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Lawrencetown Lions host zone meeting; donate books

King Lion John MacDonald and Lion Jane Gregory present Foundation Lifetime Membership to Lion Simon Goodfellow.
King Lion John MacDonald and Lion Jane Gregory present Foundation Lifetime Membership to Lion Simon Goodfellow.

LAWRENCETOWN - The area covered by Lawrencetown and District Lions Club has a population which is numbered in hundreds rather than thousands.  

Despite this the Lawrencetown club is not one of the smallest in the province. Many would say the club attracts members because it punches above its weight, one might claim this as a characteristic of the Village of Lawrencetown which hosts arguably the best agricultural exhibition in the province and Canada's largest geomatics-focused learning environment, (COGS).

On Tuesday, April 4, the Lawrencetown Lions Club hosted the Zone meeting for the western end of the Annapolis Valley, these events are usually low key affairs with representatives from the six clubs in the zone. On this occasion, the club was honoured with representatives from five additional clubs travelling from as far away as HRM to join us for the dinner meeting.

The club was honoured by the presence of 2nd Vice District Governor Lion Perry Oliver and five Past District Governors. It was almost a full house when 78 hungry Lions sat down to eat at the Legion.

After dinner, Club Secretary Lion Jane Gregory presented 150 children’s books donated by First Book Canada to Family Matters represented by Denise Naugler, Program and Partnership Director for Family Matters who joined the Lions for dinner and shared news of the exciting developments for school age children at Family Matters.

For the first time in the history of Lawrencetown Lions Club membership reached 30 with the induction by Zone Chair Diane Dempsey of Laura McLarnon. Club members welcomed Lion Laura into the club with great enthusiasm and joy. The club also celebrated member Lion Tracey Carocci’s election, unopposed, as chair of our Zone for the new Lion’s year starting July 1 and the candidacy of member Lion Jane Gregory for 2nd Vice District Governor for Nova Scotia.

Club President King Lion John MacDonald presented Lion Simon Goodfellow with Honorary Life Membership of the Lions Foundation of Nova Scotia for his service to Lions and the community this year including chairing the Membership and PR committees.

In addition to the food, the celebrations, the round of reports, and a little business, Lions enjoyed some fun with a 50/50 raising $84 for the club and an auction of three donated items raising more than $160 for the Lions Foundation of Nova Scotia on behalf of the Zone.

Article by Simon Goodfellow, a member of the Lawrencetown and District Lions Club and chair of the Public Relations Committee.

Newly inducted Baby Lion Laura McLarnon and her sponsor King Lion John MacDonald.

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