WHO WE ARE
Chartered on April 13, 1984, The Lions Club Of Tumbler Ridge is a leading community and world service organization. The Club?s focus is on support to those organizations which offer aid to the needy in our community, our country, and the world.
As a member of Lions Clubs International, The Lions Club Of Tumbler Ridge is a part of the world?s largest service organization ? currently consisting of 1.3 million members, and active in 201 countries and geographical areas. The collective humanitarian services provided by Lions around the world are unparalled.
WHAT WE DO
Our Club supports drug awareness and self esteem programs for youth; diabetes education and research; blindness prevention – through Campaign SightFirst II and used eyeglass recycling; community reading programs; the Easter Seal Houses (in Vancouver and Prince George); camps for challenged kids (in both B.C and Alberta); Camp Kakhamela – the Children?s Diabetes Camp in Prince George; the Dawson Creek Child Development Centre; and many other programs aimed at serving the needs of our community. We also give monetary assistance to needy children and adults in our community for medical and other valid reasons.
We have donated to our community as a whole with the two beautiful picnic tables in the Family Park, and a park bench on our elementary school playground.
In addition, we serve the younger members of Tumbler Ridge by barbequing hot dogs and hamburgers for both Minor Hockey and Minor Soccer, and by supplying our equipment and expertise for our Grads? Annual Toy Bingo.
With the changing dynamics of our community, The Lions Club Of Tumbler Ridge has seen many changes in the past few years. During our heyday, we were able to build and maintain Lions Flatbed Campground; but as our population dwindled, so did our membership until we were no longer able to properly maintain the facility, and it was turned over to the District Of Tumbler Ridge. Although the campground is no longer ours, it still bears our name and stands as a tribute to the dedicated efforts of our Club.
RISING FROM THE ASHES
The Lions Club Of Tumbler Ridge is also the perfect example of a survivor. Our membership has climbed back from a record low of 4 members in 2003 to our present membership of 24 (AND CLIMBING). As a result of our tenacity, our Club received a total of FOUR District Awards for growth in 2004, and there is the possibility that we will receive at least one more for this year. YES ? LIONS ARE A TOUGH BREED!!!
Some of our ongoing projects to date are:
community Bingo (every Monday);
the annual Grizfest pancake breakfast;
and cooking and serving hot dogs and hamburgers for the Tumbler Ridge annual Emperor?s Challenge half marathon.
DONATIONS DURING THE PAST YEAR
Persons in need: (in our community) $2,500
Tumbler Ridge Beavers And Cubs $1,000.00
Grizzly Valley Days Society (Children?s Face Painting) $750.00
T.R. Children?s Summer Reading Program $200.00
Children?s Acting/Circus Seminar $250.00 T.R. Hospital Foundation (Intelliview Patient Monitor) 2,500.00: Camp Kakhamela (Prince George) $1,000.00 T.R. Elementary School (P.A.C.) 1,000.00 Easter Seal House ? Prince George (Two TVs) $678.00; Tumbler Ridge Museum Foundation $3,000.00; Canadian Diabetes Foundation ? B.C. Branch $1,000.00
South Peace Child Development Centre ? Dawson Creek 1,000.00
T.R. Ministerial Association (Christmas Food Hampers) 400.00
Tumbler Ridge Youth Group 350.00
Tumbler Ridge Grads Toy Bingo 100.00
Guide Dogs 1,350.00
Canadian Junior Rangers 1,000.00
Heart And Stroke ? B.C. Branch 500.00
Order Of The Royal Purple 100.00
Canadian Veterans Recognition Book 250.00
TOTAL DONATIONS FOR 2007 ? TO DATE $19,278
A great number of the Above Donations were made possible by our weekly Bingos, and for this, we sincerely thank the Tumbler Ridge Bingo Players for supporting us.
Our Club meets on the first Thursday of each month at 7:00 P.M. in Room No.1 of the Tumbler Ridge Community Centre.
Anyone wishing to learn more about The Lions Club Of Tumbler Ridge, or is interested in becoming a member of our Club; please call Frank or Grace Walsh at (250) 242-4609 ? or just speak to one of our Members.