. 

Canada Day 

Every year, we gladly support our Lynden Canada Day through a donation to the Lynden Canada Day committee and by serving food. For the last few years, we have been fortunate to have the Rockton Lions help us with making burgers, hot dogs and fries in the afternoon after the parade. As you can imagine, the line ups for food are very long and we work steady for approximately 2 hours after the parade taking orders and serving food to our community. In 2017, Lynden Canada Day had seen the largest crowd they have had yet for the 150th birthday. The Lynden Lions, although thankful every year, were extremely thankful to the Rockton Lions club for cooking fries made from fresh potatoes and burgers while the Lynden Lions club handled onion rings, bacon burgers, and more burgers to serve to our guests. A huge thank you is extended to our Lynden Leos club, who had seen that our three servers were struggling a little bit, stepped up and helped served as well, making the lines move faster despite food wait times. 

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