Westport Lions Club Roar
By Lion Bob Reddick
Elgin Lions President Paul Waenink, left, presenting a $2,000 to Westport Lions David Blair, Jim Scala and Michael Harris to help fund the mobility van program.
In the true spirit of working together and cooperation, the Elgin Lions Club donated $2,000 towards funding the mobility van program. Elgin’s President, Lion Paul Waenink presented the cheque to Westport Lions at our March 28th meeting. Lions Wayne Bent and Jim Scala thanked the Elgin club, and Jim stated his hope of continued partnership with the Elgin club and future of the program.
Currently about one-third of the people that use the vans come from the Elgin area. Last year the vans made 270 trips. If you do the math that works out to little more that one trip per day from Monday to Friday. This volume of trips necessitates greater funding and keeps the regular nine driver volunteers and five members busy.
Don’t forget our mobility van breakfast this Sunday, April 8th from 8:30 until 11:30 a.m. at The Cove. All proceeds go towards funding the mobility van program.
Lion President Wayne Bent was presented with the Silver Centennial Lion pin for his involvement in recruiting and retaining new Lions in 2017.
Lion Michael Harris outlined his plans in creating an archive of the Westport Lions Club. The archive will be ongoing but will include the past history of the club and list past members. He has been busy going through boxes of mementoes currently stored in the basement. His hope is that it will be on display at many of our activities, and people will be able to browse through it. The central theme will be What It Means To Be A Lion.
Chairperson Bill Garland with committee members Dorothy Maynard and Heather Huth reported that they will have Spring Draw tickets available at our mobility van breakfast. The draw will take place at Rideau Vista School on July 1st at nine p.m. Tickets are $5.00 each or 3 for $10.00. First prize is $1,500 and second prize $150.
Members of the Elgin Lions Club explained to our club how their trivia night operates. It is always the second Friday of each month from March to November. The cost is $10.00 per person that includes a spaghetti dinner with a maximum of eight people per team. There are 100 questions from ten categories. If an individual is not a member of a team, he/she can join an existing team. Everyone agreed that it is a fun and entertaining evening.