Lions Community Garden Full to Capacity

Chris Gilbert stopped by the Lions community garden to present a beautiful coat/hat rack that he made to say thank you to Westport Lions for all they do and give to the community.  From left to right: Donna Garland, Pat Reddick, Bill Garland, Chris Gilbert, Marty Hawkins, Wayne Bent and Bob Reddick. Photo by Jeannette Harper. 

Westport Lions Roar

By Lion Bob Reddick

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The Westport Lions took advantage of a virtual Zoom meeting to familiar­ize members with the club’s social media pres­ence.

The Westport Lions website was developed by the late Larry Reside, son of deceased member Norm Reside.  The website contains useful information for both members and the community.

The address for the website is  Across the top of the home page are buttons that will lead you to:

  • Latest NewsReview-Mirror articles about the Club’s activities and Lionism;
  • Calendar Winnersweekly listing of our $10,000 cash calendar winners;
  • Services and Hall Rentals – provides information and the Agreement Form for renting the Club’s Beach House. 
  • Yearly Events and Calendar  – provides a listing by month of all scheduled Lions Club events and a calendar showing both events and hall rentals.
  • Contact Us – contact information for the Westport Lions Club and some of the executive members and program chairpersons
  • Re-use & Recycle Centre – provides a link to the Centre’s Facebook page.

Down the right hand side are links to further information about: the Westport Lions Club History, Charter Members and Past Presidents, Club Events, our Committees, the Medical Mobility Van Service, how to make a Donation, Metal & Electronic Recycling, Executive Members, Eyeglass Recycling, Lottery Rules, Applications for Funding and how to make a donation.

You will find on our Facebook page news about our activities, calendar winners and a link to the Lions’ Re-use & Recycle Centre.  On both our website and on Facebook you can enjoy club pictures provided by our photographer, Jeannette Harper.

The Westport Lions will host our annual fish fry on Saturday, June 19th from 4 – 6 p.m. at the Lions Sand Lake Beachhouse.  This year there is take-out only.  The cost is $17.00 per meal, which includes New Zealand cod, fries, coleslaw, Rick’s homemade beans and a bun.  Tickets can be purchased from any Lions member or at the event.   

The response for the Westport Lions Community Garden to provide fresh vegetables to the Food Bank has been tremendous.  All 18 beds have been assigned to gardeners.  A seven-foot deer fence protects the beds, plus a bean and potato patch.

The success of this initiative is the result of Lion members and volunteers working together with local businesses and the Village of Westport.  The Club would like to thank the Village of Westport for providing the land and a water tank. 

Lion Bill Garland, chairperson of the $1500 Spring Draw is hopeful that lockdown restrictions will lessen so members can sell tickets outdoors at Kudrinko’s and Circle K.

Rideau Lakes Township will run swimming lessons at the Lions Beach this summer.  Full details including enrolment can be found on the Rideau Lakes township website.

Dispatcher Lion Harry Beckett reported that call volume for medical Mobility Service has increased in the past week.  Presently we have sufficient drivers, and the program is running smoothly.   

The Re-use & Recycle Centre is currently open for curbside pickup and drop-off and recycling every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  You need to schedule an appointment by calling 613-273-5789 to ensure social distancing.  This past week the Club received a 20-foot cube van full of building materials, plumbing fixtures and furniture from the Restore in Kingston because their donations have exceeded sales during the lockdown.  Lion Jim Scala thanked Jeannette Harper and Cheryl Couper Scala for their fantastic work in managing online sales.

Lion Dave Blair and his crew continue to work on cleaning up the old Lions’ trailer park site by cutting dead trees, bush hogging weeds and removing garbage that has accumulated over the years.

Lion Larry Arsenault reported that the Club received a letter from District A4 seeking help to purchase two iPhones for seeing impaired individuals.  The membership agreed to donate to this cause.

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