From the Lions Den July, 2017
Summer is finally here, and the Lions Club is ramping up for its involvement in the various community events. Although we do not have general meetings in July and August, our members will be out in force, cooking burgers, setting up tents, tables, gazebos and chairs. The executive members will be meeting with our new president, Allen Slade, making plans for our 2017 - 2018 year.
Our greeters for the Tour des Iles were out during the June 23 to June 25 sunny weekend, welcoming boat passengers coming to Miners Bay and to Horton Bay.
We will be participating at Canada Day and have completed the installation of the triple flagpoles. This gives flexibility for different events so that a Canada flag, a BC flag, and a special events flag can all be flown at the same time. Special thanks goes to Peter Hansche who designed and built the steel “tabernacle” pole supports that were set in concrete by our Lions’ crew.
The first couple of burger and hotdog sessions at the Dinner Bay ball games have happened and seem to be going successfully. Thanks to chefs Brian Dearden, Kit and Al Mitchell. The games are alternate Wednesday evenings and if you haven’t been to a ball game in awhile, watching Mayne vs Saturna is always exciting. It’s great to know even before the season starts that both teams will be in the finals. (Unless a 3rd team joins their league.).
At our June general meeting, we watched the video of the history of the Adachi Pavilion at Dinner Bay. It is always good to look back and appreciate the skills, planning and hard work of the Lions and other community members who have done so much for Mayne Island.
Brian Dearden served his final meeting as our president. We thank him and his executive for all the work accomplished this year. Brian will continue on as our past president.
A big “thank you” goes out to Bill Warning who has been expertly organizing our equipment and crews for our rentals for a few years. He will still be involved but is passing the torch on to someone new to be the new chief.
Congratulations to Alex Holiove, for being the successful recipient of the Fred Greenslade scholarship, funded by the Lions. We wish him well in his studies at BCIT.
Member Tara Walker’s request for assistance in helping the Mayne Island School bring its technological equipment up to date resulted in our planning a joint venture with the school PAC to have a Fall Cookoff fundraiser. Should be fun and delicious.
The Recycling Centre is now joining Gulfport Realty, Home Hardware, the Health Centre and the Thrift Shop as a drop off location for used eyeglasses. We repeatedly remind everyone how helpful these glasses are to those in countries where they are needed.
Alan and Janet Guy will be attending the International Lions Convention in Chicago, June 30-July 4. This is the 100th celebration of Lions and representatives from 120 countries will be joining together “marching side-by-side down the streets of the host city during the Parade of Nations.” Must be quite a sight. I’ve seen the spectacular July 4th fireworks over Lake Niagara from the Chicago beaches and do hope they have a chance to see them!
For a brief preview of the 100 year anniversary celebration surf on over to here:
You will see us out in force at Canada Day, the Church fair, the Fall Fair and the Salmon BBQ on the Labour Day weekend. The 222 draw tickets are presold and the winners are selected at the Salmon BBQ. The funds from the draw go to the Food Bank Drive this year.