Calendar Winners for Nov. 27 – Dec. 2

Dianne De Ciantis Thornhill $20
Gerald Taylor Mount Pearl $20
Christine Kincel Calgary $20
Hilda DeVries Brighton $20
Vivian Walsh Perth Rd. $20
Steve & Nicole Bresee Westport $1,000
Happy Shopping Day
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Lions support local chapter of Quilts of Valour

Westport Lions Roar

By Bob Reddick and Donna Easter

IMG_4304.JPGNine of the 17 ladies who now make up the local chapter of Quilts of Valour

 The mission for the ladies that form the local chapter of the Quilts of Valour is to ensure that injured Canadian Forces members are recognized for their service and commitment to our country. They give this support through the presentation of quilts to comfort our past and present Canadian Forces members.

It is a privilege for Westport Lions Club to financially help local organizations such as the Quilts of Valour. Donna Easter, regional representative, writes:

Why Quilts of Valour?

Quilts of Valour is a Canadian organization, working through an all-volunteer network of people, which provides comfort to military personnel who are recovering from wounds received in the service of Canada. Some of these wounds are obvious and some are not.

The Westport group started in March 2017 and has grown from an initial meeting of four members to what is now a thriving group of seventeen members. We make quilts to give away to our military and our vets who need support as they manage their way back to what we take for granted as “normal “in our day-to-day life.

I have had the honour of interacting with many servicemen and servicewomen since becoming involved in the Quilts of Valour Canadian Society two years ago after I heard the following story:

“A vet had returned from his third tour in Afghanistan and went to his basement refusing to come out. He remained there for two years – a cocoon – protected from harm. Aid workers visited and made it known to a quilting friend what was happening in this case. The quilt maker friend then took this man a quilt. Its label had on it the twelve names of those who had worked on this quilt. He could not believe that he had so many people in his corner and he began his return to the world”.

I will not make the claim that a simple, colourful quilt is the answer to recovery from injury, but in some cases, it has made a difference. Maybe allowing even a little light into an otherwise dark world is the answer to mending a broken body or soul.

Having made several public presentations to vets in Westport, Brockville, and Kingston, I have seen the respect with which is immediately evident in the audience for that vet. I also hear the positive remarks about the beauty of the quilts I am delivering. On each occasion I am grateful that I could be a small part of this important event – both for the vets and their families.

There have been several private presentations of quilts and deliveries of quilts to friends of wounded military who will act on our behalf. Some of our recipients are not ready to talk to the public. They are dealing privately with their injuries and often it is through letters and emails that we know how much our gifts have impacted their recovery. The following is one of those:

“On Feb. 1st, 2017, I was very surprised when I received my quilt…I was instantly humbled by this gesture of kindness.

Since completing three tours in Afghanistan, I have become a different person. It is hard for me to go outside in public. It is very difficult to interact and trust other people – constantly vigilant as if something bad will happen. It is a continuous challenge for me to overcome these anxieties and thoughts. Taking small steps each day, it’s a battle that I am still dealing with.

This gift has helped me in fighting that battle.

I feel that these quilts offer invaluable reminders to each of their owners. For me, it reminds me that there are people out there that are loving and caring. There are people out there that I can trust. I am not forgotten and there is purpose to the sacrifices I have made. This quilt represents a greater good. It renews my drive and hope in life. It shows my seven-year-old son the power of giving. It gives me purpose.

I will cherish this gift forever. Thank you”

Did you watch the Invictus Games? How can you not be moved by such courage and resilience? How can you not be grateful to have these quality people in your life and the life of your country? I am honoured to help in any small way I can and for now, a quilt will do.

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This past weekend was a very busy time for the Westport Lions Club. On Saturday, December 2, the club handed out Christmas cakes at the Lions’ den to seniors in our community. This coming Saturday, Lion members will distribute Christmas cakes to the seniors that were unable to pick up their cake.

On Sunday, December 3rd, the Westport Lions Club and the local food bank volunteers put on a delicious Christmas dinner for the patrons of the food bank.   Many thanks to Jeannette Harper for her hard work in preparing the food to feed more than 70 people. The club, with the help of an annoyous donor, provided the food, and food bank volunteers provided the gifts and invited Santa Claus to attend. Watching the childrens’ joy in seeing Santa was definitely the hightlight of the evening.

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Santa Claus Parade changes a hit with participants and spectators

 

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Santa had a line-up of children waiting for him at St. Edward School after Saturday’s Lions Club parade.

Our November 22nd meeting started on a sad note. Jim McGlade lead the Club in a minute of silence to pay our respects to past presidents Tony Dunleavy and Joe DeKroon who both passed away recently. They both served as Lions for many years and will be sadly missed by our community.

President Wayne Bent presented the Membership Advancement Key to Don Baker for opening the door to Lionism to at least two individuals.

A good portion of our meeting involved taking care of the many details required for a successful Santa Claus parade. This year’s chairperson, Craig Jackson, finalized members’ responsibilities and made sure everything was taken care of. Craig deserves a big round of applause for taking on this event from Dale Lyons, who organized the parade for many years. The parade is a huge undertaking, with many details that need to be ironed out months in advanced. Many people commented that they liked the changes that were made for this year’s parade.   Starting at the Esso offered more space that greatly helped in organizing the sequence of the parade. The new route enabled us to limit the time that motorists had to wait to get through Westport. In the past, members often had to endure impatient motorists who were only interested in getting through Westport and on to their destination. For the participants in the parade, it was encouraging that the shortened route was lined with spectators rather than large gaps of vacant streets which occurred in the past.

Property Chairperson Don Baker announced that Jim Scala, David
Blair, Dwain Smith and himself have volunteered to snowplough our yard, while Craig Jackson will look after any sanding that is required. Rick Warriner made the commitment to obtain some gravel from Tackberry’s pit to act as ballast for the snowblower and to fix up some potholes.

In his weekly updates, Lion Michael Harris reports that the mobility vans to date have traveled 22,810 kilometres, consumed 947 volunteer hours, and serviced 259 requests.

During this festive time of year our calendar is very busy. On November 28th our club travels to Athens to participate in their annual appreciation banquet that they host for all local clubs that help them out during their Farmersville event. This is always a fun gathering of Lions with excellent food and entertainment. It is also satisfying to be part of the spirit of Lionism where various clubs come together to provide service for each other. On December 2nd a contingent of our members will enter our mobility vans in Perth’s Santa Claus parade.

Also on Saturday, December 2nd Christmas cake pickup will be from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at the clubhouse. If you wish to buy a cake then you can just show up at the above time. We have plenty in stock and the cost is $10. If you want your cake delivered then you must phone 613-273-5789 to make arrangements.

To round out the weekend, on Sunday, December 3rd Westport Lions will host the participants of the local food bank to a complete Christmas dinner. Santa will take time out from his busy schedule to make an appearance. A good example that the Christmas spirit is alive in Westport is that an anonymous donor will once again donate all of the food.

The Lions Club’s own Christmas dinner will be held on December 13th where we get together with our volunteer mobility van drivers and the wives of our deceased members to show our appreciation and celebrate the season.

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The Gordon Pipe Band from Smiths Falls has been a participant in the Westport Lions Santa Claus Parade for decades.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our November 22nd meeting started on a sad note. Jim McGlade lead the Club in a minute of silence to pay our respects to past presidents Tony Dunleavy and Joe DeKroon who both passed away recently. They both served as Lions for many years and will be sadly missed by our community.

 

President Wayne Bent presented the Membership Advancement Key to Don Baker for opening the door to Lionism to at least two individuals.

 

A good portion of our meeting involved taking care of the many details required for a successful Santa Claus parade. This year’s chairperson, Craig Jackson, finalized members’ responsibilities and made sure everything was taken care of. Craig deserves a big round of applause for taking on this event from Dale Lyons, who organized the parade for many years. The parade is a huge undertaking, with many details that need to be ironed out months in advanced. Many people commented that they liked the changes that were made for this year’s parade.   Starting at the Esso offered more space that greatly helped in organizing the sequence of the parade. The new route enabled us to limit the time that motorists had to wait to get through Westport. In the past, members often had to endure impatient motorists who were only interested in getting through Westport and on to their destination. For the participants in the parade, it was encouraging that the shortened route was lined with spectators rather than large gaps of vacant streets which occurred in the past.

 

Property Chairperson Don Baker announced that Jim Scala, David
Blair, Dwain Smith and himself have volunteered to snowplough our yard, while Craig Jackson will look after any sanding that is required. Rick Warriner made the commitment to obtain some gravel from Tackberry’s pit to act as ballast for the snowblower and to fix up some potholes.

 

In his weekly updates, Lion Michael Harris reports that the mobility vans to date have traveled 22,810 kilometres, consumed 947 volunteer hours, and serviced 259 requests.

 

During this festive time of year our calendar is very busy. On November 28th our club travels to Athens to participate in their annual appreciation banquet that they host for all local clubs that help them out during their Farmersville event. This is always a fun gathering of Lions with excellent food and entertainment. It is also satisfying to be part of the spirit of Lionism where various clubs come together to provide service for each other. On December 2nd a contingent of our members will enter our mobility vans in Perth’s Santa Claus parade.

Also on Saturday, December 2nd Christmas cake pickup will be from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at the clubhouse. If you wish to buy a cake then you can just show up at the above time. We have plenty in stock and the cost is $10. If you want your cake delivered then you must phone 613-273-5789 to make arrangements. To round out the weekend, on Sunday, December 3rd Westport Lions will host the participants of the local food bank to a complete Christmas dinner. Santa will take time out from his busy schedule to make an appearance. A good example that the Christmas spirit is alive in Westport is that an anonymous donor will once again donate all of the food. Our Christmas dinner will be held on December 13th where we get together with our volunteer mobility van drivers and the wives of our deceased members to show our appreciation and celebrate the season.

 

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Calendar Winners for the Week of Nov. 20

 

 

Karen Pattinson Harrowsmith $20
Westport Wreliks c/o Jeff Seed Elgin $20
Julie Joyce Landsdowne $20
F. Huth Westport $20
Karen Pattinson Harrowsmith $20
Chris Leeman Wolfe Island $40

 

Note Saturday December 2nd Draw is for $1000, happy shopping

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The Lions’ Newest Member: Rene´Reynen

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Meet our newest member, Rene´ Reynen

While boating the Rideau system for years, one of Lori and Rene´ Reynen’s favorite stops was Westport. After selling their company, which manufactured stethoscopes for the medical profession, Lori and Rene´ decided to explore Westport by auto. They loved what they saw, and were impressed with Westport and its residents. They could identify with Westport because they both came from small communities of Chesterville and Ingleside. Before they knew it, they had bought a business, and have spent nine years living in Westport.

In Cornwall and area, Rene´ has been involved with the Jaycees of Canada, the Chamber of Commerce and various business associations. He has also been president of the real estate board and involved with minor hockey.

After seeing what the Lions Club of Westport is doing and stands for, and getting to know some of its members, he decided to apply to become a member.   Rene´ hopes to help in whatever way he can, and is proud to be a Lion. He says, “If anyone is thinking about helping out the community in which he or she lives in, then please talk to a Lion.”   At his store New Beginnings on Church St., he has the Lions 2018 Cash Calendars for sale.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Calendar Winners for the Week of November 13

Cathy French Newboro $20
Susan McParland Perth $20
Jay Harmer Portland $20
H. Amanda LaHay Lindsay $20
Dr Ian Shiozaki Newboro $20
Brent McInnis New Maryland $40
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30 Years of Westport Lions Cash Calendar

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Westport Lions Roar

By Jim Scala

How many years exactly is hard to determine but based on the memory of our longest serving member Jim McGlade it is believed to be about 30 years.

Each year we sellout 1000 calendars numbered 000-999 to local area residents, seasonal residents and visitors. Using the OLG Pick Three evening draw lottery numbers we select a winner every day except Sunday. Over the year that is 312 winning numbers, paid $20 Monday to Friday and $40 on Saturday. The only exceptions are New Years Day $1000, Canada Day $500, the first Saturday in December “Happy Shopping Day” $1000 and $100 each of the remaining Saturdays before Christmas, $10,000 in total.

The price of the calendars has remained the same since the beginning $20 each with the option of purchasing six for $100, a popular Christmas gifting idea. The increasing cost of printing and distribution has been offset by our local area advertisers’ allowing us to keep the cost the same in these times of rising prices.

All of the net proceeds are donated to programs and organizations with purposes that support:

– Youth mental and physical development

-Senior’s mental and physical well being

-Relief of pain, suffering and financial hardship due to illness or disaster

-Purposes Beneficial to the Community

To keep the cost of printing down we produce the calendar in black and white enhancing the appearance with photos of life in our area from 1900 to 1960 or so. Some of the pictures featured in the 2018 calendar are: 1957 Westport Skating club members, 1903 Idelwild Hotel (now the Opinicon), 1936 Bell’s School students and my favorite the 1921, 20 passenger railway car running between Brockville and Westport nicknamed the Jitney.

Speaking to local resident Wenda Lyons she tells me, when her grandmother used the Jitney to travel to the hospital in Brockville to have her baby, she was told to go home as she was not ready, yet, on the return trip she gave birth to Wenda’s father Jitney Jim Lyons.

All 1000 numbers remain active throughout the year, about one third of the draw numbers are repeat winners in some cases three times in the year. Recently one of the $1000 winners had won $20 just a week before, another daily winner won three times in a four week period. Winners are announced in the Review Mirror, on our Face Book page and our web site westportlions.ca.

Thank you all for supporting our efforts to make our communities a better place to live.

 

 

 

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