Staff and by Joyce Tona
President Alex Waldron capably led the Lions club through the 2008 – 2009 term and much work was accomplished by the members for their community and for the needs beyond. During the summer months of July and August of 2008, Lions worked the booths for the Shoot Out, Central Alberta Raceway, Olsen’s Auction, a number of golf tournaments and the Simpson reunion.
September welcomed Lions ambassador Rhian Ormond and her interesting report on her work in Tanzania. Emilie Falk received the Lions Legacy Scholarship at the high school graduation. District cabinet member Lion Alice Steele received the District Governor’s Award. A successful golf tournament was held at Gull Lake Golf Course and the mobile booth was busy at Mud Bog Days at the raceway.
October and November saw new playground equipment erected and the Lions booth busy at Olsen’s Auction. Lion Michael Jarmoluk turned 85 years young and gave stories of past activities in his many years as a Lion. The skateboard park received repairs and Lions celebrated Awards Night.
December brought Red Deer Casino Nights, and Lions, spouses, companions and volunteers held a Christmas party along with the yearly visit to the Rimbey District and Health Care Recreation Centre on Christmas morning. Lions and their families came to sing carols and help Santa give out gifts to those unable to be at home. Following, the group visited the hospital to sing carols to those remaining there.
January and February saw the new booth under construction and the Lions announced we would provide the door prize for each CBS Blood Clinic beginning with the February clinic. Practice was on for the entertainment for the Pancake Day festivities and zone chairperson Lion Kay Bystrom visited the club’s supper meeting during Heart and Stroke Fund Week brought in $5,669 with members of the community and the club working the stations for collections. The Lions also gathered household items for the women’s shelter in Red Deer.
Check future editions of the Rimbey Review for Part II of the Rimbey Lions Club Year in Review.