Amherst plays host to district Lions convention
AMHERST- Over 350 Lions from all over Nova Scotia descended upon Amherst for the 2008 District N2 Convention over the weekend.
More than 60 clubs participated in the annual gathering, which is held in different towns and cities every year.
It was the first convention for the N2 district, which was recently rezoned and renamed.
"It's like a homecoming. You get to see friends you've made from different parts of the province over the years. It's a lot of fun," said Tom Henley, King Lion of the Berwick Lions Club, and a former resident of Oxford, NS.
While in town the Lions held business meetings, a youth public speaking competition, kicked up their heels at a 'Newfie Night' dance, hosted by Steve Butler, and more.
The Lions wrapped up the convention Saturday evening with a banquet at the Amherst Fire Hall.
Dr. John Hamm, former premier of NS, was a guest speaker at the event.
"Thank you for your dedication to making your communities, your country and the world a better place to live," said Dr. Hamm.
Dr. Hamm also spoke about the importance of celebrating the 250th anniversary of democracy in Nova Scotia and encouraged Lions and Lionesses to remind younger generations about the importance of voting.
"What is puzzling, as well as troubling, is that while I know today's youth care deeply about the issues, issues such as the environment, education, human rights, social justice, poverty and more, more of them are choosing not to exercise the one right that guarantees all others, the right to vote," said Dr. Hamm.
Rachael Nicola, a past district governor and wife to David Stoufer, director of
the International Association of Lions Clubs, was also a guest speaker at the event.
"You are beautiful people. That might sounds strange, but it shouldn't. Sometimes we forget how beautiful we are because we see ourselves so often. I am here to remind you just how wonderful you are," said Nicola.
The Amherst Lions Club has been in existence for over 50 years.
Every year they make significant contributions through fundraising efforts to the Canadian National Institute for the Blind and other local organizations in need.
For more information contact 667-3440 or visit www.geocities.com/amherstlionsclub/ .