An open meeting will be hosted by the Sharbot Lake & District Lions Club on April 26th at the S. L. Legion on Cannon Rd. The public is invited to join the Lions for social hour between 5 and 6 PM and then sit down to a delicious dinner ($15 for entrée, dessert & tea or coffee) served up by the Legion kitchen staff.
Then stay for the regular Lion’s meeting 7 PM. Haven’t you ever wondered what exactly the Lion’s Club does? How their meetings are run or how they raise money and where that money goes? Well, now you can see for yourself! You will learn first-hand how the Lions Club has been serving the Sharbot Lake area for over 65 years.
The Lion’s Club supports Adopt-A-Highway, their pavilion at Oso Beach, the Central Frontenac summer swim program and the parades at Christmas and on Canada Day. Over the years they have purchased equipment for the medical centre, the playground at the beach and have provided financial support to the dog guides, the Salvation Army, Diabetes Canada, the food bank and many others, including people with specific needs within this community. They could do none of this without the support of local folks like you! When a Lion asks you to buy a chocolate Easter bunny, a Christmas fruit cake or a raffle ticket on any of their great prizes, your money goes to support all of the above – and more!
Members are proud of their ‘Vision Screening’ program in which they have been testing the eyesight and hearing of local kindergarten and grade one students for more than 10 years. In October they visit the schools in Plevna and Mountain Grove, along with Granite Ridge and St. James Major Schools in Sharbot Lake. They use equipment purchased with the monies they have collected through their various fundraising activities. This year in this district they have tested over 7000 kids. And they continue to support a project called ‘No Child Without’. In this program, they work hand-in-hand with the Medic Alert Association to provide every child in our local schools with the Medic Alert bracelets they may need to keep them safe at school, at home and everywhere in between.
They also support our senior citizens. In mid-June each year they go to a Seniors Home to barbeque hamburgers and hot dogs for the residents and their families. And each October for the past 40 years they have invited local seniors to spend a wonderful evening of entertainment, prizes and good things to eat. The club even provides the buses to bring folks in from far and near.
Anyone 18 and over can become a Lion. And we have recently sponsored a LEO Club for younger members of our area who want to serve their community. Membership provides people with the opportunity to meet and work with other individuals, striving toward the common goal of helping those in need. The satisfaction gained by being a part of these efforts is one of the big rewards of being a Lion or Leo.
Mark April 26 on your calendars and in the meantime, check out their Facebook page or visit the websites: www.sharbotlions.com or www.lionsclubs.org.