Our 20th annual Concert on the Green featured Steve 'Elvis' Elliot as Elvis Elite! This is our largest fundraiser of the year and we were blessed with great weather and a great show. We raised over $34 ,000 for our charitable programs on Gabriola Island thanks to our generous sponsors and concert attendees.
Click HERE for Lion Don Butt's great photos of the event.
On 23 April 2016 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.
Gabriola Elementary School student Caleb Nittel simply has to look at the SPOT Screener held by Lion Merrilee Wur to have his eyes checked. Caleb's grandmother, Lion Anne Banford, completes the log. Twenty-six students and eight staff at the school had their eyes checked on 29 February. All passed!
More information on the Vision Screening program is HERE
On 10 January 2016 Lions once again joined 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)
*MD 19 Annual Convention, Spokane, WA 20-22 October 2016
On 20-21 August 2016 Gabriola Lions and a couple of friends held two pancake breakfasts during the Gabriola Theatre Festival. We served nearly 400 breakfasts and raised over $1,500 for our charitable programs on Gabriola Island. (Photo DB)
On 21 July 2016 Lion Carol Martin and her friend Rene Tittertonwork along with Lions Kathy Ensor, Mike Phillips and Betsy Banford conducted a work party for a senior Gabriolan in need of landscaping help. They cleared weeds and blackberry canes from his property, mowed the grass and had the property looking shipshape within two hours.
The Gabriola Lions Club hosted the annual Purina Walk for Dog Guides on Sunday, 29 May 2016. Attended by 19 walkers and their canine friends, $755 was raised for the Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides program. These specially trained dogs support those Canadians with physical and medical disabilities. Dog Guides bring safety, independence and increased mobility to people from communities across the country. Thank you to all who participated. More information on the Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guide program is HERE.
On 25 April 2016 Charter President Eric Boulton inducted Bruce Boorer to the Gabriola Lions Club. In the photo below, members welcome Bruce to the Club.
Gabriola Lions President Betsy Banford prepares to hand the voucher for two tickets to anywhere in Canada that Air Canada flies to raffle winner Susan James as Lions Bill Moisuik and Dixon Kenny look on. We understand Susan plans to give the tickets to her daughter Jennifer Larsen. Heartiest Congratulations!
They're back from Italy! Our Youth Exchange Program coordinator Sharon Robert is shown here with our 2016 exchange participants Cedar Marshall and Taejha O'Hearn. Cedar and Taejha spent a month in Italy this summer under this great program.
Our newest Lion, Sandy Simrose, is "pinned" at her induction ceremony on 28 March 2016 by her sponsor Lion Olga Korinek. Welcome Lion Sandy!
Time for a 'Grip & Grin' as President Doug presents 10-year membership pins to Lions Bill Moisuik and Miriam Cochran on Monday, 22 Feb 2016. Congratulations Bill and Miriam!