A Cause for Celebration! Nearly Seven Decades of Lionism!

On Tuesday, March 12, 2019 nearly 60 Lions, Lioness, family members and special guests gathered to celebrate 67 years of Lionism as the Stephenville Lions Club celebrated their Charter Anniversary. An active club of 55 members, the Stephenville Lions Club has a proven track record of assisting and supporting many community events, programs and fundraisers. Deputy Mayor Susan Fowlow acknowledged and thanked the club for their dedication and commitment to improving Stephenville and surrounding areas. 

Lion Corinne Tulk, the first female elected club president, congratulated and thanked each member for their contributions, kindness and generosity towards their fellow human being.

“Thank you to the members who chartered Stephenville Lions Club and for making it such a great organization that we spend hours here monthly discussing how we can continue bringing joy and peace to someone’s life. How each dollar we donate can bring indescribable joy and relief to someone’s day without having ever met them.”We each have an amazing gift to give, a talent to share, a power to change someone’s life. As Lions we have a laid a foundation to be proud of, but we can’t stop now… there is still so much work to do.”

Keynote speaker, Lisa Henley, Wellness Coordinator with Western Health spoke to those gathered regarding self-care and wellness and proposed opportunities for future partnerships to target one of the Lions International pillars-Diabetes. Minahil Khan, the judges’ choice for this year’s Speak Out spoke on a topic she believes deeply in and how today’s generation could benefit from the additional of a Mental Wellness class and how it has been proven to drastically reduce and help depression in other countries of the world. 

PDG Lion John Framp charged two new Lions during their induction ceremony to be “proud to wear their Lions emblem” knowing they are part of the world’s largest service organization. MP Gudie Hutchings was unable to attend, but did want to honour and celebrate those Lions in the room who has dedicated and given over 20 years of their lives to improving the lives of others. 

All in all, the evening was enjoyed with all the fuss and mess that it deserved for its 67 year span. 

The Stephenville Lions Club would like to offer congratulations to the Stephenville Lioness Club for 66 years! 

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Beating Cancer One Step at a Time

On Sunday, Sept 16, 2018 dozens of folks in the Stephenville area gathered and registered to participate in the annual Terry Fox Run.-The Marathon of Hope. Among those registered were the Stephenville Lions Club (SLC). For three of those walking, this was personal; each had or is still battling his own fight with a form of cancer. 

Members proudly carried the banner and stood tall and strong putting one foot in front of the other as they reverently remembered another soul. One who gallantly and courageously, so many years ago, set across this country to travel a lonely journey in his efforts to find a cure to cancer. Terry’s Dream was that one day a cure would be found so that he and others like him could dream of a day when there would be no more pain or tears due to this deadly disease.

As Club President, Lion Corinne, stated during a recent email urging all members to join, “cancer doesn’t care about age, health or physical ability…why then should we?” 

Community members of all ages participated on all levels, with some only going a short distance, with others completing the 10 km trek. Many jogged, others walked and some little ones even rolled. 

It is because of funds raised, like the $650 donated by SLC, that today the Canadian Cancer Society and other research companies worldwide are financially able to continue research and development of new medications, treatment and, hopefully, one day soon a cure. 

In the meanwhile, those like the Stephenville Lions, will give life to Terry’s vision and his legacy of keeping the journey going, “It’s got to keep going without me!”