The Minnow Lake Lions club obtained a grant for the City of Sudbury to build garden beds. This is part of a community initiative open to all organizations that wish to take part. Minnow Lake Lions Club got enough supplies to build 8 elevated garden beds. Members started in early May to build the beds. After the prototype was constructed, the rest quickly were built. Next came the soil and planting. It took approximately 100 hours to do all the hard work. Now with a little help from Mother Nature and club members, we hope to have a bumper crop to help our even more people. Who knew we had so many “green thumbs” in our club.
The Minnow Lake Lions club finally received their Community Service award for volunteerism- group. This award was given in 2020, but due to co-vid, no presentation was ever done. The city decided to honour both the 2020 winners along with the 2022 winners in a ceremony this week. Congratulations to the Minnow Lake Lions for the recognition of their service to their community.
Recently the Minnow Lake Lions Club celebrated an 80th birthday for one of their members. Lion Leanne Furchner (the lady in yellow) is shown celebrating with her family and Lions family at their den. It is hard to believe this lovely lady is 80, she sure doesn’t look like it. She is one of the hardest working lions they have in their club.
Minnow Lake is a hardworking Lions Club and community partners benefit from those efforts. 2020 was a difficult year, yet Minnow Lake Lions were able to support the Salvation Army in the Christmas appeal by providing Lions to man the Kettles.
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.
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.
There’ s been a lot of Christmas spirit in Sudbury area this year. Minnow Lake Lions donated to the Salvation Army Christmas fund to the tune of $1,000 as well as donating 64 hours of service to attend the kettles at various location leading up to Christmas.
Minnow Lake Lions partnered with Our Children Our Future to host their annual Family Fun Day in August. The free event is held every year for the residents of Minnow Lake and area. Kids and parents alike had a great time. A bouncy castle, face painting, lots of great eats and treats and loads of fun, Service Professionals from Greater Sudbury Police, Fire Service and Paramedic services were on site, interacting with the kids, showing them the more playful side of Emergency Services.