Lions Serving it up Hot! World Wide Week of Service to Fight Hunger

7560! That’s 20170112_112656_HDRthe number of hot meals that has been served at the Stephenville Lions Club in the past five years during the Southwestern Housing Stability Initiative’s Community Cafe. Partnering with the Stephenville Lions Club, this collaboration of community-minded organizations, business, governmental departments, service and faith groups, address issues regarding homelessness and housing stability.  Since October 2011 the Stephenville Lions Club has been the home of the monthly Community Cafe.

Community members from all avenues of life are invited in to enjoy a freshly made, hot meal with a little something sweet to follow. The welcoming environm20170112_111921_HDRent offers a friendly atmosphere to meet new friends, catch up with ones not seen for a spell, all while enjoying a delicious meal…all for no cost.  Patrons are invited to sit while someone tends to their lunch needs. Local musicians volunteer each month and entertain with toe-tapping music and song.

With friendly smiles and heart-warming hugs, the Community Cafe has grown over the years into a family, a family of inclusion. Whether you struggle with mental health issues, are in between addresses, a senior or a child, receive social assistance or deliver the cheque all are welcome to join the Lions and other volunteers for lunch.
January 9-15, 2017 is t20170112_112343_HDRhe Lions World Wide Week of Service to Fight Hunger and the Stephenville Lions Club is doing it’s part this week and every month through the Community Cafe. On Thursday, Jan. 12, volunteers, including 13 Lions, served 124 meals for free…what a fantastic feeling!

Best thing is, we get to do it all again next month!

 

 

Miss Teen Newfoundland and Labrador visits Stephenville Lions Club

On October 23, 2016 life changed for Kippens native Jessica Skinner. At 16 years old, among her peers, she received the honour and title of being named Miss Teen Newfoundland and Labrador jessica-skinner-named-miss-teen-nl-2017-31594762017.

Over the past couple of months, life has become a whirlwind of activities, opportunities and time management. During our monthly dinner meeting, Jessica shared some of her experiences with the Stephenville Lions Club. She spoke of “this incredible opportunity.” How she is excited to have this first-hand chance to see her province through very different eyes. She shared how she was honored to visit children at the Janeway Hospital, and to hear each of their stories.

She confided that she was initially drawn to the “pretty dresses and photo shoots” but has been touched by this opportunity. With an high achievement for academics and active in her community and school, Jessica credits many of her “good friends” for helping her keep on top of things. Though she is called away many weekends from her friends, she is thankful for the support of her family, especially her mom, Dr. Michelle O’Quinn.

20170110_190653_hdrDuring a question and answer period Jessica confided her future aspirations to follow her mom’s footsteps and study ophthalmology next year.

While she still enjoys the pretty dresses and photo shoot, she will “never forget this experience. It has opened (my) eyes and inspired me.”

Lion Dave Rex complimented Jessica on her many achievements and her positive attitude in giving back to her community, “You’re a Lion without the vesimg_01751t” he told her.

The Stephenville Lions Club commends Jessica on her achievements and wishes her every success during her reign as Miss Teen NL, and during her future studies.