Roy Jeffrey (right) is presented with the Volunteer of the Year Award by King Lion Barry LeBlanc

LOUISDALE: On Saturday, May 27, members of the Louisdale Lions and several guests from other community organizations gathered to celebrate their 48th Annual Charter Night at the Louisdale Lions Den.

To begin the evening a delicious roast turkey supper was served and prepared by Lion members. King Lion Barry LeBlanc chaired the evening, recognizing the service and commitment of Lion members to community projects throughout the year. Awards and certificates of appreciation were handed out to Lion members, community businesses and individuals for their contribution and efforts in trying to make their community a better place to live. LeBlanc also extended a warm welcome to Lions from the St. Peter’s and Antigonish Lion Clubs in attendance.

King Lion Barry LeBlanc (right) presents Lion Kenny Walker with a Certificate of Service for his 40-plus years.

The Louisdale Lions were very active in the community this past year. Some of the projects the Lion members were involved with were: the hanging flower basket project to beautify the community; the yearly lighting of the community Christmas tree; Christmas tree sales; Christmas wreaths on lamp posts; annual ditch cleaning; financial and medical help to needy families; monthly brunches; and a Father’s Day turkey meal and raffle draw.

Lion Narcisse Marchand (right) being is presented with a Certificate of Service (for 45-plus years) by King Lion Barry LeBlanc.

Many more projects are still ongoing and the Lions Club is very grateful to the community of Louisdale and surrounding areas for the support and help initiating these projects and getting them completed.

Fleur-de-Lis Seniors Club member Tessie Pyke presents King Lion Barry LeBlanc with a cheque for $500 from the club.

The guest speaker for the evening was Lions District Governor Claire Brunelle. She was elated at the enthusiasm the club members displayed and congratulated the Lion members for the fine work they were doing to serve their community and surrounding areas. Also in attendance was former Cape Breton-Richmond MLA and cabinet minister Michel Samson who spoke on how valuable volunteers are to communities. He also commended the Louisdale Lions Club for their many years of service to Louisdale and surrounding communities.

Lion Tommy Samson (right) accepts the Lion of the Year Award from King Lion Barry LeBlanc.