2024 Joe Tasca Memorial Dog Walk

2024 Victoria Day Parade


Lion Joe Tasca (1935-2024)

Tasca Web

In his 89th year, passed peacefully in the early morning of Monday, March 18th, 2024. Joe was born January 11, 1935 at St. Joseph Hospital, Toronto and is predeceased by his parents Primo & Concetta Tasca (George). He was a devoted husband to Mildred Bernice Tasca for 68 years and missed her every day since her passing in 2022.  Loving father to Christine, Karen, David, Donald, Lori and Lynn and cherished father-in-law of Charles Bulmer, Donald White and Jamie Buglyo.  Beloved by his six grandchildren, James, Iris, & Matthew Jennison; Kelly Bulmer;  Daniel & Caraline Buglyo.  Loved by many Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, Nieces and Nephews both here and in Italy. Joe was a 10 year volunteer driver for the Cancer Society and a recipient of the Helen Keller Fellowship Award as well as the Melvin Jones Fellow Award from Lions Clubs International Foundation.  In tribute to his dedication and in celebration of forty-nine years of Lionism, the Nobleton Lions Club presented Joe with a plaque. The Township of King honoured Joe and Bernice for a legacy of charitable work benefiting the Nobleton Community by dedicating the Tasca Community Park in 2016.    

The family of Lion Joe Tasca has requested that donations in his memory be made to the Nobleton Lions Club or the Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides.


Recognition of Lion Joe Tasca for Outstanding Service


The Nobleton Lions Club recently honoured Lion Joe Tasca for his valuable contribution to the community of Nobleton and his dedication to the cause of Lionism, thereby exemplifying the Lions’ motto “We Serve.”

The plaque presented to Lion Joe by Lion Jerry MacBain reads,” In sincere appreciation and recognition of distinguished service, loyalty and devotion to the objectives and furtherance of Lionism.” Most of Nobleton will know Lion Joe by his tenacious presence in front of the Pharmasave, from August to October for years, selling tickets for the Annual Community Fundraiser Ticket Draw. He did this regardless of the weather, clearly demonstrating the words on the plaque.

Fundraiser Poker Tournament - February 23

Tickets are available only in advance. Please contact Lion Gunther Vetter at 905-859-6958.

Santa Skate - December 16, 2023

Candy for the kids, a visit with Santa, and free skating were enjoyed by all at the Nobleton Arena.

Lions Reverse Advent Calendar

The second annual drive in support of the King Township Food Bank, sponsored by the three Lions Clubs in the township, culminated in the collection of boxes on December 2. Several Lions and junior volunteer Raylan are pictured here with Glen and Nancy Broad who have just dropped off their donation at the Nobleton Arena. The three clubs extend their thanks to all in the community who gave to this worthy cause, which is even more critical this year as the number of clients of the Food Bank has increased by more than a third.

Home James Caledon

Volunteers are invited to help again this year to allow people to enjoy Chrristmas parties while staying safe on the roads. For information on how you can help, go to

Annual Community Fundraising Ticket Draw

The Annual Community Fundraising Draw took take place at the Nobleton Gazebo on  October 28. Winners were: 1st Prize of $4000, Giuliano Fantilli, 2nd Prize of $750, Keri Allen, 3rd Prize of $250, Mario Giovannone. The full story, including a recognition of Lion Joe Tasca’s contribution, appeared in the November 2 edition of the King Weekly Sentinel. Your generous support of this event enables the Club to make this a better community.

John Ciarallo Presented with Hellen Keller Fellowship Award

At the October 24 meeting of the Nobleton Lions Club, Lion Jerry MacBain presented John Ciarallo with the Helen Keller Fellowship Award. John Ciarallo, original owner of the “No Frills” store in Nobleton, retired earlier this year. His continuing support of the Lions and the community over the years was very visible, always present, and greatly appreciated.

Lion Jerry took the opportunity to explain why this particular award is so important to Lions. With the help of an exceptional teacher, Helen Keller learned sign language and braille. A few years later, she learned to speak. As an adult she became a tireless advocate for people with disabilities. And in 1925, she attended the Lions Clubs International Convention and challenged Lions to become "knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness." The Lions accepted her challenge and our work ever since has included sight programs aimed at preventable blindness.

Lion Jerry emphasized the scrutiny to which each recipient is put in order to receive this honour. Undeniably, John Ciarallo did meet those criteria. John very much deserves the words engraved on the plaque: “Who through untiring service, has given light in the darkness, warmth in the cold, compassion in the hurt, and humanity in the suffering to his fellow being. He lives his creed, “service to others”. Congratulations John! Well deserved.


A New Nobleton Seniors Group is Underway


For more infornation, go to Useful Links and check out King Township Seniors.


2023 Golf Fundraiser


About $24000 was raised at the annual Nobleton Lions Club Fundraiser on June 11 thanks to the hard work of the principal organizer Lion Latif Kassam with help from Lion Jim McDonald, President Andrew Bevil (pictured below right to left), other Lions and volunteers from the community . The Club thanks  all those who participated...about 140 golfers and over 70 make it a complete success. Even the showers  held off long enough so everyone could enjoy the day.

Lion Bob Phillips

Provincial Senior of the Year Award

At the Annual Nobleton Lions Golf Fundraiser dinner on June 11, 2023, Councillor David Boyd, on behalf of the Township of King, presented the provincial Senior of the Year Award  to Lion Bob Phillips, a long-time hard-working member of the Club.

Earlier this year at the Township of King Volunteer Appreciation event, Lion Bob was honoured with the Township Senior Citizen Award of Merit. He has served his community by joining the Lions in 2009, serving as President of the Nobleton Lions Club from 2011 to 2014, and enthusiastically and generously donating many hours to the many Lions events held for the betterment of Nobleton and the wider community.

Nobleton Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides - Sunday, May 28

It was another successful fundraiser with almost $8000 being donated to help train Dog Guides. Reflecting a commitment to this worthy cause, Bev Berger alone raised almost $5000 single-handedly. You may continue to make financial donations by visiting one of the links below.

To support Lotus and Bev, please follow this link: Beverley Berger

Or you can go to the Nobleton Page at



2023 Senior Citizen Award of Merit - Lion Bob Phillips

At the Township of King Volunteer Appreciation event in April 2023, Lion Bob Phillips was honoured with the Senior Citizen Award of Merit. Lion Bob has served his community by joining the Lions in 2009, serving as President of the Nobleton Lions Club from 2011 to 2014, and enthusiastically and generously donating many hours to the many Lions events held for the betterment of Nobleton and the wider community.

2023 Poker Fundraiser

The Nobleton Lions Club thanks all the participants and volunteers for the successful and enjoyable evening of poker on February 24. Proceeds of about $7200 will help the club support local as well humanitarian organizations around the world. Locally, proceeds are used to fund community organizations like minor sports, local hospitals, health advocacy, seniors, and others.


2022 Community Golf Fundraiser


Over $24,000 was raised in our annual golf fundraiser which we were able to hold on June 5 after a 2-year absence. It was hosted by the Nobleton Lakes Golf Club, well-supported by our community and very ably coordinated by Lion Latif Kassam.

LCIF Maple Leaf Club Award

2022 Lions Dog Guide Walk

On Sunday, May 29, supporters and their dogs gathered for the annual Lions Dog Guide Walk, with sponsor help from Pet Valu, to raise funds for training dog guides. About $10,000  was raised in support of the Dog Guide program which is a major initiative of the Lions Foundation of Canada. Bev Berger of Nobleton is a strong supporter as well as recipient of the program. She is pictured here with her Dog Guide Lotus. 

Our condolences go out to Lion Joe Tasca, a long-time fundraiser for this cause whose wife, Bernice, passed away in September 2022. Donations to this worthwhile program in her memory may be made at the link above.

2022 Lions Victoria Day Parade

At the Victoria Day celebration these Lions, pictured here, and others, gave kids snacks and candy in the parade. Then at the Lions booth in the fair, families enjoyed the balloons and drinks that were handed out by other Lions volunteering that day to help bring back the fun of a much-loved community tradition.

Lion David Harper (1933-2022)


May 2, 2022 By Egan Funeral Home

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of David (Dave) Harper, who passed away
suddenly at his home in Nobleton on April 30, 2022.

Devoted husband of 61 years of Greta (nee Pearson) (deceased), loving mother of Cynthia (Bill),
Kevin and David. Proud grandfather of Matthew and Meghan.

Dave was a strong believer in giving back to his community, having volunteered for many years
at Diabetes Canada, Mackenzie Health, Epilepsy York Region and most recently at Maple
Health Centre. He was a founding member of the Nobleton Lions Club, serving in leadership
positions at the club, zone and district levels, as well as acting as co-Chair of the Lion’s
community “Walk for Dog Guides.”

In recognition of his dedication to the community, Dave was the recipient of a Senior Citizen
Award of Merit from the Township of King in 2018.

A visitation will be held at Egan Funeral Home, 203 Queen Street S (Hwy 50), Bolton (905-857-
2213) Thursday, May 5th from 4:00-7:00 p.m.
A Funeral Mass will be held on Friday morning, May 6th at 11:00 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church,
14485 Jane Street, King City.
Interment will follow at St. Patrick’s Cemetery, 91 Church Street, Schomberg.

In lieu of flowers or donations, please consider volunteering for a worthy cause or do something
good for your community and think of Dave. Condolences for the family may be offered at


Nobleton Lions Club - 60 Years of Community Service

This year we celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the founding of the Club. For a trip through time with us, please read the Full Story here.

Tribute to Lion Olav Anderson

Lion Olav on his 80th Birthday

Lion Olav joined the Nobleton Lions Club in January of 2002. Lion Olav was a very active member - willing to help with any function or fund raiser. He was especially skilled in food handling. This talent had been developed throughout Olav's life. In the early 60’s, Olav ran a family style restaurant in Nobleton that was attached to Jim Reeves B A Gas Station at the four corners in Nobleton where the present day PetroCanada gas station is. Olav managed this restaurant, as the cook, from the 60’s to the early 70’s.

After selling that business, Olav next ran another family restaurant “Tiny Todds“attached to a Texaco gas station on Hwy 27 between Nobleton and Schomberg by the 18th Sideroad. Also during this time Olav started working with Harold and Eva Westbrook at Holly Park Meats on the 10th concession where it intersects the 16th sideroad. Eva’s husband died suddenly in 1961 leaving Eva and Olav to run Holly Park Meats. In 1969 Olav and Eva became partners and in the early 70’s built a house on the 16th just west of the 10th, on a parcel of land severed from the Holly Park Meats farm. Together they lived there and eventually sold Holly ParkMeats to a firm from Toronto that process sheep.

Eva suddenly passed away in 2012. Olav lived in the house till 2016 when he sold and moved to a condo in Schomberg. During his life, a hobby that Olav pursued was raising and competing with Homing Pigeons. Olav's pigeons were often winners, “Best Pigeons “, homing from timed drop- offs in the north - places like North Bay and Kapuskasing. Among others, Olav competed for years with friends like Jake Kamstra, Rolf Bachman and Helmut Huber and their pigeons. During his retirement years Olav’s eyesight deteriorated and he was no longer able to drive. So it was that the Lions assisted Olav and Eva with transportation to and from Lions functions. It was fitting then that Lion Olav was awarded the Helen Keller Award in Lionism. For Lions meetings, Lion Jim Casator and occasionally myself Lion Elwood (and others) would pick up and drop off Lion Olav from his house and later his condo. Lion Jim and myself greatly enjoyed this time with Olav whose sense of humour and wit produced many a good laugh!

Lion Olav spent many hours selling Raffle tickets with other retired Lions members like Lion Joe Tasca and Lion Ken Hodgson and others. Lion Olav was always eager to help with food preparation for any Lions functions. Lion Olav was a great Lion for just shy of 20 years. He was a recipient of two prestigious awards in Lionism - the Helen Keller Award and the Melvin Jones Award. Throughout his years as a Lion, Olav was always an active member who contributed a lot to our club! He will be missed by all of us!

Lion Olav passed away on November 28, 2021.

Respectfully submitted by Lion Elwood.


Thank You for your Support of the Online Auction

The recent auction ended with distribution of winning bids on December 12. Proceeds will be used to support the overall work of organizations to which the Club provides funds.

Thank You for your Support of the King Township Food Bank

The 2021 Reverse Advent Calendar initiative sponsored by the three Lions Clubs in King Township resulted in food donations valued at approximately $10,000 being received on December 4. Your generosity is sincerely appreciated.


Nobleton Community Street Sale - October 16,17

The Zacchigna Real Estate team organized a Nobleton community street sale which included a raffle for prizes donated by local businesses. Proceeds of $840 were allocated to the Nobleton Lions Club to thank them for all that they do for our community. Pictured, left to right, are Mike Redgers, Susan Zacchigna, Dave Zacchigna, and Stephanie Zacchigna.


                      THERE IS STRENGTH IN NUMBERS


The news of the tragic situation in India motivated three Nobleton and area service clubs to join forces to purchase seven Oxygen Concentrators. These life-saving machines will be donated to India in support of its COVID-19 relief efforts. Representing their respective clubs, from left to right. are: Rick Evans, President, Nobleton Lions Club: Elizabeth Douglas, President Nobleton Women's Institute: Roy Vokes, Past President, Rotary Club of Kleinburg, Nobleton, and Schomberg.

For more information about supporting this worthy cause, please contact Lion Manny Pereira at 416-557-8047. If you would like to donate please see this Letter of Appeal.


January 2021 Club Awards

Lion Earl Groombridge receiving his award as Club President 2018-2019 from current Club President Rick Evans

Lion Earl receiving the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award