The Canso Lions Club welcomed special guests and area clergy May 26 for its 50th anniversary celebration.
King Lion Janet Delorey provided opening remarks, while Lion Carl Bond led the singing of O Canada.
Lion Judy White toasted the Queen, Lion Alvin Winmill led the Lions toast and Lion Barry Lumsden gave the Lions invitation.
Emcee Lion Ray Write read a special Lions’ golden anniversary invocation.
White also reviewed the many projects of the Canso Lions Club over the past 50 years, noting the strong community support they have received.
Head table guests included District Governor Rhonda Trickett, Past District Governor Peter Reid, King Lion Janet Delorey and 50th anniversary co-chairs Lions Dave and Roberta Parker, along with Cape Breton Canso MP Rodger Cuzner, Guysborough Eastern Shore Tracadie MLA Lloyd Hines and Municipality of the District of Guysborough Councillor Finley Armsworthy.
Municipality of the District of Saint Mary’s and Cow Bay Lions also attended the celebration.
Trickett, who was introduced by Lion Doug Lumsden, congratulated charter members, who had the vision to form the Canso Lions Club in 1968, for the history of service to the community and support – locally, nationally and internationally – for Lions’ projects.
Cuzner spoke of the changes and challenges facing Canso and area and the continuing importance of the Canso Lions Club to the area. He reflected on construction of the Seamen’s Memorial and hosting of the Annual Provincial Seamen’s Service, as examples of the club’s exemplary work.
Hines thanked the Lions for their support of the GOALS workshop and the many groups and individuals who have received assistance from the club.
Armsworthy called the Canso Lions “unsung heroes” for their work in the community.
Charter Member Lion Barry Lumsden was honoured for his 50 years of service.
Trickett presented the club with a special plaque from Lion’s International and a 50th anniversary banner patch.
Dave Parker, as celebration co-chair, thanked the numerous businesses that contributed to the various prize draws held during the charter night.
Roberta Parker prepared a special display of five scrapbooks and photo albums that highlighted the club’s 50 years.
Lions and guests also viewed a DVD – produced by White and Lion Mike Hedley – that chronicles the club’s activities over the years. It will be broadcast on Cable 6.
Walk for Dog Guides
On the following day (May 27), the Canso Lions hosted their annual Walk for Dog Guides.
Along with regular meetings in June, the club will cater the Canso Academy graduation supper, while also providing a scholarship grant and bursary during graduation exercises.
As always, the Canso Lions thank the public for their continued support.