Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service club organization. They have 1.35 million members in more than 45,000 clubs in more than 206 countries and geographic areas. Lions meet the needs of local communities and the world every day because they share a core belief – to serve their community.
Lions have a dynamic history. Founded in 1917, we are best known for fighting blindness, but Lthey also volunteer for many different kinds of community projects – including caring for the environment, feeding the hungry and aiding seniors and the disabled.
The Thornbury Beaver Valley Lions Club was chartered in June 1984, with 22 local, active community residents, and was sponsored by the Meaford Lions Club. Their mission and purpose are to concentrate their service and fundraising projects geared to local needs and support international commitments. They have supported over 130 different community needs with funding and services. Annually fundraising a net profit of $8000 to $10000, 100% of these funds go back into local charities’ requests for support, and a fraction of which satisfies their International obligations.
Over the past 35 years, the Club has been involved in Guide dog walks, playground equipment, Community Lions Park (Clarksburg), Lions benches, specific needy citizens’ support and services. They have supported and sponsored the formation of a local certified International Toastmaster’s Club, sponsored and managed the Beaver River
Watershed Initiative (BRWI), in cooperation with many other local environmentalists, and support local Special Olympics initiatives and needs. All are legacy projects. Some of the original charter members are still in the area, and one member, and his partner, are still active with the club.
The Thornbury Beaver Valley Lions Club’s major fundraising projects are the Annual Duck Race (18 years to date) and the Annual Christmas Tree Sale (25 years to date). Both of these projects have had to be canceled this year, primarily due to the Covid-19 pandemic. While they are on track to achieve this year’s financial support to community needs, the clubs’ reserve funds are depleted due to the canceled fundraising projects. They are planning to change or replace these two projects in the coming year, possibly with virtual projects, if/as necessary. The Lions are recognized in the Community as a most friendly service club, energetic, and welcoming group. They currently meet once per month at the Marsh Street Centre. They are proud Lions as they strive to fulfill the motto: “WE SERVE.”
The Lions are reaching out to the community for new ideas and projects. As with most other local service clubs, they recognize the club needs to replenish itself with new, active members and/or partnerships to remain relevant. Age, health, and lack of change in recognition of current needs are taking a toll.
Interested in becoming a Lion? Give them a call!