Louisdale Lions Club celebrates 47 years

The crowd enjoyed a wonderful evening

LOUISDALE: On September 24, members of the Louisdale Lions Club, and several guests from other community organizations, gathered to celebrate  their 47th annual Charter Night at the Louisdale Lions Den.

The evening began with the serving of a delicious turkey supper 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 communities a better place to live in.

The guest speaker for the evening was District Governor Claire Brunnell, who was elated with the enthusiasm club members displayed and congratulated the Lions for the fine work they were doing to serve their communities. In a special induction ceremony, Brunelle installed  five new Lion members. Congratulations to new Lion members Vivian Sampson, Delores Linden, Debbie Samson, Jackie Hopkins, and Darryl MacDonald.

The Louisdale Lions Club was very involved in the community this past year. Some of the projects the Lion members were involved with were: hanging flower baskets; the yearly lighting of community Christmas tree; Christmas tree sales; Christmas wreaths on lamp posts; annual ditch cleaning; monthly brunches; financial and medical help to needy individuals; and the Father`s Day turkey draw and raffle.

Many more projects are still ongoing and the Louisdale 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.

The highlight  of the evening was the awarding of the annual Howard Jeffrey Memorial Volunteer of the Year Award to Zelia Poirier and Mary Samson and the Lion of the Year Award to Lion Robert Goyetche. Lion Gary Samson thanked King Lion Barry LeBlanc for his commitment, great leadership and tireless work in helping to ensure that the Louisdale Lions remain one of the strongest Lions Clubs in Eastern Nova Scotia.

Joe Samson, board chair for St Anne Community and Nursing Care Centre, accepts a Lions Club donation of $1,500 from King Lion Barry LeBlanc.
Joe Samson, board chair for St Anne Community and Nursing Care Centre, accepts a Lions Club donation of $1,500 from King Lion Barry LeBlanc.
Ling Lion Barry LeBlanc presents a Lions Club donation of $1,500 to the Strait-Richmond Health Care Foundation board member Pat Burns.
Ling Lion Barry LeBlanc presents a Lions Club donation of $1,500 to the Strait-Richmond Health Care Foundation board member Pat Burns.
King Lion Barry LeBlanc presents Lion Don Cornell with a special Lions tie in appreciation of his long standing work with the Louisdale Lions Club.
King Lion Barry LeBlanc presents Lion Don Cornell with a special Lions tie in appreciation of his long standing work with the Louisdale Lions Club.
Lion Dean Sampson accepts a Lions jacket in appreciation of his work with the Lions Club from King Lion Barry LeBlanc.
Lion Dean Sampson accepts a Lions jacket in appreciation of his work with the Lions Club from King Lion Barry LeBlanc.
King Lion Barry LeBlanc presents community  volunteer Tessie Pyke with a Special Merit Award for her 25-plus years of involvement with the Girl Guide Movement and her involvement in community activities.
King Lion Barry LeBlanc presents community volunteer Tessie Pyke with a Special Merit Award for her 25-plus years of involvement with the Girl Guide Movement and her involvement in community activities.
Community volunteer Shelley Samson accepts a Special Merit Award for her involvement and dedication to the Church Youth Music Ministry Program.
Community volunteer Shelley Samson accepts a Special Merit Award for her involvement and dedication to the Church Youth Music Ministry Program.
King Lion Barry LeBlanc presents District Governor Claire Brunnell with a Lions Dragon Fly Pin.
King Lion Barry LeBlanc presents District Governor Claire Brunnell with a Lions Dragon Fly Pin.
Mary Samson and Zelia Poirier are presented with the Volunteer of the Year award by King Lion Barry LeBlanc.
Mary Samson and Zelia Poirier are presented with the Volunteer of the Year award by King Lion Barry LeBlanc.
Lion Robert Goyetche accepts the Lion of the Year award from King Lion Barry LeBlanc
Lion Robert Goyetche accepts the Lion of the Year award from King Lion Barry LeBlanc