Above: Induction of new members with Lion Francis Fryters sponsor for Chris Thompson, District Governor Elect Ron Wackenhut, new member Maigen Butler and sponsor Deborah Robillard listening as Marty Robillard read the Lions Code of Ethics, followed by the reading of Voice of the Lions Pin and Lions International Purposes. – Lucie Roy Photo

by Lucie Roy

The Morinville Lions Club held their year-end barbecue, awards presentations, Installation of Officers Ceremony and Induction of new members June 13.

The 2017 Board of Directors to serve during the 100th Anniversary celebrations of the Lions Club International is President Deborah Robillard, Vice President Dustin Greenwood, Secretary/Treasurer Tina Gougeon, and Director Korien Sampson.

The gavel was passed from outgoing President Francis Fryters to Robillard by District Governor Elect (DGE) Lion Ron Wackenhut during the Installation of Officers.

Robillard said for her term of office the projects for the Lions Club would remain as fundraising and also looking for grants so that the Club can purchase a building to share with the Midstream Support Society.

“There are lots of projects on the go for next year and [we’re] looking at different ways to do some type of fundraising, whether raffle of some kind with a couple of nice large ticket items we can raffle off,” Robillard said.

The club’s year will include some major and minor initiatives, including the annual Purina Walk for Dog Guides, Christmas in June Toy Run, Citizen of the Year, and Lions’ Golf Tournament to raise money for Camp He Ho Ha and the Breast Cancer Institute.

Additional initiatives include the Lions’ meat draws, Lions Mint sales, eyeglass and can tab collections, Vesey Fundraising with Bulbs and Seeds Program.

As has been the case in the past, Robillard will have the Lions out in the community through the club’s Breakfast with Santa, Project Pride flag distribution, Peace Poster Contest, MCHS HOWLS lunch program, and blood donor clinics. The Lions will also run the annual children’s tractor pull at the St. Jean Baptiste Festival in conjunction with J. M. Turner Goldsmith.

The June 13 Induction Ceremony, a symbolic beginning to a member’s service as a Lion, was performed by District Governor Elect (DGE) Lion Ron Wackenhut for new members Chris Thompson and Maigen Butler.

“You have joined the world’s largest and most active service club organization, a group of approximately 1.3 million men and women in countries and geographical areas around the globe, who are dedicated to making a difference,” Wackenhut told new members. “Through your membership, you will help our club reach out to people in need in our community and throughout the world.”

Presentation of a special Certificate of Centennial Membership and commemorative anniversary membership pin followed the ceremony.

Deborah Robillard received the Morinville Lions of the Year Award.
Certificates of Appreciation, attendance awards and pins recognizing the Secretary /Treasurer Tina Gougeon, Tail-Twister Lucien Beaupre, 1st Vice Dustin Greenwood, Donna and Lawrence Giffin, Marty Robillard, Sarenah Fergusson and Past President Francis Fryters and incoming President Deborah Robillard were also presented.

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