Whenever a Lions club gets together, problems get smaller. And communities get better. That’s because we help where help is needed – in our own communities and around the world – with unmatched integrity and energy.
Formed in 1952 and chartered in 1953, the Stephenville Lions Club is proud to continue strong in serving the Bay St. George area. Today, with over 30 active members, this club is proud of its accomplishments and the partnerships it has built. Through various fundraising efforts, many individuals, groups, charities and organizations have been bettered thanks to the dedication and service of these members.
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Top 5 Club in Canada
For all its efforts, the Stephenville Lions Club was presented with the prestigious award of being a Top 5 Club in Canada for the year 2013-2014. This award honours the club for its passion and enthusiasm, the aims of the Lion Club International Federation.
In November of 2013, Typhoon Haiyan, the strongest tropical cyclone ever recorded, struck the Philippines, leaving 6000 people dead and four million homeless. The Stephenville Lions Club, in co-operation with the tiny Philippine community in Stephenville and students from the College of the North Atlantic, quickly began a fundraising campaign. A cheque for $6000 was sent to the Lions Club International Foundation for disaster relief in the Philippines; this was matched by the Government of Canada for a total of $12 000. Stephenville Lions also donates several thousand dollars annually in a campaign to combat blindness in the third world.
Nor are local needs neglected. In the 2013-2014 fiscal year, $6120 was donated to eight area schools to support breakfast programs, scholarships and after-prom activities. Health related agencies received $6627, individuals in need were helped with grants totalling $4100, and $8260 was spent on youth. In addition, Lion Max Simms Camp, near Bishop’s Falls, was gifted the sum of $3477 to assist in providing a wholesome and enriching camp experience for the physically or mentally challenged.
Stephenville Lions Club also strives to serve its community by making its premises available free of charge to church groups, community groups, and youth groups. The grounds is used by the Town of Stephenville to host Canada and Stephenville Day activities. Space has been given for a Community Garden. A monthly Community Cafe is hosted in cooperation with local businesses/organizations and volunteers agencies. The premises has also been designated as the number one emergency shelter for the community.
Said Lions Club President, Dave Rex, “It is an honour to be part of a club that is very involved in the community and has formed many partnerships with other groups to work together for the good of all. We truly are the community centre for Stephenville. Being recongnized by the Lions Club International Foundation is indeed an honour for our club.”
The World’s Largest Service Club Organization
Our 46,000 clubs and 1.4+ million members make us the world’s largest service club organization. We’re also one of the most effective. Our members do whatever is needed to help their local communities. Everywhere we work, we make friends. With children who need eyeglasses, with seniors who don’t have enough to eat and with people we may never meet.