Projects of the Georgetown Lions Club

Halton HIlls, Ontario


Georgetown Citizen of the Year (COTY)

 The Lion Fred Zorge Service Club Member of the Year

Typically last Tuesday in March 

Since 1973 the Georgetown Ontario Lions Club have annually recognized the outstanding volunteer in our community. The award may be bestowed on an individual, couple or organization. The public is invited at the start of the year to submit a nominatiion for consideration. Candidates are honoured at the annual awards dinner usually held in late March. 

Please see Citizen of the Year on Home Page on how to submit a nomination.  

COTY for 2023 Paul Ivany is presented with the award from Lion Doug Penrice 



Mike Francis Service Club Member of the Year 2021


Walk for Guide Dogs May 29/22 Cedarvale Park 

The Lions Club is world renowned for our commitment to helping people throughout the world with vision loss. Our club has been a supporter of the Lions Foundation of Canada and the Guide Dog School in Oakville for over 25 years.

Each year in May we participate in the Walk for Dog Guides  event by hosting a walk in Georgetown.  The public is encouraged to come to walk their dog through the streets and parks in Historic Downtown Georgetown and obtain pledges for the Foundation. While the number of walkers is small they are very good at raising funds. T 


Lion Fred Zorge past chair of the Lions Foundation of Canada leads the walkers in the 2019 Walk for Dog Guides project May 26, 2019 


Sandra Taylor from the Georgetown Hospital  Foundation receives the cheque from Lion Louie Viola one of the many donations that the club has made to the hospital in the last 60 years.


Head for the Hills Craft Beverage Festival Setptember 14, 2024


Our Signature Event

 Head for the Hills Craft Beverage Festival has gone from an idea to the number one rated festival in Ontario. A partnership between the Georgetown Lions, Rotary, Kiwanis and Kinsmen the event held in September features over 40 craft brewers serving up samples of their best brews. Over 5,000 beer enthusiasts gather at the Trafalgar Sports Park to try a variety of beers, enjoy nonstop entertainment and eat  treats from Gourmet Food Trucks.

Members of each club are responsible for all facets of the event and are supplemented with over 100 community volunteers making this truly a community event.

Proceeds from the event go to Food4Kids an organization that ensures that children will have food at home for the weekend. In addition any profits that flow to the service club partners are used for community events, donations for schools, Georgetown Hospital or community recreation infrastructure projects. For more information visit

In the yellow shirt is Lion John Fini co-chair of the event, his wife Amanada is standing in front enjoying the event with fellow beer enthusiasts

Drone shot of the 2018 Head for the Hills Craft Beer Festival  5,400 people enjoying fine craft beer

and gourmet food trucks


Georgetown Lions Annual Santa Claus Parade Nov. 16/24

Georgetown Lions Club has been bringing Santa Claus to town for over 90 years. The parade which starts at Guelph Street and Sinclair Ave. travels almost 4 km through Georgetown ending at the Georgetown Fairgrounds Park. Thousands line the route each year to view the over 80 floats, bands and marchers. The parade is an evening event and the floats all feature attractive light displays. 


The 2024 parade will take place on November 16, 2024, while there is no formal cost for putting in a float donations are very welcome as the costs to stage the event are in excess of $14,000.00. We are also looking for volunteers to assist on the day of the event; we can guarantee you the best view of the parade. 

For more information or to register a float please see the Home Page for Santa Claus Parade






Student Bursaries

Each year the Lions provide four monetary scholarships to deserving students at Georgetown District High School and Christ the King High School. Funding for the bursaries comes from an endowment from former Lion Dick Licata who was a prominent businessman in Georgetown and long time member of the club. Upon his death he bequeathed a property to the Club that was to be sold to fund a perpetual endowment fund, over $25,000.00 has been awarded since his death.

The Lions were alerted by the High Schools that some of their past donors could not afford to sponsor a bursary this year due to COVID, the Lions stepped up with a further $3,500.00 this year to help deserving students. 


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