Stephenville Lion helps Fort Mac fire victims

img_20160924_200855_803Stephenville Lion Ron McIsaac’s life was changed as his eyes focused on the disaster caused by a ravaging fire that left thousands of Fort MacMurray residents without a roof over their heads, many fleeing with nothing but the clothes on their backs.

An active volunteer with the Red Cross, Lion Ron deployed twice following the disaster that affected all of this country. With many loved ones working in Fort Mac, this disaster hit many Newfoundlanders close to home.

“My needs were quite different than theirs,” he said recalling his experience to fellow Lion members during a training session.

Recently, Stephenville Lions participated in First Alert, disaster management training that prepares volunteers to be ready when disaster strikes. “It’s gratifying and heartbreaking at the same time,” he recalls.

Struggling with his emotions he spoke of his work in Alberta as a Red Cross case worker assessing displaced residents’ needs. He went on to say that as a Lion, our motto is “We serve” and what better way than to help someone in their most vulnerable time of need. 

He encouraged those in the room, if given the opportunity to be involved with the First Alert program, to take the opportunity. Of his training and Fort Mac experience, he said, “It was very rewarding in many ways, I did my part helping people who needed it”

It’s been a busy year!

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June 30th marked our year end, the numbers have been tallied and they tell just how busy we’ve been at the Stephenville Lions Club.

Our building was in use 305 of the 365 days in our year, with over 400 activities taking place, some days with more than one activity going on. There’s been bingos, community cafes, meetings, training, craft sales, weddings, baby showers, celebrations of life, anniversary and birthday parties…and so much more. Many a dart has been thrown and a jig danced. We are truly happy to have been a part of so many special memories and occasions.

In 2015-2016 the Stephenville Lions Club has raised and donated over $60,000 to local and provincial groups and charities.

From our very own Lion Max Simms Memorial Camp for children of all ages with disabilities to the assistance of building a new playground for them. We have supported the Bay St. George Sick Children’s Foundation, Sir Thomas Roddick Hospital, Janeway Children’s Hospital, Children’s Wish Foundation. MS Society, IWK, Canadian Cancer Society-Young Adults Cancer, ALS and others.

Over $18,000 supported our youth through Breakfast programs, athletic groups, book fairs, Identification kits, Christmas parties, scholarships and more.

We have donated the cost of renting our building to partnering community agencies and groups to the tune of $4500 to offset the costs of the work that they do.

The Stephenville Lions Club continues to pride ourselves on being a community-first service organization and will continue to strive to make our community stronger and better for everyone.

We thank each and every one of you who have participated in any of our events, rented our building, used it for business or social gathering. It is because of you we are able to continue strong in Stephenville.

If you are someone who wants to give back to their community, enjoys meeting new people and learning new things, check out the Stephenville Lions Club. We hold our meetings on the second Tuesday of the month and we welcome you to join us!

For more information contact us by Facebook or by email at stephenvillenllionsclub.ca.

Here’s to a great 2016-2017 year with you joining us!