Kindness in Action

Lions Kim Kelly, centre left, and Barry Winfield along with fellow Lions, presenting a cheque to Friends of Foley Mountain for their Story Trail Adventure and Forest School program.

Westport Lions Roar

By Lion Bob Reddick

What is the Lions Club? The short answer is kindness in action. It is about caring people joining together and working to make our community a better place. It is a beautiful thing when people come together for a worthy cause. It is a win-win experience for everyone.  

“To Serve” is the motto of Lions Clubs and that is exactly what the Westport Lions Club has achieved since the local club was formed in 1946. The 38 members of the Westport club are part of a group of 1.4 million caring individuals, in over 200 countries that believe kindness matters.  

The Westport Lions provide eleven types of services for the people of Westport, Newboro and the surrounding areas. For more information on individual services, go to our website, or click on the service link if available. 

The ongoing services the club provides are:

Medical Mobility Service – The Lions’ Medical Mobility Service (MMS) operates vans to take Westport, Newboro and Elgin area residents to doctors’ and medical appointments. Call 613-273-5789 to make a reservation.

Reuse & Recycle Centre – The Westport Lions Reuse & Recycle Sales Centre located at 5295 Salem Road is presently closed but will open again in the spring. However, online sales are still available on their Facebook page. The R. & R. Centre is currently accepting donations if space is available. For more information or inquiries call 613-273-5789 or post a message on their Facebook page. The money generated from sales goes towards the Lions’ beach and other services initiatives.  

Metal and e Waste Recycling Depot – is located at our R. & R. Sales Centre.

Medical Equipment Loans – are available at the R. & R. Centre.

Westport Lions Beach -is located at 63 Mountain Road and provides excellent swimming, a sandy beach, picnic areas and washrooms.

Charitable Requests – The Lions Club of Westport is dedicated to supporting our local community in various ways, including financial support for local accredited charitable or not for profit organizations that fall within our mandate of supporting: 

  • Youth mental and physical development.
  • Senior mental and physical well-being. 
  • Relief of pain, suffering and financial hardship due to illness or disaster.
  • Purposes beneficial to the community. 

In addition, funding may be available to support individuals in need and who are impacted by one or more of the Lions 5 Pillars of Service: 

  • Vision.
  • Diabetes.
  • Hunger.
  • Environment.
  • Childhood Cancer. 

The club allocates funds in April and October to local organizations by assessing and ranking requests based on the above criteria. To be considered for these semi-annual disbursements, please ensure your application form for organizations or individuals is submitted no later than April 1, or October 1. Applications outside of these dates may be considered on an emergency basis.

Recycling Eyeglasses and Hearing Aids – The Westport Lions Club collects eyeglasses and hearing aids for the people of Guyana. Please drop off your glasses or hearing aids at the Westport Village Pharmacy, Westport’s LCBO, Country Roads Community Health Unit, or any Lion member. The club will take prescription glasses and sunglasses, reading glasses, and non-prescription sunglasses. Cases are not required and are not shipped to Guyana because of cost.

Christmas Cakes for Seniors – The Westport Lions distribute Christmas cakes to seniors (65+) usually on the second Saturday of December.

Community Garden – The Lions Community Garden located next to Westport’s water tower is a place where people can grow vegetables for themselves and the Westport Food Bank.  

Vision Screening – Lion members conduct vision screening for students at Rideau Vista Public School and St. Edward Catholic School in Westport. These screenings alert parents to obtain professional help to correct vision problems. The club has also purchased eSight glasses for a local resident and given financial aid for a serious eye operation.   

Hall Rentals – The Lions Beach House is not currently available due to COVID restrictions. Hopefully in the future, the restrictions will be lifted. Check our website for the Hall Rental Agreement Form and Events Calendar for available dates.

In addition to the ongoing services, the club organizes many events that add to the quality of life in our community. There are Halloween treats for goblins and witches, the Santa Claus parade, Mobility Breakfast, Beach Volleyball Tournament, Fish Fry, Toy Drive, Westfest, Canada Day Celebrations, Luncheons for Seniors and our lotteries which include: $10,000 Cash Calendar, $10,000 Elimination Draw and $1,500 Spring Draw.

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