Bracebridge Lions are proud to help out Lions Camp Dorset, which provides a summer respite for dialysis patients in Ontario. A number of years ago, we proudly built cottage # 8 as our contribution to this camp and the time had come for some much needed upgrades, including replacing the foundation, new insulation, windows and bathroom. We are working to provide some financial assistance for these upgrades and have a team from our club heading out to Camp Dorset on the 20th of October to help out with general maintenance at the camp.
Lion Lyle Cathcart was honoured by the Canadian Government for making a difference in his community. Our local Cogeco station did a special, highlighting how much he contributes, not only to the Bracebridge Lions Club, but to the Shriners and his community. We were honoured to recently award him his pin for 65 Years of Perfect Attendance.
Bracebridge Lions were out in full force on Sunday May 28th giving back to the community! In support of the Annual Annie Williams Picnic in the Park and the YWCA “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes”, our club purchased, BBQ’d and served over 570 free Hot Dogs for attendees. We worked with the Rotary Club of Bracebridge, the Rotary Club of Bracebridge-Muskoka Lakes, Town of Bracebridge and the YWCA to organize this free event. Members also helped direct traffic and parking and donated drinks, balloons and equipment! There was entertainment, activities, cake and ice cream, water, Paddle Club demonstrations, Fire Trucks, EMS, and the Lakeland Lift Truck. Well done team!
On Thursday May 25th we were pleased to have as our guests Robert and his Dog Guide Sam, as we did a formal presentation with Benefactor Brock Napier for his generous donation through the club for his Dog Guide. Brock’s donation has make a huge difference in Robert’s life and he has pledged to continue helping others in Muskoka who are in need of a Dog Guide to improve their lives. On behalf of the club, Thank you Brock!
At our May 25th Meeting Club President Art Meredith presented the following Awards:
Camp Dorset Directorship – Lions Bruce White and John Craymer
Camp Kirk Directorship – Lion Scott McFarlane
Camp Huronda Life Directorship – Randy Bates
Helen Keller Award – Oleh Wozniuk
Melvin Jones – Fred Walker
Lion of the Year – John Larsen
100 Year Silver Pin for sponsoring new members – Lyle, Mike, Jim, Janet and Cathy
Lion Cathy presented Lion Lyle with a pin and certificate for 65 years of Perfect Attendance
On Thursday April 27th, Bracebridge Lions Ed Rynard and Rod Purvis presented A-12 District Governor Len Day with a cheque for $1000 towards the shoreline improvements for Camp Huronda, which is a camp for children with Type 1 Diabetes and their families. These camps provide families with opportunities to learn more about type 1 diabetes in a positive and supportive environment, where they can also share knowledge and experiences, network and build relationships with other families going through similar challenges.
Bracebridge Lions Mike Guiry and Jodee Tonge (also representing the District of Muskoka) had the pleasure of attending an awards ceremony yesterday. The Elderberries choir of Gravenhurst voted to donate $1,000.00 of their hard earned funds to the Financial Assistance Partner’s Group (of which our club is a representative), along with 2 other community minded groups. The Elderberries invited them to attend one of their rehearsals and turned it into a small awards ceremony. T…hey had a photographer there to take a few pictures of the choir and then they invited each award winner to come up and accept their award. The FAPG is very grateful that the choir thought of this “team” to be worthy of receiving this money. This is especially so at this time as the FAPG funds are running low and will soon need to be topped up. FAPG funds are managed by the Muskoka Service Clubs and the District of Muskoka and given back to needy people in Muskoka.