From the Lions Den December, 2017
Charter Night, November 18, was a fun celebration with a full crowd of Lions members, our larger community, and several off-island guests. We enjoyed food, door prizes and auctions, and dancing to Bob Connolly’s wonderful musical repertoire. Many thanks go to Sue Duncan and her helpers for a wonderful meal and pristine cleanup. The auction was lively with generous bidding and was especially exciting when one couple decided to divide and conquer by bidding against each other!
We are very grateful for the donations from these businesses for the live auction: Mayne Island Resort and Spa, Bennett Bay Kayaking, Home Hardware, Kim Fairall RMT, and Toby Snelgrove, photographer. Special thanks go to Bonnie Simmonds and all the members of the “Days for Girls Team” for the magnificent quilt to be auctioned. Finally, to our Mayne Island Lions volunteers and their significant others, we thank you for your various talents and efforts to make this a successful evening before, during, and after the event!
The funds from the auctions, the 50/50 draw and Bob Soper’s “Chase the Ace” as well as a Hidden doors games will go toward some very worthwhile causes including the food bank. The “Days For Girls” project will receive the funds raised by the quilt that was auctioned.
When Bill Warning announced Wayne and Colleen Ming as the recipients of the Islander of the Year award, a standing ovation gave support to the committee’s decision. The actual award will be presented to Colleen on December 9th, Wayne’s Day, a celebration of life, at Dinner Bay.
Research is on going for the Japanese history plaque that will be placed in the Adachi Pavilion in the spring. This will give information on the Dinner Bay area as well as the broader farming community and the contributions made by the Japanese Canadians prior to their expulsion from our coast during WWII.
December 9th will be a very busy day! The Santa Ship is expected to arrive at about 2:30 pm. Christmas Bingo will be held at the Ag Hall at 7:30 pm and the proceeds go toward post-secondary scholarships for local youth. Finally, to brighten up the longer nights and shorter days, there will be a sneak preview of the Christmas lights in the Japanese Garden at Dinner Bay!
The Single Seniors Christmas Dinner will be held on December 13th at the Ag Hall.
December 1st is the deadline to submit changes to keep your information up to date in the Mayne island phonebook. Whether it is for your residential information, a change or addition to your contact numbers, or to advertise your business, the process is very simple. Select http://www.mayneislandlions.org in your browser and click on phone book to be guided through the steps. No promises here, but if you have not submitted your changes yet, and do so immediately, your data might be accepted.
We take this opportunity to thank Mayne Islanders for their support during 2017 and wish everyone much happiness and good health during this season of celebration.