For the Northbrook Lions, this year’s annual ‘Thank You’ barbecue took on added significance. It was the Club’s opportunity to publically thank the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) for a $54.200 grant that allowed the club to undergo renovations that have been needed for some time.
Lions President Kerry Skipper said the renovations included new flooring, windows and doors, new interlock brick paving around the entrance vestibule and a new roof.
“These renovations would not have been possible without the grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation,” Skipper said. “This will allow us to provide a safe and accessible centre for local community events for the foreseeable future.”
Hastings-Lennox & Addington MPP Daryl Kramp said he was pleased to be on hand Saturday to see the results of the Lions’ successful OTF application.
“Volunteer organizations like the Land O’Lakes Lions are critical to the fabric of our communities,” Kramp said. “Especially those small centres that might not otherwise have the resources to provide key services to the community as this hall does.
“Congratulations on your success, enjoy your renovated building and I hope that you use it for many years to come to service the needs of your community.”
Kramp said said the Lions Hall serves as the social centre for the residents of Northbrook and nearby communities of Cloyne, Myers Cave, Flinton and Kaladar for regular events like bingo, euchre, dances, children’s programs and community lunches and dinners. The hall has been owned and maintained by the Land O’ Lakes Lions since it was converted from an old school house in 1984.
OTF representative Shirley Van Steen said the Foundation has granted $2.8 million in this area since 2015.