Welcome to the Vernon Lions Club

Contact: Webmaster Lion Sharon Cain @ 250-540-8270 or 

or mail to P.O. Box 20102, Vernon, BC  V1T 9L4

 Meeting Place:  ANAF, 2500 46th Ave. on the 1st & 3rd Thursday of each month, September to June. 

Please check our Calendar for upcoming events

AND pages for more details

 Golf Tournament - May 26

Ducks for Dogs - June 22 

May, 2024


May 16 - Lions Mike Smith and Jackie Tardell chaired a successful BBQ for the employeed of Woodtone.

May 11 - Vernon Lions served a pancake breakfast at the Hospice fundraiser.


May 5 - Vernon Lions served a pancake breakfast to the particpants of the Independent Living Walk.

May 4 - Several Lions attended Camp Winfield Clean Up.  Lions Judy and Jackie prepared the lunch for the Easter Seals Camp Winfield Improvement meeting on May. 5.


APRIL, 2024

April 22 - Another successful "Texas Holdem' Poker Tournament was held at the ANAF under the leadership of Lions Ron Mare.  A beautiful perpetual memorial trophy in honor of Lion Bill Friend, who passed away in December, was presented to Bill's son and grandson at the event.  Bill's son Kelly was very honored to accept this trophy at the tournament and he also had a hand in making the base.

April 15 - 19.  Several Vernon Lions visited the Elementary schools in SD22 for an information session on Earth Day, environment and the value of trees.  Each grade 3 student recieved a Lodge pole pine tree to plan at their homes.  The children were very attentive, full of questions and so excited to have their own tree.  

A huge thank you to Allan Rasmusson, Plant Biologist, for getting us the trees,  to Kawkeye Holdings Ltd for storing the trees until needed, and to Pryce Landscaping for soil to plant the trees in small containers for the children.  We do appreciate this help from our community businesses.

Lions Sharon Cain, Tracey Voorthuyzen      Lion Trudy Parke and grandchildren


Lion Ron Mare and the Friend family

March 22 to June 22 - Vernon Lions are selling tickets for the Ducks for Dogs duck race at Polson Park on June 22.  All proceeds go to bring another service dog to a child with autism.

MARCH, 2024

March 18 -  a lovely Candle ceremony was held to induct two new members:  Kevin Lyon sponsored by Lion Ken Cain and Betsy Concha sponsored by Lion Sharon Cain. PZC Sharon Cain led the ceremony assisted by Lion Michele Materi, Lion Valene Reckhard and President Trudy Parke.

March 15 -  Vernon Lions give back to its community by supporting other Service Groups.
Each year, we provide funds to other Service Groups so they may in turn help more people in
Vernon. This year the recipients were: NOCLS, Camp Winfield, Salvation Army, Santa’s Anonymous, Independent Living, Vernon SARs, Vernon Community Dental and Parkinson Society.  These groups help a wide range of people in our community. (all pictures not available)




MARCH 21 - William (Bill) Thornton, founder and CEO of BC & Alberta Guide Dogs spoke at our general meeting about the expansion of their dog programs and the plans for their new facility in Ladner, BC.  Always enjoy Bill's visits and look forward to seeing him again at our Golf tournament and Duck race.

MARCH 22 - Vernon Lions are out and about again - this time we are fundraising to bring another Service Dog for a child with autism in our area.  Ticket sales have started - check our Ducks for Dogs page for locations of ticket sales. 


February 17 - Another successful Poker Tournament was held at ANAF.  It was chaired by Lion Ron and assisted by several club members 



January 18 a special Candle ceremony was held to induct two new members:  Shauna Lyon sponsored by PZC Sharon Cain and Mandeep Singh sponsored by Lion Mike Herrling. Lion Mike Smith conducted the ceremony assisted by Lion Michele Materi.


A committee of Lions have been updating our Food Trailer and it is looking fantastic with new decals. Good job Lions.


December 21 the Vernon Lions gathered for their annual Christmas party chaired by Lion Valene.  Lots of fun, great food prepared by Lions Simon and Carolynn. 

William (Bill) Friend passed away after a brief illness on December 19, 2023 at the age of 86.  Bill was a member of Lions for over 60 years and during that time served several positions including President on the boards of the various clubs he transferred through.  He also served as Zone Chairperson and then District Governor. During his 60 years of membership he only missed one convention.  He was a role model for us all.   He was a bright light for our club and for all who knew him.  Blessings and condolences to his wife Adele, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.  He will truly be missed.


November 25 the Winter Carnival sponsored a "Light Up" near City Hall.  Vernon Lions served hot chocolate to raise funds for Diabetes.  The event had a small turnout of visitors this year so was less successful than normal.

November 18 was Poker Night at the ANAF with Lion Ron as chair.  Many volunteers came out to help with this great event.  Each one gets better.  Thank you Ron and team for a wonderful job.

November 11 Lions Ralph and Peggy attended the Remembrance Day service at Kal Tire Place.Some grandchildren of our members also laid a wreath at the Indigenous Memorial on Westside Road.

Patrick Garry Rutten was born on December 31, 1945 in Lethbridge, AB and passed away on November 9, 2023 in Vernon, BC.  Pat was a member of the Vernon Lions Club since 2015 and during that time served on the Board of Directors and as President of the club for 2017-1018 and Zone Chairperson in District 19 D for 2018-2019.  Our sympathies to his brother Robert and son Cam and family.

November 8 Vernon Lion members attended the No Stone Left Alone ceremony at Coldstream Cemetary.


Vernon Lions provided lunch for the fall Camp Winfield meeting at the camp.

The Teddy Bear Picnic went over very well and they ran out of food.  Lions cooked and served over 100 hot dogs for the picnic goers.  We served as friends of the Teddy Bear Picnic.

October 13 and 14, Lions Ken and Sharon Cain attended the annual MD19 Fall Convention in Surrey, BC.  Always fun and a great way to learn about Lions as well as meeting old and new friends.


September 9 Lion Ralph chaired the annual pancake breakfast for the walkers raising funds for the Parkinsons Society.

Several Lions volunteered at a very successful Shredding event was held  September 16.

September 17 our food truck was on site at Paddlewheel Park for the Jubilee Hospital Family BBQ.

September 21 our club was honored with a visit from Vancouver Lions.  PDG Peter Chang from Vancouver Cathay Club, PZC Pollyanna Lui from Vancouver Legacy Club, President Euclid Cheng, CP Danny Li, Director Anne Li, members Tenniel Cheung and Jeff Hu from Vancouver Midas Club. 

WELCOME: September 21 we welcomed Mike Smallenburg as a member of the Vernon Lions Club.  Congratulations Mike.

September 23 was the final BBQ with Buy Low Foods.  Buy Low provided all the food and Lions cooked and served.  Fun event.

Check out our "Projects" page to see what Vernon Lions have accomplished.

Closing out our 2022-2023 Year.

At our year end awards evening, 22 members received perfect attendance pins, the President, Secretary and Treasurer were honored with a plaque and a pin, Dianne McIntosh, Jackie Tardell and Peggy Price were honored with President's Choice awards. Lion of the Year was presented to Ralph Whittle for his dedication to Lions and our club in particular.  President Sharon Cain was honored with a bouquet of roses as she leaves the President position this year.


What's happening next?

1. Feb. 17, 2024:  Poker Tournament at ANAF 

2. April 26-27, 2024: District 19 I Conference, Ramada Inn, Kelowna, BC

3. May 5, 2024:  Garage Sale (pending)

4. May 11, 2024: Hike for Hospice Pancake Breakfast

5. May 23-25, 2024: MD19 Annual Convention, Ferdale, Washington.

6. May : NW Lions Leadership Institute - details to follow

7. May: Annual Golf Tournament - details to follow

8. June 9, 2024: Creative Chaos Pancake Breakfast

9. June 21-25, 2024: LCI Convention, Melbourne, Australia

10. June 22, 2024:  Ducks for Dogs at Polson Park.


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