Sidney Lions and their Lunch Box food truck. (Courtesy of Bob Orchard)

Sidney Lions seek new members to expand their pride

Lions looking to almost double membership, increase activities

The Sidney Lions are seeking new members to swell their ranks from 25 to 40 volunteers.

The Lions have been in operation since 1964 and currently run around 12 fundraisers a year, with profits going to local charities. With more members, they say they can run more and raise more.

ALSO READ: Invasive species removed from Roberts Bay Park

“We’re looking for new people,” says Patricia Anthony, one of the Lions directors. “Those with some spare time, perhaps younger people, the recently retired or people new in town.”

Bob Orchard, Sidney Lions president agrees, “We’re looking for fun people who want to help and serve the community.”

The Lions run a number of successful events and raise a lot of money in innovative ways. Their biggest fundraiser is their “Lunchbox” food truck they staff at community events.

The group is set up to financially assist the local community, and recent contributions have included donating to a local food bank and the PEMO disaster organization. They are also currently the top sponsors of Cycling Without Age Society, the community group that offers free trips to seniors on their specialized Trishaw bucket bikes. The Lions’ next fundraising activity will be at the upcoming ‘Touch a Truck’ event, to raise money for childhood cancer treatment.

ALSO READ: Cycling Without Age hits the road with inaugural Peninsula ride

The Lions have a core group of 12 and hope that with more people and a younger demographic, the organization will be reinvigorated with renewed energy. They are open minded as to fundraising events and have floated a number of ideas such as gala evenings, cook outs, comedy nights and a 10K walk. They hope new volunteers will bring new ideas and enthusiasm.

As well as fundraisers, Orchard is keen for the group to expand its activities to give practical help too.

“We’re also looking to do hands-on volunteer work, like building a ramp for disabled people or gardening at a seniors residence,” he says.

READ ALSO: Realtor gets behind local foundation’s valuable work

Anthony says helping the community is rewarding, and the group is social and friendly.

“It’s a great way to meet people in town,” she says.

For more information email orchardr@telus.net or visit their website at e-clubhouse.org.


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Saanich man escapes being run down by own truck

The man was working on his truck in the 800 block of Darwin Avenue, when it started to roll on him

Traffic lights out on Highway 1 at McKenzie

Major delays are expected for the morning on the Trans-Canada Highway

Cash for butts program giving away $1,500 to Victoria cigarette butt-collectors

Organizer hopes to raise awareness of microplastics and cigarette butt pollution

New top cop coming to Sooke in September

Sgt. Brett Sinden comes to Sooke from Sidney

‘Bad choices make good stories’: Margaret Trudeau brings her show to Just for Laughs

Trudeau says over the decades she has been suicidal, manic, depressed

Health Canada revokes licences of B.C.-based pot producer Agrima Botanicals

The agency said it notified the company of a suspension in November due to non-compliance with regulations

Deals, protests during Amazon Prime Day

The Seattle-based e-commerce behemoth says it is offering more than a million deals

Canadian national softball team wins second straight Canada Cup

Team Canada defeats Texas-based Scrapyard International in gold-medal game Sunday in Surrey

June sees drop in home sales, prices for real estate across B.C.: report

Sales dropped by 11.8%, while prices fell by 4%

Video captures driver narrowly avoiding hitting Granfondo cyclists in Okanagan

ā€œIā€™m just glad that everything aligned enough and no one got hurt,ā€ said Shaun Siebert

Most Read