By JIM HILDEBRAND
TWILLINGATE — The Twillingate Lions Club held their anniversary dinner to mark Charter Night on May 11.
“It is truly amazing, that with a history spanning 59 years, the Twillingate Lions Club continues to support the needs of families and communities with their generous donations and volunteer service,” read Deborah Chaulk, Constituency assistant to The Isles of Notre Dame MHA Derrick Dalley.
MHA Dalley’s message went further explaining, “Initiatives such as Hospital Pond, a community bus for disabled persons and seniors, new equipment for the fire department, and the Twillingate Playground of Memories have been successful with support from the Lions Club. In addition to the Lions International, the Guide Dog program and the Max Simms Camp, the Lions Club has offered the use of their facility to many groups and committees also involved in improving quality of life in our community.
“The Club exhibits a steadfast commitment to our families and community and it is remarkable to see it is still thriving after 59 years. The volunteers have given so much of their time and talents to answer the needs of our area, and I commend them and offer my most sincere gratitude.”
Certainly one Lion who was due special recognition was Jack Lambert who was presented a memento for his 50th year as a member of the Club. Lion Jack is a steadfast member of the club and has held many executive positions within the Lions Organization.
Charter Night is also a time to introduce new members and the club was pleased to announce that Patricia Holwell had decided to join.
District Governor Lion Bill Dunn was on hand as the special guest and also to perform the duty of swearing in of the new executive. Valerie Hopkins will become the new Lions president; the first time a lady has been president of the Twillingate Club. The other executive who will commence or continue their duties starting July 1 are as follows:
1st vice-president……………….Lion Roland Cooper
2nd vice-president………………Lion Rick Lackey
3rd vice-president……………….Lion Rhonda Dove
Secretary………….…Lion Joyce Martin-Stuckless
Treasurer………….…Lion Jim Hildebrand
Lion Tamer………….Lion Jack Lambert
Tail Twister…………Lion (Past District Governor) Danny Hopkins
Membership chair…. Lion Dave Warr
Directors – Lion Eric Pardy
Lion Ken Facey
Lion Colin Pardy
Lion Howard Butt
Immediate past president – PDG Lion Danny Hopkins