Westport Lions Working to Increase Youth Participation

April is shaping up to be a busy month for the Westport Lions.  The club wants to remind readers of the electronic version of this paper that the Westport Lions will have an information and recruitment night at the clubhouse on Wednesday, April 12 from 6:30 to  8:00 p.m.  Everyone is welcome, especially young people. 

The Westport Lions currently has two male teenagers that volunteer at events, and the club would like to expand that number. The club is flexible on how a young person can contribute to service projects and would be willing to provide incentives for membership.  The long-term goal would be to form a Leo Club. 

Leo Clubs are a youth organization of Lions Clubs International.  The acronym for LEO stands for Leadership Experience, and Opportunity.  Leo clubs encourage youths to develop leadership qualities by participating in social service activities.  The Leos are responsible for planning and implementing their own activities, financing their projects, and maintaining the smooth operation of the club.  

Together, Leos and Lions form a powerful partnership, one of mutual respect, where Leos learn the power of action, where Lions learn innovative insights from Leos, and Leos gain experience and learn strategies for serving people. 

If you are a young person that enjoys getting things done, a co-ed collaborating environment, leadership opportunities, recognition for your accomplishments and mentors who can guide you, then the Leos are for you.  

Any young person, interested in starting a co-ed Leo club, wants to be involved in their community, or just wants more information, please call 613-273-5789 and leave a message, or email us at westportontariolions@gmail.com.  

On Sunday, April 16 from 8:30 to 11:00 a.m., the club will have their annual Medical Mobility Service breakfast at The Cove.  A delicious breakfast of french toast with fresh local maple syrup, sausages, orange juice and coffee will be served. This is a major fundraiser for the club’s service of transporting people from the Elgin, Newboro and Westport areas to medical appointments.  There is no charge for this service, and it is funded entirely from community donations.  The cost of operating and maintaining two vans is significant.

A group of Westport Lions will be attending the A4 District Convention on Saturday, April 22.  This is a great opportunity for club members to learn how to better serve our community both at a personal and club level.   

The Reuse and Recycle Centre will open its doors for the season on April 28 and 29.  Members and volunteers have been busy cleaning and organizing the centre.  There will be more information about the Reuse and Recycle Centre in a future edition. 

The Westport Lions believe in the Japanese concept of Kaizen which means continuous improvement.  Lion Kim Kelly has created, tallied, and summarized a club survey to measure membership satisfaction and suggestions for improvement.  Kim will present the results of the survey and there will be a follow-up discussion on how the club can improve at the general meeting on April 26.  The club will hold its election for next year’s executive and the installation of officers will be during the last meeting in June.  

On Saturday, April 29 the Westport Lions will organize their annual PITCH-IN event to collect garbage along community roads.  Participants will meet at the clubhouse to pick up garbage bags and coordinate routes, and then gather back at the clubhouse to enjoy a free barbeque lunch. 

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