From the Lions Den October, 2017
After a hot, sultry summer, the Lions first general dinner meeting was held on a pleasant September 6th evening. 5 new guests joined us to enjoy a Sue Duncan meal, camaraderie and an introduction to how we talk about serving the community.
How do we thank so many individuals who pulled together to provide and cook salmon and chicken, organize the many servers and cooks, sell beverages, hotdogs, hamburgers, games of chance, and on and on, for our annual Salmon BBQ?
In the end we decided just to give a general “thank you” to so many who volunteered their time and talents Some of the helpers were not Lions members who just liked to donate their time and talents for the event. The weather was great, the music was wonderful, and the profits are put right back into the community. A total of $2,675, the result of the 222 fundraiser, will be donated to the Food Bank in October.
We discussed how the day went and members were advised to submit observations and reflections to help in the planning of next year’s annual event.
Days for Girls:
A thank you letter to the Lions from “Days for Girls” organizers stated that they received donations of $395 over and above the selling of lunch bags at the Salmon BBQ.
New Lions Logo signs:
You may have noticed that new Lions Logo signs are in place on the map in Village Bay, one is on the shed at Dinner Bay, and one will be placed at the dock in Miners’ Bay.
3 flagpoles at Miners’ Bay:
After installing the 3 flagpoles at Miners’ Bay, the permanent Canadian and Provincial flags have been joined by a Lions club flag. This 3rd pole is available for Mayne Island non-profit groups’ flags. To arrange for this short-term use, contact Alan Guy.
Take me out to the ball game:
A big thanks went to Rudy, Brian and Al for cooking up a storm for the local ball games this summer. The community responded well to satisfying appetites while enjoying an evening in the ballpark. The numbers attending went up with every game. Thanks also to Tara Walker for suggesting the idea and she had told us to be on the lookout for next year’s match schedules in the Mayneliner.
Terry Fox Run:
The brave souls who came out for the drenching Terry Fox Run on September 17 enjoyed the cover of the tents and the burgers and hotdogs provided by the Lions. What a great cause to support!
Our Charter Night evening will be November 18th this year. It has often been a good mix of Lions and general community. This special evening offers fine dining, music and dancing, a raffle and live auction, and the presentation of the 2017 Islander of the Year award. The cost is $30 per person and tickets will be available early in October.
Mayne Islander of the Year:
On that note, the public is invited to nominate a candidate for the Mayne Islander of the Year. If you have a nominee in mind, please make your submission through any Lions member before October 15. You may check the list of former recipients on the Lions webpage.
Mayne Islander of the Year Award Criteria:
Nominations must be in writing from a Mayne Island Lions Club member in good standing. A Lions Club member may forward a nomination from the general public.
Lions Club members are not to be excluded.
The nominee must have been a permanent resident of Mayne Island for at least five (5) years.
Submit a list of the volunteer service organizations with which the nominee has been associated showing their tenure and activities.
Our new District Governor:
Also coming up this fall are the District Governor, Joyce Boyle’s visit at the next meeting in October. As well, we are looking forward to another fall “Cook Off” with the school’s PAC group to raise funds for special equipment at the school. No date set yet.
We’re happy to be one of many groups who volunteer to support our special island community as we look forward to a great 2017-2018 year.
Lion Wayne Ming - RIP
Just as this goes to press, we have been notified of the sudden passing of Wayne Ming and are saddened by our loss. Wayne was the perfect example of our motto, “We Serve”. His hard work and buoyant spirit will be greatly missed by us and the other community services for which he volunteered. We wish Colleen and her family our sympathy and offer our support.