Peachland Lions

Here’s the Peachland Lions selling their famous burgers and hot dogs at the 23rd annual World of Wheels!

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The Peachland Hub received a nice boost from the local Lions Club – a cheque for $1,000! What’s the Hub? It’s a big project – and will house Peachland’s non profit groups after a renovation to the existing 50+ Centre. Read more here

 

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Another cheque, this time it’s $500 for the Okanagan Boys and Girls Club! Peachland Lions president Steve Sweeney sent this pic in:

“The Peachland Lions Club is thrilled to sponsor one of their favourite group of people, the Boys and Girls Club,” he says.

Pictured in the back row are Thomas Vincent and Nichole Tutt of the Boys and Girls Club, Lions president Steve Sweeney and Brittany Doig also with the Boys & Girls Club. And of course, some of the kids who enjoy the activities!

 

 

It was Peachland’s first “big” event since all this COVID stuff – and the St. Paddy’s dog walk was a success! This was planned by the Peachland Ambassadors, and they had lots of help. The Peachland Lions grilled hot dogs – and generously donated $1,000 to the Ambassadors, in honour of their 75th year!

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Here’s what happened in 2020/21!

A Christmas Letter to the Editor from the Peachland Lions:

On behalf of the Peachland Lions Club I would like to thank the residents of Peachland that supported our Christmas Ornament sale. In our inaugural year we have sold out and look forward to making this an annual tradition.

We had originally intended to use the proceeds to support the Peachland Historical School Accessible Plaza Society. Given they have suspended their campaign we will now use those proceeds to support other endeavours in our community.

One hundred percent of funds raised by the Lions are given back to the community. We do not divert any fundraising money to support the club.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays,

Steve Sweeney, Lions Club president

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Nice work, Peachland Lions! They’re at it again, this time with a $5,000 cheque to the local food bank! Pictured from the right is Lions Club president Steve Sweeney, the food bank’s Judy Bedford and Anne-Marie Mizzi, who is a new Lions member!

“The work that the food bank does in Peachland makes a very positive impact for the recipients all year round, and we are happy to support their efforts,” says Steve.

 

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Here’s Lions Club president Steve Sweeney presenting a $500 donation, which will help make possible the annual Christmas dinner hosted by the Peachland Wellness Centre! Also pictured is Christina MacMaster, executive director of the PWC.

“The Lions Club appreciates the service to the community provided by the PWC especially at this time of year,” says Steve.

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The Peachland Lions released a commemorative Christmas tree ornament. Proceeds from the sales were meant for the accessible ramp project, which has stopped its fundraising efforts for now. It’s hoped, however that an ornament highlighting different parts of Peachland might be released every year as part of a collection..

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The situation has since been resolved – and who knows, with the pandemic it may be moot anyway – but the Peachland Lions are happier now that their concerns over next June’s use of community centre’s banquet room has been resolved. On October 27, this is how Lions Club president Steve Sweeney saw it:

I am writing on behalf of the Peachland Lions Club to express our concern regarding Peachland Council’s granting the exclusive use of the Community Centre Banquet Room from June to August 2021 for the BEEPS program.

We were informed Oct. 28 that our standing monthly booking has been cancelled for that period.

We appreciate and support the BEEPS program in Peachland. It is difficult to understand why an organization with two permanent display venues in the Business Centre and the Visitor’s Information Centre would be granted exclusive use of a community facility. Were alternatives with less impact on other community groups such as the board room of the Visitor’s Information Centre considered?

I fear this was a hasty decision that failed to take the impact on the rest of Peachland’s community organizations into consideration.

Council’s mission statement includes this sentence:

Council engages the community in two-way exchanges to fully understand the community’s needs and aspirations – Council’s decisions for and on behalf of the community are based on this understanding.

Regrettably they forgot this provision of their statement when making this decision.

While we have not been using the banquet room recently this is only because of Covid related restrictions. If those restrictions are still in place next summer then the cancellation is moot. However, if we are able to meet together it would have a very real impact on the workings of our club.

I urge Council to reconsider this decision with the interests of the entire community in mind.

Regards,

-Steve Sweeney, President

 

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Thanks to the Lions, the Peachland Riding Club was able to have a modified season this summer. Earlier this year, The Peachland Lions dropped off a $1,500 cheque to make this challenging season possible.

From the right are Peachland Riding Club members Riley Eide and Carter Lochmanetz, Lions Club president Steve Sweeney,  and Riding Club members Kevin Froase, Keillin Froase and  Chloe Gautron.

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The Peachland Lions are still serving the community, even with their usual events cancelled or postponed. They’ve teamed up with the Pincushion quilters group to provide homemade masks to those living in seniors buildings in town. Volunteers sewed 125 of them, and the masks are also available at Peachland Pharmacy. They’re free, but if you can donate to the food bank, it would be appreciated.

 

 

Here’s more on the Peachland Lions:

They’re a hands-on club best known for their famous barbecue and pancake breakfasts, but the Lions Club of Peachland does a lot more than feed the masses. Established in 1982, they’re become known as great Canada Day parade organizers, and you’ll definitely see them at Peachland’s World of Wheels and Christmas Light Up events. They’re also hosts of an annual charity golf tournament, along with the Divas and Diamonds Fundraiser (returning in 2021). They’re the ones who built Peachland’s wheelchair-accessible lake entrance at Swim Bay, along with a waterproof wheelchair for those who need it. They’re also one of the three local groups who made the Peachland pier a reality. The Peachland Lions are also regular contributors to Peachland Elementary School’s programs and activities, and they support many other groups in the community. Internationally, the Lions Club is the largest service club in the world, and focus on diabetes research, vision, hunger, the environment and childhood cancer.

New members are always welcome, and joining the Lions is a great way to get involved in our community. They meet at 7 p.m. on the second Wednesday of the month at the “Lion’s Den”, 4440 5th St. Call (250) 7670330 for more information.

President: Steve Sweeney (stevesweeney@shaw.ca)

Membership Chair: Lynn Herrin (herrin@shaw.ca)

Written by Kristen Friesen

May 24, 2022

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