MARMORA CROWE VALLEY LIONS
In 1917, Melvin Jones, a 38-year-old Chicago business leader, asked a simple and world-changing question – what if people put their talents to work improving their communities? The results of his effort is "The Lions". Almost 100 years later, Lions Clubs International is the world's largest service club organi-zation, with 1.35 million members in more than 46,000 clubs and countless stories of Lions acting on the same simple idea: let's improve our communities. Click here to read all about the Crowe Valley Lions Club and all their never-ending programs and projects.
Marmora has seen the creation of two Lions Clubs. The initial club, the Marmora & District Lions Club was formed in 1973 under sponsorship of Havelock Lions. There was also a Lioness Club created at the time too, which lasted until men & women were united in one club in 1997.
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Some of these members started a new club – Marmora Crowe Valley Lions – approved April 10, 1997 by Lions International and sponsored by A3 District Lions Cabinet. There were 41 charter members, ten of whom had passed away by 2015, and one transferred.
The first meeting was held on March 17 in William Shannon Room The founding executive was chosen April 17, 1997 with Guiding Lion Richard Cooper in charge of proceedings.
- Lions President Dan Bateman
- Recording Secretary Janice Deline
- Corresponding Secretary Pam Halford
- Treasurer Jean McKenzie
- Membership Chair Carolyn Fluke (with committee of Bill Somerville and Karen Stephens)
- 1st Vice Russ Mitchell
- 2nd Vice Vic Provost
- 1st Yr. Directors: Lloyd McCoy, Brian Goodchild
- 2nd Yr. Directors: Pam Halford, Gordon Bennett; Lion Tamer Mickey Maloney
- Tail Twister Marilyn Maloney
On May 17, the Official Charter Night was held at the Marmora Community Centre, attended by all including members of the recently disbanded Lioness Club. Emcee was PDG Dave Hansen. Official charter was presented by DG Jon Moore and entertainment was provided by Carpe Diem, Marmora's own chamber music group under the direction of Gabriella Hamley.
Marmora Crowe Valley Lion logo was drawn by Andrew Rose, a Madoc Grade 10 student. It is a radiant sun rising over tranquil river valley under watchful eye of a lion perched on a vantage point.
LIST OF PRESIDENTS
1997 - 1998 – Dan Bateman; 1998 – 1999 – Russ Mitchell;
1999 – 2000 – Vic Provost; 2000 – 2001 – Brian Goodchild
2001 – 2002 – Lloyd McCoy; 2002 – 2004 – Elaine Jones
2004 – 2005 - Al Fluke; 2005 – 2006 – Wilma Bush
2006 – 2007 – Barbara Fisher; 2007 – 2008 – Stu Fisher
2008 – 2010 – Kevin Roy; 2010 – 2011 – Barbara Fisher
2011 – 2013 – Russ Mitchell
2013 - 2014 - Kevin Roy
2014 - 2015 - Stew Fisher
FUNDRAISING, PROGRAMS AND PROJECTS
- Duck race on the Crowe River
- Lloyd McCoy continued to co-ordinate local Terry Fox Run
- ·Formed a baseball team to play in Keene Tournament
- Held a photo ID session with Marmora IGA and Kraft Foods
- $500 toward purchase of new piano for Marmora Town Hall
- Held a Grocery Shopping Spree
- Completely redecorated Robert Empey Hall,where first meetings were held
- Catered to Marmora Snofest Banquet – have done so for many years since
- Held ‘Casino Night’
- Sold chocolate Easter Bunnies
- Co-ordinated Canada Day Parade & activities
- Won A3 Visitation Contest for clubs with 30 or more
- PDG Russ Mitchell honoured for 25 years as a Lion
- 2 members attended & reported on International Lions Convention in Birmingham, England
- Began holding meetings in Deloro Community Hall
- Began holding Peace Poster Contest in local school
- Began sponsoring Euchre Parties in Deloro Hall weekly
- Hosted & participated in Fun & Talent Night in Marmora
- Signed agreement with Municipality of Marmora & Lake to maintain and record events in Deloro Hall
- Began volunteering weekly at Belleville Lions Bingo
- Lion Gordon Bennett, WWII veteran, received certificate of congratulations on 80th birthday from Ontario Premier and local MPP.
- Lion Mickey Maloney was feted at Marmora Town Hall as Most Prominent Senior of the Year for Hastings/Peterborough area.
- For a few years Marmora Crowe Valley Lions provided rides to residents of Caressant Care Nursing Home, on second Thursday during summer, to Booster Park for picnic
- Supported and participated in Heart & Stroke Big Bike Ride.
- Lion Vera Wylie received Ontario award of International Year of Older Person
- Funds from Duck Race donated to MARS group for playground equipment for Marmora Memorial Park
- Made plans for Marmora Memorial Park such as moving picnic shelter to site beside Crowe River
- Held a farewell party for long time Lion couple who had been very active in the community (Lions Gordon & Stella Bennett).
- After visiting Hawaii one member provided a banner from Honolulu Kai Lions and one from 83rd International Convention in Hawaii.
2015 CHARTER MEMBERS
MARY JANE GOODCHILD
- Purchased purple & black Lion jackets with Club name on front, member’s name on sleeve
- Won first prize in February Fun & Talent Night
- Began some members participating in Relay For Life for a few years
- Lion Glen Foster was granted Melvin Jones Fellowship, joining Lions Russ Mitchell and Mickey Maloney
- In October, paved Marmora Memorial Park and finished work at Marmora Reception Centre.
- Celebrated 5th year as a club with a Dinner Cruise.
- Had Christmas party for residents a few years at Caressant Care Nursing Home
- Hosted the A3 Convention – theme “Prospecting for the Future in Lionism” - 3 Club members with beards & 2 live mules
- Began organizing Marmora Country Jamboree in September with Boyd Warren.
- Trail from old steam engine in Marmora Memorial Park to boat launch done as well as covered bridge
- Lion Marilyn Maloney donated the late Lion Mickey Maloney’s huge collection of Terry Fox pins to LionLloyd McCoy (Chair for 15 years to date)
- Marmora Crowe Valley Lions began holding their own Country Music Jamboree in June.
Finished picnic shelter by boat launch
- Trail from boat launch to north end, along Crowe River, being done
- Sponsored new Madoc Lions Club
- For the 2nd year in a row a Marmora student won the District A3 Lion Peace Poster Contest – Hannah Maynes
- Music in Marmora Memorial Park Tuesday nights during summer months
- Monthly Sunday afternoon Country Music Jams, October – May
- Ongoing improvements & additions to Marmora Memorial Park – trails, lights, tables, etc.
TOTAL MEMBERSHIP - 38 AT THE END OF 2014
- Spearheading fundraising for replacement of Town Clock.
- Helen Kellar Fellowship Awards to Barbara Fisher & Isobel Cole.
- Brian Stevenson Fellowship Awards to Charlie Murchison & Bill Cole
- Charter member Lorna Fluke passed away August 22
- Hannah Maynes won at Marmora level in Peace Poster contest(3rd year in a row)- Our World - Our Future - & at A3 Lions level (2nd year in a row).
- Sent $500 to Philippine Disaster in Dec.
- Jan. 2-14 - have 3 new members: Joyce Herman, Helen Yahn & Wilson White were inducted in March
- March - Irish Stew supper
- April: 2 new members inducted - Murray Stone, Judy Stone.
- Awards in April: Lion Leo Provost - Judge Brian Stevenson Fellowship; Lion Stew Fisher & Lion Wilma Bush - each received Helen Keller Fellowship; Lion Charlie Murchison - Melvin Jones Fellowship; PDG Lion Russ Mitchell - President's Appreciation Award.
- Spring: purchased new sink for Community Hall kitchen, etc.
- June - 2 new members: Bill & Shirley Wells
- yearly June Jamboree at fairgrounds
- July & Aug. - Music in Marmora Memorial Park Tues. evgs
- Sept. - Fish Fry
- Appreciation dinner for volunteers
- Oct. - hosted Zone 43E meeting .
- Nov. Marmora Public School student Aksheya Shanmugasamy came first in Marmora Lions Peace Poster Contest - 2nd at A3 District level - theme "Our World, Our Future" Theme for 2014/15- “Peace, Love and Understanding.”
- - new member - Jason Coveney
- Completed payment to Municipality for cost of repairing town clock