The Bowsman and District Lions Club was chartered in 1984 and is located in west central Manitoba, Canada in Lion's District 5M13:
The burning outhouse in our Club logo is in commemoration of Bowsman's claim to fame, the Biffy Burning. This happened on New Year's Eve as part of the celebration for Canada's Centennial Year, which was in 1967. The townspeople of Bowsman, Manitoba burned their outhouses to celebrate the arrival of sewer service to the town. Apparently Bowsman's postal code was changed to R0L 0H0 which stands for "Roll Our Loyal Out Houses Over" in honour of this event. More photos and information about this historic event can be found in our Facebook photo album called "The Bowsman Biffy Burning".
Our Facebook page has many photos and videos of us and our projects. To subscribe to our page, click the "Like" button beside where it says "Bowsman Lions Club":
2017 Billy Beal Ice Fishing Derby
The 2017 Billy Beal Ice Fishing Derby will be the 20th Anniversary!!!
$10, 000 FIRST PRIZE!!!
It will be held on Saturday, March 18th at Whitefish Lake in the Porcupine Mountains, Manitoba, Canada. In addition to the 1st place Grand Prize of $10,000 and the many other great prizes we are going to give away, there will also be twenty $100 cash prizes to 20 derby entrants as part of the celebration.
Advance Adult tickets are $40 and Under 16 are $30
Walk On (Day of Derby) Adult tickets are $50 and Under 16 are $40
Extra Hole is $30
Tickets are available now at Cook and Cooke Financial, Atkinson Sports, and Work World in Swan River, MB. They can also be purchased with Visa or MasterCard at Cook & Cooke Financial by calling (204) 734-010 for a $5 service charge.
TWO FREE BILLY BEAL ICE FISHING DERBY TICKETS WILL BE GIVEN AWAY ON THIS EVENT PAGE!!! Join as a Guest who is Going to be eligible. Don’t forget to Invite your family and friends as well. Winners will be announced a week before on Saturday, March 11th, 2017:
2016 winner Dan Doruschuk (left) with his winning fish
The 2017 Journey For Sight took place from January 16th - 21st
This annual snowmobile fundraising event for the Lions Eye Bank of Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario takes place during the third week in January. There are several legs in Manitoba that end up in Brandon, MB. Some of the riders travel about 700 kilometres during the week when they start the Journey in Thompson, MB and head south to meet up in Brandon. Riders will post photos and videos from along the trail here:
The Journey For Sight originated in Birtle, Manitoba in 1983 and has raised OVER TWO MILLION DOLLARS SINCE IT'S START!!!
Money is raised by snowmobilers who tour Manitoba collecting pledges and by selling raffle tickets to win new snowmobiles.
Journey For Sight raffle tickets are now available from Lions Clubs throughout Manitoba for a 2017 Ski-Doo MXZ Sport 600 E.S. or a $7000 cash prize.
Tickets are $5 each and the draw will be made on February 21st, 2017 at the Birtle Drop In Centre in Birtle, Manitoba. Sled to be picked up in Virden, MB. License #LGA-2430-RF
To order tickets or for more information contact:
Birtle Lions Club
The Lions Eye Bank is a registered non-profit charity. Donations can be made online or by mail at this page:
2016 Bowsman Bull-A-Rama was held on Saturday, October 1st
Bowsman Bull-A-Rama commercial
2nd Annual "Fun"draiser Bonanza was held on Saturday, June 18, 2016
Friends of the Swan River Valley will be putting on the 2nd Annual "Fun"draiser Bonanza at the Swan River Golf & Country Club on Saturday, June 18, 2016.
This year half of the proceeds will be going towards the purchase by the Bowsman Lions Club of heart monitor equipment for the Swan Valley Health Centre and half for Golf Course improvements.
Registration starts at 9am. Golfing is from 10am to 5pm. BBQ beef supper is from 6pm to 8pm. There will also be a live auction, silent auction, and a 50/50 draw. Dance is from 10pm to 1am. Music provided by JARD Music and DJ Services. Free RV parking will be available.
ENTER YOUR TEAM EARLY!!! Entry fee is $125 per person and includes golf, BBQ beef supper, and dance for the first 200 paid entrants. BBQ supper tickets are $25 each. Dance tickets are $15. To enter or get tickets, call the Golf Course at 204-734-3935.
2016 "Fun"draiser Bonanza event page:
The 2016 Billy Beal Ice Fishing Derby was held on Saturday, March 19th at Whitefish Lake in the Porcupine Mountains, Manitoba, Canada.
$10, 000 FIRST PRIZE!!!
Dan Doruschuk (left) with the winning fish
16 fish in total were caught with the $10, 000 grand prize going to Dan Doruschuk from Norquay, Saskatchewan who's northern pike weighed in at 6 pounds and 14 ounces.
Second place was Lucien Fayant with a 3 pound six ounce pike and a close third place went to Dennis Barker with his 3 pound five ounce pike.
No perch were caught and Josh Pollock was the lucky winner drawn from the tickets for the Heaviest Perch.
Hidden Weight winner was Doug Frank for 1 pound 8 ounces.
Hidden Time winner was Kevin Johansen.
Youngest Fisherman was Pierce Brading at 3 years and 4 months.
Oldest Fisherman was Orest Wintonyk at 88 years, 6 moths, and 19 days.
50/50 winners were Jud Scales for the $1250, Cathy Roirie for the $750, and Erv Parachoniak got $500.
The "Baldest Fisherman" was awarded to the bald eagle who arrived to help us with the cleanup after the crowd left.
Congratulations and thank you to our prize winners and to all of our participants, helpers, and sponsors who made the day a huge success and for supporting our Swan Valley Lions Medical Assistance Fund. This event is an annual fundraiser put on by the three local Swan Valley Lion Clubs which are from Bowsman, Minitonas, and Swan River.
More photos and videos from the Derby can be found at Facebook.com/BowsmanLions
The 2016 Journey For Sight took place from January 11th to 16th.
Win a new Ski-Doo Renegade Sport 600!!!
The annual snowmobile fundraising event for the Lions Eye Bank originated in Birtle, Manitoba in 1983 and takes place during the third week in January. There are several legs in Manitoba that all end up in Brandon, MB. Some of the riders travel about 700 kilometres during the week when they start the leg in Thompson, MB and head south. There is also an annual raffle to win a new snowmobile.
The Lions Eye Bank is a registered non-profit charity and donations can also be made online or by mail at this page:
Bowsman Lion Ian Mullin on the front page of the October 2014 issue of the Manitoba Lion newspaper presenting a cheque from this year's proceeds to Lion Bill McKitrick, Board Chairman of the Lions Eye Bank of Manitoba & Northwest Ontario Inc. Download the October 2014 issue of the Manitoba Lion PDF here:
For more information go to: http://www.eyebankmanitoba.com/lions-eye-bank/journey-for-sight/
Some info about Bowsman: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bowsman,_Manitoba
Bowsman is located in the north end of the Swan River Valley near the Porcupine Mountains about 500km north of Winnipeg, MB. Click here for directions on Google Maps.
Bowsman profile page at DiscoverSwanValley.com
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