Message from our President

ā€‹The Omemee and District Lions Club is in its 63rd year of serving the community but is not necessarily in all ways the club some of our grandparents knew. The basics are still the same: making Omemee and area a better place to live and raise families and helping those in need, whether it be health problems, disaster relief, or mentoring, but how we get there continually changes, as we adapt to an altering society and economy while maintaining the goals we have set for our club and our community.

The local club still meets every first and third Thursday at the Lions Den in the curling-centre building, unlike some big-city Lionā€‹sā€‹, who have taken to holding some of their sessions on Skype, the internet or other social media, but how we raise funds to achieve our service goals, and the details of those goals themselves is increasingly a moving target. 

Though our members have traditionally been most often visible when fundraising through barbecues, community dinners, concerts at Coronation Hall, the Santa Claus parade following a Friday-night Christmas-tree lighting, the spring E-waste drive, the Ducktona race in the Pigeon River, and Canada Day fireworks, music and treats for the kids, the fundraising is a means to an end, not the end itself.

Certainly many of the things Omemee Lions do take money, but many also rely more on the physical and mental effort of service-minded volunteers, such as the village food bank, emphasizing and helping to spread literacy, collecting and distributing eyeglasses for third-world countries, encouraging effective-speaking contests in our local schools, and working to consolidate civic-improvement efforts with those of other community groups such as the Lioness, the Legion, Omemee Unites, Omemee Blooms, the Downtown Revitalization Committee, and local churches, among others.

In the next 12 months, you'll see Omemee Lions at work on the resurfacing of the iconic rail bridge that landmarks the village section of the Trans Canada Trail, helping with kids programs at the new library, following through on a pilot project to collect surplus medical supplies and shipping them to areas without, bowling for Big Brothers and Big Sisters, marking Earth Day by cleaning up roads and trails across the region, and doing vision screening of school children.

If you take a minute to stop and talk to them, you'll discover they may be Lions, but they're friendly Lions and always open to conversation and even a helping hand. Our mission is serving others, but we always welcome new supporters in that quest.   

President Lion Simon Wickens        


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