Message from our Governor

Re-imagining: Lionism Changing to meet new challenges

Lionism as WE knew it will be forever changed by COVID and the new realities facing the World. WE are sharing this video of the District Governor to not only engage Lions but to put a call out to those in Communities who WE need to join our ranks and help US adapt to our new reality. YOUTH and those who are technologically aware, and current Lions embracing the change will help Lead us into using the new technologies and achieving a more vibrant Organization. In this speech the topics of innovation, resilience, finding ways to serve, driving Lionism forward, finding ways to put our dedication into action, serving safely, emerging stronger, reimagining Clubs, and learning new skills/technology are all touched upon. More importantly they highlight the real possibilities/opportunities WE will have and new members who join us will have in taking the power of WE into a brighter, stronger, and successful future…ROAR!!Please share/like this message as when you share this message on your own wall or with groups you joined on Facebook it reaches many more people in all the Communities.

Posted by Lions District A5 on Sunday, October 4, 2020

DGLion Anne Dechaine addresses Lions in District A5.

Green Capes ‘Super Pup’

Green Capes has released their 2021 Calendar for sale until November 2020.

Place your order for delivering in late November. Perfect Christmas present! This calendar has it all, function and that adorability factor of puppies.

These aren’t just any puppies, they are being trained to become service dogs and any of them could, one day, be serving in a neighbourhood near you. Green Capes supports Dog Guides and your purchase of a calendar ensures more puppies can become of valuable service to someone in any community.

Calendars are being pre-sold at the link SuperPupCalendar.ca/NorthEastOntario.

2020-2021 DG Lion Anne Dechaine

As your newly inducted A5 District Governor, I offer these few words.
Firstly, a heartfelt thank you for your support. With full dedication I will do my best to
represent all A5 Lions.
During this global pandemic, Einstein’s quote: “In the middle of every difficulties lies
opportunity” resounds. Let us all take this as our challenge this coming year. As we ride
the COVID 19 wave, let us be innovative and creative and let us empower each other
and our clubs to redefine our services. A Lion’s purpose is humanitarian service; much
needed during challenges throughout all times.
Also, 2020 is our year for celebration – 100 years of Canadian service.
Therefore, together, INSPIRIT, as we serve, let us shine even more. Our opportunity rises
in this challenging time.

A Challenging Finish to DG Lion Debbra’s Year

Lion Keld, provided a photo of (then 1st VDG) Lion Debbra and him above her banner at the 2019 Convention venue.

2020 produced quite a start to the year for Lion Debbra. COVID 19 was spreading throughout the world silently passing from one person to the next during a brief time when we were unaware of its deadly path. January was the last meeting of the Cabinet and March was the end of all face to face meetings. We became familiar with new phrases, ‘social distancing’, ‘self-isolation’, ‘global pandemic’ and realized our world had changed and our ability to work within it would have to change as well.

The Convention planning, well underway was cancelled and the Convention Committee began meetings via Zoom to work through the process of shutting everything down while meeting our obligations to Lions Int’l in terms of our AGM. Interesting times.

Through it all, DG Lion Debbra encouraged Lions to continue doing what they always do – serve! But, how to do that now? Of course Lions always find a way and some of the restrictions required dictated adaptations to find a new way of serving our communities.

Did we always get it right, probably not, but, the communities we serve needed us to continue trying.

To DG Lion Debbra, 1st DG Lion Anne, 2nd DG Lion Carmen, GAT Team Chairs, Zone Chairs and Committee Chairs, thank you for your strength during this time, for finding ways to move forward and for letting all of the Lions of District A5 know, they can and will continue to serve, albeit in a new way.

Minnow Lake Lions, Treat Frontline – Long Term Care Home Workers

New Liskeard Lions Support Temiskaming Hospital Foundation

Representing the New Liskeard Lions Club, Manju Dagalle (right) Temiskaming Hospital Foundation Rep – Micke Baker (left)

Each year, New Liskeard Lions donate $12,000 divided semi-annually as part of an overall commitment to donate $60,000 to the Temiskaming Hospital Foundation. Social distancing may have limited the number of attendees that could be present, but, the Lions Clubs community spirit is still intact.

Bruce Mines Aids Food Bank

A5 is very proud of our Lions Clubs this year. Bruce Mines and District Lions Club recognized a need in their Community and then responded to that need generously.

The Bruce Mines and District Lions Club made a donation of $500 to the Bruce Mines and Area Food Bank.

Lions Club President Cheryl Harvey and Food Bank President Jennifer MacMillan.

This picture once again shows how Lions Clubs in A5 are still serving their Communities during this Health Crisis and in doing so are making a real difference to those in need….ROAR!!