Club honoured for community support
© Darrell Cole – Amherst Daily News
Lions District Governor Wayne Little (left) presents a certificate of appreciation for Lions International president Wayne Madden to longtime Amherst Lion Cecil Small for his years of service to Lionism. The presentation was made during Amherst Lions Club’s 59th charter night celebration on Saturday.
AMHERST – The Amherst Lions Club honoured its longest serving member and continued to show its support for the community during its 59th anniversary celebration here Saturday.
The club paid tribute to Cecil Small and Lioness Louise Small for more than 30 years of service to its drug awareness programs, while also presenting cheques totaling more than $13,000 to nine organizations.
The Lions presented a cheque for $3,100 to the Highland Fling ($100 per year for 31 years), made $2,000 contributions to CFTA Tantramar Radio, Cumberland VON, the Springhill Lions Club and $1,000 donations to the Amherst Little League Baseball Association and the Cumberland Wolfpack along with a $600 to the Relay for Life in recognition of Colson Brown’s challenge to Mayor Robert Small and $500 to the Kidney Foundation.
The club also donated $5,000 last fall to the ARHS Vikings hockey team.
The Lioness Club presented cheques to the Kidney Foundation ($500) and Little League ($300).
The Lions and Lioness clubs were feted for their accomplishments and their contribution of more than $3 million to various community organizations since its charter was created in 1955.
“Many organizations have come to depend on the Lions Club,” said the mayor, who has been a longtime member of the club. “They have created many partnerships in the community and they have accomplished a lot. Without the Lions Club there would be a gaping hole in our community.”
Cumberland North MLA Brian Skabar said groups like the Lions Club make him proud to live in Amherst.
“Look at all the cheques on the wall. People know they can turn to the Lions Club when they need help and it’s up to government to give organizations like that the support they need to make a difference in their communities,” Skabar said.
District Governor Wayne Little said the Amherst Lions Club is well known for its generosity and paid tribute to the club’s spirit of volunteerism.
“You can stand proud because you have a huge impact on the town,” Little said. “This town would have a big whole without you.”
Little said members are not only Lions or Lioness, they are volunteers who come from different backgrounds with a common goal of giving freely of their time to help someone else.
He said donations to the Lions Foundation of Canada help purchase guide dogs that give new life to the blind and the deaf, while contributions to the international foundation go to disaster relief around the world.
Moving forward, Little said it’s up to Lions Clubs to get younger and for new people to accept the mantle of leadership.
The club honoured two members with Lions of the Year awards. Ed Crandall was recognized for his work at the community centre and honourary Lion Carol O’Regan was honoured for her work with the canteen and catering Lions events over the years.