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Message from President Rick Brewer

As Winter gives way to Spring it means not only better weather but also the eve of our 50th Anniversary Celebration.   

In March 1969 a dozen or so members of our community got together to explore the possibility of forming a local Club and a Charter was soon granted.  Among our early projects was the resurrection of the Temperance Hall, now known as the Central Saanich Lions Hall, our current Den.  Over the past 50 years membership has grown and so has our list of community projects, too many to list here.  
 
In celebration of the past 50 years we invite everyone to join us on June 8th of this year at the Saanich Fairgrounds for a night of good food and excellent camaraderie.  Information and tickets are available from Kip Wilson Law office at #6 - 7855 East Saanich Road or ask any Lion member for more information.
 
A small portion of our projects.

1971 Lions and community members donated 1200 hours to completely refurbish and paint the interior of Brentwood Community Hall.

1972 Supplied labour to build a lacrosse box in Centennial Park.

1978  We donated $8500 to buy the Jaws of Life for Central Saanich fire department.

1980 We built concrete dugouts and a concession building for Little League in Centennial Park.

1982 We erected eight bus shelters in Central Saanich.

1984 Donated 720 hours to build Greens for Lawn Bowling in Centennial Park. In later years we built an addition to their building.

1985 We built the second storey for the score booth and concession building in Rom Knott park. We also supplied labour for their park fencing.

1987 Our club supplied all labour to install new plywood and floor coverings at Brentwood Scout Hall. In later years we also painted the complete interior of the Scout Hall and installed five new doors.

1988 We built a post and rail fence at Centennial Park along Wallace Drive treed area and installed chain link fence along the other borders.

1990 We supplied labour to help build the concession and dugouts for Babe Ruth.

1991 We built an addition to Central Saanich Seniors Center in Brentwood Bay.

1994 We donated $100,000 towards the building of a new field house in Centennial Park.

1995 We rebuilt the Lacrosse Box in Centennial Park and helped build the BMX riding circuit at the park.

1995 We did a complete interior paint job for Mt. Newton Center. We have since repainted two more times over the years.

1997 Replacement of hardwood floor in Brentwood Community Hall.

1997 As well as our regular christmas tree recycling program we collected trees from the CRD housing projects and made an extra $1000.

1999 Raised funds to help the Mount Newton Center purchase their new bus. We helped purchase the replacement bus in later years.

2000 Our club helped financially to build a sleigh so a physically challenged student could take part in the annual Stelly's hiking club trip up Mount Albert Edward.

2000 $50,000 cash and "in kind" donations plus 732 hours to help build Central Saanich Fire Museum.

2002 $5,000 plus labour to Habitat for Humanity.

2005 $10,000 to Fire Department for thermal imaging camera.

2007 We purchased and outfitted a trailer that can be used at our cooking events, but also serves as part of the disaster response program.

2008 $10,000 to Mt. Newton Center for a security system.

2008 $1,535 for treatment of a Brentwood child with a serious blood disorder.

2012 $10,000 to Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation.

2012 155 hours labour for repairs of lawn bowling green.

2014 $50,000 to Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation towards purchase of new CT Scanner.

2015 $46,000 was raised for the Green Light Laser program for prostate cancer. This money came from our metal recycling project. In 2017 an additional $7500 was donated for Green Light Laser supplies. This money was raised by stripping and salvaging metal from old water meters donated by Central Saanich Works Department and radiators donated by P & R Western Star.

2016 $20,000 towards new Peninsula Soccer Field.

2017 $20,000 towards building a performance stage in Brentwood Pioneer Park.

2017 $5,000 plus 1000 hours to Peninsula Lions Food Bank. Lately our club has become even more involved with several members now on the board of directors.

2018 $10,000 towards new batting cage in Centennial Park.

2019 $11,000 for our own Spot Vision Scanner. In 2018 the Spot Scanner Program became a major project with our club. Members in our club were trained and scanned the eyes of approximately 3500 elementary and middle school students last year and with our own machine will continue the program in the years to come. The scanner checks for far sightedness, near sightedness, blurred vision, unequal pupil size, eye alignment, and unequal refractive power. Approximately 4% of children are found to have a problem. They are sent home with a letter recommending further testing and outlining the Lion's eye glass program.

In fifty years the Central Saanich Lions Club has donated over 1.2 million dollars and countless thousands of hours to our community!

 

 

 

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