Dundas Lions Club continues to create community legacies

News Jan 14, 2016 by Craig Campbell Dundas Star News

Since its inception 85 years ago this week, The Dundas Lions Club is well-known for creating Dundas legacies like the local community centre and low-cost senior’s housing that bear its name, as well as other iconic facilities like Grightmire Arena and the Dundas Pool.

And despite challenges during the past eight and half decades, the Dundas Lions have remained vibrant and vital to the community.

Just two years ago, the club provided the seed money needed to start a brand new scouting program in Dundas. And the club continues to support local scouting.

“Their support of the launch of our programs was very significant to us and it would have been far more difficult for us to have been established without their contributions,” said Bill Kowalchyk, group commissioner of the 6th Dundas Scout group. “Their contributions have allowed us to grow Scouting in Dundas for the first time in over two decades.”

This Saturday, the club marks 85 years of service with a dinner at the Dundas Valley Golf and Curling Club. The club was founded in January 1931.

For 17-year local member and current club secretary Doug Foster, the slogan “We Serve, Today and Yesterday” pretty much says it all.

And Foster points out the Dundas has remained strong despite several challenges over the years.

The Dundas Lions lost its status as a registered charity in 2000, so it can’t issue tax receipts or receive gifts directly from registered charities. Meanwhile, all around the city, Lions Clubs have been shrinking.

But Dundas Lions continues to support numerous local groups and projects – and meets twice a month at the local community centre that bears the club’s name.

Foster said the club has 40 members ranging in age from 21 to 91.

“We get support from the community,” Foster said. “We support the community, and they support us.”

He produces a monthly bulletin for members of the local club to keep them informed and connected – but also to have some fun. That’s a key for Foster.

Meetings still follow the required protocols, but having fun keeps members participating. There’s even enough support to operate an active Lioness Club which is nearing its own 40th anniversary.

“We’ve stayed viable and helpful and still serve,” Foster said.

He can reel off a long list of Dundas and Hamilton-area organizations that have received Dundas Lions donations from the local Salvation Army and food bank to the CNIB and Canadian Diabetes Association, just to mention a few.

Foster estimates the Dundas Lions Club puts more than $35,000 a year back into the community.

Several well-known Dundas Lions events help provide the funds for that support. Day at the Races comes to Flamborough Downs on February 6. The club is looking for support and volunteers to help there. The annual Lions Easter Egg Hunt and craft sale are coming this spring.   The club’s 14th annual Ribfest is also in the works, along with its second Ride for Autism.

 

Dundas Lions Club continues to create community legacies

Over 85 years club made iconic facilities possible

News Jan 14, 2016 by Craig Campbell Dundas Star News

Since its inception 85 years ago this week, The Dundas Lions Club is well-known for creating Dundas legacies like the local community centre and low-cost senior’s housing that bear its name, as well as other iconic facilities like Grightmire Arena and the Dundas Pool.

And despite challenges during the past eight and half decades, the Dundas Lions have remained vibrant and vital to the community.

Just two years ago, the club provided the seed money needed to start a brand new scouting program in Dundas. And the club continues to support local scouting.

“Their support of the launch of our programs was very significant to us and it would have been far more difficult for us to have been established without their contributions,” said Bill Kowalchyk, group commissioner of the 6th Dundas Scout group. “Their contributions have allowed us to grow Scouting in Dundas for the first time in over two decades.”

This Saturday, the club marks 85 years of service with a dinner at the Dundas Valley Golf and Curling Club. The club was founded in January 1931.

For 17-year local member and current club secretary Doug Foster, the slogan “We Serve, Today and Yesterday” pretty much says it all.

And Foster points out the Dundas has remained strong despite several challenges over the years.

The Dundas Lions lost its status as a registered charity in 2000, so it can’t issue tax receipts or receive gifts directly from registered charities. Meanwhile, all around the city, Lions Clubs have been shrinking.

But Dundas Lions continues to support numerous local groups and projects – and meets twice a month at the local community centre that bears the club’s name.

Foster said the club has 40 members ranging in age from 21 to 91.

“We get support from the community,” Foster said. “We support the community, and they support us.”

He produces a monthly bulletin for members of the local club to keep them informed and connected – but also to have some fun. That’s a key for Foster.

Meetings still follow the required protocols, but having fun keeps members participating. There’s even enough support to operate an active Lioness Club which is nearing its own 40th anniversary.

“We’ve stayed viable and helpful and still serve,” Foster said.

He can reel off a long list of Dundas and Hamilton-area organizations that have received Dundas Lions donations from the local Salvation Army and food bank to the CNIB and Canadian Diabetes Association, just to mention a few.

Foster estimates the Dundas Lions Club puts more than $35,000 a year back into the community.

Several well-known Dundas Lions events help provide the funds for that support. Day at the Races comes to Flamborough Downs on February 6. The club is looking for support and volunteers to help there. The annual Lions Easter Egg Hunt and craft sale are coming this spring.   The club’s 14th annual Ribfest is also in the works, along with its second Ride for Autism.

 

Dundas Lions Club continues to create community legacies

Over 85 years club made iconic facilities possible

News Jan 14, 2016 by Craig Campbell Dundas Star News

Since its inception 85 years ago this week, The Dundas Lions Club is well-known for creating Dundas legacies like the local community centre and low-cost senior’s housing that bear its name, as well as other iconic facilities like Grightmire Arena and the Dundas Pool.

And despite challenges during the past eight and half decades, the Dundas Lions have remained vibrant and vital to the community.

Just two years ago, the club provided the seed money needed to start a brand new scouting program in Dundas. And the club continues to support local scouting.

“Their support of the launch of our programs was very significant to us and it would have been far more difficult for us to have been established without their contributions,” said Bill Kowalchyk, group commissioner of the 6th Dundas Scout group. “Their contributions have allowed us to grow Scouting in Dundas for the first time in over two decades.”

This Saturday, the club marks 85 years of service with a dinner at the Dundas Valley Golf and Curling Club. The club was founded in January 1931.

For 17-year local member and current club secretary Doug Foster, the slogan “We Serve, Today and Yesterday” pretty much says it all.

And Foster points out the Dundas has remained strong despite several challenges over the years.

The Dundas Lions lost its status as a registered charity in 2000, so it can’t issue tax receipts or receive gifts directly from registered charities. Meanwhile, all around the city, Lions Clubs have been shrinking.

But Dundas Lions continues to support numerous local groups and projects – and meets twice a month at the local community centre that bears the club’s name.

Foster said the club has 40 members ranging in age from 21 to 91.

“We get support from the community,” Foster said. “We support the community, and they support us.”

He produces a monthly bulletin for members of the local club to keep them informed and connected – but also to have some fun. That’s a key for Foster.

Meetings still follow the required protocols, but having fun keeps members participating. There’s even enough support to operate an active Lioness Club which is nearing its own 40th anniversary.

“We’ve stayed viable and helpful and still serve,” Foster said.

He can reel off a long list of Dundas and Hamilton-area organizations that have received Dundas Lions donations from the local Salvation Army and food bank to the CNIB and Canadian Diabetes Association, just to mention a few.

Foster estimates the Dundas Lions Club puts more than $35,000 a year back into the community.

Several well-known Dundas Lions events help provide the funds for that support. Day at the Races comes to Flamborough Downs on February 6. The club is looking for support and volunteers to help there. The annual Lions Easter Egg Hunt and craft sale are coming this spring.   The club’s 14th annual Ribfest is also in the works, along with its second Ride for Autism.