Chartered March 24, 1949

Celebrating 75 years serving Chatham!

President’s message: Lion Seppo Kuokkanen


Forging into our 75th Anniversary Year

Another Lions year is winding up with the Chatham Lions Club, yet we ponder our past. As we are beyond the midpoint of our Anniversary Year.  The Club was chartered March 24, 1949.  

It has been a very busy year to date. For example, The Chatham Sports Hall of Fame event; hosting a Youth visiting from Italy, showing Guido life in Chatham Kent; hosting fubdraising BBQs at Sobeys; volunteering Bingos to be recipients of funds raised at Bingos; Exceptional Riders program; sponsor eyeglasses to those in need; gave a donation to a local fire victim; as well as many other generous donations within the community.  Other events Lions were seen at was our local Rememberance Day Ceremony, hosting our District meeting in Chatham; visits by Andy and others to help at Camp Huronda; visiting other Lions Clubs to show our support.  We held our First Annual Tree Hugging Contest and gathered for various fun social activities supported by our Social Committee. WHEW!!

I look forward to meeting others at our Anniversary on May 5th and celebrate the years of giving to the Community.  Then it will soon be time to pass on the Gavel to Lion Cynthia.  

Yours in Service

Lion President Seppo         


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


Chatham Lions Club -  2022-2023

Left to Right, Back Row: Phill Piggot, Rudy Boogerman, John Dawson, Bill Findlay (Reg Chair), Stu Patterson Second Row: Mike Hiatt, Shawn Olson, Lorea Boogerman, Jim Faubert, Cynthia Hiatt,  Mary Symons, Aldo Gongalez, Roy Graham, Seppo Kuokkanen, Andy Stockdill
Front Row: Michelle Olson, Elda Faubert, MIchaelanne Kerrigan, Guest

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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:

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Send us an email.

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





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