Meetings

Projects of the Georgetown Lions Club

Halton HIlls, Ontario

 

Georgetown Citizen 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.  

 

 Dee Dee Haynes-Ridley receives COTY (2018) award from Lion Doug Penrice  

Dreams Take Flight (May)

 

Each year Air Canada and other sponsors transport of full plane of children to Disney World in Florida for the day. The children come from families who could not afford to take a trip to the happiest place on earth without support. Service clubs and other organizations provide funding for each child and our club has provided funding for four children each year.

This is a whirlwind day; the plane leaves Pearson International Airport in Toronto at 5:00am so everyone must meet at the airport before that time. The plane lands in Orlando, children and adults are transported to the Magic Kingdom where they enjoy the magic that is Disney. They stay right to the end to enjoy the nightly fireworks display, then it back to the airport for the return trip home. 

Many of our members have gone on this trip and are impressed by how well it is run, amazed at the reaction of the children who return tired but with memories  that will last a lifetime. 

 

Walk for Guide Dogs May 26/19

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.

Our walkers with their dogs raised just over $ 6,000.00 at our 2019 walk.  Thank you to our dedicated particpants.

www.walkfordogguides.com 

 

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 

Annual Lions Club Golf Tournament June 10, 2019

For over 25 years the Georgetown Lions have organized an annual golf tournament with the proceeds going to a variety of causes. Our 2019 tournament was held June 10/19 at Eage Ridge Golf Club. Sixty two golfers hit the course raising funds for the Georgetown Hospital  the final tally was  $7,500.00. The Lions have supported the hospital raising funds even before it was built making our club one of the largest and most consistent donors. Since 1978 the Lions have donated $300,000.00 to the hospital. 

Sandra Taylor from the Georgetown Hospital  Foundation receives the cheque from Lion Louie Viola co-chair of the 2019 tournament

 

Head for the Hills Craft Beer Festival Sept. 14, 2019

Our Signature Event

In just five  years the Head for the Hills Craft Beer 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 https://www.headforthehills.ca/

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, 2019

Georgetown Lions Club has been bringing Santa Claus to town for over 80 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 2019 parade will take place on November 16, 2019, 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 $11,000.00. 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

 

Light up the Hills (LUTH) Dec. 1 to Jan. 2

While this is not a Lions event as usual we are there to serve the public and support this incredible annual event.  LUTH brings light to the holiday season commencing each December 1 when local parks are lighted with thousand of lights. There are three areas of Halton Hills that are decked out for the Christmas season, Acton Arena Park, Glen Williams (Main St. and Confederation St.) and Dominion Garden Park in Georgetown the latter park has the largest display.

The Lions lend a hand by providing 1,000 free hot dogs to the public attending the lighting ceremony, remarkable that all 1,000 are distributed in just over one hour. Additionally Santa Claus greets children on his Lions Club float.

 

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 come 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.

 

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