“It’s been a fantastic year!” This was the sentiment declared by King Lion Dave Rex during the year end’s Surf and Turf dinner meeting on June 14, 2016. With 25 members of the Stephenville Lions Club in attendance, along with members from the Stephenville Lioness Club, family members and special guests it was a night to celebrate and have fun.
King Lion Dave proudly declared this year to have been one of the busiest and most productive one he can remember. It has been an objective of the local club in the past couple of years to bring awareness and publicity of the community organization and this year they’ve succeeded. Being home to several outside organizations and groups including Brownies, Cadet’s Bingo, the monthly Community Cafe to name a few. King Lion Dave announced that of the 365 days in this past 12 months, the Lions Club has been in use 300 of them, with 456 group usages, sometimes with two events ongoing simultaneously. He went on to say that of these 300 events, 250 of them were attended by Lions members, resulting in 3000 volunteer hours. Nearly $52, 000 have been donated
back into the community.
So, needless to say, it’s not only been a fantastic year, but “a busy year!” King Lion Dave continued to say that it takes a lot of dedication and commitment from members to continue to promote our building and our club, with one in particular. King Lion Dave was proud to honour Lion Jenice Marche, bookings manager, as Lion of the Year, for her outstanding devotion to promoting the Stephenville Lions Club as a viable venue for just about any event including weddings, dart tournaments, celebrations of life, even business meetings and training sessions. “Lion Jenice has faced her own personal issues with a sick husband back and forth to St. John’s yet, of those 300 events, she single-handedly opened the doors and let these people in, sometimes as early as 7 am.”
Throughout the evening, special guests were recognized, including Mayor Tom O’Brien, who, as King Lion Dave describes, “exemplifies the motto of Lionism…”We Serve.” Mayor O’Brien offered a huge thank you on behalf of the community and highlighted how many organizations in this community depend on the Lions and Lionesses for many things.
Described as a “Powerhouse in this town with our youth,” Rosie Ryan Forsey thanked the club for over 30 years of support to the youth in our town. She went on to say, “the Stephenville Lions Club has been very supportive of our sports teams, and would never exist without the support of community organizations like the Lions Club. She thanked the club for their most recent show of support in the purchase of team uniforms for the track and field athletes and how the youth were very proud to be wearing them as they crossed the finish line. She also added, “It’s not a family that raises kids these days, its a community.” King Lion Dave surprised Rosie with a presentation of a Lions Quest Fellowship for her unwavering devotion and dedication to the youth in our community. Rosie now joins Mayor O’Brien as the second non-Lion citizen in Stephenville to receive a Lions honourary title.
Debbie Noseworthy, another guest of the evening, has become known, not just by Stephenville Lions members, but has earned a reputation among other clubs for being the one person who has made and donated over 12 quilts to the Lion Max Simms Memorial Camp. There have been many quilting clubs to make a group effort, but Debbie is the only single individual to do that many. She was approached by another guest with an offer to purchase the materials for another quilt if she agreed to make it. Debbie has been made a life member of the Lion Max Simms Camp by the Stephenville Lions Club.
Among other presentations of the evening were Life Membership to Lions Foundation of Canada. Recipients of this award were: Lions Val Hulan, Erle Barrett, Clarence Gallant, Derrik McKay and Winston Kennedy.
Past District Governor and Stephenville Lion John Framp inducted the newest member to the Lions family. Kim Kendell was warmly welcomed after she took the oath and pledged to serve her community as a Lion. The last piece of business for the evening was the induction of the incoming Board of Directors for the upcoming year. Lion John upon charging each executive member with their new roles and responsibilities, took a moment to sincerely thank Lion Dave Rex for his outstanding dedication to the club, and how under his leadership the club has grown and blossomed into one of the top clubs in the province and country. “It has been our privilege to have been a part of this club under your direction..thank you for such service.”
As a final farewell, as the gavel is passed from King Lion Dave Rex to incoming King Lion Henry Hedderson, each member of the Stephenville Lions Club was awarded a club jacket to wear proudly as they continue to promote and build this fabulous club.
Lions, let me hear you ROAR!
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