Baccalieu Lions Club top club in Eastern Newfoundland
The early morning of April 11 was a hectic one in the Town of Bay de Verde.
An intense fire was leveling the town’s fish plant and displacing hundreds of the town’s residents.
Just after 7:30 a.m., the call came in to the Baccalieu Lions Club — based in Old Perlican — for aid. Immediately, Michael Foote, his father David and others sprung to action and headed to their northern neighbours. One member was in Clarke’s Beach when the call came in.
They’d prepared for disasters, but nothing really like what the club saw in Bay de Verde.
The club started work on a boiler of soup, picked up water and made sure the town’s people and the firefighters were well taken care of.
“We had the man power. We made a couple of phone calls,” said club secretary Michael Foote. “We were a hub more so, and just went from there. We said we had to get moving and we hit the ground running.”
The Baccalieu club’s quick response to the Bay de Verde fire, coupled with the work it does in the community annually, was one of the main reasons it was named the Eastern district’s top club for 2015-2016.
“The district governor said, ‘It’s actually amazing how quick you guys were able to do something that nobody really plans for,’” said Michael. “You plan for a major power outage, but when it comes to a large fire like that with so many residents displaced, nobody is really set up for something like that.”
The club received their award at the district’s fall convention held Oct. 21-23 in Marystown. Foote was also named the top secretary for the district.
The 35-member Baccalieu club beat out 53 others to claim the award.
“We were quite surprised,” said Foote. “It’s a good feat to get. It makes you feel a lot of pride.”
It’s not strange to find an event happening at the Lions Club building in Old Perlican. In the past they’ve held fish sales, benefit dances, a Shave for the Brave and a host of other events for the community. Each year, they host a series of public speaking events at the local schools.
It’s a good feat to get. It makes you feel a lot of pride Michael Foote
Just recently they hosted a Red Shoe Walk for the first time. It raises funds for Ronald McDonald House.
Michael said they don’t do it for recognition, instead because of a desire to help the region with whatever they can.
“To me, (the award) will strive me to do more,” he said. “We can’t thank the area enough for what they do for us.”
The Baccalieu Lions Club in Old Perlican was recently recognized as the eastern district’s top club for 2015-2016. They received the award at the fall convention held in Marystown Oct. 21-23. A number of members were there to receive the award. They are: front (l-r) — Bernice Jenner and Tracy Foote; back — Ashley Barrett, Melita Foote, Jim Barrett, Joann Barrett, Michael Foote, Nikki Andrews, Dave Foote, Lloyd Andrews and Randy Driscoll.