When: 1st and 3rd Thursdays @ 6:30 pm
Where: Lions Community Centre 157 Elgin St. E. Cobourg ON.
Well as forecast, March came in like a Lion and out like another Lion. I know that's not the way the saying goes but hey I may not be Lying Cruz, but I am Lion George.
We have been very active with one of our International charities, that being the Dog Guides program. We donated $2000.00 to the program as part of our continued support.
These dogs are trained in a facility in Oakville Ontario and they train six types of dogs guides: Canine Vision, Hearing Ear, Special Skills, Seizure Response, Autism Assistance and Diabetic Alert Dogs. The demand for dog guides continues to grow and with out government funding they depend on organizations like ours to provide funding.
In the Canine Vision program, the clients stay at the school in Oakville for four weeks where they are matched and trained with their new Dog Guide. The task that each Dog Guide can carry out are safely navigating along the street, subways, buses, stairs and escalators, crossing busy intersections and finding doors. The Guide Dog program provides a tremendous gift of newfound independence, freedom and safety for their handlers.
Closer to home the Lions Club of Cobourg provided over $1000.00 to three local charity groups, namely Cornerstone Family Violence Prevention Centre, Swim for Independence out of Jack Burger in Port Hope and to PARD Therapeutic Riding.
We recently lost one of our longest members prior to Easter, Lion Bill Maguire was a member of the Lions Club of Cobourg for over 50 years. I have only been a local Lion since I moved here in 2013 but Bill was an inspiration as to what Lionism is and should be. I have taken the liberty to copy the Obit from MacCoubrey Funeral Home as I felt this really showed who Bill was as a person.
Bill enlisted in the Canadian Armed Forces (Reserve) in 1943 and started his military career in the Army as a boy soldier 1944 as a driver-mechanic. He then transferred to the Royal Canadian Navy and served until October of 1950, and in emergency reserve until 1957.While stationed in Belfast he met and married his wife Doris in 1947.
His experience with travelling with the Navy followed by 25 years of travelling sales, led Bill to becoming a certified travel agent and open Maguire Travel from 1979-1999.In 1982 Bill joined, ACTA, now known as, The Association of Canadian Travel Agents. He sat on the National Board of Directors and was elected President of Ontario and National President.
Bill has also served his community as a member of the Lions Club of Cobourg where he has been an active member for 50+ years. He held several elected positions within his local club and district and was elected by the Lions of the World, as International Director of Lions Clubs for a two year term from 1977 to 1979.
He was invited, and served, as the only public sector advisor to the passport division of External Affairs and International Trade, Canada, from 1992-1999.Bill was an appointed member of the Board of Directors of the Funeral Services Board of Ontario for six years 1997-2003. Bill was an active 19 year volunteer and life member of the Cobourg Cougars Jr. “A” Hockey Club. Bill was a recipient of the Queen’s Golden as well as the Diamond Jubilee Medal for his voluntary contributions to his community and, to Canada in general.
Bill will be greatly missed not only by his family and friends but also by the Lions and the Community, I'm sure Bill has already started a Lions Club of Heaven....and he is campaigning to be its first President.
On a happier note just a reminder that we will be hosting "The Waumer Rock" fundraiser on Saturday April 16th at the Lions Centre, please check out the Lion Centre Website for details on what bands are playing, prices and door prizes. Hope to see you there.
Until next time,