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Fort Macleod Lions Club celebrates 75th anniversary

Former Lions Clubs International director Dave Hajny presented a stuffed Lion to long-time Fort Macleod member Bob Train. Hajny also presented stuffed lions to Fort Macleod Lions Club president Diane Ball, vice-president Harold Wiens, club secretary and zone chair Michelle Harris and treasurer Murray Sopher.

Former Lions Clubs International director Dave Hajny presented a stuffed Lion to long-time Fort Macleod member Bob Train. Hajny also presented stuffed lions to Fort Macleod Lions Club president Diane Ball, vice-president Harold Wiens, club secretary and zone chair Michelle Harris and treasurer Murray Sopher.

Former Lions Clubs International director Dave Hajny, Lions District Governor Pauleen Cooper, Fort Macleod Lions Club president Diane Ball and secretary Michelle Harris.

Former Lions Clubs International director Dave Hajny, Lions District Governor Pauleen Cooper, Fort Macleod Lions Club president Diane Ball and secretary Michelle Harris.

Fort Macleod Lions Club was applauded Saturday night for 75 years of service to the community.
From funding new equipment for playgrounds to sponsoring Little League to assisting individuals in need, the Lions have laboured since 1939 on Fort Macleod’s behalf.
“This club has done an incredible amount of work, and continues to do so,” Lions past international director Dave Hajny of Ennis, Mont. said.
The Fort Macleod Lions Club was established in 1939 with 17 founding members.
About 70 people turned out for the 75th anniversary celebration Saturday night at Holy Cross Hall.
“Seventy-five years is a lifetime,” Fort Macleod Deputy Mayor Trish Hoskin said. “And that the Lions have been active in Macleod for that long speaks to the dedication, commitment, volunteerism and value that is demonstrated through all the good work you do.”
“That level of dedication to good work in the community is not something to be taken for granted.”
Hoskin said she recognized her own neighbours and community members as Lions Club members.
The Lions, Hoskin said, share the knowledge that it is important for people to roll up their sleeves and work for the betterment of the community.
Hoskin noted the good work the club has done recently, including funding the playground improvements and buying new televisions for the dialysis unit at Fort Macleod Health Centre.
Hoskin reflected on the Lions statement that whenever the Lions get together, problems get smaller and communities get better.
“Thank you for your dedication, thank you for your passion for our town, thank you for the countless hours you put in to the causes you believe in,” Hoskin said.
Livingstone-Macleod MLA Pat Stier also praised the Lions Club for its “exemplary” service to Fort Macleod over 75 years.
“I know you people do an awful lot here in town with all the different projects you get into,” Stier said. “You have some wonderful achievements.”
Macleod MP John Barlow spoke of the important work that the Lions and all service clubs do in their communities.
Barlow also reflected on the longevity of the Fort Macleod Lions Club.
“It really is impressive to see your club is still working and active after 75 years,” Barlow said.
Guest speaker Dave Hajny, who served a two-year term as a director of Lions Clubs International, reflected on the founding members of the Fort Macleod club.
“We owe a round of applause for those 17 charter members who had a vision 75 years ago to make the community better,” Hajny said.
The Fort Macleod Lions Club held its charter night May 3, 1939, with president Dan Boyle, secretary A.A. Neddow and treasurer Cecil Price as officers.
In 1939 and 1940 the club held a turkey shoot and an old-time fiddling contest as fund-raisers.
Hajny noted that in 1941-’42 the Lions Club fitted 17 people with glasses.
The Lions sent a dollar’s worth of cigarettes to each of the 45 Macleod men serving overseas during World War Two.
“That doesn’t sound like much but can you imagine how appreciative they were?” Hajny said.
Hajny listed other fund-raisers and projects the Lions Club sponsored in Fort Macleod.
Their work touched many segments of the community including getting the replica fort built, building baseball diamonds and funding playground work.
“You contributed to many organizations and facilities,” Hajny said.
Hajny included the Fort Macleod Lions Club to work hard to recruit new members so others can realize the rewards that come from community service.
“We just do it because we know it’s right,” Hajny said of Lions Clubs. “We know it’s right, because we’re Lions.”

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