Recently the Lions Club of Ariss & Maryhill held their 2nd fundraising project night. Ladies in the community were invited to take in “Nail It Nite” night on October 9th where they made 2 Christmas or 2 Winter scenes. On Tuesday, November 27th ladies were again invited to attend the “Sign Painting Nite” . These ladies made a scene with branches and Christmas balls on them with ? helping and instructing the ladies. These nights were very popular and places in the hall filled quickly.
The Lions club began in Chicago, Illinois in 1917 and became Lions Clubs International in 1920 when the first club was formed in Windsor, Ontario. It is now the largest service organization in the world serving more than 250 counties. Approximately 1.5 million Lions, Lioness and Leos are serving those less fortunate in their communities and the world.
“The Ariss and Maryhill area club was formed in November 2009 with the forming of the Ariss and District Branch Lions Club with 7 members. On April 8th, 2011 a full service Lions Club became a reality with the chartering of the Ariss and District Lions Club with 26 members. The name was changed to Ariss and Maryhill Lions Club when their meeting place changed to the Maryhill Heritage Park Community Centre in Maryhill in 2014”.
In their short time they have pledged 15 thousand dollars for a score clock at the Royal Distributing Athletic Performance Centre in Marden, provided a ceiling lift for Sick Children’s Hospital in Toronto, a portable battery operated “Jaws of Life” for the Maryhill Fire Department, a 24 by 12 foot roll-out awning at the rear of the Community Centre, and assisted in the purchase of a specially designed tricycle for a local youth with autism. They have also sponsored and graduated a hearing ear dog guide and canine vision dog guide from the Lions Foundation of Canada dog guide program. Their third dog, a Diabetes alert dog guide will graduate in the early part of 2019. They have also pledged to sponsor 6 dog guides for a total of 48 thousand dollars.
They are always looking to grow their membership and cordially invite all men and ladies age 18 and onward to come and join them , have fun and enjoy helping in the lives of others. Check them out on Facebook, Google their website or speak to any Lions member.