Lions urged to follow their dreams

Amherst club celebrates 60 years

Darrell Cole
Published on June 15, 2014

Published on 15 June 2014

Lions District Governor Scott MacKenzie and King Lion Phil Baxter talk to Cumberland North MLA Terry Farrell after the Amherst Lions Club celebrated its 60th charter night on Friday. The club presented more than $26,000 in donations to various community organizations.

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King Lion Phil Baxter presents the Lion of the Year to longtime Lion Tim Ripley.

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King Lion Phil Baxter presents a $6,000 cheque to District Governor Scott MacKenzie for the Lions Clubs International Foundation for the purchase of a guide dog.

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West Highlands Elementary principal Kevin Mapplebeck accepts a $10,000 donation from King Lion Phil Baxter. The Amherst Lions Club made the donation to support the gym enhancement at the new elementary school under construction on Cornwall Avenue.

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Amherst Mayor Robert Small (left) presents a plaque to King Lion Phil Baxter recognizing the club's 60th birthday.

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Andy Martin (right) accepts a certificate of appreciation from Lions International from King Lion Phil Baxter.

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Lion Tim Ripley accepts a certificate of appreciation from Lions International from King Lion Phil Baxter.

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The Amherst Lions Club presented $28,500 in donations during its 60th charter night celebration.

AMHERST – Members of the Amherst Lions Club celebrated their diamond anniversary Saturday by doing what they do best, serving a number of community organizations with donations.

The Amherst Lions Club celebrated its 60th charter night by presenting cheques valued at more than $28,500 to 11 organizations and the Lions Club International Foundation to purchase a guide dog.

That’s on top of $3,000 it has committed in scholarships, an earlier $1,000 donation to Cubs and Scouts and $500 to the Eastern Canadian taekwon-do championships hosted in Amherst last weekend.

“We have a hardworking group of Lions working to serve our community, our province and our world,” emcee Lion Dan Yarymowich said told those in attendance, including Mayor Robert Small and Cumberland North MLA Terry Farrell. “If you were to add up all those cheques you see on the wall here, and that was only up til last year, you’d see that there’s about $2.6 million in contributions there. If you add everything we’ve done in the past year and will do this year, it’s probably a lot closer to $3 million. That’s pretty impressive for a club our size.”

The club made a $10,000 donation to the West  Highlands Elementary enhancement project, while it renewed its partnership with Tantramar FM at $2,500, presented $2,000 to the Cumberland YMCA and made $1,000 donations to Amherst Little League, CAN-U, the Cumberland Health Care Auxiliary, Cumberland Wolfpack Minor Football and the Springhill Lions Club.

It also made $500 donations to the Amherst Chapter of the Kidney Foundation and Special Olympics Amherst and a $300 donation to MADD.

The Amherst Lioness Club presented donations to Little League, Special Olympics and the kidney foundation.

District Governor Scott MacKenzie congratulated the club on its 60 years and suggested its members should take great pride in their accomplishments. He also credited the club for working to establish a new club in the Pugwash-Wallace area and for its work in support of the club in Springhill.

He also suggested the Lions and Lioness clubs continue to work together and raised the possibility of the two clubs merging into one, as has been done in other areas of the district.

MacKenzie suggested that Lions follow their dreams of a better world.

“Dream don’t need to be grand, they can be simple,” said MacKenzie. “Just think of the dreams of those 24 individuals who came together in December 1954 to charter the Amherst Lions Club. They dreamed of providing service to those less fortunate in their community and around the world. The important thing is they worked together for their community and many of their dreams came true because they showed the courage and determination to work together to achieve the impossible.”

The club also honoured several of its members. Tim Ripley, a Lion since 1994, was presented the Lion of the Year Award while both Ripley and Andy Martin were presented certificates of appreciation from Lions International President Barry Palmer.

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Lions Facts

- Lions Clubs International has 1.35 million members in more than 46,000 clubs worldwide.

- Founded by Melvin Jones in Chicago in 1917.

- Lions stands for Liberty, Intelligence, Our Nation’s Safety

- First Lions Club in Canada in 1920.

- In 1925, Helen Keller asked Lions to become “knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness”

- Amherst Lions Club chartered June 11, 1954 with the Truro Lions Club acting as sponsor. Twenty-four members of first Amherst Lions Club. First charter night at the Fort Cumberland Hotel.

-Major financial contributions include: $225,000 for the Cumberland YMCA, $140,000 for the Highland View and Cuberland Regional hospitals, $100,000 for Amherst Little League.

-Club is active in many youth activities including the drug awareness program, minor hockey, soccer, figure skating, basketball, football, boys and girls boxing club and many more.