Jason Hockley : 2014-04-19 1:12 am

The Port Colborne Lions have been serving our community for over 90 years. Chartered in 1922, the Port Colborne Lions Club is one of the earliest Lions Clubs in Canada. Over the years, the Lions have worked with the community to raise funds for much needed community projects. Every time you support one of our events, buy one of our raffle tickets, or donate to our club, the funds raised help to support great causes in our community. With your support, we have been able to provide assistance to Port Colborne hospitals, firefighters, charities, youth programs, disability support programs, and much more. 

Each year the Port Colborne Lions make regular financial contributions to minor sports programs, local scholarships, youth programs, and numerous charities. 

Here are a few highlights of our major accomplishments over the last 90 years. 

  • 1922 - June 22nd, First Club Meeting
  • 1922 - June 27th, Club Chartered
  • 1922 - Famous Childrens picnic at Erie Beach via special train
  • 1922 - Minor Hockey League formed
  • 1925 - First Easter Seal campaign
  • 1931 - First Annual Lions Carnival
  • 1945 - Large donation made to new Port Hospital
  • 1945 - Lions Field established
  • 1948 - Sponsored Lynton Davis Air Cadet Squadron
  • 1952 - Paid for cabin and furnishing for Crippled Chidrens Camp 
  • 1957 - Founded Wainfleet Lions Club
  • 1957 - Founded Humberston Lions Club
  • 1959 - Recipient of legacy from Mary Cook Estate
  • 1962 - 40th Anniversary Party
  • 1963 - First Sheridan Club Visit
  • 1964 - Community Wading Pool completed
  • 1965 - Donated $2500 to Brock University
  • 1968 - Donated over $10,000 to new Crippled Childrens Center
  • 1968 - Donated $2,700 to furnish dining room at Hawthorne Lodge
  • 1970 - Bandshell completed
  • 1972 - 50th Anniversary Party
  • 1973 - Pledged $50,000 to new Youth Arena
  • 1976 - 1st Skate-A-Thon, raised $15,000 pledge for Arena renovation
  • 1978 - Completed $65,000 pledge for Arena
  • 1979 - Built washrooms and storage facility at Lions Field
  • 1979 - Installed fireplace at Port Colborne Historical Museum - $1,000
  • 1980 - 50th Annual Lions Carnival
  • 1983 - Sponsored Port Colborne Lioness Club
  • 1984 - Donated $10,000 for Library addition
  • 1985 - Lion A. Merton awarded Life Member status
  • 1986 - $5,000 pledge for repairs at Lakewood Camp
  • 1987 - 1st Annual Walk-a-Dog-a-Thon, $6,000 raised 
  • 1992 - 70th Anniversary Party
  • 1992 - Donated $25,000 to Port Colborne General Hospital
  • 1992 - Lions Field Renovated
  • 1993 - Pledged $25,000 to Peninsula Childrens Center
  • 1993 - First Annual Lions Food Drive
  • 1994 - Renovations to Food Building at Lions Field
  • 1995 - Adopt-a-Highway program started
  • 1996 - Aquired Lions Community Center
  • 1997 - 75th Anniversary Celebrated
  • 1998 - Scouts, Cubs, and Beavers at Lions Community Center
  • 1999 - Donated $1,000 towards pavillion at Lakewood Childrens Camp
  • 1999 - 1st Train Ride at Canal Days
  • 1999 - Renovations to Lions Community Center
  • 2000 - Added wheelchair accessability to Lions Community Center with elevator and washroom renovations
  • 2000 - Lion Bill Rawlins awarded Life Member status
  • 2001 - 1st Annual Charity Golf Tournament
  • 2001 - 1st Annual Walk for Dog Guides
  • 2002 - 1st Annual Lions Day in the Park
  • 2002 - Donated $6,000 to Port Colborne Hospital
  • 2002 - Donated $4,300 to Lakewood Camp
  • 2004 - Donated $12,000 toward splash pad at HH Knoll Park
  • 2005 - Donated $4,000 to Port Colborne Historical Museum
  • 2005 - Hosted Home Show
  • 2007 - Celebrated 85th Anniversary
  • 2007 - Member Lion Jerry Ursacki becomes clubs first District Governor
  • 2008 - Donated $12,000 to Fire Department for training equipment
  • 2009 - Hosted Lions Fest
  • 2010 - Donated $10,000 to purchase special needs guide dog for Niagara resident 
  • 2013 - Donated $10,000 to purchase special needs guide dog for Niagara resident
  • 2014 - Donated $10,800 to purchase childrens fire safety training equipment for Port Colborne Fire & Emergency Services

With your continued support, we hope to be able to serve our community for another 90 years to come. Thank you Port Colborne! 

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