Many gathered at the Stephenville Lions Club, Tuesday, April 11, 2017 to celebrate the momentous occasion, rarely to many get to celebrate. 64 Years Strong! One has to wonder if, when a few men gathered together back in 1952 to discuss the possibility of a Lions Club in the Stephenville area, if any believed it could be possible that 64 years later the Stephenville Lions Club would be still going strong and improving the lives of those in the local area and beyond?
Well that is just the case! Celebrating the achievements and the Lions movement with both the Stephenville Lions and Lioness Clubs were over 60 members, family members, community supporters and district officers.
A night of fun, food and fellowship…such as is the life of a Stephenville Lion. Led by MC Lion Dawn Barrett the evening unfolded with laughter and congratulations all around. Tail Twister Lion Larry Wilcox, as usual, entertained the group with his wit and humourous banter, to only escalate the laughter when joined by Lion Dawn.
Congratulations and greetings were brought from the Town of Stephenville by Councillor Don Gibbons. He spoke how the Lions have played a major role in the Town of Stephenville. From their involvement in the BSG Sick Children’s Foundation Curling Bonspiel, Block the Bus to the Sir Thomas Roddick Hospital Foundation and all between. “We applaud every single Lion and Lioness for everything they do. It is an honour to stand in the Lions Clu on this 64th and 63rd anniversary.”
Lion Winston Kennedy and Lion Patricia Wilcox led the others in raising their glass to salute the Charter members of both clubs: Lion Eric Lomond (St. George’s 1965), Lion Harold Wells (Stephenville Crossing, 1956) and Lioness Minette Shave (Stephenville, 1953) for their vision and continuous dedication to the Lion family. Lioness Minette Shave thanked everyone, adding “I can’t believe I’ve been in this long.”
Special Guest speaker District Governor Valerie Clarke began by congratulating the Stephenville Lions Club on continuing to be active in their community, also bringing greeting from International President Bob Corlew and his wife Diane. She spoke about the long list of service the Lions contribute and offer the people of this area, presenting her district banner to King Lion Henry and thanking him for his continuous leadership.
Her enthusiasm and energy was contagious as she pointed out her three main goals for her year as District Governor, and how the Stephenville Lions Club played a major role in achieving those goals. As she prepared to induct four new members, she thanked the club “for doing your share to increase membership,” stating that presently, District N-3 is leading the country in membership growth. “Inductions are the best part of being a DG” she added.
Making an oath to do their part in continuing the Stephenville Lions Club legacy of serving their community were new Lions: Sharlett Samms, Charity McNabb, Karen Young and Laurie Hynes.
While all Lions contribute to their club and the betterment of their community, sometimes, one comes along that makes such an impact on their fellow Lions lives, they can’t be forgotten even after they’ve passed. One such Lion for the Stephenville Club was Lion Sam Shea. Known for his banter, humour and wit, MC Lion Dawn Barrett paid a special tribute to Lion Sam by sharing his personal pin collection with the Lion members. “Lion Sam put alot of hard work into the Lions Club, but he also believed it is about having fun and giving.” Marg Shea, Lion Sam’s wife thanked everyone for continuing to remember Sam and for including her in their celebration. Lion Dave Rex stood and continued the honour by giving a short recitation on Sam Shea.
To add to the cause of celebration, Lion Erle Barrett stood and thanked Lion Derrik McKay and all Lions involved in the Indian Head Coop/Stephenville Lions Club 50/50 Charity Program. He went on to add that due to this partnership, the program has donated over $67,000 to local groups, clubs and organizations to continue paying it forward.
64 years strong and many more to go! What fun we will have, what good we will do! Who wouldn’t want to be a part of something this good? How about you? Join us!
Where there’s a need, there’s a Lion!
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