Your Support Matters – Lions Club Couldn’t Do It Without the Community

Westport Lion Bob Reddick (left) was honoured to receive the third highest award, International President’s Certificate of Appreciation, given by Past International President Brian Stevenson (centre) and District A-4 Governor Susan Tunnicliffe for his work fulfilling the mission of Lions Clubs International.   

Westport Lions Roar

By Bob Reddick

The Westport Lions have so much to be thankful for.  The club was overwhelmed by the support we received from the community at our annual Medical Mobility Service Breakfast. Several Lions mentioned that many young people and families who rarely use the service were impressively generous with their donations.

Another example of outstanding community generosity is Matt Madden owner of Madden and Company Tree Service & Stump Removal.  Matt and his two hired men, with the help of some very expensive equipment removed three stumps free of charge from the grounds at the beach. They chipped the branches and transported the wood chips to the Lions’ community gardens to put between the beds as organic mulch.  The Westport Lions thank Matt Madden and his crew for their efforts and contribution.

Members of the community are welcome to take the wood from the Manitoba maples that Lions David Lowery and Wayne Bent cut up. Please do not drive on the grass to obtain the wood.

The Westport Lions is hosting a yard sale at the Lions Beach on Saturday, May 20 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  The cost of an outside table is $10.00, and an inside table is $15.00.  Please contact Pat Reddick ( or call Jeannette Harper at (613-273-5791) or email her at ( for more information or to reserve a table.

Each year the A4 Governor takes on a special project.  This year, Governor Susan Tunnicliffe from Gananoque decided to undertake a service project that would help children fight cancer.  

Under the leadership of Lion Margaret Brooker of the Seeley’s Bay Lions Club, the attendees at the District A4 Convention filled 100 activity backpacks with a fleece throw, a pillowcase, a squishy, toys, crafts, and books.

This service project will help keep the children occupied while they are undergoing cancer treatment at the Kingston Health Sciences Centre and CHEO.  The financial support was so great from District clubs that Margret had enough money left over to purchase 20 – $50.00 gas cards and two – $25.00 cards for the families of each hospital.     

The Westport Lions were honoured at the convention to receive a Certificate of Appreciation from Diabetes Canada in recognition of the club’s support of Diabetes Tag Day.  This initiative involved Lions helping the public to be aware of and educate them about diabetes.  The club also collected money to fund education, support services, advocacy, and diabetes research. 

If you wish to obtain a four by eight-foot garden plot either for yourself or the Westport Foodbank, you should contact Jeannette Harper at (613-273-5791) or email her at ( Westport Lions’ Community Garden is located next to Westport’s water tower. 

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