Westport Lions Club members and a large entourage of family and friends were at the Kinston Frontenacs game to see Newaboro’s Nolan Seed and the Owen Sound Attack.
The Westport Lions Roar
By Lion Bob Reddick
Like many people during the holiday season the Westport Lions had a very social week.
On Wednesday, December 12th our club held its annual Christmas party to celebrate the holiday season and to show our appreciation to the non-members that help us out during the year. In attendance this year was Paul Henderson from Delta who sells over 200 calendars every year and several $100 tickets for our annual $10,000 draw.
Also in attendance was Willy Colford, owner of Duncan’s Frigidaire Appliance Store in Elgin. Willy has been a tremendous supporter of the Westport Lions Club over the years, and recently donated a freezer to the club.
We were happy that our dedicated volunteer mobility van drivers, Bernie MacLean, Toby Stewart and Dennis Doyle were able to celebrate with us.
A nice tradition our club has is to invite the wives of passed members to join our Christmas party. This year Marlene Thake, Nancy Grace and Pat McGregor were able to attend.
On Friday, December 14th a group of Lions and some friends went to Kingston to watch Newboro’s resident, Nolan Seed, play against Kingston Frontenacs. Nolan’s team, the Owen Sound Attack defeated the home team by a score 3-0. Our local boy had a solid game, and it was heart warming to see so many North Leeds fans there to support him.
The club has recently passed two motions that have helped people outside our immediate area.
First, we agreed to send a donation to the Dunrobin Disaster Assistance fund to help the victims of the tornado that ripped through the area.
Secondly, we helped the Lion clubs from Districts A-3 (Courtice to past Kingston, north to Bancroft and Denbigh-Griffith) and A-4 (Gananoque to Cornwall, north past Ottawa to Petawawa and Barry’s Bay, including portions of Quebec near Ottawa) to raise $30,500 towards the purchase of IOLMaster 700 for Hotel Dieu Hospital Eye Clinic in Kingston. This machine enables the ophthalmologist to directly measure the posterior corneal surface of the eye. Thus making sure the doctors get accurate measurements helping to eliminate potential sources of error before they actually perform the cataract surgery. IOLMaster 700 can measure both eyes in less then 45 minutes even in cases involving unusual eye geometries. The total cost of this machine is $70,000.
An anonymous Lion member and his wife donated $1,000 towards the project when they heard that the Districts were short of a $1,000 dollars in reaching their goal of $35,500. If you ever need cataract surgery in the future one of the many people you can thank is a Lion.
The Westport Lions are most appreciative of all the support from the community throughout 2018. We would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and may 2019 bring happiness and good health.