From the Lions Den December, 2018
Zone Chairperson Pat Spencer and her husband Russ attended our November 7 general meeting. Pat is from Salt Spring Island, and aside from the formalities of Lions international and local reports, she was able to be a resource for our discussion about local housing needs. Andrew Smith and Deborah Goldman were guest speakers from the Housing Society and garnered support from the Lions in the form of a letter of support. Another guest was Brian Bovet’s son, Scott.
Two new members, Bill Ball and Fred Musset received their memberships and were welcomed at this meeting during a brief induction ceremony led by Pat Spencer. Donna Dubock and Chris Redsell signed on as new members as well and we look forward to having another induction ceremony for them and others before too long. As a 47-year-old club, we are glad to see the transitions taking place in membership. Our female representation is growing but is still not as strong as the 32% average internationally!
Charter Night (submitted by Alan Guy)
The sold-out event, held at Mayne School gym on Saturday Nov. 17, was an enjoyable and successful evening. The attendees were a wonderful and eclectic mix of Lions, community and business leaders, newcomers to Mayne, and many, many long-time residents and friends.
A lot of people worked very hard to set-up the facility, to plan and cook, (employing 5 different chefs, a mix of lions and not yet lions, in 3 different locations!) and serve a truly outstanding meal, run the bar, and keep the wine flowing, (free with dinner!). There was music from Rufus Rockhead, there were generous donations of door prizes, a finely crafted toast to the Lions from Brian Crumblehume, and much camaraderie. You deserve the gratitude of us all.
Highlights of the evening included the announcing of the Mayne Islander of the Year, May McKenzie, a truly worthy winner. More details about May will follow in a future Mayneliner. Another highlight was the winning of a beautiful “I Spy” quilt by newcomer Lauren Edwards, whose 3rd granddaughter is due any day now. The quilt was designed, quilted and donated by Bonnie Simmonds. All monies from this raffle will go to the Days for Girls Program, being operated by Mayne Island Quilters Guild, and supported by the Lions. Check out the latest at the Days for Girls Project section.
Every one of the 120 seats was filled by a guest. The Mayne Island Lions certainly appreciate the community’s support. Thank you all for your contributions to a most enjoyable event.
In addition to Alan Guy’s summary of events, Lions President, Allen Slade announced that the Lions board of directors had decided to appoint Alan Guy Honorary Lifetime V.P. to the M.I. Lions to recognize his ongoing deep commitment and hard work for the Lions cause.
Dates to Remember for December:
December 12 Approximately 50 single seniors and 20 Lions will enjoy a Christmas social event at the Ag Hall
December 15 The Santa Ship will arrive at about 2:30 pm in Miners Bay. As usual, a team of reindeer will pull the fire engine up to the Ag Hall with Santa aboard.
Bingo follows later in the hall, doors opening at 7 pm for a 7:30 start.
Once again, we look forward to being part of the team that brightens the Japanese Gardens with colourful lights. Watch for announcements regarding opening night and the last night before take-down in January. We wish everyone on Mayne Island and their families and friends a very merry Christmas and good health and joy in 2019!