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Council praises Osoyoos Lake Lions Club for more than 50 years of outstanding community service
Town of Osoyoos council profusely thanked the Osoyoos Lake Lions Club for going above and beyond the call of duty to make this community a better place to live for more than a half century.
A few weeks ago, the local Lions Club announced that it was disbanding after 51 years of operation in this community.
“The Osoyoos Lake Lions Club has experienced a decline in membership over the last several years and the remaining members find it impossible to continue to provide service and support to our wonderful community,” wrote club president Brian Chadsey, in a letter to Mayor Stu Wells and members of council.
“For this reason, and with deep sadness, we regret to inform you that the Osoyoos Lake Lions Club will cease operations effective April 1, 2014. The Osoyoos Lake Lions Club has been in continuous operation for 51 years, with tremendous positive influence both within our community, as well as regionally, and we are proud to have been part of the successful history of this great town. We are also grateful there are other service clubs and groups that will continue the long tradition of providing funding and assistance to others.
“We have always been the envy of other Lions Clubs because of the unconditional support given to us by council and staff and we extend our heartfelt appreciation for all of your help and support.”
Mayor Stu Wells said the residents of Osoyoos have all benefitted from the tireless work done by Lions Club members over the past five decades and that hard work won’t ever be forgotten.
“This is a very, very sad moment,” said Wells. “We’re certainly extremely thankful for their 51 years of community service. It’s an unfortunate end, but there are other groups that will pick up the slack.”
Coun. C. J. Rhodes said every Lions Club member over the past 50 years should be proud of the good work their organization has done in Osoyoos.
“What a tremendous legacy this group has left in this community,” he said. “We should be sending them a letter thanking them for 51 years of good work.”
Coun. Michael Ryan said it’s unfortunate the Lions Club is disbanding, but members can look back years from now and smile about all the good work this organization performed in this town.
“They have just been outstanding,” he said. “It is always a sad moment when organizations like this cease to exist. It’s a very sad chapter.”
Coun. Sue McKortoff said the every child who goes down to play and every adult who takes a walk near Lions Park should know this community organization is responsible for establishing one of the most popular parks in town.
McKortoff praised all members of the Lions Club for their good work and added this town is fortunate to have a great number of service clubs and organizations that provide outstanding community work.
“Join a club and become a volunteer,” she said. “It’s not only fun, but you get to help others.”
The pancake breakfasts that have been organized by the Lions Club on July 1 and for the Easter Eggstravaganza won’t be the same this year without them, said McKortoff