Minnow Lake – Supporting Seniors During COVID-19

Submitted by: Lion Brenda McLay of Minnow Lake Lions

Funded by the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program in collaboration with United Way Centraide North East Ontario/Nord-est de l’Ontario, the Minnow Lake Lions received a grant to use for assistance to seniors during this pandemic.  The Lions partnered with Our Children Our Future to give out this money to deserving seniors.  A lot of people may not know that many seniors are raising their grandchildren.  When they thought that they were saving for their retirement for 2 people, they now have households of anywhere from 4-9 people and could just use a little bit of help.  The Lions purchased grocery gift cards to give to the senior clients of Our Children Our Future and a few other seniors that the club members knew that just needed a little help.  Thank you to everyone their ongoing support of the seniors in our community.

Lions at Work During COVID-19

Submitted by: Valley East Lions Club

The Valley East Lions Club received $3,000.00 from the United Way Community Response Fund. The United Way was given the charge to administer the funds the Government of Canada had issued to assist seniors. These monies were used to purchase Metro/Food Basics gift cards. The gift cards were given to the Good Neighbour Food Bank and the St Vincent de Paul Food Bank for distribution to seniors that are registered  with them.
The related pictures are attached.

Lions Club of Sudbury

Submitted by: PDG Lion Harold Huhtanen – President
The Lions Club of Sudbury members along with Lions Ray Emmell and Zone Chair Bob Lachance planted 1090 trees north of Capreol as part of the 2020 project,  on Saturday. Pictured are Lions members Cyril and Rachel Southwell, Frank Perras, Ron Lundgren and President PDG Harold Huhtanen. Lion Bill Beaton did make the trip however a wrong turn saw him missing in action. Also in attendance was approximately 10,000 mosquitos and black flies. Fun was had by all.

Valley East Lions plant trees for 2020 Centennial

Submission by Valley East Lions Club

To celebrate the 100th year anniversary of Lionism in Canada, the Valley East Lions Club undertook a project to have 3,000 trees planted. Trees were planted on various properties of Lions family, neighbours as well as farms and the non-profit organization, Whinnying in Life. A great number of the seedlings were planted by Lions along the side of the river north of Capreol to help slow erosion.
Pour célébrer le 100ième anniversaire des Lions au Canada, le club des Lions, Valley East Lions, a choisi de faire planter 3 000 arbres. Les arbres ont été planté sur plusieurs parterres y inclus les Lions, leurs familles, leurs amis, leurs voisins ainsi que des fermes et un organisme à but non lucratif, ‘Whinnying in Life”. Une grande portion des puces d’arbre ont été planté par les Lions le long d’une rivière au nord de Capreol pour aider à réduire l’érosion.

Camp Ooch Virtual Get Together

Camp Ooch and Camp Trillium post video of virtual camp. (Camp Quality video not available yet) Both have been sidelined by COVID-19, however the spirit of the kids affected has not been. District A5 Governor Lion Debbra chose these two camps as her project for 2019 – 2020. Thanks to all the Lions Clubs in District A5, the camps would are well supported for when they return in 2021.

Dog Guides Donations Appeal

Submission by Lion Robert Kerr

Lions Foundation has been hit hard by COVID-19. The training facility is closed but expenses continue. Many corporations have had to withdraw from funding due to their own difficulties. For over 34 years, the Pet Valu Walk for Dg Guides has been the major fund raiser which due to social distancing has been cancelled. We are struggling to replace it with VIRTUAL WALK on May 31st. The Elliot Lake Lions Club is urging you to help us out. You can join us by going to www.walkfordogguides,com  and wander around the web site or go directly to our page by clicking: https://www.walkfordogguides.com/locations/team.cfm?ID=1685

 Please help us out by doing whatever you can to support our Foundation. We have two weeks to make a difference.

Please stay safe and well.
A-5 LFC Lion Robert Kerr

Spreading Warmth to Northern Residents

Congratulations Ferris Lions Club for ensuring warmth for our children. It definitely takes a village to raise a child and you’ve shown us how quickly something so vital can be undertaken and completed! Thank you Lions John Marcil for sharing this experience! Please see Lion John’s account of this project below.

By Lion John Marcil

As a Lion’s Club we received many requests to help and it’s not easy to choose which requests to support. In November 2019, the Ferris Lions learned of an opportunity to help a number of children in a small community in Northern Ontario this winter.

The opportunity was to provide winter jackets, scarves, toques and mittens to elementary students in Pickle Lake, ON. With the support of many partners and the community of North Bay at large, within three weeks we collected 5 full hockey bags of warm outerwear for these children. In total we collected 250 pairs of mittens and gloves, 160 toques, 50 pairs of socks, 53 scarves, 11 pairs of snow pants 20 infant snowsuits, 5 pairs of infant boots, 37 winter jackets and 300 chapsticks.

Pickle Lake is 1,618.5 km away from North Bay, ON that’s an 18 hour and 45 minute drive. This remote community is the farthest community you can drive to by road in the remote areas of the north.

Now that we had this massive amount of items, how were we going to get them all the way to Pickle Lake? Well with a number of very dedicated Santa helpers the five enormous hockey bags traveled from one stop to the next and changed hands several times over the period of a week until finally arrived in the school gymnasium.

This just goes to show that when you have a strong group of Lion’s members , big or small, and partners, any project can be successful. It doesn’t hurt to have a little Christmas Spirit working for you as well.