Westport Lions Calendar Winners For September 11-16

Robert Maitland,Toledo…………………. $20
Neil Kudrinko, Westport………………… $20
Chris Leeman, Wolfe Island…………….$20
Shelly Hamilton, Godfrey………………..$20
Richelle Lawrence, Kingston…………..$20
Tim Young, Maberly……………………….$40

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Lions Start the New Lions’ Year

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Lions Bob Reddick, Don Baker (in tractor) and supervisor Kevin Northcott cleaning the Lions’ beach of seaweed. Depending on the direction of the wind, there has been as many as 13 bucket loads of seaweed deposited on the beach in one day.  

The Westport Lions held their first meeting of Lions’ New Year last Wednesday with 18 members attending. Correspondence was the first item on the agenda and it was decided that in an effort to streamline and cut down the number of emails sent to the membership that Lion Jim McGlade will decide what emails concerning Lions Clubs International and the blind will be forwarded to the membership.

If anyone wishes to book the clubhouse please contact Don Baker at (613-273-2721) or (doncbake@rideau.net). Don reported that many dates have already been booked for next summer. To determine which dates and times that are available, go to our website (westportlions.ca) and click on calendar at the top of the home page.

As a result of a busy summer of fundraising, treasurer Jim Scala reported that the beach complex slightly exceeded our expenses for the year. The Club recognized and thanked Don Baker for his outstanding dedication and hard work for daily opening, closing and cleaning the washrooms, and raking seaweed from beach. Don in turn thanked Bob Reddick for his help in maintaining the beach complex.

To assist Don Baker, it was proposed that we form three teams of three to clean the clubhouse on a weekly basis. Don will be in charge and is responsible for creating a checklist on what is to done, and make sure all cleaning supplies and equipment are available. The members that volunteered are Jim McGlade, Bob Reddick, Dorothy Maynard, Don Baker, David Blair, Roger Merkley and Bill Garland. To help make the task not so onerous, Bob Reddick will create a schedule for the cleaners and will try to recruit other members who were not at the meeting.

Our Induction Night for four new members will be held on the September 27th meeting. Lion Jim McGlade will preside over this ceremony with the help from two past governors from Perth. The Club is excited to have the contributions and talents that these new members will bring to our club. The new members to be inducted are George Jones, Chris Norman, Robert Merkley and Rene´ Reynen.

Chairperson of the Calendar Committee, Jim Scala, reported that the calendars are now ready to be printed. The Club wishes to thank the 48 advertisers that bought ads in the calendar, which pays for the printing.

Chairperson of the Property Committee, Don Baker, reported that the septic system has been inspected and is in great shape, and has met all the necessary standards. It was suggested that we cut down the large spruce tree so it will not damage the tile bed. Lion David Lowery has offered to cut the tree down. Perhaps the town might want a very large Christmas tree for this festive season.

Lion Mike Robinson in charge of the recycling program reported that the recycling program is successfully making money. Your last chance to drop off items for this season is September 30th. President Bent thanked Mike for his all of his hard work and dedication towards the recycling program.

Lion Jim McGlade, chairperson of vision screening, will need five people to help screen grades one, four and six at Rideau Vista on Thursday, October 12th and grades one, five and eight at St. Edward on Thursday, October 19th.  Every year Jim and his crew identify several students that should seek an appointment with an optometrist.

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Westport Lions Newest Member

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George retired in 2014 after 30 years driving a bus in the city of Toronto. A year later, he, his wife Barb and their two dogs moved to Westport, happy to leave the big city behind. Over the past two years, they have enjoyed getting to know their new home and what it has to offer, as well as exploring southeastern Ontario.

While a bus driver in Toronto, George often went a step beyond to help others, from sharing his lunch with a hungry man and ensuring women were safe at night to giving a coat and mitts to a man working on a street corner and buying a new bicycle for a child whose bike was stolen. At home, his skills and tools were available to assist friends and neighbours whenever needed, from snowblowing driveways to plumbing repairs and fixing computers. He has also always been keen to learn new skills and willingly takes on different tasks as a learning opportunity.

As a newcomer to Westport, George sees joining the Lions Club as a way to more actively participate in and contribute to the community and as an opportunity to learn from and share with others. He has a wide range of skills and interests which he hopes will be helpful in achieving the service goals of the Lions and he looks forward to meeting and working with his fellow members.

 

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Westport Lions Calendar Winners For Sept. 4-9

Gretchen & Paul Grenier, Rochester…………………….$20
Jim Perin, Delta………………………………………………..$20
Jane Knox, Godfrey…………………………………………..$20
Jane Gilbert, Westport ………………………………………$20
Sheila & Peter Kinstler, Kingston…………………………$20
Jeff Blair, Westport……………………………………………$40

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Lions using technology to improve service amid increased demand for mobility vans

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Another day of service for Lion Harry Beckett.

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By Lion Bob Reddick

As the song goes, “The Times are A-changin” and the Westport Lions Club has to change and evolve to meet the needs of the people they serve. A good example of a change is with our operational procedures, and how we dispatch drivers for the mobility vans. In the past, the client would call the Lion dispatcher at his home. This caused stress for the dispatcher because some people would call at all hours during the day and evening and the morning of the appointment. To solve this problem, we used the clubhouse’s number and an answering machine, but the dispatcher had to visit the clubhouse and listen to the tape. Next we had the system where the dispatcher could listen to the tape from his home but he would still have to call the drivers one by one until he found a driver able to fulfill the request. Then the dispatcher had to call the client, get the details, and then call the driver back to clarify the location and time of pick up. This worked with limited requests and one van, but when we obtained the second van and the demand increased, it became too time consuming.

 

Since last January when Lion Michael Harris took over the dispatcher’s duties and with the tremendous help of WTC, they have continuously refined the process until the procedure is as follows:

  1. Client calls the club’s answering service (613-273-5789) to request a mobility ride at least seven days before the appointment. This message should include as a minimum the client’s name and phone number. The date, time and location of the appointment is also useful as well as the pick up address and whether the client has mobility requirements.
  2. System automatically forwards an email to the dispatcher with a voice file attached.
  3. The dispatcher registers the request on a spreadsheet and if necessary calls the client to get more details.
  4. About 7 days before the appointment he sends an email to all drivers with the request details.
  5. A volunteer driver replies TO ALL offering to pick up the task.
  6. The dispatcher replies TO ALL assigning the task.
  7. The driver calls the client to confirm and arrange details of pick up.
  8. The driver fulfills request.

As you can see the system only works if the clients give the Lions Club at least seven days notice and the drivers read their emails on a daily bases. Thus, we cannot respond to medical emergencies and any other special transportation requests. The system is designed for scheduled medical appointments only, and for people with limited transportation options. We can only offer the service on weekdays and cannot make any side trips other than to a pharmacy to fill a prescription. In the event we cannot fulfill a request, we will try to notify the client at least 48 hours in advance so he/she can make alternative arrangements.

Westport Lions mobility service is presently sustainable through the generous donations of our clients, the spring breakfast put on by The Cove, Delbert Adrain and Byran Colford and memorial gifts. We are always happy to issue a tax deductible receipt upon request.

 

 

The demand for our mobility van service has steadily increased over the years. If you are interested in being a volunteer driver please call 613-273-5789 and leave a message or email us at westportontariolions@gmail.com.

 

 

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Lions turn 100 in 2017

By Lion Jim McGlade

Our Lions Clubs’ Internationals was chartered in 1917 in Chicago, Illinois. The Lions International 100th birthday is this year and there are many activities taking place to celebrate this milestone, one of which is the Lions International Convention being held in its birthplace of Chicago. This convention took place June 30th to July 4th 2017.

The Lions Clubs became an International service organization in 1920 when a Lions Club was chartered in Windsor, Ontario, the first club to be outside the United States of America. The first International President outside the USA was Lion Harry A. Newman from the Toronto area who held this office during the Lions year from 1924/25. Three other Canadian Lions were also International Presidents, and they were Lion Walter Fisher 1949/50 Lion Tris Coffin 1973/74 and Lion Judge Brian Steenson 1983/84. The 1924/25 Lions year was when Helen Keller asked the Lions membership to be her “Knights of the Blind” which they took on as a project to help all those with issues caused by blindness. Helen Keller was the first Lady Lion of the continent that year. Many used eye glasses have been collected over the past 100 years and eye care clinics have taken place world wide as a result of this challenge.

 

 

 

 

 

Lions Gary Warriner and Don Baker operated the grill at last Saturday’s chicken barbeque.

 

 

 

 

Our Lions Clubs’ Internationals was chartered in 1917 in Chicago, Illinois. The Lions International 100th birthday is this year and there are many activities taking place to celebrate this milestone, one of which is the Lions International Convention being held in its birthplace of Chicago. This convention took place June 30th to July 4th 2017.

The Lions Clubs became an International service organization in 1920 when a Lions Club was chartered in Windsor, Ontario, the first club to be outside the United States of America. The first International President outside the USA was Lion Harry A. Newman from the Toronto area who held this office during the Lions year from 1924/25. Three other Canadian Lions were also International Presidents, and they were Lion Walter Fisher 1949/50 Lion Tris Coffin 1973/74 and Lion Judge Brian Steenson 1983/84. The 1924/25 Lions year was when Helen Keller asked the Lions membership to be her “Knights of the Blind” which they took on as a project to help all those with issues caused by blindness. Helen Keller was the first Lady Lion of the continent that year. Many used eye glasses have been collected over the past 100 years and eye care clinics have taken place world wide as a result of this challenge.

 

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$10,000 Winners

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Margot Rothwell and Richard Gordon of Westport won the Westport Lions Club’s annual $10,000 draw on Saturday afternoon at the club’s beach house. Margot accepted the cheque from Lions Kevin Kardash, Marty Hawkins and Wayne Bent.

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