Lions Club Busy Behind the Scenes to Start the New Year

A group of Westport Lions and volunteers got together for a fun evening at the Elgin Bowling Lanes.

Westport Lions Roar

By Lion Bob Reddick

Although there are no big events sponsored by the Westport Lions Club in January and the early February, that does not mean the club is not busy.  Lions are planning future events, collaborating with other clubs, team building and helping fellow Lions during times of need. 

The Westport and Athens Lions Clubs will get together in early February to share ideas and best practices concerning entering data in My Lion, how to disburse funds in a fair and equitable fashion and the keeping of financial records.

The Westport Lions will participate in District A4 project to create backpacks for children undergoing cancer treatment at CHEO and the Kingston Cancer clinic.  The backpacks will be filled with books, games, stuffies, no sew blankets, pillowcases, anything that will make a child’s stay in the hospital more enjoyable.   The Westport Lions along with other clubs will collect these items and then assemble the backpacks at the District A4 convention held in Kingston on April 23.  If you wish to donate new items for the backpacks, create no sew blankets or make a financial contribution please contact the Westport Lions at 613-273–5789 or email the club at

Instructions for making no sew blankets can be found at the link,

Club meetings are essential to provide service to our community and to keep the membership engaged.  Meetings give members a time to come together, to grow, to organize and succeed.  But to build effective teams, organizations also need non -structured time together.  Members need time to develop collaboration, trust, a feeling of safety to speak up, and a willingness to experiment or try different things. All the above are essential elements of effective teams.

  Effective teams must have time to get to know each other, laugh and share. That is why the Westport Lions take every opportunity just to have fun.  Last Thursday there was lots of laughter when a group of Lions spent an evening at the Elgin Bowling Lanes.  It is amazing how much you learn about a person in a relaxed, fun atmosphere. 

One of the nice things about being a Lion is the fellowship and support members give each other.  Last Saturday, a group of Lions shovelled snow at a member’s home because he was recuperating from surgery.  When one member was asked if he could help, he said, “Sure, that is what being a Lion is about.” 

A special thank you to Brad Dier who donated his time to clear the snow at the Lions R. & R. Centre.  This gesture allowed the club to lend and receive requested medical equipment. 

As one member always includes in his email signature, “Be Kind, Be Considerate, Be a Lion.”

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