72 Years Young and Growing!
The Vernon Lions Club was granted its charter on November 6th, 1945 with 23 founding members. Our first president was William A. MacKenzie, and his daughters Marnie and Bobbe MacKenzie were guests at our 65th Anniversary celebration in October 2010 and have since become members.
Lumby, Enderby, Revelstoke and Coldstream Lions Clubs were originally sponsored by the Vernon Lions Club. Our longest serving member, Joseph Peters, with 65 years of perfect attendance, passed away in 2010 at 96 years of age. Our current roster includes members in a wide age range with varied interests and backgrounds.
Thousands of dollars raised by Vernon Lions Club members have gone back annually into Vernon area initiatives in the Club's lifespan so far.
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Some of our Activities
The Lion calendar year runs from July 1st through June 30th, with some months being busier than others. Here's a sample of our typical activities:
serving pancake breakfasts and BBQ lunches at the Senior Soccer Tournament
cooking and serving pancake breakfasts at the Vernon Farmer's Market
helping with the Allan Brooks Rivers Day fundraiser
selling and delivering Thanksgiving Carnations to raise funds for community support
ringing the bells for the Salvation Army Kettle campaign
cooking and serving breakfasts for patrons of the Upper Room Mission
spring work party to help clean up and prep O'Keefe Ranch for the new season
spring and fall work parties to clean up the Grey Canal trail
helping with a BBQ lunch for Autism Awareness
a kitchen trailer concession supporting the annual Vernon MS Walk/Run/Ride event
working at Camp Winfield's spring clean up days
manning a water station and directing parking at the Do It For Dad Run
So there are activities for each of our members to get involved with, no matter what their physical capabilities are -