Harrow-Colchester South Lions Club welcoming members from Amherstburg



By Ron Giofu


With there not being a Lions Club in Amherstburg anymore, another area club is opening its doors to potential members.

The Harrow-Colchester South Lions Club is welcoming Amherstburg members with the club now on a monthly meeting schedule at their hall, located at 206 McAffee St. in Harrow.

Club president Juliet Adam said that they are celebrating their 25th anniversary as they received their charter in 1992.

“We do fundraisers and social events to raise money and we donate it all back to the community,” she said.

Ray Adam, another one of the Harrow-Colchester South Lions Club members, said “we just wrote a cheque for $3,000 to the Lions Club International Foundation Canada” with that money being for the victims of British Columbia wildfires. The Harrow club also donated $2,000 last year to aid the victims of the Fort McMurray, Alberta fire.

“We work like crazy for the youth of our community,” said Adam. “The work we do for the community is phenomenal.”

The Harrow-Colchester South Lions Club is now welcoming members from Amherstburg. Current members are (back row, from left): John Priestley, Steve Zavaros, Darlene Priestley, Rick Gagnier, Ron Gagnier, Don Fretter, Ray Adam. Front row (from left): Denise Turton, Connie Vollans, president Juliet Adam, Jodi Vincent, Mary Jane Gagnier, Heidi Rexer.

The club also raised over $2,600 for a bench near the neighbouring Harrow-Colchester South Agricultural Building. Ray also pointed out they renovated the Lions Hall. They also host a fishing derby for children at Colchester Harbour every June.

“The ceiling was caving in, the walls were literally pulled in. We’ve spent a lot of money renovating the hall,” he said, adding other groups use it as well.

The Harrow-Colchester South Lions Club has roughly 15 members and Ray said members could feel rewarded if they put the effort in.

“You get what you put in,” he said.

Club membership chair Heidi Rexer noted she joined to meet other people, give back and meet other Lions.

“It’s very social,” she said.

Ray added that they can help set up “branch clubs” which could operate under the Harrow-Colchester South Lions Club but meet separately and raise money for their own communities.

Meetings are usually the fourth Thursday of every month, though they do have a meeting planned for Oct. 12. For more information, visit www.hcslions.com or call Rexer at 519-736-8976.

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