Lions Brave the Elements on Halloween

IMG_8431.JPGSponsor Jim McGlade (left) with new Lion member Wayne Sherwood (middle) and President Wayne Bent (right)

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Westport Lions Roar

By Lion Bob Reddick

          At our last meeting, President Wayne Bent welcomed and Lion Jim McGlade introduced the governor’s Beth Lewis representative, Lion Renee Devenny. Lion Renee asked our club to support the Lions 100th anniversary drive to plant 100,000 trees in Canada. She offered support to our club from the district to help meet our clubs’ goals and reminded us of the five global causes for Lions Clubs International which are: diabetes, vision, hunger, environment and childhood cancer.

Each year the governor picks a specific cause, which he/she raises money for. This year governor Beth Lewis has chosen Camp Banting, which is the longest-running camp for children living with type one diabetes. President Wayne presented a cheque from the club to Lion Renee for Camp Banting.

Secretary Michael Harris read a beautiful note from Milta Vance of Marble Falls, Texas who made an unexpected donation to the club in appreciation of the quick action by Lions Kevin Kardash and Dale Lyons for providing her with an emergency wheelchair.

The highlight of the evening was the induction of a new member Wayne Sherwood into the Westport Lions Club. In the traditional ceremony, sponsor Lion Jim McGlade takes Wayne out of the room and blindfolds him. Upon Wayne’s return to the room, he is asked to reflect on the darkness he is experiencing and the plight of people afflicted with blindness. The blindfold is then removed and Wayne swears an oath to abide by the Lion’s code of conduct and objectives and to support the club to the best of his ability. Lion Wayne is then presented with a Lion’s pin and welcomed into the club by all the members.

Lions Michael Harris, Wayne Bent, Marty Hawkins and David Lowery braved the elements on Halloween to give out 280 bags of chips and cheezies, and 410 small treats to an estimated 125 trick and treaters. Despite the rain and wind the turnout was bigger than last year and everyone was in good spirits.


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