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CANSO: The Canso Lions Club fall meetings resumed with positive comments from the public about the Canso Lions Club summer projects including the Seamen’s Memorial 40th anniversary celebrations and improvements to the memorial site, plus the successful boat parade.

The Canso Lions want to thank Keith Colwell, Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture, and Lloyd Hines, Minister of Natural Resources, for a grant of $2,000 to help with the costs for the 40th anniversary of the Seamen’s Memorial and for memorial grounds maintenance.

King Lion Janet Delorey chaired the September meetings. The new Lions year began on a positive note with two guests introduced to the Lions as prospective new members. The Canso Lions agreed to sponsor the registration for a player entering minor hockey this fall. The Lions also agreed to provide assistance to two local residents for various needs. The Lions purchased an Auto External Defibrillator for activities at the Lions Hall and will be replacing the external lighting with energy efficient LED units.

The Lions will cater a meal for a local business on November 2. Drop-in darts will resume on Tuesday, October 11 at 7:30 p.m. and new members are welcome. The weekly card plays will return on Thursday, October 13 at 7:30 p.m. and the bi-monthly meat rolls will be held on the first and third Friday of each month. The fall fish sale orders will be taken until Friday, October 21 with delivery on Friday, October 28. To order fish please call Lions Barry Lumsden at 902-366-2396; Paul Horne at 902-366-2870; Bill Roberts at 902-366-2626; Joe Parker at 902-366-3478; and Abe Winmill at 902-366-2797.

The Canso Lions were very disappointed to learn that a very successful fundraising project will not operate due to changes introduced by the Service Nova Scotia Alcohol and Gaming Division. The Lions Club has operated a separate 50/50 draw during the weekly Chase the Ace draws, thanks to the support of ECYA. Due to problems at other Chase the Ace draws, 50/50 draws for all Chase the Ace sites are not allowed under the regulation changes.

The Canso Lions have contacted Service Nova Scotia and local MLA Lloyd Hines expressing their disappointment in this policy change which will affect the Canso Lions Club and other county organizations.

The Canso Lions Club will host the zone meeting for area Lions Clubs on November 2. The Canso Lions encourage anyone interested in becoming a Lion to contact any member of the Canso Lions Club or visit the Canso Lions Club Web site.