GREEN ISLAND COVE, NL – The Green Island Cove Lions Club celebrated a milestone anniversary on Feb. 24 when it marked its 40th year of service to the community and beyond.
Club charter president Calvin Mitchelmore estimates that over the past four decades the club has contributed more than half a million dollars to various causes.
“Our motto is ‘We Serve’ and we try to do that,” he said.
While many projects the Lions undertake are local initiatives, their contributions are far reaching and include raising awareness about diabetes and supporting the Lions Guide Dog Training Program, as well as efforts undertaken by the Canadian Red Cross, Kidney Foundation of Canada and the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
“We sell tickets and just before Christmas we have our annual supper that we serve not only to our community but to neighbouring communities,” Mitchelmore said when asked about some of the club’s fundraising initiatives.
Mitchelmore said there are now about 29 Lions in the club.
“It’s not only the members but some of us got our wives and some their girlfriends who are very much a part of this organization. Only for them, sometimes, I don’t know if we’d be so successful,” he said.
Community support has also been tremendous over the years, he said.
“For our winter carnival, people donate prizes for bingo and for card games. People support us 100 per cent.”
Mitchelmore said the Lions Club building is also very important to the community.
“Our building is big enough for us to host weddings and anniversaries and other celebrations. It’s a building that we own... the kids use it for their birthday parties, the church uses it for their activities, their bake sales. One woman said (at the anniversary celebration) ‘We don’t know what we’d do without it.’ And I don’t either,” Mitchelmore said.
Whether raising money to help someone in the community with medical expenses, giving a donation to a hockey team to get them to a tournament, or supporting a cause far from home – no matter the reason – Mitchelmore said he enjoys his volunteer work with the Lions Club.
“I wouldn’t give it up for anything,” he said.