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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A Lions Life of Service Celebrated!

Since December 1, 1964 the world has experienced much sadness and despair with world hunger in third world countries and 9-11; war in Vietnam and Iraq; exhilaration when man walked on the moon; racial freedom with the release of Nelson Mandela, technological expansion with personal computers; love and humanity with Lions Centennial and through it all one man continued to serve his community for the better of humanity.

Today, Lion Eric Lomond is celebrated among his fellow Lions for his 55 years of dedicated service to Lions Club International and his fellow humankind. Beginning his volunteer career in St. George’s, NL in 1964, Lion Eric and several other men in the area chartered the St. George’s Lions Club.

Raising his young family, Lion Eric eventually moved to Stephenville where he didn’t skip a moment of volunteering at weekly bingos, community events, fundraisers and more as a member of the Stephenville Lions Club. A club he, today, is still quite active in and can most often be found happiest in the kitchen.

Lion Eric was recently presented with a Certificate of Recognition from Member of the House of Assembly for the Stephenville-Port au Port area, John Finn. During his presentation, MHA Finn remarked on the importance of volunteering in our province and the world as a whole. He recounted stories his mother told him of Lion Eric and his grandfather as Lions in St. Georges, NL. He also spoke of the impact of Lions gathered in the room on his own life and thanked the Stephenville Lions for their continued contribution to the community. 

A surprised Lion Eric accepted his certificate from MHA Finn as his fellow Lions celebrated him with a standing ovation. Club President Lion Corinne Tulk, in turn, also congratulated Lion Eric on 55 years of volunteerism and thanked him and many others for decades of service as “positive role models with much to teach.”