Convention an Inspiring Event

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Lion Jim McGlade carries in the Canada flag to start the District A4 Lions Convention held in Cornwall.

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Westport Lions Roar

By Lion Bob Reddick

 

Lions Craig Jackson, Jim McGlade, Bob Reddick, Jim Scala, Wayne Bent and Dave Blair recently attended District A4 Lions Convention held at the NAV Centre in Cornwall. Region 30 Chair Lion Jim McGlade was given the honour of carrying in the Canadian flag in the opening procession. Lion Jim oversees Region 30, which includes Zones 30 South and West. He is responsible for all clubs within the boundary from Gananoque to Prescott, north to Kemptville, Almonte and Kanata and west as far as Perth, Westport and Seeley’s Bay.

Jim’s mandate is to make sure all clubs meet the requirements of cabinet in matters such as filing bi-annual reports and updating clubs in various initiatives.

The convention attendees heard an inspiring story told by the father of a six-year boy who has leukemia. The family was in the process of renovating their century old home when the doctors told them that they couldn’t have their son live in a dusty construction environment. The family planned on doing the renovations themselves because of a tight budget. The Carleton Place Lions saw a need in their community and acted. Lion members installed a new roof; dry walled and rewired the home. What I found touching about this story was that the Lions donated their time and expertise in helping this family without being asked. It is one thing to write a cheque to fund a project but another to actually donate your time and do the required work.

The boy’s father who is now a Lion agreed to cut his ponytail at the convention to raise funds for CHEO. Many individual Lions and most clubs donated to this worthy cause. The best part of this story is that the boy is now healthy after undergoing chemotherapy.

As well as attending a Region 30 meeting to hear what other clubs are doing, the Westport members participated in workshops about the Soldier On program, the Lost Villages of the St. Lawrence Seaway, a mission trip to St. Kitts, how to make your meeting more fun, the vision van, promoting your Lions club, how to navigate My Lion computer platform and Lion Clubs International Foundation.

At our last meeting, President Wayne Bent presented Lion Jim Scala with the Key Award for opening the door of Lionism to at least two individuals. Lions International and the Westport Lions Club membership expressed their congratulations to Lion Jim for demonstrating an active commitment to the growth and strength of the Westport Lions Club.


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