Notes from the Den

The Citizen-Record (Cumberland) - - COMMUNITY - BY SPRINGHILL LIONS CLUB RE­PORTER KAREN MOR­RIS

At the end of this month we will end our year and a new Lion year will start in July. We will have a new Mem­ber­ship Chair, Lion Chris­tine MacNeil, and a new po­si­tion on the board called the LCIF Club Co­or­di­na­tor, which Lion Chris Car­son will pre­sume.

Lion Wendy has been our pres­i­dent for the past two years. We have watched her grow grace­fully into this role as she was our first fe­male pres­i­dent. Over the two-year span there have been many tri­umphs, chal­lenges and bumps along the way but Lion Wendy al­ways han­dles things with dig­nity and class. Her lead­er­ship has seen the club through hard­ships that brought us all closer to­gether in a united front. Lion Wendy will not be go­ing far as she will be our Pres­i­dent again start­ing in July.

Our board has worked very hard this year hold­ing monthly meet­ings, plan­ning, mak­ing ef­fec­tive changes and com­ing up with new ideas to strengthen our pride. The ex­tra time and ded­i­ca­tion that the board mem­bers put in is greatly val­ued and ap­pre­ci­ated and we thank them for their de­vo­tion.

Last month, we were at the ele­men­tary schools talk­ing to stu­dents about our drug aware­ness poster con­test and the dan­gers of drugs and al­co­hol abuse. It re­ally is amaz­ing to see how the youth view drug aware­ness through such won­der­ful art work. We al­ways have such a hard time judg­ing the posters be­cause they are all win­ners. You can ac­cess our Face­book page to see pic­tures of all the win­ners.

This month our club mem­bers will be at­tend­ing the Amherst Lions Club 63rd Char­ter Night. We hope that we will still be go­ing strong in 63 years. Don’t for­get to come to Chase the Ace on Wed­nes­day evenings at the com­mu­nity cen­tre from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

We would like to wish all the grad­u­ates the best of luck in their fu­ture en­deav­ours. Pres­i­dent Lion Wendy will be giv­ing two stu­dents bur­saries dur­ing the grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony as well as medal­lions to our Grade 6 grad­u­ates and pre­sent­ing the Springhill Youth Vol­un­teer Award at the high school awards day.

Up­com­ing next month we will be launch­ing a huge fill a book bag/school sup­plies drive for both ele­men­tary and high school stu­dents from the end of July to the end of Au­gust. This will op­er­ate sim­i­lar to the Toys For Tots pro­gram. We will have col­lec­tion boxes lo­cated at busi­nesses through­out the com­mu­nity with a list of sup­plies needed. Items such as the tra­di­tional school sup­plies are needed as well as cloth­ing, sneak­ers and non­per­ish­able, peanut-free school snacks. We will have ap­pli­ca­tions for low-in­come fam­i­lies to ap­ply for a book bag filled with sup­plies. The date, time and lo­ca­tion of the ap­pli­ca­tion day will be an­nounced soon and will be on a first come, first serve ba­sis as we can only process up to 50 ap­pli­ca­tions this year. Watch for fly­ers, ad­ver­tise­ments and more de­tails about this service project next month.

From the Streets

“I think the Lions do great work. I’ve al­ways heard of them. Lawrence Casey was in­volved for years. I know some of the projects they have done and are con­tin­u­ing to do.” – Diane MacDon­ald

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