It’s been a busy, fulfilling year for the Stephenville Lions Club. Our fiscal year came to an official close on June 30th and it’s been a jam-packed 12 months. Reports submitted to Lions Club International indicates that our members have logged nearly 6400 service hours and impacted over 25,000 people. That’s AMAZING! Margaret Mead is famous for her quote, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” She was certainly right about that, maybe she was a Lion member? If not, then she should have been!
Donating over $62,000 this year to a variety of community services, organizations and charities, the Stephenville Lions Club continues to make an impact in the Bay St. George area. Funds raised from craft fairs, bingo, breakfasts all help support great causes such as the homeless and those struggling with housing stability; Dog Guide programs, Special Olympics and the Red Shield to name just a few.
We’ve had many successful partnerships throughout the year, some new and some continuing, regardless, all beneficial. Special thanks to the Stephenville Heritage Committee, Salvation Army, Housing Stability Initiative, Community Education Network, Aunt Jean’s Place, Community Youth Network, BSG Status of Women, 708 Cadets, Brownies, Winter Carnival Committee, Stephenville Leisure and Recreation, CHANNAL and many more for joining us in improving the lives of many who live, play and work in the Bay St. George area.
One of our greatest partnerships is joining with the Indian Head Coop and creating the 50/50 Charity program. In 2016-2017 in addition to the $60,000 we donated through our club, we have, with the Indian Head Coop, donated $52,000. We are proud of the assistance we have been able to offer organizations, schools, and charities during this application program such as the breakfast program, our emergency food bank, search and rescue and the Addiction Recovery Drop in Center and so many more.
Our club members have participated in craft fairs, hospital visits and sat with our seniors. We’ve purchased school supplies for Block the Bus and children in Nain. We’ve cleaned our beach area and collected eye glasses for our Recycle for Sight project. We’ve read to children and celebrated our youth during International Youth Day!
Members have taken many steps in finding a cure for cancer during the Terry Fox Walk and encouraged our communities to keep our women safe during Take Back the Night Walk. We’ve been working hard, but we’ve had lots of fun along the way. Our members have thrown a few rocks during BSG Sick Children’s Foundation curling bonspiels and answered the telephone to take pledges during the hospital foundation radiothon. Participated in CHANNAL’s Stigma Awareness Week’s variety show, witnessed the smiling faces along the Christmas parade route, danced with children at our Winter Carnival Sockhop and shared many meals during the monthly Community Cafes.
To ensure we keep on top of all things Lionism, several of our Lions have participated in conventions, meetings and training sessions.
We are proud that many in our community think of the Lions Club as the community centre of Stephenville. During this past year our building has held many dart tournaments, sports banquets, flu shot clinics and community wellness events. It’s been used regularly to assist companies with safety training. Many have used Stephenville Lions Club to celebrate and remember loved ones with celebrations of life, anniversary and birthday parties. Many have exchanged wedding vows in our garden and in our den.
As we celebrate 64 years of Lionism here in Stephenville and 100 years globally, we are proud to be a part of this community and look forward to being a part of your life. We look forward to serving you in 2017-2018.
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