The Minnow Lake Lions have been growing community gardens at the club house this year. Harvest time is where many of the Lions reap the rewards of their hard work.
Kirkland Lake Lions joined forces with the KL Community Arts Committee, KL Museum of Northern History and KL Multicultural Group, to host our first year Arts & Cultural Fair, which was a huge success.
Thankful to local sponsors for their support which allowed free gate entry for the community to enjoy the main show, The Resilience Tour. Featuring local and international musicians, dancers and artists.
We were joined by our local classic car club, Road Legend Cruisers, as well as many local musicians that blessed us by performing half hour shows for the afternoon. Free inflatables were available, after the main show, for the families to enjoy while listening to the stage shows. Amazing day.
One special attraction was the Dunk Tank, our Lion Jim Malherbe was eager to sit on the hot seat and was a great sport for volunteering to be dunked.
In the group pic, from left to right Lions: Jeanette Foy, Jeanne Cloutier, Jen DeLenardo, Stella Malherbe, Jim Malherbe, Shanea Smith and Julia Spadetto-Forward. Manning our Sweet Treats tent where we featured Lions Tails (our version of a beaver tail but WAY BETTER, lol), cotton candy and homemade butter tarts! Of course, the sweets are always a huge hit! Also the perfect opportunity to market our Cotton Candy cart that we have available to rent in our community.
Ferris Lions of North Bay would like to give a big thank you to the North Bay Scouting group for all their help in their Annual Tag Day. This group of 18 Scouters will be participating at the Jamboree in Helsinki, Finland along with 14-15,000 other scouters. This donation is just a little help to get them on their way. Good luck to the Scouts on this big adventure.
Ferris Lions club was very pleased to welcome Virginia Elliot to their Lions meeting. Virginia lives in the North Bay district and is a new recipient of a Guide Dog from the Oakville Dog Guide School. She gave an interesting talk about her experience. Virginia Elliot is hearing impaired and was on the list for a dog for four years. She attended the school for seven weeks where they assessed her needs and she was matched up with her dog “Morley”. The Lions Guide Dog Foundation of Canada trains dogs for seven types of impairments.
The first Dog recipient from North Bay was in 1980. Lion Omer Lebland had to go to US Guide Dog foundation in Rochester, New York where he was paired up with a dog. As an interesting tidbit, that dog was from a line of dogs from President Ford.
Ferris Lions Club would like to give a big thank you to all who supported their BBQ draw fundraiser. Special thanks to Nippissing Propane, Walmart and Jeff and Tanis No Frills. Their winners are Shawn Gutzeit (BBQ), Marlene Bergeron ($500 Walmart Gift card) and K Jackson ($300 No Frills card). All proceeds will go back into helping the community. Ferris Lions rock!
It was a challenging year, but very proud of our club members who always come together to serve their community. The Ferris Lions club held a giant Yard Sale and BBQ to raise funds for them to help support their community. They would like to give heartfelt thanks to their members and the community for making their Yard Sale & BBQ a resounding success. Special thanks to their neighbours and Food Basics for their support.
Special shout out to Lion Laurie Marcil for hosting the event at her home and organizing our event.
As part of our A5 convention, the committee came up with a new idea. Each club was asked to send in a patch to make an A5 quilt. The patch was to represent the uniqueness of each individual club in our district. What started out as an idea, became a beautiful symbol of our district. Pictured here are the Dubreuilville Lions who’s club won the quilt. DG Carmen Portelance personally delivered the prize and even managed to let go of it. Dubreuilville does not have a clubhouse, so they have decided to let each member take the quilt for a day to their homes. Once everyone has had a chance to show off the quilt, there will be draw and one lucky member will get to keep the quilt. This is a beautiful legacy of A5 and the pride we all take in our northern District.