On Sunday Oct. 25th, the Blindman Valley Lions club held a virtual charter event.
These proceedings take place to formally induct a new club into the organization of LIONS INTERNATIONAL.
Normally, executives of the organization as well as distinguished guests such as our own MLA Jason Nixon, our MP Blaine Calkins, International Lions Club Vice President Dr Patty Hill, both Rimbey’s mayor Rick Pankiw and Bentley’s mayor Greg Rathjen would have been there to welcome the club in person.
With respect to the health and safety of our club members, these guests delivered their speeches both via ZOOM and pre-recordings.
Inductions of new members was performed by International Director Allan J. Hunt and the inductions into the officer positions was performed by past International President Judge Brian Stevenson.
It was interesting to learn that the Blindman Valley Lions club is #99 in District C-1, located in Northern half of Alberta, is the second largest district in the entire Lions International organization.
First place belongs to Ukraine.
Meanwhile, during this charter event District Governor Prince Baweja handed out the charter certificates to the club members and also presented the president of the club, Pat Ryan, with a certificate of appreciation from Lions International president Dr. Jung-Yul Choi.
His message is one of spreading kindness to a world so desperately in need of it today.
United in Kindness and Diversity
Lions don’t just serve the world. We represent it. This year, we’ll unite clubs and communities around the world because in times of great need, greater good can only be achieved when we join together as one.
This certificate is considered one of the top five that any Lions member (of which there are more than 1.4 million ) can receive. So it was quite an honor to have the Blindman Valley club’s president receive it.