Rimbey Lions planning for busy year ahead

Pictured above at the recent Lions Pancake Day are the cooks who prepared breakfast

Pictured above at the recent Lions Pancake Day are the cooks who prepared breakfast

Staff, info courtesy Joyce Tona

District governor Lion Dave Dalby and Lion Kathleen Dalby along with zone chair Lion Kay Bystron visited the Rimbey Lions Club Jan. 14, their first meeting of 2010.

Lion Dave brought greetings from the international president and information on the Haitian earthquake with Lions Clubs International on the scene of the disaster. Members of the club also attended the Lions First Regional Rally in Edmonton and found it a very interesting and fun weekend.

In February, Lions had a great time cooking the many bison burgers and setting up to feed the hundreds of area students who gathered in Rimbey for the elementary interschool Olympic, Inuit and Paralympic Games. The many hungry participants had to be served on time to be ready for the afternoon continuation of the games.

Successful bimonthly blood donor clinics were also held in February, as well as Heart and Stroke Fund Week, which raised $4,805 in donations. Unfortunately for the club and their many community efforts, Ponoka’s Plaza Bingo closed its doors at the end of February.

Lions attended the funeral of Bea Jamieson, who gave much to the club as a very capable volunteer and friend. She is sadly missed. The members of the Lions Club extend love and thoughts to Lion Ted and family.

Lion entertainers hosed the annual Pancake Day on March 21, which was a busy one, as approximately 350 people attended to enjoy food and the program.

The show opened with Forrest Gump and his box of chocolates wondering what the present day Olympic medal winners were like when they were babies. The story then proceeded to go back in time to see what those babies did as they dug into their toys.

To give a break between complete acts music and songs were provided by Elmer Brown and his orchestra, while the fishing corner kept the young people busy.

The Ponoka/Rimbey Cadets and members of the Rimbey Boxing Club were busy working and spent some quality time with the Lions Club as well.

As we move toward April and the months moving into summer, the Lions are getting ready for busy times with the food booths serving auction sales, Central Alberta Raceways, golf tournaments and the annual Cornfest, as well as Lions District Campout, etc.

Time is quickly moving from winter into spring with the hope of good planting times and necessary rains to enjoy a good growing season.