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Lions share goodwill with local charities

By January 26, 2023No Comments
Lloydminster Lions Club president, Travis Niekamp, left, presented charity cheques to Jacqueline Weed, director of service delivery, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Kerry Taylor, president Kiwanis Lloydminster and District Music Festival, and Dean Segburg, executive chairman, Lloydminster Minor Hockey Association, at the Legacy Centre on Monday night. Geoff Lee Meridian Source

 

A pride of Lloydminster Lions Club members gathered at the Legacy Centre to share the spoils of their latest sock drive and fundraising efforts with local charities.

The presentations took place following the club’s first dinner meeting of the year on Monday night with sock drive chair, Rick McMahon, leading the charge.

“Our motto is we serve and we serve this community,” said McMahon, who gave a shout-out to Titanium Energy Services for donating about 150 pairs of gloves as a bonus to the sock drive.

“It went really well. We figured we collected over 400 pairs of socks and gloves. This is our fourth year doing this. We are keeping people’s feet warm.”

McMahon says the sock drive ended in late December just before the busy holiday season, so they decided to hold off presenting them until now.

Bags of socks and gloves went to the Lloydminster Native Friendship Centre, Lloydminster Interval Home, Lloydminster Community Youth Centre and the Salvation Army.

Interval Home Society CEO, Angela Rooks-Trotzuk, was hand to say a few words about the socks and gloves.

“We’ll be able to hand them out to whoever needs them, so it’s a nice gesture and donation to the Lloydminster Interval Home Society and the Lloydminster Community Youth Centre,” she said.

“It’s nice to be thought about. We appreciate the Lions and the work they do in the community.” 

Reps were also on hand from sock drop-off points at Northern Factory Workwear, Exhaust Masters, and the Legacy Centre.

The audience learned Lions raise funds for charities during annual events, with the latest recipients on hand to receive some of that goodwill funding.

Kerry Taylor, president of the Kiwanis Lloydminster and District Music Festival, accepted a Lions’ cheque for $200 to support the festival.

A cheque for $500 went to support the adult mentoring program at Big Brothers Big Sister (BB/BS) Lloydminster to the delight of Jacqueline Weed, the organization’s director of service delivery.

“It was a very nice donation. January is mentoring month for us,” said Weed.

“We’re running a mentoring recruitment campaign right now, so all the donations we receive year-round go towards all of our mentoring programs.”

Weed says the new campaign to mentor youth in the community is going well.

“We’ve had tremendous support from the community,” she said, calling the Lions donation fantastic.

“We love the support we get from different groups in the community.”

Weed says she came to a Lions meeting in December and told them a little about what’s going on, so they were able to learn about the BB/BS organization as well.

Dean Segburg, referee in-chief and executive chairman of Lloydminster Minor Hockey Association, was over the moon to accept a cheque for $800 from the Lions.

“We’re really happy to be associated with the Lions club. They are sponsors of ours for over four years,” said Segburg. 

“We are really happy anytime we can get a donation of that size and it goes right back into the kids’ hockey.”

Specifically, he says the donation goes to operational costs.

“This donation by the Lions Club is going to go a long way to helping us to achieve our goal of making hockey affordable at all levels in Lloydminster,” he said.