Quilt Raffle

The Quilt above has been completed by Lions Wendy and Kim


Colborne and District Lions visit Hoselton Studios

December 3, 2012


As one member so aptly put it, the Colborne and District Lions Club went on a “road trip” for their dinner meeting. We met at the Hoselton Studios in their showroom amid the aluminum works of art that this business is known for all across the world. From 6:00pm to 7:00pm we enjoyed wine and locally pressed apple cider provided by Jan Hoselton along with a wide variety of appetizers provided by club members.


At 7:00pm President Jim called the meeting to order by thanking Jan Hoselton for the opportunity to meet there. After O Canada and The Lions Roar and the Lions Grace the twenty members and four guests settled down for a buffet dinner from Black Dress Catering. The Tail Twisters were out to get our quarters if we scored poorly on their Christmas songs quiz which featured 27 drawings that were supposed to suggest to us a specific song. You know where our minds were when we ALL got “chestnuts roasting on an open fire” correct.


After toasts to the Queen and the future of the Monarchy (it was announced that day that William and Kate are expecting a child who will become third in line to the crown) and to Canada and Lions International we conducted the Share the Wealth draw for $35. The winner was Lion Marie.


Lion Doug introduced our speaker for the evening, Jan Hoselton, and she gave us a guided tour of the foundry where recycled aluminum ingots are melted, poured in molds, cooled and roughly dressed before they go to the grinding and fine finishing rooms. The hall of hundreds of molds was interesting especially when we knew the mold-maker had been there for 40 years. We by-passed the noisy rough-sanding shop and toured the fine-finishing room where we saw the next steps in producing a smooth buffed surface on the figures. Some of us were particularly intrigued with the coloured powder-finished items while others wanted to know more about the stones used in some of the larger pieces. After a look at the order preparation room we returned to the studio where Jan told us how she got into the business, the changes she has made to keep up with modern business practices, and her philosophy on running an international business while keeping her staff motivated and happy.


Jan was presented with a table runner, handmade by Lion Brenda, and Fritz was presented with a basket of homemade jams and pickles by Lion Cathy.





At the October 15, 2012 regular meeting of the Colborne & District Lions Club, Regional Chair Lion Harm Zylstra presented the club with a certificate of appreciation and patch for the very successful Purina Dog Walk we sponsored this spring. Accepting the certificate are Lions Paul and Fran Anstee.




Colborne & District Lions welcome exchange students.

On Canada Day the Lions held a Bar B Q at the home of the Lions Doug & Cathy Galt, to meet Niki & Michaela who are staying with the Galts during their visit to Canada. The weather co-operated, the food was great and a good time was had by all.

Quilt Raffle - Winning ticket to be Drawn at A3 Convention April 15, 2012

Colborne & District Lions Club is raffling off this beautiful appliqued and quilted wall hanging. Tickets available to Lions, Lioness & Leos only!

$2 each or 3 for $5, available from any member and at the District A3 convention, where the draw will take place on April 15th. Contact us at colborneand or our Facebook page at

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Quilt Raffle - Winning ticket was drawn at A3 Convention on April 15, 2012

Colborne & District Lions Club raffled off  this beautiful appliqued and quilted wall hanging. The Serengeti Wall hanging was won by Lion Frances English of the Cobourg Lions club and we hope they enjoy it in there meerting room for many years to come.

Thanks to everyone who supported the project.












Colborne & District Lions Meeting

February 20, 2012

                The Lions of Colborne were honoured by the presence of Zone Chair Lion Harm Zylstra at the regular meeting held on February 20, 2012.  Lion Harm was introduced by Lion Paul Anstee and thanked by Lion Fran Anstee.

                Lion Harm spoke on the Vision of the Lions International President Lion Wing-Kun Tam.  As the International President of the largest service club in the world his vision is based on three beliefs. He believes that we can 1) - strengthen and retain our membership by taking care of fellow members as if they were family; 2) – expand our service to new heights, propelled by a special campaign to plant one million trees and 3) – nuture our future by involving more young people and Leos in all that we do.

                Lion Harm pointed out that the goal of 1 million trees has already been passed with 6 million being planted already in this Lions year and the planting season hasn’t even started in North America.  He complimented our club on our many and varied activities, on the fun and fellowship and on the interesting programs that we have been having at our regular meetings.

                During the regular meeting, plans were finalized for the Health and Wellness Fair to be held this Friday in the Keeler Centre.  The Lions will be carrying out Vision Screening in the 4 schools in our area which are Grafton Public School, St. Mary’s Separate School, Colborne Public School and Northumberland Hills Public School. Lions Eileen Coombs and Cathy Galt reported on the Haystack Dinner in the Keeler Centre to be held on the evening of Saturday, March 31, 2012.  It is shaping up to be a fun filled evening with dinner, entertainment and a dance all for $25.00.





Colborne and District Lions Club

January 16, 2012


On Monday evening, January 16, 2012 The Colborne and District Lions Club were honoured with the visit of District Governor of A-3, Lion Earl Oliver and his wife Lioness Carol Oliver of Norwood.

District Governor Lion Earl spoke about his theme for the year – “Pulling Together.” This is a great theme for a Lions Club, community or any group. We can accomplish so much more when we work together cooperatively. Lion Earl emphasized his theme with his green Oliver Tractor and his background of farming and teaching.

We were told that if every Lions club in the world were to donate $200 to the measles initiative that the disease which is estimated will kill 1.7 million children in the next 4 years, could be eradicated.

This year the International President is promoting the planting of trees which Lion Earl is encouraging. The Colborne and District Lions Club is committed to the planting of a significant number of trees.

Lion Earl, with the assistances of many Lions of the Colborne and District Club, inducted 2 new members during his visit. Lions Robin Rath and Marie Lachner are now the newest members of the Colborne and District Lion’s Club. Way to go Lions.

Both of the new enthusiastic Lions were sponsored by Lion Pearl Ann Coombes.  Great job Lion Pearl Ann.



Zone Rally in Campbellford

November 21, 2011

 Twenty Colborne and District Lions attended the Regional Rally in Campbellford on Monday November 21st and we even took our baby Lion with us. We had, by far, the best attendance of all the district clubs, and I think we injected a bit of enthusiasm in the rest of them. When we arrived we were greeted with finger food and punch and later enjoyed a roast pork dinner served by the Campbellford Lions. Laurie Scott, who spoke at our last meeting, was the guest speaker. She spoke of the Leader Dog program and what it has done for her life to have a guide dog. Her current dog is retiring from active service to live a life of leisure with a new family, and she will meet her new dog next week. It was quite evident that she was excited about the changes and challenges ahead for her and her new companion.

We learned more about some of the Lions programs during the business portion of the meeting….the tree planting project from District Governor Earl ( Lions International reports that Canada has planted less than 3000 trees in the quest to plant 1,000,000 trees around the world this year. So far this year, Lion Doug has planted 325 trees and has ordered a further 250 trees for spring planting. Let him know if you would like to help with this project.)Then we heard of Camp Dorset for dialysis patients from Carol Oliver, Leo Club formation from PDG Victor, P101 forms from 1st VDG Mary Ann, Organ donation from Lion Joseph and Lion Mary Grace, and Measles eradication from Lion Harvey.Lions Fran and Paul were busy selling pink mittens and Lions Christmas cakes when the meeting adjourned but we took a few minutes to have a picture taken with our travelling Lion.




Help Cleanup Cramahe


                It was fun and frolic as the sun shone with its long anticipated spring warmth on 13 Lions of the Colborne and District Lions Club, as they searched for and found treasures galore along the roads and in the ditches of Cramahe Township.  As part of the Lions environmental awareness they joined in the effort to improve the appearance of Colborne and area. This was the annual “Cleanup Cramahe” activity held on April 30, 2011.

                The Lions met in the Salem United Church parking lot where they received maps and job assignments in the Salem area.  After a coffee and muffins and a rousing chorus of the Lion’s Roar, they headed off with their yellow garbage bags.  In addition each team took a cardboard box for broken glass and protective gloves provided by the township.  Red flag markers were given to the workers to identify locations of items to heavy too lift out of the ditch.  They were also challenged to find the most unique piece of garbage.  By 9:30 they were out scouring the ditches of Cramahe.

                By 11:30 most had returned with a large number of yellow bags filled with items discarded over the years in the ditches of Cramahe.  Everyone had a story to tell of what they had found.  Various items that ranging from a step ladder, a soccer ball, a rim and tire to red panty hose were entered in the unique piece of garbage challenge.  The winner was presented by Paul and Fran Anstee, a beige bra, still in good shape.

                After delivering their truckloads of yellow bags to the Municipal garage in Colborne and enjoying hot dogs and drinks all agreed it had been a worthwhile morning.  The enthusiastic Lions were then laying their plans for the cleanup project for next year.

                Colborne and District Lions are focusing on improving the local community, environmentally as one of their projects so were pleased to assist in the municipal project for Earth Week.  In the next few weeks they will be providing Vision Screening for the kindergarten and grade 1 students in local schools and a water station for visitors at Apple Blossom Festival.  If you are interested in joining an energetic group of community focused volunteers call 905-344-7641 and ask for our President Lion Brenda.



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