The Snow Removal Crew for the Westport Lions Club, from the left, Lions Craig Jackson, Jim McGlade, Bob Reddick, Jim Scala, and David Blair. Missing from the picture are Don Baker and Dwain Smith.
Westport Lions Roar
By Lion Bob Reddick
Fourteen members attended our general meeting on November 14th. For some community members this meeting is one of the most important meetings of the year.
Lion Bob Reddick volunteered to chair the outside property management committee. His responsibility is to organize volunteers to clean the downstairs bathrooms and maintain the beach and the grounds in the summer, and to make sure the parking lot is sanded and the snow is removed in the winter.
Craig Jackson is the new clubhouse and garage property manager. He is responsible to organize a crew to clean and maintain the clubhouse and garage. Jim McGlade offered to be Craig’s assistant, and in a weak moment volunteered to clean toilets.
Lion Don Baker will continue to look after clubhouse rentals.
Secretary Bob Reddick suggested that the club apply for the 2018-19 Club Excellence Award. He pointed out that Westport Lions Club already meets many of the requirements. The four areas of criteria for the award are membership, service, organizational excellence and marketing and communication. To meet the requirements for service, our club will have to report to LCI every activity we are involved in, number of Lions involved and hours, number of people served, the funds raised or donated, and dates.
Lion Craig Jackson reported that everything is set for our annual Santa Claus parade on Saturday, November 24th. During the parade, the club will be collecting food or money for the local food bank.
At a recent organizational meeting for next year’s Canada Day festivities, President Wayne Bent committed our club to host a family day at the beach on July 1st from noon to 4:00 p.m. The plan is to have music and activities for the children.
A group of Lions will be selling Christmas cakes for $10 each at the Outdoor Christmas Market being held on Friday, November 23rd from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
At this meeting the Westport Lions Club donated $4,840 to 14 different organizations.
This concludes our fall funding cycle and our spring donations will take place in April. Several years ago we went to two funding periods to enable us to consider all funding requests, and distribute our funds equitably. From now until April all funding requests will be placed in our funding file, unless it is time sensitive, or an emergency. We thank the community for its support in giving us the means to aid these worthy organizations.