Chartered March 24, 1949

Serving Chatham for 74 years!

President’s message: Lion John Dawson

Roaring Into A New Lion Year

Another Lions year is winding up with the Chatham Lions Club, yet we ponder our past.  Recently we came across a piece of paper that said the Chatham Lions Club  (version 1) was Chartered on January 19, 1921.  The information we have is that the current club was Chartered March 24, 1949.  Either way, the Chatham Lions Club has left many legacies and continues.  As the President for this 2022-2023 year, our club is very busy, coming out of the pandemic and restrictions.  Restrictions that prohibited the club from holding the usual fundraisers such as our BBQs, Bingos, and other activities.

The members put their thoughts together, what we could do to help.  This past June saw us host our 2nd Annual Shredding Event.  With tax season behind us and a year ago, many stores closed that provided document shredding services, we set up a Shredding Event for people to bring their confidential documents for a donation.  Both years, we were successful and had a cushion of funds to help those in need.  We collected food for the Wheatley Food Drive after their explosion; donated to the local hospice, ROCK Mission, and Collected clothing for Hope Haven among other causes. 

As President, I am proud to see our small group of members working at local Bingos to raise money for community needs.  We are still collecting eyeglasses and food for the Outreach For Hunger at Food Basics.  We survived the pandemic, still taking precautions, we have a full calendar planned for the 2022-2023 year to be able to support the community.  We are hosting a Christmas Bazaar November 5 from 9-4pm.  Come and do your Christmas Shopping and support local businesses.  Watch this website and our Facebook Page for more planned activities and how you can join in on the fun.  Curious about Lions?  Come to one of our meetings and check us out as our guest. 

Yours In Service

President Lion John Dawson         


For the Officers and members for 2023-2024, visit Members and Directors


Chatham Lions Club -  2022-2023

Left to Right, Back Row: Mary Symons, James Faubert, Rudy Boogerman, Lorea Boogerman,Stu Patterson, Seppo Kuokkanen, Phil Piggott
Front Row: Aldo Gonzalez, Cynthia Hiatt, Curtis Marwood, John Dawson,Michaelanne Kerrigan, Elda Faubert

Absnet: Andy Stockdill (Photographer); William Patrick
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The Riverview Gaming Centre is the major source of funds for our community projects.

Chatham Lions' Contribution to the Zone 2 Project

Support for the Wheatley Food Bank


For more photos of the Zone Project, see The Mane Event. (Volume 9, Issue 3)


We had approx 39 vehicles including some of our own members bring in boxes to be shredded.  We had 3 sponsors, contribute for coverage for advertisement in the Voice.  This event cost the club zero dollars and saw the Club benefit financially by approx $1,425.00 net to put back in the community

A cheque for $1000 was presented in May to the Chatham-Kent Hospice.


January 2021 Donations from Club Participation at Riverview Centre.

Lions EyesRight: provides vision care equipment to local hospitals $300
Lions Foundation of Canada DogGuides: 
trains service dogs for the blind, Diabetic alert, Seizure response, etc.
Eyeglasses for a senior lady, special lens   $388

On December 11, 2020, Lions Markus McCracken, Aldo Gonzalez & Robin McCracken
present a $500 cheque towards the purchase of a ($2 700) cranial helmet for Jayvn Cromwell:
with his mother Emily Crosby.

Jayvn and his mother Emily.

Lion Aldo presented a cheque to Jami Vandevenne - Housing Support Worker, Salvation Army, for its Christmas Toy Drive.  Members donated $500 in gift cards which were matched with the club's share from Riverview Gaming Centre for a total of $1000 worth of funds for gifts.

Chatham Hospice

The Chatham Lions Club donated to the Chatham-Kent Hospice for the past 4 years.

In 2020, Chatham Lions donated $1000 for the Virtual Hike for Hospice
during the Covid-19 Pandemic.

Lion Aldo Gonzalez presenting a cheque for the 2020 virtual "Hike for Hospice."

District A1 2020 Effective Speaking Contest

The Chatham Lions Club is the District Chair for the District Effective Speaking Program for 2020.  The contest was held at the Active Lifestyle Centre in Chatham on Sunday, March 8, 2020.  

For photos, go to the Photo Gallery and Projects Page

Lions Clubs International is the world's largest service club organization.

Chatham Lions Club is one of over 45,000 Lions clubs around the world and 49 clubs in District A1 in southern Ontario.  Our Motto is "We Serve".

Members of the Chatham Lions Club are proud to serve the local community, District A1  and international programs of Lions Clubs International. 

Chatham Lions work with the blind and vision-impaired.  We also support Outreach for Hunger and help youth and seniors with special needs.  We support Diabetes Awareness and collect eyeglasses for recycling.  

Some ways we have served the community include:

  • Installing Braille signs on the restroom doors at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance hospitals in Chatham and Wallaceburg
  • Collecting food for Outreach For Hunger - Food Bank 
  • Support for Alley-Oops Blind Bowling
  • Providing eyeglasses for people who cannot afford them
  • Student Scholarship
  • Sponsoring Effective Speaking competition between students from the Chatham schools
  • Youth Exchange program

See the Projects page for other Lions Projects supported by the Chatham Lions Club.

For more information about District A1 Lions, see the web site:

See our tri-fold pamphlet. (PDF)

Send us an email.

See our Events Calendar or go to the Calendar on this site.





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