Delaware Lions Club
Thanks to the Delaware Lions Club for doing such a great job painting the 5 barn quilt blocks for the community and rural area of Delaware. The entire area is steeped in history regarding the War of 1812-14 and what better way for the community to realize through barn quilts their own local past. Great work to the club!
For more than 40 years, needs and wants of Delaware residents have been SERVED by members of the Delaware Lions Club since being Chartered by Lions Clubs International in 1971. With a membership of 41 by the end of the first year, and a high of 63 members in 1994, the Club currently has 37 dedicated Lions serving this great community along with Charter President Lion Ross Jackson, one of 11 Charter Members still active in the Club and its activities and functions.
At first, meetings and events were conducted in the “Old” Town hall situated on John Street. The Delaware Lions Bingo became the “Friday Night Delaware Event”. The Delaware Lions quickly became a visible service group in the community by providing opportunities for young and senior residents. The community received some special care as the Lions proceeded to clean-up the outdoor rink area and the Thames Valley Park and with weekly grass cutting kept the park a pleasant place for local residents. “Lions” road signs were proudly erected. Delaware Township was blitzed with a Charcoal Drive, netting $177 profit. Club members were so enthused that there was no difficulty supplying enough man-power to work three events in two days on April 28 and 29 of 1972 — the weekly bingo, a dance at the Banqueter and a local talent variety show.
Just as our Mother Club, Belmont Lions Club, helped bring Lionism to Delaware, so the Delaware Lions have grown Community Service by sponsoring Lions Clubs in Glencoe, Lambeth, London Westmount as well as the Delaware Lioness Club.
Special focus on Seniors of Delaware and Area has been tradition for the Delaware Lions with a special Christmas Season event. Starting in 1978, for many years the Christmas Dinner with all the trimmings (served by the Lions and Partners) and entertainment gave the seniors a great opportunity to socialize with friends and acquaintances. In recent years, due to the great response and numbers of seniors eager to attend, the social has become an afternoon of visiting along with refreshments and luncheon. Serving our Seniors for 34 years in this manner has been extremely rewarding!
Over the years the Delaware Lions have organized and worked Bingos, Community Dances, March Hare and Fish & Chip Casino Nights, Elimination Draws, a Tractor Pull, Speedboat Racing, Fishing Derby, Delaware Speedway Refreshment Concession, Golf Tournaments, and more to raise funds for local, national and international purposes.
With the focus of Lions being Sight Conservation and Work with the Blind, by annually canvassing of Delaware and area, over $165 000 has been collected and turned over to the CNIB and the Canadian Diabetes Association. Major donations have been directed to the “EYES RIGHT” Lions District A-1 Sight Conservation Foundation providing funding for specialized sight equipment for London, Strathroy,
St. Thomas, Sarnia , Chatham-Kent and Windsor Hospitals.
The Lions of Delaware have been major contributors to local and area projects including the Delaware Community Centre, Tri-Township Arena in Mt. Brydges, funding of Lions Park (property and building currently housing the local public library), Construction and Operation of Davis Manor (Senior Housing Project), Delaware Ball Diamonds (lighting and bleachers), Playground Equipment for Delaware Parks and local Elementary Schools, Tennis Courts, Outdoor Floor Hockey Rink, Cleanup of a local Car Junk-Yard, with donations also going to the new Wellness and Recreation Centre in Komoka.
Over $1 080 000 raised by Delaware Lions, has gone to these projects and minor sports, senior activities, educational programs, health and safety services, assistance programs such as WRRC, Salvation Army, Community Living, Special Skills Dogs (Leader Dogs, Guide Dogs, …), and the list goes on.
Current annual service and fundraising activities include the Tri-Township Canada Day Celebrations, Diabetes Canvass in October, Seniors Social in December, Trivia Night in January, Fish & Chip Night in April, Youth Dances in October and March, Effective Speaking for local Elementary and Secondary School students, Lions International Peace Poster Contest, Bingo.
Service Credit must be given to the Delaware Lioness Club for their work in our community, especially the Village Flower Project, Christmas Lights and assistance with Lions Functions such as the Diabetes Canvass, Fish & Chip Night, Trivia Night, Bingo, …
The Delaware Lions appreciate the tremendous support we have received over the years from the people of Delaware and extend our sincere thanks to all of you!