The Iroquois-Matilda Lions wound up a busy 2014-15 with their annual awards banquet held at the Iroquois Civic Centre on Monday, June 22. Spouses joined club members for a delicious dinner.
Welcomed by president Henry Swank, the Lions and guests also enjoyed some outstanding musical entertainment. Teacher/pianist Margaret Whisselle accompanied talented singers Mackenzie Pretty, Katie Stephenson, Benjamin Vreman and Dani Shae Barkley. Songs ranged from swing to Broadway, and the audience fully appreciated the music.
This dinner is an opportunity for the club to recognize members for their service to the club and to Lionism over the years.
For their work at many different events, at charity drives and as part of support activities going back many years, Lions Jim Locke, Albert DeJong, Glenn Swerdfeger and Ken Palmer were honoured with certificates of Life Membership.
For his outstanding efforts on behalf of the club, Lion Mike Timlin was named the club Lion of the Year.
Pins of service ranging from five years to 55 years were also presented to members of the club. Lion Henry Prins was recipient of a 40 year service pin, while Lion George Jackson was honoured with a 55 year pin. Five year pins were presented to Lions Nancy Barkley, Shirley Pettinger and Evonne Delegarde. Twenty year pins went to Lions Barry Fawcett and Jim Mustard, while Lion Doug Peters received a 25 year pin.
George Jackson was then introduced to the club by president Swank as “a life member who has filled every position in the club, and is the winner of numerous Lion honours.”
Jackson, who is deeply involved with the charity he founded, Partners for Children in Development, brought club members, who have supported his work financially for many years, up to date on the efforts to assist the people of Honduras.
He pointed out that the nation has many, many social, political and financial hardships to overcome. His group has helped to build schools, orphanages and a cultural centre in the Central American nation, which currently has the world’s highest murder rate. Yet Jackson firmly believes that the children of Honduras will win the future of the nation, “not the drug dealers.”
“Education and the will to help may be the most important contribution to the future that we can make. Lions respond to the needs of those less fortunate: I hope they will continue to support us.”
Lion Barry Fawcett thanked George and presented George and Irma Jackson with a cheque for $1,100 for Partners.
The evening ended with the induction of new club president, Brian Speer, who takes over from president Henry Swank.