Lt.-Gov. Judith Guichon enjoys a Christmas Tea with members of the Victoria Lions and Lioness Clubs as they celebrated their 100th anniversary at Government House, Dec. 6. Kristyn Anthony/VICTORIA NEWS

Lt.-Gov. Guichon celebrates with Greater Victoria Lions Clubs on their centennial

Lions Club members enjoy Christmas Tea at Government House

It was cause for celebration at Government House on Wednesday, as outgoing Lt.-Gov. Judith Guichon shared lunch with representatives of the Victoria Lions and Lioness Clubs to mark the 100th anniversary of the international volunteer organization.

Lions Club members from across Greater Victoria were invited to a Christmas tea with the lieutenant governor, who addressed her guests with a speech congratulating and thanking the organization for their service all over the world.

“Lions have been so much a part of so many of our communities, that in fact we often take them for granted,” said Guichon, whose late husband, Lawrence, was a Lion.

Past council chair Al Beddows also spoke, providing a brief history of some of the Lions’ accomplishments including the recognition of founder Melvin Jones.

In 1945, Jones and the Lions Clubs were invited to assist in forming the United Nations. That resulted in the U.N. giving the Lions an advisory seat at both the economic and social councils, and to this day the U.N. celebrates a Lions Day each year.

In 1968 the Lions Club International Foundation was formed and to date has raised $828 million supporting youth, preserving eyesight and helping with disaster relief and humanitarian efforts. Locally, the Sooke Lions, with help from the RCMP, brought the Musical Ride to town, an event that raised over $60,000 for Camp Shawnigan and the Victoria Therapeutic Riding Association.

“We are now embarking on another 100 years and are adding diabetes and pediatric cancer to our areas of concern,” Beddows said. “Diabetes is now a worldwide health concern and needs our attention.”

Guichon was appointed to be the Queen’s representative in B.C. back in 2012. While her term was scheduled to end last month, she is expected to stay in the post until her replacement is announced by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

“The Lions and Lioness Clubs are part of [a] rich history and we are very fortunate that they are a part of so many of our towns,” she said. “May you continue to thrive for the next 100 years.”

kristyn.anthony@vicnews.com

charityLions Club

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

West Shore RCMP arrives just in time thanks to tip

Officers remind of resources after mental health call Monday morning

Lamborghini driver slapped with nearly $1,000 in fines while speeding in Central Saanich

Vehicle impounded by Central Saanich police, 11 points issued

Man arrested after speeding to Victoria court date for driving offence

West Shore RCMP remind drivers to be mindful of construction zones

UPDATED: Driver faces charges after crash at Blanshard and Saanich

Lanes closed Monday afternoon, one person taken to hospital

Victoria police seek suspects in series of bear spray attacks

Police responded to several calls Saturday evening

Weekend sees 267 cases, 3 deaths in B.C.; Dr. Henry says events leading to COVID spread

There are currently 1,302 active cases in B.C., while 3,372 people are under public health monitoring

Lightning strike: Tampa Bay blanks Dallas 2-0 to win Stanley Cup

Hedman wins Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP

SOOKE HISTORY: Alleged bootlegger has day in court

Blackberry wine confiscated at home

Shawnigan Lake’s Kubica gets 25 to life for murder in California

Former Shawnigan Lake man convicted of killing woman in 1990

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

B.C. VOTES 2020: Echoes of HST in B.C. debate over sales tax

Cannabis, tobacco, luxury cars still taxed in B.C. Liberal plan

She warned her son about toxic drugs, then he was dead

Donna Bridgman’s son died at the age of 38 in Vancouver

Duration of Tour de Rock stop in Chemainus much shorter than usual

Four alumni riders don’t get to come for breakfast in COVID year

B.C. food and beverage producers set record sales in 2019

Farmed salmon again leads international exports

Most Read