Message from our President

The Lions Club is by far the world's biggest service organization. On a slightly smaller scale, there's not much that happens in the Omemee area that doesn't have a Lion or two involved, sometimes even when they're wearing another hat. Here, the second hat could be that of a Legionnaire, a Mason, a Lioness, a church member, a horticulturalist, or one of the several municipal volunteer organizations focused on village improvement.                                                                                                                                                   

So no huge surprise when community co-operation brought a group of service-minded people together at the Fowlers Corners Lions Club last year to discover how the effort and generosity of a lot of area people had changed the lives of a family. The husband and father was born with vision problems that severely limited his ability to work. Recent development of highly expensive aids, far more than he could afford, galvanised an unprecedented community-wide drive to provide what he needed. It brought Rotarians from Lindsay and Fenelon Falls, Lions from Omemee, Fowlers Corners, Dunsford, Lindsay and Fenelon Falls (bringing their reputation as "knights of the blind"), the Knights of Columbus and the Kawartha Lakes Professional Fire Fighters Association to raise the thousands needed to provide a high-tech solution.                                                                                   

As our communities grow, so do requests for help, service, understanding, and, very importantly, co-operation among service clubs, churches, schools, and volunteers, since the effort and funds are often more than any one organization can handle. In recent years, joint projects spearheaded by the Omemee Lions brought together trade union and indigenous organizations, local churches, individuals and businesses to: help a bed-ridden resident get the medical help and appliances she needed; to aid a family who had lost their husband and father and were without heat and about to lose their home; to provide emergency help to a family that had lost everything in a house fire.                                                                                                 

And then there's the proactive things done for the community. It's not all about helping those with an emergency need.                                                                                                                                             

There's the annual Xmas-tree lighting and Santa parade, followed by a community New Year's Eve party.  There was the planned Omemee Unites Easter celebration at a number of sites throughout the village, the Lions Ducktona race and party in the park on Canada Day weekend, along with Omemee Days, and the Xmas in July craft and fun-time show at Coronation Hall. But those spring and summer events were all cancelled due to the corona virus that struck and seemed to immobilize the world.                                                          

The Omemee Lions, however, never run out of projects and the desire to keep serving. So far, and despite C-19, the club, observing physical distancing and wearing club masks designed by a member, has held a food collection and a bottle drive supporting the local Food Bank, provided free sparklers for make-do Canada Day celebrations and there are even more projects on the horizon.                                                                     

The Lions motto is We Serve and, as a community, we all serve much better when we do it together.

President Veronica Wickens



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