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Fort Macleod street may be named ‘Lions Centennial Way’ to honour local club

Fort Macleod council is considering naming a street after the Lions Club to mark the international group’s 100th anniversary.
Fort Macleod Lions Club members appeared as a delegation at the Sept. 14 meeting to propose a street be named “Lions Centennial Way.”
“The Lions motto is, ‘We serve’,” Lion Bob Griffith told council.
Griffith told council that Chicago salesman Melvin Jones in 1917 had a vision that proved to be the start of the Lions Club.
Thirty-six people from nine U.S. states met in Dallas in 1917 and formed the Lions Club.
Today, there are 1.4-million Lions in 210 countries.
The Fort Macleod Lions Club got its charter in 1939.
“We have been serving Fort Macleod ever since,” Griffith said.
Griffith listed projects carried out by the Fort Macleod Lions Club over the year:

  • Establishment of the Little League diamonds.
  • Funding construction of the helipad at Fort Macleod Health Centre.
  • Funding new equipment at the Fort Macleod Skate Park.
  • Helping to fund the refurbishment of Lioness Park and Centennial Park.
  • Helping to fund new playground equipment at the soccer fields on 12th Street.
  • Distributing Canadian flags each June to Grade 1 students at W.A. Day school for Project Pride.
  • Marshalling entries for the annual Santa Claus Parade.
  • Providing catering services for community functions and weddings.
  • Volunteering at casinos in Lethbridge to raise money for projects in Fort Macleod.

“And the list goes on, and on,” Griffith said.
The Fort Macleod club also supports Lions International on a variety of projects around the world.
Griffith, who appeared with Lions Club members Diane Ball, Murray Sopher, Michelle Harris and Heidi Griffith asked council to consider a permanent acknowledgement of the Lions contributions.
“Lions Centennial Way would be a fitting way to say thank you to the Fort Macleod Lions,” Griffith suggested.
Council agreed to consider the request, noting the club’s centennial anniversary is still a ways out in 2017.
“What you have done for our community is certainly appreciated,” Mayor Rene Gendre said.
Later in the meeting council directed Town of Fort Macleod administration to research the process for naming streets.
“They should be recognized for what they have done,” Coun. Gord Wolstenholme said.

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