I wanted to make sure you knew about the Richvale Lion's Club. It formed in 1963 in the 'Hamlet of Richvale" (now the southwest corner of Richmond Hill) and it has continued to serve our community.
So, what is the Lion's Club?
The Lions are a service club that started in the U.S. in 1917. The name was chosen both because the lion represents strength, courage, fidelity and vital action, and the combination of L-I-O-N-S = LIBERTY, INTELLIGENCE, OUR NATION'S SAFETY.
Each club has their own unique pin reflecting their community. And ours is the David Dunlap Observatory! This certainly fits into one of the missions of the Lions.
A significant part of the work that Lions have done is to assist the blind. Helen Keller challenged them to be "Knights of the Dark".
The Richvale Lions Club continue to be "Knights of the Dark". They are currently:
collecting unwanted prescription glasses
conducting vision screening for senior kindergarten students at 13 schools
sponsoring the VIP (Visually Impaired People) support group
support the Lions Foundation of Canada - Dog Guides
They also serve youth by:
providing bursaries for students graduating from Langstaff and Alexander Mackenzie High Schools for community involvement
supporting speaking contests
sponsoring the Stars United Baton Club
The Richvale Club supports 4 Ontario summer camps:
Lions Club Camp Kirk - for mentally and intellectually challenged youth
Lions Camp Dorset - for children needing dialysis and their families
CNIB Lake Joe - for the visually impaired
Camp Huronda - for diabetic children
They also support:
Hill House Hospice
Big Brothers Big Sisters
Canadian Cancer Society
Mackenzie Health Hospital
and individuals and families in need.
Lions Club International can boast that they have more volunteers in more places than any other service club organization. There are over 1.35 million active men and women , 45,000 clubs in more than 200 countries.
The Richvale Lions Club raises most of its funds from monthly Texas Hold'em nights (first Friday of the month). Like so many service clubs membership has decreased. (The Richmond Hill Lions Club needed to fold a few years ago.) They meet the first and third Mondays at Langstaff Community Centre.
The club president is Hugh Adams. He is a charter member! If you are considering being part of a long standing organization that serves the community Hugh would love to hear from you - his number is 905 770-1772.