Some of you may have wondered about this: who are those people calling themselves Lions? Perhaps you are already aware of or know about your local West Hill-Highland Creek Lions Club, a service club that is active in this community.
Briefly, let it be said that Lions, not the ones that can be seen at the Toronto Zoo or in Africa, are a bunch of local volunteers who do all kinds of beneficial work as a service club on the local, regional and even international levels, striving to make their community and the world a better place to live in. Your local West Hill-Highland Creek Lions Club is one of the 46,000 Lions Clubs world-wide, with the resources and experience of this international organization to rely on. This club has been active in the West Hill/Highland Creek/Centennial areas since 1944 and in the West Rouge community since 2000.
It is rather difficult, in the context of this report to list all the activities the club has been involved in over the years or to explain in detail why and how the work gets done. Instead you may want to refer to the information that is available on the club's website www.lionsclub.ca.
Besides having the satisfaction of serving the community, Lions Club members also experience and enjoy the friendship within their Club and the personal benefit from the experience and getting the opportunity to learn and to develop their leadership skills.
Listed here are examples of the activities the Lions Club is working on this season:
- The Waterfront Run for Lions, in conjunction with the Port Union Waterfront Festival on June 25;
- The Annual Rain Barrel Sale beginning in April;
- The Gift and Craft Sale in December at the Heron Park Community Centre.
The proceeds from these activities allow the Club to support many causes, just to name only a few:
- CNIB Camp Lake Joseph;
- Lions Vision Programs such as eye glass collections;
- The Food Bank;
- Bursaries to all local High Schools;
- Local Kids in Need programs, etc.
- International Disaster Relief.
Other activities help the community in general by providing hands-on assistance and presence at community events such as at the Highland Creek Heritage Day, Port Union Winterfest, Port Union Waterfront Festival, or helping out with numerous joint projects such as the CNIB Bingo and the CNE.
Lions are also committed to the maintenance of their Lions Garden at Kingston Road and Fairwood Cresc., a parkette dedicated to the community, initiated, created and built by your local Lions in 2009.
All this requires dedicated volunteers. Therefore it is important for the Club to let the community know that new members to help in the Club's efforts are always welcome! The current Membership Campaign is an attempt to grow the Club so that it may successfully maintain its current projects and to take on new ones. By joining the West Hill-Highland Creek Lions Club you will not only get the satisfaction of becoming involved in something worthwhile and meaningful, but you will also make new friends.
If you feel that membership in a service club is something that appeals to you, all you need to do now is to explore the West Hill-Highland Creek Lions website www.lionsclub.ca or call the membership chair at
tel. 416-282-7202 for more information.
100 Galloway Road
Heron Park Community Centre
292 Manse Road
Phone (416) 616-9370
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