North Bay Lions Club 90 Years Young!
North Bay Lions Club recently celebrated 90 years as a chartered club in the International Lions family.
A big celebration was held at the Best Western and many Lions from all over Northern Ontario attended including District Governor Gerry Bertrand and his wife Lion Catherine, from Sudbury and PDG Harold Huhtanen and his wife Martha, also from Sudbury.
We had the honour of having Mayor Al McDonald, Wendy Abdallah, MPP Vic Fedeli and Patty Fedeli join our celebration and bring us congratulations from the City of North Bay and the Province of Ontario.
Our guest speaker was Dan Bagley who told hilarious stories about his years travelling and playing with the Flying Fathers Hockey Team. Dan shared many other comical and heart-warming adventures he's enoyed throughout his life.
Drs. Ken Kesty and Cynthia Bullen, both opthalmologists, attended our celebration. Dr. Bullen thanked our club for the medical equipment we donated. The doctors take these surgical trays to third world countries and use them during specific eye surgeries. She spoke of how grateful the many patients were to finally have their vision corrected.
A fantastic banquet was thoroughly enjoyed and music was provided by our own Lion Shorty Jodouin. Everyone happily visited with Lions they had not seen in a while.
It was a very good time!
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Lions meet the needs of local communities and the world. Our 1.36 million members - who perform community service in over 200 countries & geographic areas - are different in many ways, but share a core belief: community is what we make it. Our members are a network of individual clubs united in helping others and improving their communities.
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You can recycle your used/new eyeglasses and sunglasses in the Lions Collection Box at Northgate Square across from Scotia Bank.
The Need is Great!
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates more than 157 million people around the world have uncorrected refractive errors (near-sightedness, far-sightedness and astigmatism). Refractive errors can be easily corrected with eyeglasses, yet millions of people in low and middle-income countries lack access to basic services. Collected eyeglasses undergo “processing,” which includes: • Sorting • Cleaning • Neutralizing or Grading (using a lensometer to determine the prescription) • Categorizing by prescription • Packaging in preparation for distribution.
Lions and other mission teams deliver them free of charge to people in need in developing countries.
40th District A5 Convention
Recently, the North Bay Lions Club hosted the 40th A-5 Lions Convention. Our District includes clubs from White River, south to Sault Ste. Marie, and along the north shore of Georgian Bay through North Bay to Mattawa, including a portion north to Moose Factory.
Our special guest was Past International Director Douglas Alexander who is a member of the Brooklyn Bedford Stuyvesant Lions Club in New York City. He has held many offices within the association, including district governor, cabinet secretary and cabinet treasurer. Lion Doug was elected International Director for a 2-yr term in 2010. He was a trustee of the New York State & Bermuda Lions Foundation, and appointed Lions representative to UNICEF-New York as well as a board member of the St. Francis DeSales School for the Deaf.
PID Alexander regaled us with his comical tale of a cancelled flight to North Bay Friday night, due to a snow storm then missing luggage when he finally arrived. Apparently he had a similar winter trip to Northern Manitoba a few years ago. Lion Doug has been in Lionism since 1984 and joined after helping a friend, who was a Lion, deliver Christmas baskets. He said it made him feel so good to help others who had less than he had. We hope PID Alexander will come and visit us again sometime soon.
Pictured below is the new Cabinet, Governor Harold with PDG Myra Keirnan and PID Douglas Alexander. The convention was part of DG Harold Huhtanen's final duties as his year of governership comes to a close. DG-Elect Gerry Bertrand tries on the new jacket as he prepares to take on his official role as A-5 District Governor.
Volunteer Benefits Becoming a Lions club member gives you the opportunity to volunteer locally, or internationally. Make new friends and professional connections. Lead projects that make your community a better place to live. Have fun doing it!
Community Service “You see the joy in people’s hearts and they say thank you, and the smile of a child. It’s all those things that make you realize you’ve done something for your community.”
“For the mere satisfaction that I get in my heart and for the service we’re providing the less fortunate people, I’m really proud to be a Lion.”
Leadership Skills “The personal development opportunities are endless. I get to use and develop my talents in public relations, but I also learn how to interact in a board meeting."
“What attracted me to Lions instead of another group is that it’s worldwide. It’s proven and that’s what I’m looking for.”
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