Governors Curling Bonspiel

Dear Fellow Lions,

Winter is on its way, therefore..........
We, The Russell Lions Club are the current caretakers of the District A4 Governor's Curling trophy. In order to defend our title, we cordially invite you to the District A4 Governor's Curling Bonspiel to be held on Saturday, November 19, 2016 at the Russell Curling Club located at 1076 Concession Street, Russell, Ontario.

We will host two distinct divisions at this Bonspiel.

The first division will be for Lions members only. This means that all members of the team must be Lions in good standing. This division will be eligible to win the Governor's trophy.
The second division will be an open class to all individuals who would like to share in a day of curling, fellowship and fun. Although not eligible for the Governor's trophy, there will be prizes to be won.

The cost will be $100 per team which will include the following:

- two games of curling, one 8 end and one 6 end
- light continental breakfast
- lunch
- dinner

Please complete the attached entry form and mail it to Lion Margaret Pettipas This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to ensure your spot in the Bonspiel.

Deadline for entries is November 9, 2016

***Note: Non curlers are welcome to participate. You do not have to be a curler to have fun in this awesome event!!!

Governors Bonspiel Letter

Curling Bonspiel Entry Form

Make your cheque payable to:
The Russell Lions Club
and mail it to

Russell Lions Club
P.O. Box 430
Russell ON K4R 1E3


Centennial Service Challenge - Sept 2014 Report

The new Centennial Service Challenge (CSC) is an LCI initiative created to celebrate Lions' 100 years of service, and to challenge clubs to acknowledge their community service projects by reaching 100 million people worldwide, by December 2017.

How often have we all said, that Lions seem to be afraid to 'Blow their own Horn', to share with the community the good news of what we as Lions actually do? Well this is your chance through the CSC project, to share the good news with the community and amongst ourselves, and to be acknowledged for our efforts.

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Penny's BAIT Weekend Testimonial

BAIT Weekend

I am a senior who has enjoyed going to BAIT for several years. This is my testimony of why BAIT is an important event to me annually. I live alone, with my guide dog. We don’t have family in Ontario, so getting out to events is difficult for me. I am totally blind and have no hearing. I use cochlear implants that has restored some of my hearing, but hearing is all dependent on technology. we live in a changing world. Some changes are welcomed, while other changes are unwanted. BAIT is the one thing that has remained as a positive constant event that has made a real difference in my life. For the first 3 years I attended BAIT, my husband went with me. We had happy times. He was also visually impaired. He helped me to communicate, as at this time I could not hear to communicate. Over the years since David’s death, going to BAIT felt bitter-sweet, at first, but now it is a real joy once again. My life changed when David, my husband died, but BAIT was still an event I could look forward to. I have had the same pro angler over the last 8 or 9 years I have been attending BAIT. I feel so secure knowing he would be there to assist me to fish. I know his boat, so being out on the water for more than four hours with him is stress-free, and I experience the feeling of being on the water, and I listen to the sounds of nature, and hear the fish jump when I am lucky enough to hook one and get it into the boat!

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District A4 Memorial Forest

Fellow Lions,

It is with great pleasure that I announce that our District has finalized a location for our District A4 Memorial Forest. A Memorandum of Agreement was signed this summer with the Innovative Community Support Services otherwise known as ICSS. A committee was formed to manage the Memorial Forest with the District being represented by PDG’s Andy Etherington, Al Page, John Chilvers and Linda James. ICSS is represented by Jaynee Champagne, Executive Director and Rebecca Chamberlain, Manager of the Adult Community Participation. PDG Andy Etherington and Rebecca Chamberlain will be the Co-chairs of the Memorial Forest Committee.

Innovative Community Support Services (ICSS) is a non-profit charitable organization that is committed to creating and providing families & individuals with innovative, high quality and cost effective community based programs and services that promote a strong sense of well being while making a positive contribution to our culturally diversified community in Eastern Ontario. ICSS is a registered charity (#87814 2413 RR0001) and was incorporated in June 2001; ICSS is a transfer payment agency through the Ministry of Community and Social Services. They operate eleven group homes and community programs for individuals with a developmental disability including their Sow & Grow Farm located at 9478 Russell Road, Navan, Ontario. Approximately five (5) acres of the farm has been designated for the District A4 Lions Memorial Forest and additional land is available if needed.

We are very pleased to also announce that Dr. Roman Popadiouk from Friends of the Experimental Farm has agreed to assist on with the Memorial Forest. Dr. Popadiouk has several degrees in Forestry and has worked for the Ontario Government on many of their projects as well as projects at the Experimental Farm. He has given us some great advice and has also offered to assist us in the placements of trees in the Memorial Forest.

Lion Clubs or Members and ICSS Clients or Member will be able to purchase a tree which will be planted in the Memorial Forest. Requests from Lions and ICSS supporters will also be accepted. The cost for a tree will be $175.00 which will cover the cost of the tree, plague and maintenance of the grounds. The forest will be divided into two sections. One area will consist of fruit trees which will include apples, pears, apricot and cherries.

It is hoped that in the future the clients of ICSS will be able to harvest the fruits from the trees as part of the daily visit to the farm. The other sections will be ornamental trees such as White Pine, European Spruce, Ginkgo, White Willow, Silver Maple, Black Walnut, European Larch to name a few. You will be able to choose between a fruit tree or an ornamental tree. We are planning our first Memorial for June 2016.

We are developing our Pamphlet and Registration Form to order a tree. As Lions do not have a charitable tax number the purchase of trees will be done through ICSS. Each tree purchaser will receive an income tax receipt from ICSS for the full amount. The Memorial Forest Committee will review and approve all applications. All Clubs, Lions, Lioness, Lionettes and Leos within District A4 as well as ICSS Members, Clients and Supporters are encouraged to consider a tree at the Lions Memorial Forest. More information on the District A4 Memorial Forest will be made available in the next few months.

District A4 Memorial Forest Announcement (PDF)

A4 Lions Memorial Forest Application (PDF) 

A4 Lions Memorial Forest Brochure (PDF) 

A4 Lions Memorial Forest Tree Selection (PDF)


Effective Speaking September 2016

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District A4 Effective Speaking

September 26th, 2016

To All Clubs in District A4

Once again it is time to announce the Effective Speaking Contest for 2017 and request your support for this District and Multiple District project.

The District A4 contest will be held at North Dundas & District High School in Chesterville on Saturday March 25th, 2017. The event will be hosted by the South Mountain and Chesterville Lion Clubs. Last year we piloted a change in the grade level for the Junior Category and we will continue to follow that. Competitions are held in English and French. There is a Junior Category for grades 4, 5 and 6, an Intermediate Category for grades 7, 8 and 9 and a Senior category for students from grades 10, 11 and 12 For each of the 6 categories MD’A” finals are scheduled for May 5, 6 & 7, 2017 at the Holiday Inn in St. Catharines.

Each of the secondary schools in the district will be notified of this contest through a letter that highlights the information. The French and English versions of this letter will also be available on the A4 website where an abridged version of the contest rules and regulations can also be found.

As soon as I receive calls from area teachers, I will get in touch with individual Clubs in the area served by the school to arrange for a contact with the teacher. If you receive calls from local teachers, please take the time to consider hosting students from the school. In most cases, the teachers will select the top students in their respective classes and your Club’s involvement will be to encourage the schools to participate and to get the students to the District competition. Please feel free to contact schools in your area to encourage their participation.

Due to the large number of elementary schools in the District, we do not have sufficient resources to contact each of them to solicit their participation. Please feel free to take copies of the letters and rules and regulations document from the website to your local elementary schools to encourage them to select students for the Junior Category. Clubs may need to work with the schools to ensure that junior students in each of the French or English categories are selected for the District competition. You will note in the rules and regulations document that the Junior speakers are judged only on the prepared speech.

Last year at the A4 Effective Speaking finals we had 20 Contestants compete in 5 categories. The winners of these 5 categories (2 French and 3 English) participated in the MD’A’ finals in Ottawa, Ontario and earned 2 first and 1 second place prizes.

Last year 43 of our 68 clubs participated with donations totalling $6,900.00. These funds were spent on logistics for our A4 finals ie. snacks, room rental, postage, stationary, and student prizes. We also paid for student travel and expenses for the MD’A’ finals in St. Catharines, as well as a portion of the MD’A expenses to hold this event.

This year I am again requesting a voluntary contribution of $160.00 from each club in our district. $110.00 will go towards the District competition while $50.00 will be forwarded directly to the MD’A’ committee to assist with their significant expenses.

Please make all cheques payable to District A4 – Effective Speaking, and send the  cheque directly to Cabinet Treasurer, Lion Don Redtman, 383 Jackson Stitt Circle,  Stittsville, ON K2S 0C5

Please give the students in your area an opportunity to participate. Each year we have a terrific group of students participating at the District level, and the contestants at the Multiple District ‘A’ level are just that much more exciting to watch. District A4 can certainly be proud of the high quality of students we have sent to the competition, and we can be equally proud of the opportunity and experience we have given those students through support of this project.

If you have any questions regarding this project, please do not hesitate to contact us Lion Mike Schulz or IPDG Lion Kris Schulz at 613-692-8266 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

By supporting the Effective Speaking Contest, your Club ensures that students can “TAKE ONE MORE STEP” in their development towards being active, engaged and contributing citizens.

Yours in Lionism. “Just Ask”

Kris Mike

IPDG Lion Kris Schulz Lion Mike Schulz

Co-Chair Effective Speaking Contest Chair, Effective Speaking Contest



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