Lions Walk for Dog Guides
Sunday May 27, 2018

Our annual Walk for Dog Guides is on Sunday, May 27 at Twin Beaches. Registration is at 10:00 am and the walk is at 10:30; the walk takes about 30 minutes to complete. The entire community is invited to join us for the walk with or without a dog!

Lions Foundation Dog Guides support Vision, Hearing, Seizure, Autism, Diabetic and other physical or medical disabilities. Although it costs $25,000 to train a Dog Guide, they are provided free to the recipients due to the fundraising and generous donors.

If you would prefer to donate or register online, you can do it HERE. See you at the walk!!

Lion of the Year!
Lion Larry Robert

Heartiest congratulations to Lion Larry Robert on being selected as 2017 Lion of the Year by his fellow Lions. Here, President Betsy Banford presents the trophy.(Photo: BK)

2017 Concert on the Green
August 10, 2017

Our 21st annual Concert on the Green featuring Fleetwood Mac by Dreams and Neil Young by Roger Potter was a huge success, setting new records for attendance and funds raised. Over 1,600 people attended and our club raised over $41,000 to be used for our charitable programs on Gabriola Island. An enormous THANK YOU to all of our sponsors and to all who attended.

More of Lion Don Butt's great photos of the concert can be seen HERE

Lions Walk for Dog Guides

Lions Larry and Sharon and pooches getting ready for the walk.

The weather cooperated to make this years dog walk fun for all. A very special thank you for the tremendous support from Lions Merrilee Wur, Mariam Cochrane, and Joan Ensor as registrars and Lions Sharon and Larry for set up. Our Lions President Betsy Banford greeted all the dog walkers and furry friends and thanked them for their participation . It was also good to see so many Lion members in attendance. There were 22 registered walkers. Several walkers had more than one dog to walk and all was done so quickly with many dogs happily participating in the final play at the ocean’s shore.

We raised $930.00. A very special thank you to the Gabriola Community for making this such a worthwhile event. Thank you to Linda Olsen for initiating this event. More info on the dog walk: HERE. (photo: Lion Jude Briscoe)

Wood Splitting Work Party

On July 7th, 2017 Lions and friends got together to split wood for our Firewood for the Needy program. Logs donated to the Lions had been bucked and stacked and numerous wood splitters were loaned to the club for the task. Many thanks to the friends of the Lions who came out to give us a hand. Here President Betsy and Lion Jon take care of business. (Photos: DB)

Broom Pulling Party

Lions join members of the Gabriola Lands and Trails Trust (GaLLT) to remove invasive Scotch Broom from Drumbeg Provincial Park. We repeat this exercise two or three times a year to try to control this ecologically destructive species. (photo: Lion Shirley Nicolson)

Lion Larry deals with a problem. (Photo: DB)

Certificate of Appreciation

On 24 April 2017 President Betsy Banford presented a certificate of appreciation from Lions Clubs International to Lion Joan Ensor in recognition of her recruiting three new members to our club over the last year. (Photo: BK)

Next Meeting
28 May, 2018
6:30 p.m. for 7:00 p.m.

Regular meetings are held at the Gabriola Fire Hall #1, Training Room, 730 Church Street, Gabriola Island, B.C., every second and fourth Monday of each month, September through June, but not on Holiday Mondays, such as Thanksgiving, Victoria Day or during Christmas week.

To Request Funding Assistance, see How We Help.

Upcoming Events

* End of Year 2017/18 BBQ, 25 June, 2018

The Logs Await

Shown here are some of the logs that have been bucked in preparation for the arrival of the Wood Splitting Lions on Saturday, 21 April, 2018 at Lion Mike's. This is an important work party as it helps season the wood for next winter's "Firewood for Those in Need" project. Thank you Ben, Curtis and Trevor of Gabriola's Island Tree Service for bucking the wood to get it ready for us to split.

Run, Jump, Throw

The Gabriola Run, Jump, Throw Program is an after-school activity for students to learn the fundamentals of track and field sponsored by the Gabriola Recreation Society. Gabriola Lions donated $1000 to the program to assist with the purchase of sports equipment. Check out their Thank You video by clicking on the Photo or HERE

Huxley Park Lions Crest

On 21 December, 2017 Hector Banford installed the Lions crest on the Huxley Park sign in recognition for the club's $12,000 donation for park renovations and playground equipment.

Zone Chair Visit

On 23 October, 2017 Multiple District 19I-7 Zone Chair Gary Price visited and spoke to our club. (Photo: BK)

Centennial Membership Award

On September 25, 2017 President Betsy presented the Centennial Membership award to Lion Doug Cavill for recruiting new members into our club during the Lions Centennial Year.(Photo: BK)

Membership Award

On 12 June 2017 President Betsy presented an award to Lion Bill Moisuik for recruiting new members into our club.(Photo: BK)

Certificate of Appreciation

On 24 April 2017 President Betsy Banford presented a certificate of appreciation to Lion Olga Korenek in recognition of her recruiting a new member into our club in the last year. (Photo: BK)

Gabriola's Adin Brenner
World Double-Mini Trampoline

Lion Sharon Robert, left, and President Betsy Banford present 15-year old Adin a cheque for $2,000 to assist in the costs of competing at events at the Canada Cup in Calgary, the Nationals in Ontario and the Worlds (World age groups) in Bulgaria. As part of Team Canada, Adin won the double-mini trampoline gold medal for his age group at the 2016 Indo-Pacific Championships in New Zealand. (Photo: Shirley Nicolson)

Youth Exchange Program 2017

Our YEP participants this year are Jethro and Emily, shown here with our YEP Coordinator Lion Sharon. Jethro is going to England for a month and Emily will spend a month in Greece. The club looks forward to hearing about their travels when they get back.

Happy Birthday Lion Eric!

Lions sang a hearty Happy Birthday to Lion Eric as he celebrates his 90th before tucking into his delicious birthday cake. (Photo: CM)

New Members
Lions Ryan St. Pierre and Nicholas Read

On 22 January 2018 Ryan St.Pierre and Nicholas Read were inducted into the club. Lions shown here are: Membership Director Sharon Robert, Sponsor John Coleman, Ryan St. Pierre, President Betsy Banford and, kneeling, Nicholas Read. Welcome aboard Ryan and Nicholas! (Photo: CM)

New Member
Lion Lionel Labelle

On 8 January 2018 Lionel Labelle was inducted into the club. Shown here are Gabriola Lions Past President Doug Cavill, Lionel, Membership Director Sharon Robert and President Betsy Banford. Welcome aboard Lionel! (Photo: CM)

Silver Centennial Award
Lion Betsy Banford

On 8 January 2018 Gabriola Lions President Betsy Banford, shown here with Lions Secretary Carol Martin, was presented the Lions Silver Centennial Award in recognition of recruiting a new member into the club. (Photo: Lion Kathy Ensor)

Certificate of Appreciation
Gabriola Optical

On December 11, 2017 President Betsy presented a Lions Certificate of Appreciation to Norm Nestie, owner of Gabriola Optical, for his support of our Lions Recycle for Sight Program. Norm collects used eyeglasses for us and we ship them to the Lions Canadian Collection Centre where eyeglasses are recycled and distributed internationally to people in need. Shown here are President Betsy presenting the certificate to Norm as his wife Marie looks on. (Photo: CM)

Air Canada Raffle Winner!

Heartiest congratulations to Lion Miriam Cochrane on winning two tickets to anywhere Air Canada flies in Canada at the Concert on the Green. Here Lion Bruce presents Lion Miriam with her Air Canada voucher. (Photo: BK)

Pancake Breakfast

On 19-20 August Lions got together in the Village for a pancake breakfast fundraiser. The Gabriola Theatre Festival was underway and several Lions worked to provide a great breakfast for visitors over two days. Here Lions Sharon, Larry, Shirley, Kathy, Mike, Dawn, Joan, Ken, Miriam, Dixon, Carol, Bill and Anne are ready as the day-two breakfast crew. (Photo: DB)

Hot Dogs and Tickets

On 5 August Lions got together in the Village parking lot to sell tickets for our upcoming Concert on the Green and Air Canada ticket raffle. We also did a little fundraising by selling hotdogs - here Lion Shirley performs Chef duties with help from visiting WWOOFer Rieki. More photos HERE (Photo: DB)

Sponsor Signs

A Lions work party was held on 5 August to clean and assemble our Concert on the Green sponsors' signs that will be prominently displayed at the concert. Here Lions Sandy, Graham, Joan, Sharon, Mike and Miriam have some fun while getting it done! More photos HERE (Photo: DB)

Open House

On 8 May 2017 we hosted an open house for our community to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Lions Clubs International and the 42nd Anniversary of the Gabriola Lions Club. Over 100 people attended. (Photo courtesy Derek Kilbourn, Gabriola Sounder Newspaper)

Gabriola Guides

On 24 April 2017 President Betsy Banford presented guides Amelia and Elizabeth with a cheque for $2,000 to assist with the purchase of camping equipment. (Photo: Carol Martin)