Sitting on the ocean’s edge coming into the stretch of Port aux Choix, one could easily locate the Lions Club, home to members of the United Towns Lions Club and for Halloween weekend, host to District N3’s Lions Fall Convention.
Coming together for information sharing, learning and fellowship, over 100 Lions reunited with old friends and formed new friendships. A sea of yellow was visible as each greeted one another as only family does.
With a full agenda, District Governor Douglas Genge got straight way to business after warmly welcoming everyone. Not to be all business, following several committee and financial reports the lights were dimmed, the music turned loud and kinks were straightened on the dance floor. Many sported their best disguise with several favorites rewarded with a spirit or two.
Joanne MacQuiggin from Lions Quest Canada shared information on the revamped school based program. Based on a need identified due to war on drugs nearly 30 years ago, Lions Quest offered school-aged children the opportunity to learn how to, essentially be Lions, as they identified issues within their communities and collective took action about it. Built on fostering and encouraging continued self-confidence, children of Lions Quest were more apt to successfully stay away from drugs. Today, the program, still popular for its positive results is being looked at by the RCMP as an anti-violence strategy.
An air of dignity and formality ended the weekend with the District Governor’s banquet. Following a delicious meal prepared by the Roman Catholic Church women, it was an evening of laughter, story telling and inspiration. During the tail -twisters story Over $250 was raised for the Grenfell Campus Food Bank to add to the financial donations pledged by each club in the district.
As the night wind down, there were many good-byes and “see you soon”s with promises of “catching up” in April at the spring convention here in Stephenville.
So to District Governor Doug, and the hosting committee, great job; Stephenville Lions now have some big shoes to fill. See you all in April.