From the Lions Den May, 2018
The MI Lions have decided to look into purchasing porta potties for special occasions when the existing facilities are not convenient or available to handle large events such as the Tours des Isles. A few details need to be worked out, but hopefully they will soon be in use.
Encouraged by the April Open House for Mayne Island Groups, the Lions plan to organise a table at the farmers’ market every 2nd Saturday, offering members of different organizations an opportunity to take turns and to be on duty to answer questions about their services.
Our annual steak night for our club and the community members who have offered their support over the years was held at Dinner Bay on May 16. About 59 attended including some Lions from Saturna. The casual event was filled with conversation, lots of laughter and fun. The Saturna group who had been missing a porcelain Lion piggy bank were delighted to see an identical one was up for auction at the event. With a starting bid at $50, the backward bids soon arrived at $0.25. What a steal of a deal for our “southern neighbours”!
By the time this article is printed, the Lions’ Car “Rally” on May 26th will have come and gone. Hopefully this first-time event was fun. Let us know if you would enjoy a similar activity again!
The Lions and Church members are working together to reinstitute the Dog Show during the afternoon of July 1st. This was a very popular island event in the past. Jeff Hansen will be the MC and judges will be selected from the spectators. 2 hours of training will be offered to the most disobedient dog. The entry fee is $5 per dog. Burgers will be on sale and there will also be a photo booth.
Lions are looking forward to serving burgers and refreshments at the baseball games again this year, and it has been proposed that shut-ins and non-drivers may be offered transportation through the Lions and possibly MIALS.
5 members attended the District Convention in Parksville in April. Alan Guy thanked them for their work with the voting process. Bob Soper spoke to the group about the promotion of the Days for Girls by the Mayne islanders, organized by Bonnie Simmonds.
The Canada 150 project, a history of Japanese Mayne Islanders prior to WWII, presented on 2 Plaques, will be installed on the Dinner Bay Adachi Pavilion and the unveiling will take place later in the summer.
The school's annual Bike Rodeo on May 31st saw Lions helping out with parents and police to ensure that the students' bikes were safe to ride, and that they had the opportunity to practice riding skills as well.
Everyone is reminded that donations (suggested $10) for the phone book are much appreciated to help support our many activities that benefit the whole community. We have reached approximately $1300 towards our $2000 goal. Thank you to those who have contributed so far!