Lions Club: A Look back to 1990

Let's take a look back at the Lions Club and what they were up to the year the Observer started up 25 years ago.

The Agassiz-Harrison Observer is celebrating our 25th anniversary this year. But for many organizations, such as the Agassiz-Harrison Lions Club, their history goes way, way back. We love it here at the paper when the Lions Club is up to something. They are always full of enthusiasm and community spirit, whether it’s in organizing events, volunteering or giving back to the community in countless ways. So let’s take a look back at the Lions Club and what they were up to the year the Observer started up.

 

From the Agassiz-Harrison Lions Club: 50 Years of Dedicated Service [1964-2014]

Compiled by Cherry Hooper

 

1989-90:

President: John Green

Vice Presidents: Lawrence Donofrio, Jergen Mosa, Larry Herchak

Secretary: Bill Williams

Treasurer: Jack Shaw

Tail Twister: Earl Danard, Bob Boorman

Lion Tamer: Gordon Crane

Directors: Bill Hendricks, Dirk Werring, Henry Wigand, Bob Moffat, Chris Nickless, Rudy Leon

Life Director: Cliff Jewkes

The club had only 30 members at the beginning of the year, and President John challenged the Lions to double that number. They gave it a good try, boosting membership to 43. bob Boorman took over tail twisting dutires when Lion Earl was unable to continue. The steady drop in bingo revenues finally turned around,w the gross reaching $214,477 and $62,552 available for projects and donations.

The school band, founded by the club as its first major project 25 years earlier, was outfitted with new jackets for $5,500. Other major donations were $8,000 each to Timmy’s Telethon and the Agricultural Society, $5,000 to the Aquanaut swim club and $4,000 to the Sand Sculpture Society.

A delegation attended the 65th Charter Night Anniversary of our twin club, Bremerton Central. Three veteran Lions, Wes Johnson, Henry Wigand and Mike Dunn, were made privileged members.

New members: Paul Trudel, Bob Bell, Jim Ferguson, Dan Klop, Bill Garnder, Dan Van Leeuwen, Alan Pryor, Larry Nickerson, Bob Boorman, Rick Froese, George Coleman, Pat McGillivry, Dick Ritchie. Member lost: jim Striker, wh died, and Ken Dusang.

Donations included $2,000 for Christmas hampers and $1,000 each to the United Ostomy Aossocation, Chilliwack, and Agassiz-Harrison Search and Rescue. The club provided two camper-ships to Camp Squamish and paid for two students to visit the Terry Fox Centre in Ottawa. Food concessions were manned at a ball tournament, two sim meets and the power boat races and sand sculpture contest at Harrison Hot Springs.

 

1990-91

President: Lawrence Donofrio

Vice Presidents: Larry Herchak, Bill Hendricks, Dave Morris

Secretary: Bill Williams

treasurer: Jack Shaw

Tail Twister: Bob Boorman

Lion Tamer: Paul Trudel

Directors: Gordon Crane, Ken Klassen, Dan Klop, Chris Nickless, Dirk Werring, Garth Hadley

Life Director: Cliff Jewkes

 

This was the year the club received world-wide recognition with a double page spread in the Lion magazine for our “Castles in the Sand.” Membership stayed above 40. Bingo continued to be the main fundraiser, but the club also made $2,000 with a magic show and fantasy auction. A Spring Ball was tried, but was not a success. Donations and projects totaled $60,438, with the largest donation for playground equipment for a new park in Kent.

Lion Bruno offered the club the charity share of the income from pull tabs at his night club and the club bought a vending machine. Members of the Agassiz Secondary School grad class began providing two bingo workers each week for nine months of the year, and the Aquanauts did the same in the summer.

New members: Ed Walker, Darcy Striker, Dwight Schneider. Two more active members died, Paul Trudel and Pete Oleksy. Other losses: Jim Ferguson, Gordon Crane, George COleman, Pat McGillvray, Joe Wiersma and Dad Klop.

Among 44 donations and projects were the regular $8,000 for the Agricultural Society; $5,000 for the Aquanauts; $8,000 for TImmy’s Telethon; $4,000 for the Sand Sculpture Society, $2,500 each for the Dry Grad celebration and for stocking the Seabird Island School library; $2,000 for tires and repairs for the Community Services van, and $2,000 for Christmas hampers. Among many small donations were $500 for CrimeStoppers and $250 to help swimmer Ala Ferguson take part in a national meet.

Food concessions were manned at the sand sculpture contest, the swim meet and the Fall Fair.