Bring­ing for­ward a mes­sage of unity

Lions Club con­tin­u­ing to reach out to those in need

The Beacon (Gander) - - Editorial - BY ADAM RAN­DELL

On his first visit to New­found­land and Labrador, Wayne Mad­den wanted to re­mind Lions Club mem­bers just how im­por­tant their work is to the prov­ince, coun­try and the world.

The past in­ter­na­tional pres­i­dent, who served as pres­i­dent from 2012-13 at­tended the Lions Club District Con­ven­tion in Gander over the week­end.

“We’re very proud of our past, hav­ing helped bil­lions of peo­ple through­out the world have a bet­ter life, and we’re an­tic­i­pat­ing an even brighter fu­ture,” said Mad­den. “It’s just amaz­ing what our feet on the ground mem­bers can do.”

A few top­ics of area dis­cus­sion sur­round­ing Gander’s work in­cluded a $5,000 do­na­tion to the Lion Max Simms Camp – a sum­mer camp for chal­lenged chil­dren; grant­ing 12, $1,000 schol­ar­ships to stu­dents, along with fundrais­ing for hos­pi­tals and play­grounds.

“This club cer­tainly has a great spirit and that tells me the Lions are alive and well, and are will­ing to do what­ever they see needed in their var­i­ous com­mu­ni­ties,” Mad­den said.

ADAM RAN­DELL/TC ME­DIA

While the week­end weather dropped some 60 cm of snow on cen­tral New­found­land, it didn’t pre­vent the Gander Lions from hold its district con­ven­tion. To mark the oc­ca­sion, past in­ter­na­tional pres­i­dent Wayne Mad­den, left hold­ing flag, at­tended the event.

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