Women a Big Part of Westport Lions Club’s Success

Julie-Anne Baird (left) and Dorothy Maynard (right) are part of the tractor crew that cleans the beach of seaweed.  Julie-Anne also helps with tractor maintenance and converting the tractor from snow to weed removal.

Westport Lions Roar

By Lion Bob Reddick

Lions Dorothy Maynard and Julie-Anne Baird (above) are two of the nine female members of the Westport Lions Club, all are energetically involved in many facets of the club, from tractor maintenance and cleaning the beach to holding executive positions.

In addition, six women are actively involved with club activities but are not card-carrying members. They help to keep the Lions’ Reuse and Recycle Centre and community gardens running smoothly. They are some of the top sellers of tickets and calendars and are involved in the distribution of Christmas cakes, the toy drive, catering events and maintaining the clubhouse gardens. Two volunteers chair committees, Penny Warriner for the Cash Calendars, and Jan Gagnon for the toy drive.  

 The Westport Lions would not be able to offer a high level of service to the community without these women. The club is stronger and better able to meet the needs of the community because of the perspective and commitment these women bring to the club.

At our last general meeting held on June 1, President Michael Harris volunteered to attend the graduation ceremonies to be held at Rideau District High School on June 27. Michael will present a cheque to the graduating student who best displays a positive attitude, and who has shown great improvement through determination and hard work.  

Lions Jim McGlade, Dale Lyons, Dorothy Maynard, and Smokey Sherwood offered to help the Athens Lion Club with their annual Farmersville event on July 16. The Westport club for years has helped to staff the gates at this fascinating exhibition. This year the Westport Lions will also be hosting the Rock the Beach Volleyball tournament and Westfest on July 16 resulting in fewer members being able help the Athens club. 

Lions Joanne O’Neill and Wayne Bent gave an update on the progress of the Canada Day celebrations. To help with traffic safety, the Lions are going to contact Tackaberry Construction for the loan of a caution light at the top of the mountain to slow traffic.

Beach patrons are reminded to enter and exit the beach roadways as the signs indicate. Exiting at the top entrance gives drivers and cyclists coming down the hill no time to react to a departing vehicle. 

Lion Craig Jackson reported that Mark Hales Construction has cleared brush from the front entrance and along the east side of the clubhouse. Ditching was done to facilitate water runoff and reduce erosion.  

Ticket sales are going well with the $1500 Cash Draw sponsored by Herlehy Home Building Centre.  Lion teams have been organized to sell tickets around town and you can also purchase tickets online at devilake@rideau.net.

Other status reports were given. The Reuse and Recycle Centre is now open on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The R. & R. team will assess traffic in June and will decide whether to eliminate Thursdays if sales are low. 

The public is invited to the club’s annual Fish Fry held at the Lions Beach on June 11 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. The dinner costs $18 and includes fish, french fries, baked beans, coleslaw, and a bun. Come and enjoy an al fresco dinner at the beach. 

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