Stephenville Lions Club Stands Up to Violence

February has been declared Violence Prevention Month by the Newfoundland and Labrador government. Communities across the province come together to spread the word of violence prevention throuPink Shirt Day dinner meetinggh many events and activities.

In Stephenville, the Bay St. George Coalition to End Violence, a Local Coordinating Committee funded through NL Violence Prevention Initiative issued a community challenge to all businesses, organizations, faith groups, schools and individuals to help promote the message that violence will not be tolerated in our communities. Each were encouraged to decorate their windows, door fronts and themselves in purple and/or pink, colors representing violence prevention.

February 22, 2017 was recognized as Stand Up day or Pink Shirt Day. A day that originated i 2007 when two Grade 12 students from Nova Scotia devised a plan for a group of students to come to school wearing pink shirts after a Grade 9 student was bullied and ridiculed for wearing a shirt of the same color days before.

Since that time Pink ShiPink Shirt Day Bingo (2)rt Day has grown to include businesses, organizations and schools across North America. This year Stephenville Lions Club joined the
sea of pink. On Valentine’s Day, during our monthly

meeting, members came wearing pink in support of Violence Prevention. On Monday, Feb. 20, 104 bingo patrPink Shirt Day Bingo (6)ons showed for their weekly game of bingo showcasing some item of pink. One senior gentlemen who said he didn’t own any pink, but in show of his support had his granddaughter paint his fingernails pink. Patrons were given a chance to win $25 worth of bingo cards for their efforts. Congratulations to Freda Chaffey.

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Stephenville Lions Club holds Level 1 Speak Out

Although it may have been 20170219_135337a small crowd gathered at the Stephenville Lions Club, the motivation and enthusiasm was large. Three students from Stephenville High gathered for a friendly competition for the title of Speak Out winner. 

Grade 11 student Radhika Verma, spoke eloquently on the advantages and benefits of multilingualism in our schools. While Stephanie Budden weighed in on the controversial topic of banning pitbulls and how she feels it isn’t the animal as much as the human who raises20170219_142508_001 them. Lesley Caines delivered an emotional presentation on how lack of mental health resources are failing our youth.

Following their 5 minute speech, each speaker responded to two questions posed by questioneers while they were scored on the delivery, material and their respective responses of their speech. With informed and emotional speeches on topics of value to each, all received well deserved congratulations from those in the audience.

Speak Out organizer, Lion Corinne Tulk,welcomed and addressed the group and spoke of the importance of maintaining the art of public speaking. How the method of delivery for communication is changing, but only public speaking offers emotion, information and insight.

Anyone who has ever had to stand in front of someone and speak their opinion knows how difficult public speaking can be, but these three young ladies made it look easy, which in turn made it difficult for the judges.

While all are winners in our eyes, ultimately only one can move forward to represent Stephenville Lions Club in the Regional Speak Out on Sunday, March 26, 2017 at 2 pm at the Stephenville Lions Club. Winners from level 1 Speak Outs in the southwest area of Newfoundland will compete for the chance to move on to the District Speak Out to be held in Port aux Basques in April.

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Speakers from Level 1 Stephenville Speak Out: (Left -Right) 3rd place: Stephanie Budden, 1st Place: Rahdika Verma; 2nd Place: Leslie Caines and Speak Out organizer, Lion Corinne Tulk

As for Stephenville’s winner, way to go Radhika…we know you will do us proud! Stay tuned folks…we’ll keep you posted on Radhika’s progress.