Notes from the 40th District A-4 Lions Convention

A very entertaining and informative District A-4 convention was held on April 11 through 13 at the Brookstreet Hotel in Kanata.  Lions Peggy Feltmate, Liz Christie, Pearl Brule, Avis Templeton, Todd Sloan and Tom Feltmate represented the Kanata-Hazeldean Lions Club at the Convention.

The theme of the 40th District A-4 Convention was "Knights of the Blind" .  Lion Liz Christie was one of 10 Lions selected for best costume demonstrating the value of imagination and lots of duct tape!!
The theme of the 40th District A-4 Convention was “Knights of the Blind” . Lion Liz Christie was one of 10 Lions selected for best costume demonstrating the value of imagination and lots of duct tape!!

The Opening Ceremonies featured a speech by Lion Penny LeClair, a blind Lion from the Gloucester Lions Club, who re-enacted the speech given by Helen Keller at the 1925 International Convention of Lions Clubs.  Lion Penny clearly demonstrated why we as Lions so clearly focus on eradicating preventable blindness and providing services to the visually impaired.  Following the opening ceremonies, there were a number of excellent information sessions on Orientation, Conflict Resolution, Tail Twisting, Becoming a Zone Chair, and Lions On-Line (presented by Lion Liz Christie).

The Saturday Luncheon featured inspiring presentations by Leos from our District highlighting their accomplishments as Leos, describing the benefits they realized from their membership in their Leo Club,  and encouraging Clubs in the District to consider promoting the Leo program in their area.  Region meetings followed the Luncheon during which we were able exchange information regarding activities undertaken by the various Clubs in our Region.

The Sunday agenda featured the Memorial Service for deceased Lions, Lioness and Lionettes.  This was followed by the District A-4 Cabinet Meeting at which time the results of Convention voting was announced.  There will be a $2 per Lion increase in District A-4 dues to assist our District to maintain a balanced budget.  It should be noted that this increase in dues was accompanied by a reduction in budgeted expenditures of approximately 25% – from $24K down to $18K.

Members of the 2014-2015 District A-4 Cabinet following their introduction at the 40th Convention of District A-4 held April 11 - 13.
Members of the 2014-2015 District A-4 Cabinet following their introduction at the 40th Convention of District A-4 held April 11 – 13.

The New Cabinet for next year was announced with Lion Rick McCauley elected as District Governor, Lions Kris Schulz as 1st Vice District Governor and Lion Sue Wilkes as 2nd Vice District Governor. Lion Tom Feltmate will be Cabinet Secretary and Lion James Doyle will be Cabinet Treasurer.  For our Club, Lion Beth Lewis will be our Zone Chair and Lion Paul Riddell, also from Stittsville, will be our Region Chair.

Blind Curlers Win Provincial Silver

Peter with trophyLion Peter Henry is proud to announce that the Ottawa Recreational Blind Curlers Team, on which he is the lead, won second place in the Ontario Blind Curling Association Provincial Championship held in Toronto on April 4 to 6, 2014.  Lion Peter curls with 3 other visually impaired curlers plus a coach and a sighted sweeper.  Lion Michael Hayes of the Ottawa – Vanier Lions Club is skip for the team.  Other members include Sheldon MacDonald (second), Michael Hunsley (third), Gord Wilson (sweeper) and Steve Fisher (coach).  Lion Peter is seen with his Canine Vision Canada Dog Guide “Kane”.

A Fun Barrhaven Event for a Very Good Cause

The Barrhaven Lions Club’s 10th annual Mother/Daughter Gala
May 9th at the Centurion Conference and Event Center, 70 Colonnade Road South, Ottawa.
 
This year`s event will again consist of a 7:00 p.m. dinner, entertainment, and a silent auction.  All proceeds will be donated to the Queensway Carleton Hospital for Cancer Care.
Individual cost for the evening is $75.00 ($40.00 Tax receipt will be issued by the QCH).
For further information, please contact
Lion Doreen Lebano
613-825-0384
or
Lion Sandy Maveety
613-825-0255