By Lucille Bresee
The members of the Westport Lions Club are busy as they embark on their fall and winter activities in this district and President Rick Warriner was in the chair for their regular Sept. 12 meeting. It was held at their Sand Lake Beach House and treasurer, Bob Weir presented a set of financial documents showing that the financial status of the Club are in the black.
They were very encouraged at the outcome of an ambitious attempt to bring the Club House and grounds to a better level both in appearance and in the ability to please the variety of events that would be held there. A huge amount of good sand was brought in and Lion Dwaine Smith, used his heavy equipment and leveled it all. The Club procured the service of a student for the summer Aaron Jikeli did a great job of maintenance. Several who used the site remarked that they had never seen it looking better. A huge crowd attended the Canada Day celebrations with a professional firework display held there. The scrap metal bin continues to do well and Lion Don Baker and his volunteer helpers in charge of this project, express their appreciation to all for their continuing assistance and support. The two newest Lions members Frank Hutch and Bill Garland have been enthusiastic and have been a welcome addition to the group.
For a variety of reasons, the numbers of those attending the bingo’s were down this summer, but they still provided a viable amount to assist the Lions Club as they carried out various projects that they supported in their community endeavours.
Discussion on the future of the Lions Club House are ongoing and a number of options are on the table, for future ideas for this beautiful building in its picturesque setting overlooking Sand Lake.
Lions Bob Weir and John Rempel who are in charge of the Lions Mobility Van operations, have given an excellent report for the 2011-2012 fiscal year – a record that they can view with 107 trips, 528 hours of volunteer driving and 14,500 kilometers covered. These include 45 trips to Kingston, 17 to Smiths Falls, 27 to Perth, six to Ottawa, four to Carleton Place; two to Newboro and six to Brockville. All these trips to hospitals, Medical Centres and doctors are a wonderful testimony to the need for this type of vehicle in Eastern Ontario and a blessing to so many that are unable to provide their own transportation.