The Lions print up 222 tickets which sell for $20 each. Each Lion is expected to take a book of tickets and try to sell them to friends/family etc.
Each year , a new benefactor of the 222 draw is selected. This benefactor is publicized as the recipient of the funds raised in the 222 draw. They receive $2220 while ticket purchasers and the Lions receive the balance.
The draw takes place at the Salmon BBQ on the Labor Day Sunday. How it works is that all of the ticket buyers have their names written on to a huge prize board. Starting at noon on the Salmon BBQ, a Lion 5 draws tickets out of a drum. First ticket out receives a nominal prize (cash) but rest get nothing. As tickets are drawn out of drum, names are crossed off the huge board. This continues until there are only three (3) tickets left in the drum. Some other prizes are awarded – eg: ticket 50 gets some money, so does ticket 100 and 150 etc.
Once we are down to three tickets , the next one drawn gets $200, leaving only two tickets in the drum. If these persons are still on the Dinner Bay grounds, they might be asked if they wish to share the last two cash prizes - $200 and $800- each would get $500. If they choose to let Lady Luck determine the winner, the next ticket drawn gets the $200 prize and the last ticket drawn gets the $800 prize.
Summerfest is a celebration of summer as well as the passing of the gavel from the outgoing President to the incoming president. It is usually held at the Community Centre and entertainment is booked for the crowd. There is liquor served as well as a meal. Cost is usually $30 and couples (Lions) are encouraged to get their tickets early because if there are still spots available, the tickets are then opened up to the public. Capacity is usually 80 +-.
Usually held in November, Charter Night is a celebration of our Lions Charter that was granted 40+ years ago. It is a formal affair, with entertainment and a scrumptious meal. There is a cash bar. Charter Night is usually held at the school gym – capacity approx. 110.
Charter Night also has the presentation of the Mayne Islander of the year. Often, the recipient is not aware that they are the recipient so surprises are possible.
Single Seniors Night
Single Seniors night is just that – a night when the single seniors of Mayne Island are invited to a turkey dinner in preparation for Christmas. It is held in mid December at the Ag Hall. The meal is catered and wine is served with the meal. There is no cost to the Single Seniors and the Lions in attendance pay $20 for the meal.
The seniors are often asked if the would like to be picked up and driven to/from the event. Many do not like to drive at night.
There is usually some form of entertainment and of course, Mr. and Mrs. Claus pay a visit and give the seniors a small gift that they love to receive.
The Church Fair, usually held the second Saturday of July, is run by the church and its members. It is held on the church grounds. The Lions are involved as we provide the tents, tables and chairs for the event as well as help with setup and tear down. The Lions are also involved in the cooking of the hotdogs and hamburgers at this event.
The Fall Fair is usually held the third Saturday of August at the AgHall Fairgrounds. It is organized by the Agricultural Society but the Lions are involved with a Bingo, the setup and teardown of tables, chairs and tents as well as the cooking of hotdogs and hamburgers.
The Salmon BBQ is held on the Sunday of the Labor Day Weekend. The Lions buy and prepare Salmon meals as well as chicken for those who prefer an alternative. The meal costs $20 and involves most of the Lions members in one capacity or another. We set up all of the tents, tables and chairs on the Saturday and takedown at 5:00 on the Sunday. It is usually the new President and his partner who are the coordinators of the event but they get a great deal of help from outgoing president as well as others who have been involved over the years.
Lions coordinated event held at the school with all of the school children. Focus is on bike safety and skills. Usually one or two Lions head this up with help from a handful of others. Activity usually held in the spring during the week.
This activity is held on July 1 at Miners Bay Park. It is headed by the Royal Canadian Legion but the Lions members help with the cooking of hamburgers and hotdogs.
Terry Fox Run
This activity is headed up by Kathy Warning and Colleen Proctor of the Terry Fox group. It is held on the third Sunday of September and the run starts at Miners Bay Park. The Lions help out by setting up a few tents and cooking hotdogs and hamburgers.
Mayne Islander of the Year
This committee solicits nominations from the community for the recognition as Mayne Islander of the Year. The candidates are nominated by community persons who feel that the nominee has contributed a great deal to the community as a whole – volunteering and helping the community grow. A selection committee goes through the applications and decides on the best candidate. We try to keep the selection a secret so that the award can be made at Charter Night in November. The recipient receives a plaque and has his/her /their names on an other plaque in Dinner Bay Park.
Mayne Island Lions award scholarships to grade twelve students who are planning on attending a post secondary institution upon graduation. Applications are solicited and the applicant needs letters of recommendation from teachers and school administrators. A committee selects the best candidate and the name comes to the executive for acceptance. The award is for four years of study at $1500 per year.
The Lions club out of Bellingham, Washington brings a ship full of pirates and Christmas elves to the Gulf Islands, usually in early December. On this ship, Mr. and Mrs. Claus are escorted from Miners Bay Dock to the Ag Hall where kids receive gifts and candy. The Claus clan are “pulled” up the hill from Miners Bay on a fire truck which is pulled by Mayne Island Lions adorned with reindeer antlers.
This event is held at Dinner Bay Park in May and is a steak dinner prepared by Lions members for Lions members as well as a few non Lions (guests) who have helped out throughout the year with different activities. Cost is usually $25 except for helper guests.
The Lions put on a number of Bingos throughout the year – many held at the Ag Hall. Some of the Bingos are held off site – one is at Dinner Bay park during the Salmon BBQ, one is at the Fall Fair and is held under a tent on Dixon Road. Usually one Lion looks after organizing the event and others help out with ticket /card selling.
A committed group of volunteers, many of them Lions, help every Tuesday morning with the grooming of the gardens. They also help in December with the setting up of the lights and manning the cookie/cocoa station during the lite show.
One of the worldwide activities that the Lions are involved in is the collection of eyeglasses which are no longer needed by people in the first world but desperately needed in developing countries. We have collection bins throughout the island and the glasses are collected regularly and sent to a distribution center.
A group of Lions are responsible for the putting together of the Mayne Island phone book. They solicit advertisers and coordinate the logistics of getting the phonebook put together and distributed to the community. The phone book is the Mayne Island Lions Club's biggest single source of fund raising.
The Mayne Island Lions rent out a variety of celebration needs – tents, gazebos, tables, chairs, tablecloths, dinnerware etc. These rentals are mostly for weddings and on island parties but are also available for many of the societies on the island that use them, cost free, for their activities. This is a very good money making venture for the club. Lions are always needed to help with the setting up and taking down of the tents and table, chairs. A great way to get involved in the club.
A number of Lions are involved in the upkeep and maintenance of Dinner Bay in partnership with Parks. The Adachi Pavilion was a Lions project and our equipment shed is on site so this becomes a natural fit.