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
Bracebridge Lions Club has had a busy few weeks, donating to BMLSS & St. Dominic’s Bursary funds, as well as $500 each to Bracebridge Public School and Monck Public School bands to help them compete in Musicfest in Toronto. We have also supported the Scouts on their summer canoeing adventure, and the Hornets baseball team and a soccer team. We assisted a community member who required a wheelchair. Next week it even gets better!!!! Thank you Bracebridge for supporting your Lions Club!
On Thursday, January 22, 2015, we were honoured to have District Governor Barb Ennis back at our club to make a very special presentation to Lion Lyle Cathcart for his 63 years of unequalled service to our club. He was awarded the Divisional Club Footprint award as well as a special banner on behalf of Lions Clubs International President Joe Preston. Lyle has held almost every position in the club and has been an inspiration for us all. Lion Lyle is well know for his contributions to the community and can be seen helping out tirelessly at any and all BBQ’s held in the community. His energy and enthusiasm eclipses those who are half his age. Besides his commitment to the Lions, Lyle is also a Mason and a Shriner. Congratulations Lyle! And a sincere thank you for all that you do!
The initial idea of installing a “Free Little Library” in Annie Williams Park evolved when Bracebridge resident Jessica Tickle read an article about a similar idea in the US and approached the Annie Williams Park BOD to get their support. She then approached John Kerr from Back Yard Stuff chainsaw carving on Highway 11. His enthusiasm for the project was outstanding. He envisioned something much more permanent and artistic and offered his expertise and his relationships with chainsaw artists to create the sculpture that was installed today. Artist, Scott Rowe has done a fabulous job.
A small committee of interested neighbours quickly formed to help collect books and maintain the library. While digging the huge hole needed to prep the site, I asked our youngest committee member, Alex Quemby (11yrs old), why she wanted to get involved and she replied “I love reading and I think other kids my age do too! I can’t wait to trade good books with them”. In an era of computers and smart phones, I am enthused to hear that this Little Free Library is still of interest to a younger generation of readers.
The three service clubs supporting the Park, Rotary Club of Bracebridge, Rotary Club of Bracebridge-Muskoka Lakes & Bracebridge Lions Club are active participants in making this vision a reality. The Annie Williams Park Board will proceed with an official registration through the Little Free Library website (littlefreelibrary.org)
Throughout the project, everyone involved has shared the common goal of fostering neighbourhood relationships and giving back to our community.
The library will start with a focus toward books for children and young-adult readers but will blossom into whatever the community gives back to it.
The AWP BOD thanks the Bracebridge Lions CLub as well as the 2 Rotary Clubs for their support in making this worthy project a reality. Remember to think about our Little Free Library in the park after you finish a great book!