Lions Enjoy a Busy Summer

Lion Marty Hawkins, third from the left, enjoying the result of his hard work organizing Westfest.

Westport Lions Roar

By Lion Bob Reddick

Some organizations take the summer off so their members can relax and enjoy the weather. The Westport Lions Club is not one of those groups. Although we have not had any formal, regular scheduled meetings during the summer months, events and services are still happening.

Lion Marty Hawkins took the initiative to revive Westfest started several years ago by Lion Rick Warriner. The purpose of the present Westfest is to say thank you to the community for their support during COVID-19. 

Marty deserves a big round of applause for organizing this Westfest in a short period of time. Marty was able to mobilize 26 Lion members and volunteers to work at this event. There are too many people to thank individually but a special thank you goes out to Josh Doornekamp, president of Aarde Construction, for sponsoring the event, Shawn McCullough for obtaining the musicians and Tom Uhryniw from Exit Realty for providing tents to protect the food servers.  

“I want to thank Peter Kroll, a Health Inspector from Leeds, Grenville and Lanark Health Unit,” said Marty, “He was very helpful working with us to put on this event.” 

Volunteers Penny Warriner, Jeannette Harper and Pat Reddick are busy creating the 2022 Lions $10,000 Cash Calendar. It will be ready for the printer this week and will go on sale in the early fall. The Club will publicize when the calendars are available through our website, Facebook, and Review-Mirror. Only 1,000 calendars will be printed, so you should purchase them as soon as they are available. Hats off to chairperson Penny, photographer Jeannette and editor Pat for taking on this monumental task.    

Lion Dorothy Maynard has distributed the $10,000 elimination draw tickets to members. The tickets cost $100, but only 250 tickets are printed. The draw will take place at the Lions’ beach on Saturday, October 9th. You can purchase tickets from any member or by contacting the Westport Lions Club at westportontariolions@gmail.com.   

Both Mobility Medical Services vans are in operation. Lion coordinator Harry Beckett is now able to use the wheelchair-accessible van. Call 613-273-5789 if you wish to book a van for a medical appointment.  

The Recycle and Re-use Centre that also houses metal recycling continues to be extremely busy. Starting September 3rd, it will be open Friday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. until October 2nd when it will close for the season.

The Lions’ community gardens continue to supply an abundance of fresh vegetables to the local food bank.

The Lions’ beach has been busy this summer. This is the result of people discovering it for the first time, and the hot, humid days we are currently experiencing. It takes a total of 17 Lions and volunteers to maintain the beach and washrooms for your enjoyment.

As the summer is winding down, the Westport Lions are looking forward to a new Lion year in providing services and events to the Westport area.  


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