When you can’t beat it! Join it!

Can’t beat it, join it! That seemed to be the mentality of the Stephenville Lions Club during this year’s Winter Carnival. Sponsoring the weekend-long celebration, the club hosted several activities including the opening ceremonies. Although the weather didn’t always play nice, the Stephenville Lions Club opened its doors to any and all who wanted to come in to play. 

From opening ceremonies to cranking the tunes and watching the young folk “get groovy” during the Children’s Sockhop to donning their best indoor impression of a winter’s day many who ventured the weather enjoyed themselves. Seniors enjoyed a hot delicious bowl of soup with many excitedly shouting “bingo” during a friendly afternoon game. 

When ice threatened the outdoor Family Fun Fest, the creative Community Studies students who coordinated, transformed the Lion’s hall into a winter festive area. Families visited several stations competing against one another in fun activities entering their name for prize draws. 

Nearly 200 folks braved the cold and joined for a home cooked breakfast complete with pancakes, bologna and eggs on the final morning. 

Sunday afternoon, shouts of encouragement and praise were heard as many came to join in a game of darts in memory of Jim and Irene Nurse.

While Mother Nature and Old Man Winter may have done their best to put a damper on winter, the Stephenville Winter Carnvial committee, complete with several Lions members, were pleased with the turnout and the feedback and are ready for the challenge again next year!


Passing of the Gong!

History has a keen way of rewriting itself.

Sixty-five years after it’s initial polishing, a brass gong, complete with dings and minute scratches from years of bringing meetings to attention, was presented full circle. In 1953 Corner Brook Lions sponsored a newly formed club in Stephenville and presented a shiny new brass gong to the president. Today in 2018, the 65 year old Stephenville Lions Club presented that same gong back to a new young club formed in Corner Brook to celebrate their charter. 

On Jan. 24, 2018 the Grenfell Campus Lions Club was chartered with dozens of supporting Lions, Grenfell faculty, dignitaries and family members present.  

District Governor Doug Genge congratulated these 20 young leaders on their decision to join the world’s largest service organization with the formation of the first campus club for District N3, marking it the 40th club for the district.  He commended each on their commitment and dedication to improving the lives of their community and surrounding area. 

Several dignitaries brought greetings including, City of Corner Brook councillor Vaugh Granter, who spoke of the foundation laid in the city by Lions. “Lions have a reputation for being solid and someone to depend on. The people of Corner Brook know this.” 

Others offered words of encouragement, pride and congratulations including Dr. Jeff Keshen, Vice President of Grenfell. 

Several presentations were made following the official member installation and signing of the charter, including a financial donation by the young club to the Grenfell Campus Food Bank. It was through several fundraising events and support of the clubs of District N3 that Club President presented a cheque to the campus food bank for  $2120.60. Overwhelmed with delight and gratitude, Ms. Sabrina Short accepted the donation speaking of the importance and impact this bank has on the students of Grenfell. “What we do is helpful and meaningful. It is crucial to have a good bank, sometimes offering a bridge so that students never have to make a choice between their education and food.”

DG Doug offered many thanks to all who contributed to the evening’s celebration. To follow this young club and to see the great work they are doing, follow them on Facebook.