By Lucille Brezee for the Review-Mirror.
Members of the Westport Lions Club met at their club house at Sand Lake Beach for their Sept 14th meeting with 16 members and 1 guest, John Geils, present. Club president, Kevin Northcott was in the chair and the club was pleased to receive a letter of appreciation from Garret A. Doreleyers, who was the recipient of the cash award at Rideau District High School for achieving the highest overall average on the best 12 Senior division credits.
In response to a request for financial support for Camp Dorset, the retreat for vacation time for those requiring dialysis treatment, they agreed to channel the amount given through District A-4 representative, Hal Wagner.
Everyone was brought up to date on the Lions Club internet website by Lion Pat McGinnis. There is a need for four volunteers from the club to support his initiative of westportlions.ca. This would enable four teams to train with Larry Reside to have this project up and running. “With the required personnel”, Pat told them, “the club will be able to get onsite and present issues will be resolved as they begin to populate the website.”
Among the upcoming events is the White Cane Day, a fundraiser for the CNIB center at Lake Joseph in the Muskoka’s and the collection centres are: Village Esso, Village Green, The Beer Store, and Kudrinko’s. To complete the four teams, two more lions members are needed, one for 9am to 12 noon at the Village Green and one for 12 noon to 2pm at Kudrinko’s. This has always been a very successful project and for a worthy cause.
The committees were struck for the 2011-12 season and are (listed with their chairman):
Finance – Lion Bob Weir
$10,000 Draw – Lion Mike McIntyre
Spring Draw – Lion Don Baker
Halloween – joint convenors – Lion Don Baker & Dwayne Smith
Ladies Night – Lion Norm Reside
Santa Claus Parade – Lion Dwayne Smith
Bingos – Lion Bill Slagle
Canteen – Lion Kevin Northcott
Mobility Van – Lion John Rempel
Property Rental – Lion Marty Hawkins
Visitation – Lion Kevin Northcott
Telephone – Lion Jim McGlade
Food Bank Dinner – Lion Kevin Kardash
Vision Screening – Lion Jim McGlade
Christmas Cakes – Lion Pat McGinnis
Steak BBQ – Lion Kevin Kardash
Sports Committee – Lion Gary Warriner
Planning Committee – Lion Dwayne Smith
Bar Committee – Lion Wayne Bent
Each group has several members supporting the chairman.