Tata­m­agouche Li­ons are o cial once again

Truro Daily News - - COLCHESTER COUNTY - BY HARRY SUL­LI­VAN

For the rst time in 36 years, the Tata­m­agouche com­mu­nity once again has an o cial Li­ons club.

“Re­ally ex­cit­ing. Ma­jor break­through,” said Gary John­son, King Lion of the club, which re­cently re­ceived its o cial Char­ter des­ig­na­tion.

“To me it means a ma­jor, I guess, suc­cess story for the Tata­m­agouche area,” John­son said. “It al­lows us to do ser­vice work in the com­mu­nity that in some cases wouldn’t be done or would take longer to do.”

Tata­m­agouche pre­vi­ously had a Li­ons club that op­er­ated from 1969 un­til 1982 when it shut down be­cause of lack of mem­ber­ship.

“And they just couldn’t keep it go­ing.”

John­son said the ef­fort to re­new the Char­ter be­gan about 18 months ago when in­ter­ested in­di­vid­u­als ini­ti­ated an agree­ment with the club in Antigo­nish.

“We were a branch club work­ing un­der the um­brella of Antigo­nish. They spon­sored us,” he said.

Twenty mem­bers are re­quired to be­come a char­tered club. Tata­m­agouche cur­rently has 24 mem­bers, John­son said.

“We started with two peo­ple and then three or four more came on and then it just snow­balled.”

John­son said 87 fel­low Li­ons and sup­port­ers at­tended the Char­ter cer­e­mony from other com­mu­ni­ties in­clud­ing Antigo­nish, Hal­i­fax, Stellarton and Pic­tou.

“An ex­cep­tion­ally strong turnout. We ex­pected about 40.”

And hav­ing their own Char­ter will be a great bene t to the Tata­m­agouche area be­cause it means the club can “stand on our own two feet and we be­come ac­count­able unto our­selves,” he said.

“We think it’s very im­por­tant. There’s fam­i­lies in ev­ery com­mu­nity that are in need … so we’re lling in that gap.”

One of the ma­jor projects the club is work­ing to­ward is rais­ing funds for a wheel­chair-ac­ces­si­ble ve­hi­cle that can be used in the com­mu­nity to as­sist se­niors or oth­ers with­out trans­porta­tion means with their shop­ping needs or to take them to med­i­cal ap­point­ments in Truro, New Glas­gow or Hal­i­fax.

at e ort is to be­gin in earnest in Jan­uary will plans to have the ve­hi­cle in ser­vice by next sum­mer.

“ e big­gest thing with us is we try to serve our com­mu­nity any way we can,” John­son said. “Our motto is ‘we serve’ and we stand true to it. If there is a need we try to ll it.”

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Tata­m­agouche once again has an o cial Li­ons Club fol­low­ing a Char­ter des­ig­na­tion that re­cently took place in the vil­lage. Seen stand­ing with the char­ter from left are Dis­trict Gov­er­nor Lion Piercy Oliver, King Lion Gary John­son of the Tata­m­agouche club and past in­ter­na­tional Dis­trict Gov­er­nor Rod Wright.

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