Good day, Kingsville. As President of the Kingsville Lions Club, I will be sharing information about the Lions Club and what we do. We will start with a few simple facts and go from there.
The Kingsville Lions Club was chartered in May, 1933. We are known for our 87 years of service to the people of this beautiful town located on Lake Erie. We are part of Lions Clubs International, the largest service organization in the world having a membership of 1.4 million members and serving 208 countries and geographical areas in the world.
Our motto is “We Serve,” which we do proudly and diligently.
If I were to ask what you remember about the Lions Club in Kingsville, I can guarantee some of the answers would be the Lions Carnival, Lions Hot Dogs with fried onions, the Pet Parade, wedding receptions at the Lions Hall and giving a helping hand to a Kingsville resident in need.
We have also been involved in many larger projects along with other groups and citizens such as Erie Shores HealthCare (formerly Leamington District Memorial Hospital), the Kingsville Arena, Migration Hall and the Kingsville Fire Department.
Most recently, along with Wheatley and Leamington Lions, we provided the funds for the Lions Wellness Room at Erie Shores Hospice. This room is a place where children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends of patients can play games, write on chalkboards, play with toys and have puppet shows. It enables them to be close to those they love and at the same time have a quiet place to just be a kid.
If you have a special memory of the Kingsville Lions Club, please feel free to share it.
As we commence with our 2020-2021 year, I would like to provide you with ways to see what we do and have done. We are all trying to find our way during this pandemic, to continue doing good work and looking out for each other.
We are still having meetings (virtual) and inviting people to join us. Being part of a service club is a wonderful way to meet people, socialize, and provide service to your town that you will be proud of, and provide a legacy for future generations.
I will leave you with a trivia question. Does anyone know the location where the first Lions Carnival was held?
Looking forward to next time. Stay safe and be well.