Dear Readers: Please accept my apology for the delay in posting about our trip to Northern Saskatchewan in November. The end of fall semester, a series of events and projects, and an exciting opportunity distracted me from my regular posting schedule. But, with the start of a new year, and a renewal of the regular visitation schedule for Lions Clubs International, I am resolved to get back to writing about our travels. I’m grateful that Kathy will help to keep me on the right track.
The Lions of Northern Saskatchewan (District 5-SKN) welcomed us to Melville for their annual convention in mid-November. Melville is an historic community and the zone clubs did a great job of organizing a fun weekend for all of those who attended. Special thanks to convention co-chairs Lion Ed Raffey and Lion Laurie Toderian.
PDG Rob and Lion Freda Hill accompanied us to the convention. They always make our trips to Canada great fun and Rob is always on the lookout to make sure we get around smoothly and safely.
I was pleased to induct a new member–Lion Miquel Clement–to the Rhein Parkland New Generation Lions Club Branch at the cabinet supper. His sponsor, Lion Aaron Nagy has worked very hard to build a branch club and is nearing the goal of having enough members to charter a full-standing club.
We enjoyed a fun night at the social. PID Marvin Chambers and ID Robert pounded spikes and rode the rails as we all, “Hopped on board in Melville!” Marvin pounded the @#?! out of Robert on this one.
Convention planners scheduled informative programs on STARS (top two photos), Dog Guides (middle right), and CNIB (lower left).
The Lions of District 5-SKN had many questions for me at the “bear pit” session on Saturday afternoon, with topics focusing on the Lions Centennial planning and recognition, membership growth, programs to encourage veterans in Canada to join Lionism, and an update on the election process for 3rd international vice president. The Lions of 5-SKN were enthusiastic in their support for PID Patti Hill of Alberta.
The delicious banquet that “tipped its hat” to local cultural food entrees was served by Lions from the host zone. Presidential Certificates of Awards were presented to PDG Ellie Mae Bishop, PDG Ron Belke, and Lion Gail Jobko.
PDG Gladi Andrew taught me a new dance step (you have to count to seven!)
and PDG Joe Andrew presented us with a portable table perfectly handcrafted to hold a bottle of wine and two glasses. We’ll have to put that to good use on our deck once the snow melts.
We always enjoy reconnecting with friends from 5-SKN. We continue to appreciate the support we received when running for ID and it was fun for Kathy and me to rejoin members of our District Governor class–PDG Doug (and Audrey) Reid; PDG Rob (and Freda) Hill–and plan for a summer reunion at the Reid lake home to celebrate the end of our term on the LCI Board of Directors.
That’s all for now. Best wishes to all who serve.
–ID Robert and Lion Kathy