Lions members celebrated another successful season at Westfield Pioneer Village Maple Syrup Days where visiting families enjoyed pancakes, sausage, ham and of course syrup, served up by club members, community volunteers, friends, and others in the Lions family. The delicious apple cider served, was generously donated by local farmer, Jay Howell.
Lion Chris, Lion Allan and Lion Bob serving up ham, sausage and pancakes.
The Mens' and Ladies' Steak BBQ's were well supported by the community with 150 in attendance. A huge thank you to all who participated and the many sponsors who contributed draw prizes and game prizes.
Lion Rodger, Lion Jim and Lion Rob run the horse races at the Ladies BBQ.
Donations made by our club in the last two months included: the Lions CNIB Camp at Lake Joseph, the Lions Dog Guides program ($6,000.00), the Special Olympics Bowl-A-Thon and the Huntington Society of Canada. Also, over the winter months, with the help of many in the community, we have collected over 500 pairs of eye glasses to ship to the recycling program, to further the Lions Sight program.
Our speaker in March, OPP Constable Ken Johnston, told us of his work in Brant County as Community Service & Media Relations Officer. Constable Johnston donated his honorarium to the Meals on Wheels program.
The opening night, of District A-15 Convention, in Stratford on March 20, was enjoyed by ten members of our club.
We now have a committee working with Brant County Community Services staff to assist with raising funds to create a children’s Splash Pad in Sunny Hill Park in 2016. The plan is to launch a community drive for funds, starting in May, with an official kick off party in June, in conjuction with the Grand Opening of the new picnic shelter. The Splash Pad project is reminiscent of 60 years ago when the Lions launched a successful community drive for funds to build the arena. More information will be circulated throughout the community in May as plans unfold.
St. George Lions sponsored the Lions Youth Effective Speech competition for south western Ontario District. Thirty-eight children competed at St. George German School on April 9th in 4 categories. The local Brown Dog donated apple fritters for 150 attending the event to enjoy.
Lion Lyle Fair (519-448-1704) is looking for volunteers (3 hours) to work during the Paris to Ancaster Bike-a-Thon on April 26 to hand out water and trail directions to participants. Look for our food trailer at the St. George German School Fun Fair on May 21.
Our club would be pleased to sponsor a male or female youth in the Paris Fair Ambassador competition for 2015. If interested, contact Lion Rodger (519-448-4868).
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-Lion Dave Ritchie, St. George
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