Gabriola Lions News

Concert on the Green 2015

Once again our biggest fundraiser of the year was a tremendous success with over 1,150 people attending to enjoy an expanded event this year. New activities included a Vintage Car Show, Hay Rides, Face Painting, Bingo in the Beer Garden, Boy Scout and Girl Guide demos and games. Great weather provided an ideal atmosphere for dancing to the music of Gabriola's own Time Machine and Vancouver's ATARI RADIO STARZ. This was our second most successful concert ever, raising over $30,000 for our charitable programs.(Photo: DB)

Congratulations to MIKE MURPHY of Nanaimo, the winner of our raffle for two Air Canada tickets to any destination they serve in Canada!

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

New Lions, 6 June 2015

Welcome new Lions Ken and Shirley Nicolson, seen here being presented with their Lions pins by their sponsor Club President Doug Cavill. (Photos: BK)

May is "Recycle for Sight" Month

Gabriola Lions ham it to announce the Lions "Recycle for Sight" campaign for the month of May. Dig around! Bet you can find a pair or two you’re not using any longer. All types of glasses for children and adults are needed, including very strong and very weak prescriptions. Reading glasses and non-prescription sunglasses are also useful. We take them all and including hearing aids. Recycled in Calgary, thousands of eyeglasses are distributed throughout the developing world. Drop them off at any of the eyeglass recycling boxes around Gabriola or bring them into the Coast Realty office or Gabriola Optical. Last year we sent 200 pairs; this year our goal is 400 pairs. Let’s do it! Make a difference in someone else’s life through the gift of eyesight.

$2,000 for Wheelchair Access
Gabriola Arts Council (GAC)

6 May 2015. President Doug Cavill presents a cheque for $2,000 to Michelle Benjamin, GAC Executive Director while GAC President Jim Wilson-Story looks on. The funds will be used build a new wheelchair ramp to their building and to make the building's washroom wheelchair accessible. (Photo: BK)

2015 Youth Exchange to Finland!

This year's Youth Exchange Program (YEP) will see two Gabriolan youth head to Finland July 19 - August 16. Shown here are our YEP Coordinator Lion Sharon Robert, YEP participants Maddy Warr and Winter Morningstar, and President Doug Cavill at our meeting on 13 April 2015. (Photo: BK)

Thank You Colleen!

President Doug Cavill presents a plaque to Colleen Walker, owner of Colleen's Home and Fashion Centre on Gabriola, in appreciation of her outstanding community spirit and constant support of the Gabriola Lions Club and our fund raising programs. (Photo: Carol Martin)

GERTIE, 19 January 2015

President Doug Cavill presents GERTIE volunteer driver Trevor Gear with a cheque for $1,500. (Photo: BK)

GERTIE stands for Gabriola's Environmentally Friendly Responsible Trans-Island Express, a bus service serving our community. The funds are to subsidize Youth Fares on GERTIE so fares for riders up to age 18 can remain at $1.50 per ride or $10 for a book of 10 tickets or $35 for a monthly pass for unlimited ridership. Adult fares are $2.50/ride.

Service Pin Awarded 12 January 2015

President Doug Cavill presents Lion Olga Korinek with her long service chevron representing 15 years as a Lion. Congratulations Lion Olga and thank you for your service.

Shelagh Rogers at Christmas/Holiday Dinner 2014

CBC Radio broadcasting icon Shelagh Rogers gave a stimulating and entertaining presentation as guest speaker at our annual Christmas/Holiday Dinner on December 8, 2014. Ms Rogers is an Officer of the Order of Canada, has hosted several well-known CBC radio programs including Morningside and Sounds Like Canada and currently hosts The Next Chapter. Ms Rogers is also chancellor-designate of the University of Victoria.

Wood Splitting

Lions Larry, Dixon and Doug with help from Gisela are hard at work at a "wood splitting party" in preparation for next winter's Firewood For Those in Need program. (Photo: BK)

Scholarship 2014

15 year old Alex Swift-Scott receives a $2,000 scholarship cheque from President Graham Miller. Alex completed high school in 1.5 years through the UBC Transitions Program for gifted students, was named a Chancellor's Scholar and has been accepted into the BSc program at UBC. Additional scholarships will be presented by the club at the Nanaimo-Ladysmith Schools Foundation "District Honours Night" on June 10. (Photo: BK)

Drumbeg Road Repair

Lions Eric (on tractor), Bob, Graham, Guy, Dianne, Bernard and John relax after filling potholes on the Drumbeg Provincial Park Rd. (Photo: BK)

Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue

Lions Ken, Jon, Graham, Bill, Jude and Mike present a cheque for $1,500 to Ladysmith and District Marine Rescue Society volunteers to purchase needed equipment for their new rescue boat at a fundraising event at Pages Marina on 3 May 2014. (Photo: DB)

Youth Exchange Program 2014

Lion Sharon Robert, coordinator of our Youth Exchange Program, and President Graham Miller welcome our 2014 YEP participants Sabina Rainbird and Maya Jackson. Sabina and Maya will travel to Peru for 4-6 weeks this summer. (Photo: BK)

New Members' Induction, 14 April 2014

Lion Bill Moisuik (left) sponsors new Lions John Van Praet and Dianne Cohen into the club at their induction ceremony. (Photo: BK)

GERTIE, 18 February 2014

Gabriola Lions Club president Graham Miller presents a cheque for $3,000 to Fay Weller of Gabriola's GERTIE Committee. (Photo: BK)

GERTIE stands for Gabriola's Environmentally Friendly Responsible Trans-Island Express, a bus service serving our community. The funds are to subsidize Youth Fares on GERTIE so fares for riders up to age 18 can remain at $1.50 per ride or $10 for a book of 10 tickets or $35 for a monthly pass for unlimited ridership. Adult fares are $2.25/ride. Half the money came from funds raised by the Lions and the other half is from funds provided to the Lions by BC Gaming. In the photo from the left are youth rider Lindsay Richards, Fay Weller of GERTIE, Lions president Graham Miller, youth rider David Cosbey and GERTIE's Bob Andrew.

Valentines Day Poem Contest

To prepare club members for the rapidly approaching Valentines Day, Tail Twister Lion Paul Kuszyk challenged members to bring a "Poem To Your Loved One" to our 10 February meeting (or be fined a Loonie!). Several excellent poems were presented, making the judges' task of picking a winner most difficult. In the end, the Tail Twister himself submitted the winning poem:

My Farm Love

A Poet I do assure you I am not
A simple farmer's husband is my lot
Oh but what joy that brings
When spring is in the air
When the young lambs frolic on the grass
When the hay is stacked in the barn
When all the animals are silently content
But the greatest joy of all for me
Comes when your work is over
In the evening after all your toils
When you finally relax
When your radiant smile confirms
That God's work is done for another day
You are truly the Lord's Shepherd on this earth
Janet, I am truly blessed
To love and be loved by a farmer.

Paul Kuszyk

Ultrasound for Urgent Treatment Room

In June 2013 Dr. Paul Champion and Mr. Chuck Connors from the Gabriola Healthcare Foundation presented a request to the Gabriola Lions Club for financial assistance to purchase ultrasound equipment to be used in the urgent care room at the Healthcare Clinic. The equipment was required to upgrade patient treatment in the urgent care facility and will provide the ability to transmit images to ultrasound specialists on Vancouver Island if required. (Photo: DB)

The Lions Club has been a long time supporter of community health care and unanimously decided to provide funding for such an important piece of medical equipment. $19000 was donated from the Lions funds and $6000 from funds provided to the Lions by B.C. Gaming.

Gabriola Lions Win Highest Awards

Gabriola Lions Club President Graham Miller is pleased to announce that Lions Eric Boulton and Bob Rooks have been chosen by the club executive to receive the Lions Club International Foundation's highest award, the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award. This award is named for Lions International founder Melvin Jones and is the highest form of recognition and embodies humanitarian ideas consistent with the nature and purpose of Lionism. Lions Eric and Bob are role models because of their exemplary service to the Gabriola Lions Club and the community for which it serves. (Photo: DB)

Heartiest Congratulations Lions Eric and Bob!

Upcoming Events

*Next Club Meeting, Monday, October 26, 2015. (No meeting on Thanksgiving)

*MD19 Lions Fall Annual Convention, Pasco, WA October 15-17, 2015.

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Beach Clean Up 2015

Some five tons of garbage were removed from the shoreline of Degnen Bay on 17 May by the Lions Club assisted by the Gabriola Beavers and Cubs. Thank you Thor Simrose and Lions Bob Rooks and Mike Phillips for the use your trucks and equipment in making this task possible. And thank you Lion Guy Parcher for putting this video together. (Photos: BK & GP)

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Walk for Dog Guides

Rarin' to go!

A wonderful day for a walk and some 35 walkers with 30 dogs participated in our annual Purina Walk for Dog Guides on Sunday, May 31 2015 raising over $1,350 for this wonderful program. (Photos: BK)

More information about the Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides program can be found HERE

$7,500 for Infection Control
Gabriola Health Care Foundation (GHCF)

6 May 2015. President Doug Cavill presents a cheque for $7,500 to Chuck Connors, President of the GHCF while Harvey Graham, GHCF Treasurer looks on. The funds will be used to ensure best practices in Infection Control through the purchase and installation of new equipment in the Urgent Treatment Facility in the Gabriola Medical Clinic. Over 900 patients received treatment in the Urgent Treatment Facility in 2014 plus VIHA provided some 500 patients with various medical bandage changes, etc. over the same period. (Photo: BK)

$2,500 for Gabriola Elementary School
Outdoor Educational Garden and Learning Centre.

7 May 2015. Gabriola Elementary School Parents Advisory Committee members (back row from left) Kate Reynolds, Carly McMahon and Angie Pounds along with four GES students with a cheque from the Lions for $2,500 to continue development of the Outdoor Educational Garden and Learning Centre. (Photo: BK)

New Lions, 23 February 2015

Welcome new Lions Joe and Jules O'Donnell, seen here at their induction ceremony. (Photo: Olga Korinek)

Lion of the Year 2014

President Doug Cavill presents Lion Anne Banford with the Lion of the Year Trophy at our Christmas/Holiday Dinner on December 8, 2014. Lion Anne was voted Lion of the Year based on her excellent contribution to Lionism and to the club throughout the year. Heartiest congratulations Lion Anne!

Service Pins Awarded, 10 November 2014

Several Lions were awarded their long service chevrons during the annual visit to our club by District Governor Georgia Medwedrich and Zone Chair Betty Anne Herbert. Shown here are Lion Graham Miller (10 yrs), Zone Chair Betty Anne Herbert, Lion Mike Phillips (10 yrs), District Governor Georgia Medwedrich, Lion Paul Kuszyk (10 yrs), Lion Eric Boulton (40 yrs). Yes, that's right, Lion Eric has been a Lion for 40 years! Missing from the photo is Lion Olga Korinek (15 yrs). Congratulations Lions and thank you for your dedication and service! (Photo:BK)

A New Lion, 22 September 2014

Lion Joan Ensor "pins" new Gabriola Lion Kathy Ensor at her induction ceremony. (Photo: BK)

Past District Governor Leslie Smith, Lion Joan Ensor, Lion Kathy Ensor and Zone Chair Betty Anne Herbert enjoy the moment after Lion Kathy's induction ceremony. (Photo: BK)

$4,000 for the Food Bank, 16 June 2014

President Graham Miller is pleased to announce a $4,000 donation to the Food Bank of Gabriola's People for a Healthy Community. Seen here from the left are: Lion Bill Kalbfleisch; Sacha Petersen, Food Bank and Garden Co-Coordinator; Wayne Howard, General Manager Village Food Market; President Graham Miller; and Brenda Fowler, Executive Director of People for a Healthy Community. The Village Food Market provides fresh fruits and vegetables to the Food Bank at reduced prices.

Winter Landscaping at the Clinic, Jan 18

Rakes, clippers, ACTION: Lions getting the medical clinic grounds ready for spring growth. Click here to see a larger version of the photo. (Photo: DB))

Jude and Merrilee trim the shrubs (Photo: BK)

Carol and Don at work (Photo: BK)

Christmas / Holiday Dinner, Dec 9

District Governor Leslie Smith is flanked by Zone Chair Larry Johannes (left) and Gabriola Lions President Graham Miller at the annual dinner. (Photo: BK)

Induction of New Members

District Governor Leslie Smith watches as President Graham Miller congratulates new Lion Ken Hatfield at his induction ceremony on Dec 9. (Photo: BK)

New Lion Jon Carlson attaches his Lions pin as his sponsor, Lion Eric Boulton, looks on during Jon's induction ceremony on Dec 9. (Photo: BK)

Lion of the Year

Lion Bill Kalbfleisch shows the trophy he was awarded as Lion of the Year at the Christmas / Holiday Dinner on Dec 9. (Photo: Burney Smith)

Meeting Dates 2015:
Regular meetings are held at the Gabriola Garden Homes, Eric Kenny Pavillion, 500 Argyle Lane, 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.

Contact the club: Gabriola Lions
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PO Box 261
Gabriola, BC V0R 1X0

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6,000 Cans of Salmon!
People for a Healthy Community (PHC)

7 May 2015. Lion Anne Banford, club Treasurer, helps Sacha Petersen, PHC Food Bank and Garden Coordinator, load canned salmon as PHC Board Chair Charlie Cheffins cheers them on. The Lions donated $4,000 to the Food Bank enabling them to purchase nearly 6,000 cans of salmon, an excellent source of protein for the Food Bank.

An additional cheque for $2,000 was presented to Charlie for the PHC's Seniors' Programs. (Photo BK)

40th Anniversary!

Charter President Lion Eric Boulton and Lion Victoria Banford cut the cake at a celebration of our club's 40th anniversary on 9 March 2015. The Gabriola Lions Club's Charter was signed on 11 March 1975. (Photo: Carol Martin)

Back from Peru!
Youth Exchange Program 2014

Lion Sharon Robert, the club's Youth Exchange Program (YEP) coordinator, joins our 2014 YEP travelers Sabina Rainbird (centre) and Maya Jackson at our 27 October Lions Club meeting. Sabina and Maya came to tell us about their time in Peru in July and August. They had a wonderful time with their host families and learned much about Peru and its culture. Both said they would like to go back to Peru in the future to explore more. Our search for YEP candidates for 2015 has begun. (Photo BK)

2013 Youth Exchange Programme

May 2013: Lions welcome our 2013 Youth Exchange participants (middle row) Keanna Velsen and Raven Davern as the girls prepare for their five weeks in Peru in July-August. (Photo: DB) Click here to see a larger version of the photo.

Landscaping at the Gabriola Community Health Centre

February 2013: Gabriola Lions laying out a soft path at the Health Centre for easy walking. (Photos: DB)

Log Splitting for Good Causes

Lions Joan Ensor and Mike Hoeinghaus work the log splitter with Gisela Cavill

June 22, 2013

Broom Pulling

Lions helping GaLTT with their broom pulling project in Drumbeg Park Sunday Feb 3, 2013. It's amazing how rapidly this invasive weed takes over, but equally amazing is the natural beauty of the park when it's gone. (Photos: DB)

Lion Bill pulling broom out by the roots.

A cooperative effort by Lions Miriam and Mike

Great exercise for a Sunday afternoon.