The Onaping Falls Lions is at it again. With the lifting of co-vid restrictions, they decided to celebrate their “comeback” in a big way. They held an induction ceremony to bring in another 8 new members to their club, two of these new members are graduates from the Leos Club. In total, the club has added 16 new members to their ranks. You may not think that is a large number, but to a District that has clubs ranging from 6-45 members each, this is a huge deal. Also pictured here is the Leo’s mascot, 5 year old Ellie who is planning to become a Leo as soon as she is old enough. Our future District Governor, in a few years. Congratulations to Onaping Falls Lions on winning the District A5 Membership Growth award for all of your hard work bringing in new members.
District Governor Debbra Christiansen accepts a cheque for $500 from Onaping Falls Lions Club for one of the projects for her year. Camp Quality provides children with cancer with a week of being a kid, not just a kid with cancer.
The Onaping Falls Lions Club hosted their first free community Christmas supper for the residents of Onaping, Levack, Dowling and Cartier at the Dowling community centre. Community groups joined the Lions donating items, helping to decorate, prepare and serve the wonderful meal. Thank you community partners, Knights of Columbus, Golden Age Club, Royal Canadian Legion, Roger’s Valu Mart, Kellys Restaurant, Falls Food and churches in the local area.
A bus was hired to transport people who had no other transporation from Levack and Onaping to the dinner. Several vans brought those attending from Cartier. More than 325 dinners were enjoyed by attendees, as well as 30 take-out meals for those not able to attend.
MPP France Gelinas, Mayor Brian Bigger and Ward 3 Councillor Gerry Montpellier attended.
Each person attending received a free penny table card for prizes. The Onaping Falls Leos attended a craft table to entertain the younger set. Santa didn’t fail to make an appearance and handed out surprise bags, candy canes and gifts to all of the children.
Before the party started, the workers presented a surprise 80th birthday cake to Lion Bernadette Desbiens, mother of Lions Sylvia and Lorraine.