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.
The Walden Lions teamed up with the Sudbury Police to help youth in our area by supporting the “SPYDR” program. Sudbury Police Youth Dirt Riders aka SPYDR is a free mountain bike program for youth ages 12-17. Some biking experience is required to join the team of riders. Youth are referred by Greater Sudbury Police Services members or other community partners/agencies. The criteria for a referral is a youth deserving and in need of an opportunity to participate in a free athletic activity while interacting with police in a positive environment. Some have been identified as having more risk factors than protective factors and most if not all would not normally have this kind of opportunity.
The program runs for 8 weeks throughout the summer beginning in July and ending in August. This program is run by School Resource officers, youth safety coordinators and historically has been open to anyone within the service who wished to participate on their own time and volunteer.
Some of the learning opportunities are as follows- but not limited to: proper bike inspection & maintenance, introduction to bike components, rules of the road, riding abilities, bike repairs, team building and an opportunity to build self-confidence. It is about respect for themselves, others, and their property and others. Throughout the program, our police mentors provide opportunities to discuss healthy positive decision making.
Another great way that the Lions are helping youth in our communitee.
On behalf of Principal Linda Rochetta-Legacy, Vice Principal Allison Vance, St. Paul Catholic School, is presented a Lions Quest Canada School Certificate by Sault Ste. Marie Lions members: Past President Jim Russell and District A-5 Second Vice Governor David Kidd.
Lions Quest Canada is a PreK to Grade 12 Educational Program specifically designed for educators and focuses upon the healthy social-emotional development of our youth. This year the District A-5 Lions Organization provided over $19,000 worth of Lions Club International Foundation funding for approximately 50 educators to receive Lions Quest Canada SEL training and educational resources. The Sault Ste. Marie Lions Club has been very active in helping to roll out this District A-5 Grant opportunity to educators within the city and area.
Special congratulations to St. Paul Catholic School as 23 of its staff chose to participate in this special training, receiving over $8,000 worth of Lions funding to do so. Way to go, St. Paul Catholic School! Way to go, Sault Ste. Marie Lions Club!
Lion Hedi and her canine vision dog Tinky were manning the table at the Lions Club Information Booth held at the Station Mall in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. An important part of Lions nowadays is to get the word out about Lions and our projects that we do. Lion Hedi got to educate people about canine vision and the great work that the Lions do. Good work Sault Ste. Marie Lions.
In the top picture from left to right is A5 Diabetes Chair Lion Blaine Lachance, A5 District Governor Lion Carmen Portelance, Telethon Chairman Lion Sam Khoury, Telethon Co-Chair Lion Bob Lachance, Lion Jeanne Lachance
District A5 Lions has always been a big supporter of Camp Huronda, one of the Diabetes camps in Ontario. Many of our clubs are also big supporters of the CTV Lions Children’s Christmas Telethon. When the clubs found out that Camp Huronda needed major repairs after 2 years being shut down, our Telethon stepped up to the plate. To support the children in our area that attend the camp, the Telethon made a donation of $10,000.00 to help with much needed repairs. Congratulations to all of the telethon supporters and Lions clubs for their generous support.
The Whitefish Lions have had a long time relationship with R.H. Murray Public School. As part of the collaboration between the groups, the students from grade 7 & 8 joined the Lions to pick up garbage along almost 2 miles of roadway. Thank you to Principal Chris Bourre and R.H. Murray Public School and all who assisted! We want to thank also the City of Greater Sudbury for providing us with the bags, safety apparel and picking up the full garbage bags, Leuschen’s Transport for providing the school bus and Christine Giblin for driving the bus.
The Lions are coming out of hibernation. Many of our Clubs have not been meeting in person due to the pandemic and the age of our members. Well, Powasson Lions held a pancake breakfast to celebrate after a long hiatus. Not only pancakes were on the menu, so was bacon, ham, sausage, eggs, toast, juice and in case you ate too much, coffee to wake you up. The community came out to support their Lions and everyone enjoyed getting together once again.
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.