*Unfortunately, due the current pandemic, Canada 2020 has been cancelled.
My fellow Sooke Lions, Hi 5 Thank You for Front Line Workers Friday May 8, 430 to 515, from Anne Marie Rd to Otter Point Rd, we will practice safe distancing while we wave 'Thank You' to all Front Line Workers!
Many of you may remember the history account of our club rolling a big ball from Sooke to Victoria in support of the Easter Seal Drive. That was one of the first starts in developing the recognition that we now have. Some 10 or so years ago, our Harbourside Lions came on the scene, they too have developed a great reputation and recognition in Sooke as evidenced by the Duck race and other events. Now we have our former Lioness club who have chartered as a Lions club. Their president, Lion Jackie , on behalf of their club has a very positive idea in that we, collectively, as Lions gather and recognize the Front Line Workers of this COVID crisis. I think this would be a wonderful event to see you all again, even if 6 feet apart. I already have my sign made so please consider participating in this event. Let Jackie know firstname.lastname@example.org and also cc me.
Lets help this new start their Sooke debut with a resounding success. Thanks and see you all there.
Tongue'N Cheek - by Lion Mike
To Regimental Sergeant Major KH McLeod CD, wherever you are. These trying times evoke a memory of your preparation for the Feu de Joie, a ceremonial parade, executed by the 1st Battalion Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada on 23 May 1964 at Work Point Barracks. That memory, was your insistence of a weekly haircut for all members of the battalion. Even though it took a dollar out of my 25 dollar per week net pay it was worth it, for not only did we want to show the RCN what a 140 pace per minute march looked like, we also wanted to look sharp for our revered viewing officer. The Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, the Hon GR Pearkes, VC, PC, CB, DSO, MC. After I left the army, I slackened off on weekly haircuts to one every 3 to 4 weeks. Now here is my dilemma, I needed a haircut just before the barber shops were shut down so my question is, Do I try to cut my own hair or can I be excused from future parades?
Check This Out!! Sooke Lions Business Phone Book
These instructions are so that you can easily & quickly access our Phone Book/Business Directory on your cell phone. This will put a bookmark on your home page so that you just click on it to access the Directory.
I-Phone - open up ‘Safari’, which is the built-in browser on I-Phones. In the search portion, type in ‘sookelionsphonebook’ (no spaces) & hit enter. At the bottom of your screen you will see a square with an arrow coming out of it. Click on that & a list of choices will appear. Click ‘Save to Home Page’ or some similar phrase & you are done.
Android - click on ‘Chrome or Google’ browser, in the search bar type in ‘sookelionsphonebook’ (no spaces) & hit enter. At the top right of your screen will be 3 dots, click on them. Choose ‘Save to Home Page’ or some similar phrase - now you are done.
Blood, Sweat and Tears
Over the years our Sooke Lions club have been involved in many projects to benefit the community. One such project evoked the triple body fluid effect of Blood Sweat and Tears. The order that those fluids came is as follows.
In 1974 the Sooke Lions club decided to build a museum, the outside wall to be constructed of logs standing on end. None smaller than 10 inches or larger than 14 inches in Diameter. Thus, began the chore of hand peeling these logs, all told some 6,000 feet of logs were peeled, that produced a lot of Sweat.
Then in the spring of 1977 the keys of the completed museum were turned over by Lion president John Wilson to Sooke Region Historical Society president Ken Shepherd and the museum’s executive director Elida Peers. The historical society’s dream for a museum was finally realized and that brought the Tears of Joy, especially to brothers Tuck and Ray Vowles who were honoured at the ceremony.
A few months later it was determined that the artifacts now on display needed lighting to enhance the displays. The historical society once again turned to the Lions who teamed up with the Sooke Peoples Drug Mart proprietor John Farmer who together challenged the 2500 residents of Sooke to donate more than 240 pints of blood at the upcoming blood donor clinic. If the record was beat then they would provide the lighting. The great volunteer spirit of Sooke shone through at that clinic with 272 pints of blood donated.
So that is our story of the Sooke Region Museum, built on land donated by the Sooke Community Association. A museum that hosts visitors from around the world and a huge resource for researchers and history buffs.
RCMP MUSICAL RIDE - The Sooke Lions hosted this amazing event in August of 2018, but with the help of many many people in our 'always involved' community. View the video, made by Gail & Dave Nash, not only about the event itself but the behind the scene work that went on to make it such a success, The Musical Ride!
SOME OTHER SOOKE LIONS PROJECTS - Sooke Business Phone Directory, Canada Day Celebration, Ballpark Concession, Sooke Cemetery upkeep, Breakfast with Santa, Santa Claus Parade, Hard Times Dance, High School Bursaries, Grade 2 Swim Classes, School Breakfasts.
NB: Monies collected from these events goes to serve and help the community and people of Sooke.
WHO ARE THE LIONS
Lions - Liberty, Intelligence, Our Nations Safety
We are Volunteer Members of Service Clubs grouped around the world under an International Organization. We enjoy fellowship, develop leadership skills and dedicate part of our time to helping those in need - while making our individual communities a better place in which to live. Lions have been around for over 100 years, forming in 1917. There are currently over 1.4 million Lions in 47,000 Lions Clubs in 0ver 200 Countries.
Purpose and Ethics
Lions Clubs lnternational Purpose
- To Organize, charter and supervise service clubs to be known as Lions clubs.
- To Co-ordinate the activities and standardize the administration of Lions clubs.
- To Create and foster a spirit of understanding among the peoples of the world.
- To Promote the principles of good government and good citizenship.
- To Take an active interest in the civic, cultural, social and moral welfare of the community.
- To Unite the clubs in the bonds of friendship, good fellowship and mutual understanding.
- To Provide a forum for the open discussion of all matters of public interest; provided,
however, that partisan politics and sectarian religion shall not be debated by club members.
- 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.
Lions Clubs Code of Ethics
- To Show my faith in the worthiness of my vocation by industrious application to the end that I
may merit a reputation for quality of service.
- To Seek success and to demand all fair remuneration or profit as my just due, but to accept no
profit or success at the price of my own self-respect lost because of unfair advantage taken or
because of questionable acts on my part.
- To Remember that in building up my business it is not necessary to tear down another's; to be
loyal to my clients or customers and true to myself.
- Whenever a doubt arises as to the right or ethics of my position or action towards others, to
resolve such doubt against myself.
- To Hold friendship as an end and not a means. To hold that true friendship exists not on
account of the service performed by one to another, but that true friendship demands nothing
but accepts service in the spirit in which it is given.
- Always to bear in mind my obligations as a citizen to my nation, my state, and my community,
and to give them my unswerving loyalty in word, act, and deed. To give them freely of my time,
labor and means.
- To Aid others by giving my sympathy to those in distress, my aid to the weak, and my substance to the needy.
- To Be Careful with my criticism and liberal with my praise; to build up and not destroy.