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Golf for Hospice 2015 !

DSC_6777DSC_6670Once again, the Duncan Lions Club in concert with the Sassy Lions Thrift Store were there to support Hospice in their effort to raise awareness and funds to support the great work they do here in Cowichan Valley. Our club had approximately 16 members playing that day along with other groups and individuals in the effort to raise those badly needed dollars! All proceeds from the golf tournament and live and silent auctions stay in Cowichan Valley to help those with an advancing illness, family care givers, and anyone grieving the loss of a loved one. Hospice services and resources are provided free of charge because of the support of people like you! Thanks to Lion Gord Farrell  and all of those involved that made this tourney a great success! Hope to see you next year!

Ride, Don't Hide.....

DSC_6655Mental illness affects 3 in 10 individuals in Canada. It is one of those “invisible disabilities” that is the most complex, misunderstood and is one area of disability that requires a level of funding that will allow various agencies the money required to support such an illness. The Ride Don’t Hide fundraiser is once again reaching out to our communities across Canada and here in the Cowichan Valley to not just raise needed funds but also to raise awareness of this hidden disability.

The Canadian Mental Health Association supports persons living with mental illness in the Cowichan Valley. They have a number of programs and services that require that level of funding that allows them to successfully develop and deliver those programs. The Duncan Lions and the Sassy Lions Thrift Store are proud to once again support this very worthy agency again in 2015.

Sassy Lions Thrift Store Supporting Youth Sports

The members of the Duncan Lions are proud to support the Duncan Junior Baseball leagues here in the Cowichan Valley. Through the generous donations made through our Sassy Lions Thrift Store, the thrift store is able to turn those donations of clothing, housewares, furniture, electronics and so much more into the necessary funds to support the league. This year we have been able to assist with building of a benevolent fund that will assist those families with the finances that will enable a youth to participate in youth sports. This fund may be used to purchase much needed equipment, travel to games and so much more. The thrift store also contributed funding to heat and insulate an indoor batting cage building that will allow the youth to practice even in the coldest weather!

Pictured here is our Past President of the Duncan Lions Club, Lyne Moreau (centre), Vice President of the Duncan Junior Baseball League, Alison Stephen (left) and her son and outfielder with the “Phantom Mustangs” Jackson Stephen (right). Lyne is presenting a cheque to Alison that will in turn be used to fund the many projects of the league in the coming season.

Bravo to the many volunteers of the Sassy Lions Thrift Store, the volunteers and parents of the Duncan Junior Baseball League and lastly to those that generously donate to our store that without those donations, we would be unable to fund projects such as these!IMGP4284

Supporting the Arts

Pictured here are Frank Wilson, Treasurer of the South Island Music Festival Society  receiving a cheque from Margaret Wall, Duncan Lions Treasurer. The money received by our club will go a long way to support those that are involved in the Arts, in particular this society. The society caters to both young and old in giving them an opportunity to further their interests in music, dance, acting and stage production. They are a non profit society that are always in need of community support that allows them to put on productions such as the recent Pirates of Penzance recently shown here in Cowichan Valley.IMG_0372

Helping Those in Need!

DSC_6376The Duncan Lions Club has for over fifteen years, contributed to the Cowichan Valley Basket Society, our local Food Bank and Soup Kitchen. This year is no exception! Shown in the picture, Duncan Lions are seen here presenting a cheque to Colleen Fuller, Manager of the Basket Society,  during their annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon. At Christmas last year, our club gave the society $1000.00 worth of Gift Certificates to families in need bringing our total cash contribution to the society to just over twenty thousand dollars in just under twenty years. This does not includes the tons of food and dollars collected at the many food drives over the years. Great job Lions!

 

Your Hospital, Your Hospital Foundation and Duncan Lions at Work!

The Duncan Lions Club has been a major contributor to the Cowichan District Hospital Foundation for many years. Our members have worked hard to raise the necessary dollars to improve the foundations ability to acquire the necessary equipment for our local hospital. This year has not been the exception. When Lion Gus Strand, a member of the club for over 55 years, informed our members that the hospital was in need of an Echocardiagram, a $250,000.00 acquisition, our club did not hesitate to assist. Over the years, the community and physicians of the Cowichan Valley have been requesting the implementation of the ECHO service here at CDH to allow for easier access for the Valley citizens. Patients are currently having to travel to Victoria for this procedure.

This will soon change! With the donation from our club of ten thousand dollars, the foundation is well underway of purchasing this badly needed piece of equipment.2015-01-14 10.50.10

From left to right is Lyne Moreau (Club President)

Aimee Sherwood ( Hospital Foundation)

Gus Strand (Duncan Lions), Gord Farrell (Sassy Lions Chair)

 

Having Fun in the Community!

imageVictoria Day Parade Duncan Lions Club is proud to be a part of the Victoria Day Parade every year. Our club along with many others are represented in this annual event. Our mascot, Leo the Lion, scoots along the parade route saying hello to the many parade goers especially the children that enjoy seeing the sights and sounds of the many bands, floats and clowns! Our presence is important in that it shows communities that in Lionism, “We Serve” and have fun doing it!

 

Camp Shawnigan…”supporting our imagekids!”   Since 1952, the BC Lions Society has been dedicated to enriching the lives of children in BC through our mandate of “giving children abilities”. The vision for the future is to continue providing not only specialized services and facilities, but also challenging and supporting young hearts and minds as well. Giving children with disabilities self-esteem, self-confidence and a sense of independence is what our community is all about.

Be a part of the Worlds Largest Service Club!

Join Us! We meet every first and third Tuesday’s  at 7pm at our new location the Valley Seniors Organization on Government Street next to the Court House. Yet another year of serving the Cowichan Valley is well underway! Get Ready to HEAR US ROAR! Come join us!

Become a Member!

It takes dedicated members of the community to address the overwhelming needs of so many! Consider becoming a Lions member and be a part of a club that is dedicated in making our community strong. Our membership are always looking to get involved in new projects that will make a difference in Duncan and those that live here. One of those projects is….

 

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Wendy’s House

Literacy for all ages has been a huge part the Duncan Lions Club over the years. When we were asked to be a part of another literacy project for youth, the club again stepped up to the plate.

Wendy’s House is a literacy project that provides a learning environment for children aged 18 months to six years of age. Parents and caregivers are invited to bring their children down to this venue that is fun, interactive and socially inviting. We have created a number of venues that allow children to play and learn in a number of settings or “vignettes”. There is a fire hall, bank, nurses station, restaurant, woodworking shop and a store….just to mention a few.

The Duncan Lions created a vignette modeled from our own Sassy Lions Thrift Store, where children can learn to shop, play and learn!

 

 

 

Starting a New Year with a New Website

 

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We  will be updating our new web site over the coming year providing you with new information about our club, our members and new projects. Let us know what you would like to see!

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