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Osoyoos Lions Club to disband after half century of service to community
After more than half a century of service to the community, the Osoyoos Lions Club plans to shut down.
“In a nutshell, our membership got down so far and the members are getting so old we just can’t handle things anymore,” said Lions President Brian Chadsey.
Recently the club has only had four members – Chadsey and his wife Margaret and one other couple.
“We tried everything we could think of to drum up new members,” said Chadsey. “The common response to asking someone was ‘I’ve done my volunteer work and I’m not interested.’”
There’s a process for disbanding the club, but Chadsey said the club is aiming to cease operations on April 1. The decision was made shortly after Christmas.
Over its history of just over 50 years, the Osoyoos Lions have contributed to building the Seniors Centre and developing Lions Park on the waterfront.
They regularly participated in community events by hosting pancake breakfasts during Easter Eggstravaganza and the July 1 Cherry Fiesta.
This year they won’t be doing those events.
“We just don’t have the manpower,” said Chadsey, who is 68, but has been limited in what he can do as a result of an accident three years ago. “We’re just too old and decrepit,” he said. “It’s a retirement community.”
Three of the four members plan to join the Oliver Lions Club, he said.
“We’re all feeling pretty sad about it,” said Chadsey. “The big loser’s probably going to be the community.”