AMHERST – The Amherst Lions Club celebrated its 58th birthday in a big way over the weekend, handing out more than $10,000 to local groups and organizations.
That was in addition to a $6,000 donation to the Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guide Program made during the club’s charter night celebration that saw Robert Maginley honoured as the Lions of the Year.
Lions District Governor Peter Reid recognized that record of service.
“As Lions, for almost 100 years now, our emblem has grown as the symbol of the dedication to the welfare of our fellow human beings,” Reid said in his address to the club. “We are recognized as world leaders in humanitarian work.”
Reid said the Lions motto ‘We Serve’ binds club members together in community and humanitarian service as well as fellowship.
He called on Lions to do things differently to attract new members because the community’s needs have changed much in the last decade.
“We have to become more flexible to new ideas of today’s volunteers. We can continue to grow and attract new members and we as a Lions Club can do so much more,” he said. “It’s hard to build a ramp or hold a Christmas party by yourself, but as a group we are accomplish so much by working together as a group.”
During the evening, the club presented a $3,000 donation to the Highland Fling that raises money for the Cumberland Health Care Auxiliary. Donations of $2,000 each were presented to Tantramar Community Radio and the Victorian Order of Nurses, while the Amherst Little League Baseball Association, Cumberland Adult Network for Upgrading and the Springhill Lions Club each received $1,000.
A donation of $500 was made to the Amherst branch of the Kidney Foundation while the Amherst Lioness Club made a $500 to the kidney foundation and $300 to Amherst Little League for medals for the league’s closing banquet in September.
Lions Rita and George Damery were honoured by the club for their work on the eyeglasses project, while Amherst youth volunteer Peter Woo was recognized for his work in the community.
The club presented a 25-year pin to Robert Small and a 50-year pin to Art ‘Sonny’ Foster.
The president’s plaque was presented to Michael Millard, who filled in as King Lion after the death last December of Francis Smith.
Both Smith and Past King Lion Robert Stephens were honoured with a moment of silence.