The Lions Club of Sault Ste. Marie had some special guests at its Dinner Meeting on April 12th. International Director Allen Snider travelled from Niagara-on-the-Lake to present a special award from Brian E. Sheehan, Lions Club International President, and a chevron recognizing 70 years of long-term service to Past District Governor Lion Peter Bissonnette. Peter’s sons, Bill and Donald also Past District Governors, and his daughter-in-law Dianne also attended the surprise celebration.
The Chevron Program recognizes Lions for their long-term service beginning at 10 years and continuing in five year increments until 75 years of service. Other Lions that received their chevrons that evening included: Cheryl Pavoni and Zak Good – 10 years, Rick Boucher -15 years and Ron Anderson – 50 years!
Peter became a Lion in Arthur, Ontario in 1953 following in his father’s footsteps. Over the years he was in the Lucknow, Teeswater, Ripley, Fort Erie and then St. Davids and District Lions Club where his wife Grace joined the Lioness Club. Lion Peter moved to the Sault and transferred to the Lions Club of Sault Ste. Marie in 2021.
He has been the recipient of many awards over the years including the Melvin Jones Fellowship, Brian Stevenson Fellowship, Helen Keller Award, Quest Fellowship and an International President’s Medal. He received the title of International Councillor as 100% District Governor in 1964-65, the last year this title was awarded.
Lion Peter was very proud of his awards but his greatest pride was to see his two sons become District Governors and they attended several international conventions together. Counting all the years the three generations have had in Lionism, Peter’s father Neill, Peter, his two sons, and Peter’s wife, it adds up to over 240 years!
“Thank you again to Past District Governor Lion Peter for dedicating 70 years to Lionism, for helping those less fortunate and for making a difference in the lives of all the communities he has served. “
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!
The Sault Ste. Marie Lions Club held a Trunk and Treasures community Event in the parking lot of the Moose Lodge. Lions baked goods, organized, donated and sold items at the event. In addition, members of the general public also set up their trunks at the unique community yard sale. It was a wonderful day and the Lions enjoyed being with one another. All of the monies raised will go back to the community. What a great way for the Lions to get back out in the community and make their presence known after a long co-vid isolation.
The first 3 photos are in relation to the Sault Ste Marie Lions Club presenting a Lions Quest Information Booth during Children’s Mental Health Week, at the invitation of Algoma Public Health. In the first photo, the members present are President Cheryl Pavoni, Lions Quest District Chair Barb Perry, Carrie Jones of Social Services and Lion Kim Carter, Lions Quest Team. The third photo includes two of our Lions Club members: Lion Meagan Grisdale and Lion Trevor Fisher.
The fourth photo is of a current Sault Ste Marie grade 4 classroom that has embraced the Lions Quest Program