Stayner Lions Club
The Stayner Lions Club was organized on May 24, 1956 and received its charter on October 3rd that same year. The idea of establishing a Lions Club in the community came from Gordon Baker who had been transferred to Stayner with the Ontario Provincial Police, and the Orangeville Lions Club and the Barrie Lions Club sponsored the club jointly.
The club began holding its meetings in the Lambert Hotel dining room, later to be named the Golden Apple Restaurant. That meeting place continued until the restaurant closed in 2013. Later that year, meetings moved to the Royal Canadian Legion and subsequently moved to the Masonic Hall where we continue to meet at this time.
The club was formed, as are all Lions clubs, to provide service to the community and beyond wherever a need is identified. The assistance provided by the Stayner Lions Club in its sixty plus years of service has been significant and its impact immeasurable. There are some notable highlights of which the club can be justly proud. Amongst them our ongoing support of the Collingwood General & Marine Hospital including the furnishing of a room in the 1963 expansion of the hospital and the purchase of many pieces of equipment.
In 1958, the club established a close association with the Stayner Arena and over time was instrumental putting in artificial ice, and ice machine and a flooder, lobby glass, heaters, showers and lighting. In 1976, the club renovated the arena auditorium and purchased dishes and kitchen equipment. When the new arena was built in 1988, the club built and raffled off a house, raising in excess of its $100,000 commitment to the arena building fund. The gazebo in Railway Park was donated to the Town of Stayner as part of the redevelopment of that park.
In 2014, the club furnished a room at the newly built palliative care facility, Campbell House, operated by Hospice Georgian Ttiangle.
There are many more examples of the club’s work in Stayner, and Clearview Township. The common thread in all of them is how the club allows civic-minded individuals to act collectively to improve life in the community, doing things that as individuals we would likely be unable to accomplish alone. And working together on these projects gives us the benefit of forming new connections and friendships. It would be highly unusual to get through a work party without some good laughs and lifted sprits, seeing a project come together.
Volunteers are unpaid,
Not because they are worthless.
They are unpaid because they are priceless!
To be a leader in the community through identifying opportunities to improve the quality of life for our fellow residents.
To support the initiatives of Lions International in Canada and internationally.
To make life better in our community, our country and around the world. To empower men and women in Clearview Township to serve their community, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding through Lions clubs.
To Encourage service-minded people to serve their community without personal financial reward, and to encourage efficiency and promote high ethical standards in commerce, industry, professions, public works and private endeavors.
The club holds general meetings that begin with a dinner meal, followed by a business meeting twice monthly. All members are encouraged to attend these meetings and are welcome to bring guests. On special occasions, our Partners in Service (Spouses and significant others) will be invited to join us for the evening. General meetings usually begin at 6:30pm and will conclude by 9:00pm.
Location: Northern Light Masonic Hall, 213 Louisa Street, Stayner, ON
Date: 1st & 3rd Thursdays monthly, September through June
The club holds Executive Committee meetings on the 2nd Thursdays of the month at a place determined by the club president. Members of the executive are expected to attend these meetings, but all club members are welcome to attend.
Consider Becoming a Lion
Lions Clubs International is the largest, most recognized service club in the world. Our vision is worldwide but our focus is our local community. We are looking for men and women who share our passion to serve their community and make it a better place to live for all of us. Working together, we have the opportunity to achieve things that few of us could accomplish alone.
If these objectives match yours, we invite you to contact us to learn more about membership and how you can contribute while enjoying the fellowship of like-minded people.
Call: Sandra Squire at 705-428- 6316