Lions Accepting Funding Requests

From the left, Bev Fitzgerald, Betty Clark, Frances Murphy, and Margorie Norwood celebrated an early St. Patrick’s Day by enjoying the senior lunch sponsored by the Westport Lions Club.

Westport Lions Roar

By Lion Bob Reddick

Fifty seniors attended a delicious luncheon at The Cove on March 15 sponsored by the Westport Lions Club. Many seniors eagerly celebrated St. Patrick’s Day early by dressing in their best green attire.

The club during normal times provides four lunches a year for the seniors to show the club’s appreciation for their support and provide an opportunity where they can get together.   The Lions had budgeted money for the luncheons but never got an opportunity to host them because of COVID.

At the luncheon, Westport and Area Seniors Association chairperson, Donna Easter welcomed everyone and reminded the seniors that the association is looking for new members for their executive and Calling Committee. The executive meets the first Wednesday of each month to organize their regular luncheon on the second Tuesday of each month.  

Lion Wayne Bent welcomed the seniors on behalf of the Westport Lions Club.  Lion Wayne told the seniors that the club’s disbursements and service activities focus on seniors and youths’ mental and physical development with an emphasis on the five Lion’s Pillars of Vision, Diabetes, Hunger, Environment or Childhood Cancer.

It is time to submit applications for funding requests to the Westport Lions Club for spring disbursements. Please complete the application form to the Westport Lions by April 1, 2022.

You can find the funding application form on the Westport Lions website, westportlions.ca. Click on the red link entitled, Application for Funding Requests, and then download an application form for individuals or organizations. You can either print off the form, complete it, and mail it to Westport Lions Club, P.O. Box 428, Westport, ON K0G 1X0, or you can complete the fillable PDF file and email it to westportontariolions@gmail.com. 

All requests must be in writing before the club will consider them. Completing a form allows the club to make fair, non-biased decisions that are consistent with the Lions Club mandate and AGCO guidelines.  

In recent years we have moved to two donation periods. One is in April and the second one is in October. The two time periods allow us to fairly distribute funds evenly throughout the year. Also, it helps us to see the big picture in terms of the needs of the community and to prioritize the requests. 

All requests should meet at least one of the following general criteria:

  • Youth mental and physical development with an emphasis on one of five Lion’s Pillars – Vision, Diabetes, Hunger, Environment or Childhood Cancer;
  • Senior’s mental and physical well-being with an emphasis on one of same five Lion’s Pillars;
  • Relief of pain, suffering and financial hardship due to illness or disaster;
  • Purposes beneficial to the Community.

To ensure the value of our donation dollars is maximized, priority is given to causes that support many individuals as opposed to a single recipient. In terms of community requests, the club considers how the donation will be beneficial to the community. 

Please mark on your calendars the club’s annual Medical Mobility fundraising breakfast at The Cove on Sunday, April 10 from 8:30 – 11:00 a.m. A special thank you to Bryan and Tracey Colford, and The Cove for sponsoring this event. 


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