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.
On Sunday May 29th, the Bracebridge Lions were busy giving back to the community. At Annie Williams Park, Lion Cathy organized a community picnic for the Annie Williams Memorial Park Advisory Committee, including children’s entertainers Jam Sandwich, Fire Trucks, Hydro lift truck, Balloons, Games, Face Painting, Popcorn, Cake and Ice Cream and of course our famous BBQ’d hotdogs. Lions Lyle, Randy, Scott, Fred and Cathy helped make this a successful event. Not to be outdone, our second BBQ team of Lions Mike, Art, Nicole and Chris M, were out at Memorial Park doing a charity BBQ for the YWCA’s Walk a Mile in Her Shoes. Lion Bruce was the star of the show, winning accolades as the best dressed walker at the event, as the Club sponsored Bruce to complete the Walk. Thanks to everyone who participated in these events!
Lions Lyle and Cathy took a break from BBQ’ing at the AWMP Family Picnic to take the Beverley family to see the beautiful birch trees that were recently planted at Annie Williams Park in remembrance of Lion Al Beverley who passed away last year and was one of the driving forces in our Club’s commitment to the park. Shown in picture, Lion Lyle, Al’s daughter Sherry, his wife Wendy and grandson Aaron.
On Thursday, April 28th 2016, the club was pleased to induct an unprecedented 7 new members into the Bracebridge Lions Club. These new members have made the commitment to serve their community and to make the world a better place. We welcome Nicole Garon, Jodee Tonge, John Craymer, Scott McFarlane, Randy Bates, Bruce White and Christopher Marsters to the Pride! Already these members have shown that they will be active members of the club and an asset to our community.
Bracebridge Lion Treasurer Fred Walker presents BMLSS student Jade Ball with a Cheque for $250 towards her fundraising efforts for a trip to Tanzania in July. Jade will be representing BMLSS on a 14 day this educational experience called Social Justice Course, Theory to Action and will receive High School credits as a result of this exciting chance to experience and help change the world. Good Luck Jade and we hope to hear all about your trip when you return!
Lion Mike Guiry had the pleasure of taking Lion Bill Lockhart to the 2nd Annual Community Services Recognition Award presentation at the Pines Long Term Care Facility on November 19th. The Bracebridge LIons Club has been a member of the Financial Assistance Partners Group (FAPG) since its’ inception and was honoured to be asked to be one of the recipients of this award for 2015. Accepting the award on behalf of the FAPG was our own Bill Lockart, Paul Hammond from Bracebridge Rotary and Gord Mitchell from Huntsville Rotary. This group is a compilation of local service clubs and organizations that meet regularly to review needs from individuals in the community that require financial assistance and provide funding to help them get back on their feet. Well done FAPG! We are proud to be a founding member of this organization!
After over 50 years of hosting our Annual Steak BBQ on the Civic Weekend at Annie Williams Park, the Bracebridge Lions Club is sorry to announce that they will not be holding it this year. We have agreed to step aside and allow full use of the park to Session Muskoka, which promises to be a great event for Bracebridge. We hope to come back next year and resume our long standing tradition, perhaps on a different weekend. We have been asked to be a vendor a Session Muskoka, so drop by and say hello, and purchase one of our world famous Peameal Backbacon on a bun or an Oktoberfest Sausage!
The Bracebridge Lions Club was proud to present the big cheque to South Muskoka Hospital Foundation Director Colin Miller (centre) at our meeting on April 23rd. The club’s donation of $25,000 is towards meeting the ongoing needs for equipment and services at the Bracebridge Hospital. Presenting the cheque are Lion Ed Rynard and Lion President Mike Guiry