Thanksgiving is just around the corner. It is a special time of the year to give back to the community and especially to those in needs: Donate to Food Banks and Feed the Hungry.
For those who cannot make it for the Food Drive and would like to contribute, you can drop off your non-perishable food items at 67 Steelcase Road West, Unit 3, Markham, ON.
Hours of Drop off: Tuesday to Thursday from 10 am-4 pm.
All collected non-perishable food items will be donated at the food drive on Oct. 9, 2021.
If you live in the West end and would like to participate in a food drive event closer to you on this special occasion,
the Mississauga Food Bank, 3121 Universal Drive, Mississauga, ON. are also having a Food Drive on the same day (Oct. 9) from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. It is also a Contactless Drive-Thru Event.
The Mississauga Food Bank:
Hours of drop off if you cannot make it on the day of the Food Drive on Oct.9, 2021:
Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday 9 am-5 pm
Wednesday 9 am-8 pm
Please complete a food donation form at the time of drop off so we can get the information from The Mississauga Food Bank after the event for reporting.
For more information, do not hesitate to contact the following:
The Toronto Kaiteur Lions Club is sponsoring a Friends and Family 30 Day Activity Challenge. This event is designed to bring awareness to pediatric cancer and to raise funds for children that are in treatment. Participants can receive pledges and donations for participating in physical activities such as cycling, walking, treadmills, etc.
Please Click on this link for more information.
Mississauga Cooksville Lions Club is organizing a 5km/2.5km Walkathon to raise funds for various community needs, including:
The walk will take place on September 19, 2021 at 9:30 am at Centennial Park, Etobicoke. Registration and start point will be at Picnic Area 8. You can support us in one of the following ways:
Please note that due to COVID-19 restrictions, pre-registration (by Sept 18) is required. Get started by following this link to register and make your secure payment.
We ask for your support and generosity in supporting these worthy causes. For directions and other event details, please see this flyer.
Thanking You in Advance
For questions or more information, please contact: or .
Please read and hear about this project at our GoFundMe site and make a dream come true for the women in Sayulita, Mexico.
Greetings Leos, Campus Club Members, and Fellow Lions,
Thank You Fellow Lions for joining us on Saturday, August 14, 2021, at Paul Coffey Park in Mississauga. The weather and space were in our favour to enjoy our first, face-to-face gathering safely at our District Picnic.
We were very pleased to have the Mayor of Mississauga, Bonnie Crombie, grace us with her presence and her inspiring message.
A big Thank You to all who donated the food, desserts, beverages, and water. It was indeed an amazing International Pot Luck. Thanks to everyone who donated financially, this money will go to one of the Global Causes.
Thanks to all who donated the non-perishable foods for the Food Drive. It was collected for the Food Bank in Hamilton. The hygiene products that were donated were given to the New Voices Committee for their Women’s Shelter Initiative.
Thank you to the Planning Committee for your dedication and commitment. A Huge Thank You to All who came together to make this a successful Event.
Great Team Work Leos, Campus Club Members, and Fellow Lions!!!
Let us all endeavour to help her bring our district to another level of excellence.
One goal that she would like to accomplish as the Lion Year progresses is CROSS LEVEL COMMUNICATION and INTERACTION among the LIONS, CAMPUS LIONS, LEOs and SERVICE-MINDED INDIVIDUALS of our community.
With our talents and skills, we could make an impact in our organization and community as well.Let us all "SERVE WITH HUMILITY".
Click here for the condensed Goals for 2021-2022 document
For any who missed it, you must see it .... The segment about A-711 starts at the 41-minute mark of the video. See the complete session here.
As you are aware India is undergoing one of the worst Humanitarian Crises of a very high magnitude and there does not seem to be any end in sight.
The Oxygen supply in the hospitals has dwindled to the lowest level AND THE LIVES ARE BEING LOST EVERY MINUTE OF THE DAY.
Toronto Netralya Lions Club in collaboration with Vraj Canada Community Center who have started a drive to send to India directly Oxygen Concentrator machines to the severely affected Hospitals.
The drive is underway in full swing. The intent is to have at least 100 Oxygen Concentrators delivered with a minimum delay. The manufacturers of the equipment in Korea have already been contacted and have promised delivery within a week of receiving order.
The cost of each machine is CDN $320.00.
We are seeking your help for contributing to this humanitarian cause by pledging the number of machines. The donors will receive the Canadian Charitable Donation receipt for tax purposes.
This morning we also reached out to Lion Dr. Naresh Aggarwal , Past International President (in Mumbai), who will coordinate the distribution of the machines through local Lions Club to the hospitals.
Please see Letter of Appeal, with details on how to pledge and e-transfer funds. Pledge number of machines and E-transfer funds to .
Cheques can be made to Toronto Netralya Lions Club and mailed to:
3390 Midland Ave. Suite #2.
Scarborough, ON. Canada. M1V 5K
Many thanks to all those who responded to our District Governor Lion Tebo's appeal last Thursday by contributed much-needed items, which are already on their way to St. Vincent.
Members of the A711 Disaster Relief Task Force Committee were able to talk on a Zoom call with the President of the St. Vincent Lions Club on Friday night who said that they are able to get some much-needed items from the neighbouring islands and from Guyana, some are donations but they also bought what is urgently needed. One of the things he pointed out to us is that there are people who refuse to be evacuated, particularly farmers who do not want to leave their livestock, and they have to get food and water to those people, not only for the people but also for the animals as there is no grass for them to eat-everything is covered with ash.
It is obvious to us, that the urgent immediate need is for money. We are therefore appealing to all the Clubs in District A711 to make a financial contribution to this cause.
We are appealing to each and every club in the District to participate in this effort and there is no minimum or maximum amount. We will welcome from $100.00 to $10.000.00 but we hope that every club will participate. If members would like to make additional personal donations, you are welcome to do so also, either by sending a cheque or e-transfer to either or to .
On behalf of the Committee, I wish to thank you for your support, living up to our motto "We Serve'
Member of the Task Force Committee
Home Club: Toronto Kaiteur Lions Club
As a result of PDG OJ Wilura taking on new responsibilities as the GAT Area leader area B Canada. (MDA and MDN) there is now a vacancy for the position of Global Membership Chairperson for MDA.
I am happy to announce that IPDG Dan Sibana has agreed to take on the position of MDA - GMT along with the Retention portfolio.
We are very proud of our Lions in MDA and wish them both continued success in their new assignments.
Voting at the District level was opened to the Core DG Team, Region and Zone Chairs as well as District Committee Chairs (58 voters). The Election Runner electronic voting poll was open for 21 hours. The results break down as follows:
Lions from across Canada are working to build a Stronger Identity for Lions in Canada, in order to support each district's service, public image and membership growth. Lions Clubs are encouraged to use these public awareness posters to support all things Lionistic in Canada.
Great News, our fundraising event was approved by the Sick Kids Foundation and is Live on various social media platforms.
Please click on this link to see how you can donate.
Suggestion: after you have received your pledges and donations visit the site and submit your funds collected.
This link can also be copied and shared to our friends, family, and supporters, if you need a letter to solicit further funding, please feel free to contact me.
Sick Kids Foundation administration will assist with questions on Tax receipts, please follow the instruction on the event page.
Let's make our Clubs proud and support this event.
Yours in Lionism
Toronto Kaiteur Lions Club
Green Capes Lions Club is a virtual specialty club made up primarily of foster puppy parents who raise money for Dog Guides. Our big fundraiser is our calendar filled with many beautiful pictures of puppies.
We have a program that we hope you will help us promote to other Lions Clubs within the A711 District. It is called Green Capes for Lions - A National Lions Club Fundraiser. The program we have developed allows Lions Clubs to earn money for their clubs by selling the 2021 Green Capes Puppy Calendar. The club sells the calendars for $18 to $20 each and pays $9 back to Green Capes Lions Club. The remaining proceeds are kept by the Lions Club to use anyway they'd like to benefit their community. The money we receive back will go support Dog Guides. We see this as a WIN-WIN for Lions.
We have developed a website with all the information that clubs need to participate in this program. We would ask that you take a look to see how easy it is to use. It is found at www.greencapesforlions.com.
I hope you are doing well. We are proceeding with our annual Online Auction this Fall and I am looking for help collecting donations. Ideally, I am in need of donations valued at $100 or more. Preferably brand new, never used items, or in very good condition. Additionally, items specific to your province would be very beneficial, as we always lack donations nationwide. Anything easy to ship is greatly appreciated. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to reach out to me. The quickest way to reach me at this time is through .
Event Coordinator and Interm Walk for Dog Guides Manager
Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides
152 Wilson Street
Oakville, ON L6K 0G6
Phone: 905 842-2891 Ext. 226
Toll Free: 1‐800‐768-3030
Fax: 905 842-3373
NOTICE OF SPECIAL CABINET MEETING 03-OCT-2020 TO FILL THE VACANT A711 FIRST VICE DISTRICT GOVERNOR (FVDG) AND SECOND VICE DISTRICT GOVERNOR (SVDG) POSITIONS
With thanks for his service, unfortunately, FVDG Paul Maguire has tendered his resignation and has asked to be replaced. We respect his privacy and send him best wishes and understanding at this difficult time wishing him all the best in his future endeavors.
As provided in our A-711 Constitution & By-Laws (C&BL) revised May 2020, I hereby convene a Special Meeting of the existing cabinet and all Past International Officers (Past District Governors) to fill the vacancy in the office of FVDG/SVDG for the remainder of the term 2020-2021:
Below is the Initial Notice to fill the vacancy in position of our First and Second Vice District Governor. Kindly share this message with your fellow members. If there is qualified candidate who is interested, please email our Nominations & Elections Chairperson and providing the full name, club, and position desired, along with a resume (record of Lions service) for verification.
If you require further information, please do not hesitate to contact me. Thanking you in advance for your usual kind cooperation.
Stay safe, healthy, and COVID-19 free, you and your family.Together in Service
Thistletown Lions Club, Toronto, ON
District Governor (DG) 2020-2021
We are raising funds for the funeral (and family support) of happy kid “Ryan Bhattarai” of age 3, who passed away tragically on Tuesday 11 August 2020 at about 11:07 am due to a heart wrenching car strike. The terrific accident occurred in Etobicoke near Burnhamthorpe Road and East mall Road intersection in front of his sister age 7 who is injured and asking for help after being struck along with Ryan. Fortunately, she is in a non-life-threatening condition. She says, “she lost her baby brother” without thinking much with her small brain. The most unfortunate father who lost his son was holding his hand at the time of the scene is still in a traumatic condition.
The father, Ramesh Bhattarai, is a new Lion of the Toronto Capri Lions club.
Anyone who wishes to help can e-transfer a donation (or request information on other methods of donating) to . 100% of the donations will go to the family.
Contact your for questions or inquiries.
Fellow Lions and Humanitarians,
On Tuesday, August 4, a massive explosion rocked the city of Beirut, Lebanon. More than 300,000 Lebanese have been displaced from their homes, thousands injured, over 100 confirmed dead, and many more missing.
When a humanitarian crisis of this magnitude strikes, we, as Lions, are ready to help. Right beside us is Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF), our global foundation.
LCIF is currently partnering with Lions in Lebanon to provide US$10,000 in immediate relief to children, families and communities suddenly struggling with everyday needs…struggling to remain safe.
You can help. You're generous donation to LCIF’s disaster relief fund will help deliver further funds to Lebanese families.
Our Global Leadership Team came up with the following to give you the utmost effective training we could offer.
Zoom site No. 1 - GMTC Julian Austin
Zoom site No. 2 - DA/ACS Eli Galindo
Zoom site No. 3 - ZC Rick Evans
Additional Details of the training:
Please send your confirmation to the following:
It would be very helpful if you could please register the soonest possible time.
PDG Rollie M. dela Cruz
As the MDA Sight Chair / Lake Joe I want to take this time to thank you for your donations to Lake Joseph over the last years. Your contributions have kept Lake Joseph moving forward and allowing more sight impaired clients to attend the camp and become more independent.
When we were asked to raise funds to support this camp back in 1962 by CNIB, the first District Wide Project raised $400,000 and the 18 acre site with 1500 feet of shoreline on Lake Joseph was purchased. This provided a well built summer facility offering a residence for 100 blind Ontarians and their escorts for each vacation period. The Lions financial support and your personal assistance over the years have made possible this great summer experience in summer living for some 8,000 blind or visually impaired persons and their friends over the past years.
We have come up with some awards available to your members or members of your Community that can be given for your financial contribution should you request. Your continued support ensures that we continue to be Knights of the Blind as was asked us by Helen Keller, Please find the applications for the awards attached with this letter and send them directly to the address shown with the information filled in. Thank you again for your continued support.
MDA Sight Chair
WALK AND TALK DIABETES LIONS Team is proud to report raising $5.087 (102% of target) for Cardiac Health Foundation Of Canada WALK OF LIFE.
Proud to see Lions Clubs recognition by Cardiac Health Foundations:
In case you missed the video of opening ceremonies of Walk Of Life, here is the you-tube link to ceremonies.
Thank you to everyone who participated or donated to our virtual walk! We're overwhelmed by everyone's support!
Each year the Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides is our largest fundraiser with last year raising $1.3 million. However, this year, things are a little different. We hope you are able to help us as we strive to achieve our goal of $325,000, which would mean one Dog Guide representing each province and territory.
Any registered participants who fundraises at least $100 online from now until June 30, 2020 will be entered into a draw for your chance to WIN a $250 e-gift card of your choice!
To all District A-711 Lions:
The District Cabinet and Convention Committees has voted to postpone our District A-711 Convention due concerns about Coronavirus (Covid-19). Voting for next year’s District Officers, including the Governor, Vice District Governors, Region and Zone Chairs as well as any accepting our amended District Constitution and Bylaws must still happen; no less than 30 days before the original date of the International Convention.
A cabinet sub-Committee was created to look into options for our elections. After evaluating a wide number of possible methods, keeping in mind the advice of the LCI Legal Counsel, which asks that we ensure that there be no cause for complaint after the fact. The committee unanimously decided to go with a third-party online voting system. Several companies’ solutions were considered and electionrunner.com was chosen. This decision was made with the health and safety of our Lions in mind.
Given this selection, we will be deferring announcement of election results from the original postponed Convention date of April 19 to May 2, 2020. If the result of the first vote does not produce a 2ndVDG winner, then a run-off vote will be held starting the next day and our new 2ndVDG will be announced on May 6, 2020. The revised timeline is visually depicted in “Appendix A: Final Timeline for District A-711 Voting”.
The actual online voting process, a summary of the security of our approach and a detailed timeline are attached to this email as “Appendix B: Online Voting Process and Detailed Timeline”.
We have appended a brief overview of aspects of the selection process undertaken by the committee for the online voting system as “Appendix C - A711 election tool decision”.
The Club Delegate form and the PDG Credentialing form have been updated for this election. Please ensure that these forms are completed and submitted by clubs and PDG’s with all required information and email those forms to before April 19, 2020 to ensure you can vote. Questions about this election should also be sent to .
We will be providing access to a frequently asked questions to assist with your use of this voting process and to show you how easy it will be to vote before voting is to begin.
I hope you will all familiarize yourselves with this process.
We are optimistic that with each new day there is hope, and as Lions we will continue to find new ways to put our kindness in action while safely serving our communities.
HAVE A GREAT DAY BEING A LION!!!!
Lion Donald Bissonnette
Elections Chair District A-711
We wish to advise all District A711 Lions and clubs that, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Cabinet voted this afternoon to postpone our 2020 District Convention.
This effectively means that clubs and individuals should go ahead and cancel their hotel bookings at Sandman Signature Mississauga Hotel as soon as possible. The Cabinet Treasurer and Convention Registrar are currently working out how the Convention registration & meal refunds to all registered Lions will be processed. You will he hearing more about this from the Convention Committee.
Two Convention business items will still have to be executed before May 31st, 2020 - District elections and approval of the amendments to the District Constitution. In recognition of the repercussions of the coronavirus pandemic and in line with directions given by the LCI Legal Counsel, the Cabinet has approved online voting for this year's elections. No cause for alarm. More details will follow on exactly how this is going to be done.
At this stage, out of concern for our members, we urge all our clubs to follow any advisories issued by their local authorities. Social distancing and avoidance of physical meetings/large crowds is now the norm.
Thank you for your service to the community.
District Governor, A711
Looking forward to you joining us in Singapore for the
Please note that the Canadian delegation hotel is HOLIDAY INN ATRIUM (see link here and links below).
Take advantage of early pricing and save US$75 on your registration through January 10, 2020
Heritage Court, Enercare Centre
August 31 & September 1, 2019
There will be Free Day Passes and limited Parking passes available to volunteers (subject to Availability}. Please plan to use public transit if possible. Volunteers registered before August 15,2019 will receive their passes by mail. Passes will only be available for Lions working at the booth.
Please call Lion Danny Galicia, CNE Lions Booth Awareness Coordinator, if you have any questions regarding schedules –
(Formerly Direct Energy Centre) Hall B
September 1 & September 2, 2018
There will be Free CNE Day Passes and limited Parking passes available to volunteers (subject to availability). Please plan to use public transit if possible. Volunteers committing before August 15, 2018 will receive their passes by Canada Post. Passes for later volunteers will be left at the Lions CNE Snack Bar (pick up weekdays only) at Coronation Park located outside the Price's gate at the east end of the CNE Grounds. Passes will only be available for Lions working at the booth.
Please call , CNE Lions Booth Awareness Coordinator, if you have any questions regarding schedules –
Judge Brian Stevenson
PO Box 2368, Station M
Calgary, Alberta T2P 2M5 Canada
In Milan, Italy, next July, at our International Convention, Canada will present Dr. Patti Hill as our candidate for Third International Vice-President. There will be at least oneother candidate, so there will be an election.
As you will appreciate, a global election campaign is expensive. We thank everyone who has contributed to date. For those Clubs that have not as yet participated in our fundraising efforts, here is an easy way to do so.
During the months of April/May and October/November of 2018, we invite all Clubs in Canada to have a “Beans & Buns” Dinner for Patti in each of those months. Instead of your Club’s regular meal costs, we ask the Clubs to just charge the costs of the “beans and buns” and donate the difference between those costs and your regular meal costs to Patti’s Campaign.
Example: 25 members @ $3:00 (the costs of the beans and buns) vs. the regular meal costs of $12:50 = a surplus of $9:50 per member -x 25 = $237.50 to be donated to Patti’s Campaign. If the Club does it twice — in May and October, then the total Club donation would be $475.
Please forward donations payable to “Patti Hill Campaign” to Committee Treasurer PCC Lynne Coulter, 11305-103 Street, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Y7.
If all our Clubs in Canada participate in that way, we will be able to present Dr. Patti Hill as she should be presented to the delegates in Milan — as a proud Canadian Lion leader, with class and in excellent taste.
Judge Brian Stevenson
Committee to Elect Patti Hill
As part of the Centenary Celebrations, LCI are asking Lions to help reach their Centennial Service Challenge goal of serving 100 million people by end of June 2018.
Diabetes Journey Goal – Walk a 100,000 miles to help promote diabetes awareness.
Strides: Lions for Diabetes Awareness event promotes healthy exercise and brings an entire community together in the fight against diabetes. Physical activity and a healthy lifestyle are important for those with diabetes or at risk of diabetes. A 100,000 mile walk for diabetes for our district means 70 miles per member.
This is particularly important not just because of the mileage undertaken, but the fact that Lions are walking i.e. taking exercise for Diabetes they are at the same time reducing their own risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes!
Just look at the frightening statistics as described in the document “Diabetes: Canada at the tipping point”.
Diabetes rates in Canada have almost doubled over the past decade and will continue to rise. Unless action is taken now, one in three people will be living with diabetes or prediabetes by the end of this decade.
Diabetes contributes to 30% of strokes, 40% of heart attacks, 50% of kidney failure requiring dialysis, and 70% of non-traumatic lower limb amputations and is a leading cause of vision loss.(Risk of blindness being 25 times higher than those without diabetes).
Lifestyle change is key in mitigating against the further increase in Type 2 Diabetes.
To get this project off to a flying start, at a recent outing at Diabetes Camp Dorset for Kidney Dialysis Toronto Netralya and Toronto Doctors club members organized a “WALK AND TALK WITH DOC” walk. This turned out to be a great success with Lions living with diabetes sharing their challenges. More importantly they managed to raise more than $4000.00 for the Dialysis camp. Well done to Lion Ashwin and his community partners for their efforts in organizing this event and to each and every Lion who took part in the walk, a fantastic achievement!
I encourage all clubs in our District to walk and talk together, every month or so sharing ideas and planning new ventures. Take a lion, a friend, a neighbour or a co-worker living with diabetes for walk. Just make sure they check their blood sugar before and 30 minutes after walk. You will see their surprise. You might even gain a member or two.
I’d like to encourage every club to try and endeavour to get involved with these challenges. Please encourage your Lions Club Secretary to report service activities through My LCI, the online membership and service activity reporting system.
Diabetes, Exercise and Healthy Lifestyle Program at university Health Centre is taking part in World Diabetes day on November 14 and all participants living with heart disease and or diabetes will be tracking the walking distance to be reported to International Diabetes Federation as the Centre is one of the participants in this Global Walk for Diabetes.
Please keep watching this space for new announcements.
Lion Michael Sarin.M.D,FRCPC
Diabetes Awareness Chair. District A-711
Donations are being collected for an Indigenous Community, Mishkeegogamang, in Northern Ontario. The truck will be leaving on September 30, 2017 from the storage at 207 Weston Road, Toronto.
Thank you very much, Your Donations are very much appreciated
Please help hearing conservation with a small but meaningful project by collecting used hearing aids. Ask your friends and family and local hearing aid providers (like listen up) for used hearing aids.
These hearing aids will be given to the Bob Rumble Homes for the Deaf for furthering on to the Congo. They have a way of shipping them that gets them past people who may confiscate the aids for the black market.
If your club could also give a few dollars towards the cost of batteries, it would help, send any dollar donations to Lion Wayne Hoey, District Treasurer.
We will collect these items until end of May 2018 and with the governor's consent, present them to the Bob Rumble Centre at Convention 2018.
And please don't forget your Helen Keller Awards from the Homes for the Deaf. Surely you have a deserving lion who would appreciate this award.
For more information or drop off points - call or or call .
All of our clubs can benefit from new members. The Lions of District A711 have had a booth at CNE for the past years. We see visitors from across GTA. and neighboring cities at this event.
Help us let attendees of this event know what LIONS DO.
Volunteers will be expected to talk with passers-by about our three Lions Projects: Beadonor, Recycle for Sight and The Foundation of Canada Dog Guides Program during this event, in the hope of identifying shared interests. We will also be collecting donations for the Disaster Relief.
Lions Prospect Names will be captured and then they will be recommended to visit clubs closed to their homes or work.
Lion Danny will be sending you your passes and free parking cards two weeks before the opening . This is on first come first served basis.
Please register as soon as possible to allow time for your passes to be mailed.
Did you know?
You can help make a big difference.
We are planning to organize a support group for people living with Prediabetes/Diabetes in the community we serve.
Please register using your e-mail: Contact us by August 15, 2017.
For about thirty years, Lions Clubs in the western part of the GTHA have organized the Lions VIP Car Rally. On Sunday, June 4, 2017, we will try an east rally for the first time.
This event is special because the navigators are all visually impaired. Each navigator is given route instructions in a format they can understand. They direct their drivers on a two-hour timed road trip (not a race!).
Lions serve coffee and muffins before the drive, and lunch after. Each participant will receive a commemorative prize.
Proceeds from the event will be directed to the Blind Sailing Association of Canada and the Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides. The Blind Sailing Association allows visually impaired sailors to feel the freedom of guiding a boat on the open waters. The Lions Dog Guides train service dogs and match them with humans in need, at no charge to the people.
We need your help. This event cannot succeed without sponsorship support.
In addition, all sponsors will be recognized on the event flyer and online.
To discuss sponsorship opportunities, please contact Lion Paul Maguire at or .
On Sunday April 2, 2017 the York Lions Club donated $20,000 to the North York Harvest Food Bank during the "Heroes Against Hunger Public Volunteer Sort" at the North York Harvest Warehouse, 116 Industry Street, Toronto, ON Canada M6M 4L8.
It was a full of heroes at North York Harvest Food Bank! Sorting food all day with families, friends, superheroes and local heroes, all in support of theirr work providing food assistance for thousands of people in our community.
“We tend to see fewer donations during the summer, so a successful Spring Food Drive is crucial in meeting the food needs of our community,” says Ryan Noble, Executive Director, North York Harvest Food Bank, “Donations ensure that we are able to provide nutritious food for our neighbours struggling to put enough food on the table.”
In the morning sort session (10am-12pm) local heroes from the York Lions Club, the sponsor of the 2017 Spring Food Drive donated $20,000 to the North York Harvest Food Bank. “With rent, food and utilities costs rising, the average family within our community is feeling pressured between paying the bills or paying for food,” says Mike Stacey, Treasurer, York Lions Club, “We have chosen to give back and serve our community by supporting the work of North York Harvest Food Bank.”
Once again, we are conducting this Special Induction Ceremony for all the NEW MEMBERS acquired by your clubs from May, 2016 up to March 17, 2017.
These new members will receive a Special Certificate of Membership aside from the Regular Certificate of Membership they received during their club induction.
On behalf of the GMT Team, I would like to congratulate all of you for a job well done.
Rolando M. dela Cruz, PDG
District GMT Coordinator
2016 - 2017 Winner
We are pleased to announce that Lion Abdullah Gamandie of Toronto Bathurst Lions Club is the winner of our Environmental Photo Contest 2016-2017. The Chairman and the Judges from Toronto Maharlika and Wishing Well Lions Clubs chose his entry (Animal Life) out of four (4) photos received from:
Lion Abdullah Gamandie is the President of the Toronto Bathurst Lions Club. His winning photo will advance to the Multiple District “A”.
On behalf of the District Governor Bill Willcocks, we want to send a big thank you to everyone who participated in our contest and helped make it a success.
Dear Fellow Lions and Leos,
All Lions and Leos in the District A711 are invited to submit your entries and be a voice for our environment. This Lions environmental photo contest offers you the chance to promote an understanding of the global environment and social issues in our communities by sharing your findings through photography.
Furthermore, the Lions Environmental Photo Contest provides a way for Lions and Leos to portray through an original photo their pride and commitment to improving, protecting, and preserving the environment. The contest begins at the club level where every Lion and Leo can enter a photograph of his or her immediate surroundings into the club-level Lions Environmental Photo Contest. Winning photographs advance to the district, multiple district and international competitions.
Lions Clubs and Leos Clubs select and submit one winning photo to the district by December 31, 2016.
The Photo Categories are:
Those photographs that advance to the international competition will be displayed at Lions International Convention where registered attendees will vote for their favorite photograph.
The three photos with the most votes will be declared winners. The winners will be displayed on the Environmental Photo Contest Winner's webpage and the photographers will receive an award.
Please review the Photo Contest Rules for additional details.
Lion Eli Galindo (Toronto Mabuhay Lions Club)
District A711 – Environmental Photo Contest
Chair 2016-2017 (Cell - )
Our District contest will be held in the spring (date to be finalized), courtesy of York Lions Club at York West Active Learning Centre, 1901 Weston Rd. Toronto. The MD “A” contest is being hosted by District A1 and will be held on May 6, 7, and 8, 2016 at Algonquin College in Ottawa.
This year, we are piloting prospective program changes. We are adding new grades to the competition. If the pilot is successful in increasing participation, we will ask MD “A” council to make the changes permanent.
Please note the new categories below for THIS year’s (2015-2016) competition:
|Junior||Grades 4, 5, 6||3-5 minute speech|
|Intermediate||Grades 7, 8, 9||5-7 minute speech, plus an impromptu 2-3 minutes|
|Senior||Grades 10, 11, 12||5-7 minute speech, plus an impromptu 2-3 minutes|
Our Centennial is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to celebrate the storied history of Lions around the world. But it's also an opportunity to recognize the achievements of Lions and Lions clubs that are working to make sure that our future is even brighter.
The Centennial Celebration Membership Awards give all Lions and Lions clubs an opportunity to earn limited-edition Centennial awards.
Earn Silver, Gold and Diamond Level Centennial Lion Awards
Earn Centennial Membership Awards for new members and new clubs you sponsor between now and June 30, 2018. The longer your new member or club stays active, the more recognition you receive.
Become a Premier or World Class Centennial Lions Club
Don't miss out on becoming a World Class Centennial Club! Clubs need to induct at least three new members by the end of the fiscal year to be on track to earn this distinction.
Visit the Centennial Celebration Membership Awards website for details about the program and recognition you can earn.
The Canadian National Exhibition is just a month away and we have an opportunity to share with visitor what we do again. This is an opportunity for us to share our key projects and to identify prospective Lions.
I would like to ask you to invite the members of your committee, Region and Zone to volunteer to assist us in promoting Lionism at our booth in The Enercare Centre (formerly The Direct Energy Centre) over two days, Saturday August 29 and Sunday August 30, 2015. Our location this year is Hall B of the most visited and largest of the exhibitions building.
I will be sending this message to every club so I ask you to use your influence while interacting in person with your constituency.
We will once again be highlighting three key projects: The Guide Dog Program (Puppies will be with us), The Trillium Gift of Life Beadonor program, and Recycle for Sight (eyeglass recycling). I will send out refreshers on these topics to those of you who volunteer.
All visitors to the booth who indicate interest in learning more or volunteering for Lions activities will be introduced to clubs matching their interests closest their homes.
There will be Free CNE Day Passes available for volunteers and we will have a limited number of parking passes available for volunteers (subject to availability). Please plan to use public transit if at all possible. Volunteers committing before August 17, 2015 will receive their passes by Canada Post. Passes for later volunteers will be left for pickup at the Lions CNE Snack Bar, located this year at Coronation Park (outside of the Prince’s Gate at the eastern end of TheEx (CNE)). Passes will only be available for Lions working at the booth.
There will be no Free Meal vouchers available from the CNE again this year, so pack a lunch/snack or plan to purchase any meals at the Food Building.
You will find the current volunteer schedule at http://www.lionscentral.com/Volunteer schedule Lions CNE booth 2015.pdf. Times are filled on a first come basis. Please reply to me with your preferences of shifts. I will update this online schedule as I receive requests. If you are unable to access this schedule please send me a request and I will mail you the file. Please include an alternate shift choice if your first becomes full.
Volunteers, please email me your mailing address to allow mailing of passes and a mobile phone number to help with communication in finding the booth and with any critical follow-ups.
Note: The CNE once again requests that each volunteer sign a release waiver while attending at the booth. I have appended the waiver to this email. Please share it with Lions willing to assist at the booth. If they have the means to sign the document electronically or if they can print, sign and return this to me electronically it would be appreciated, otherwise there will be a limited supply of forms to sign on your day of service.
For those who volunteer or simply want access to more information about the three prime topics of focus, please review the attached “Lions Booth at CNE – Information to know.pdf”
We as Lions Clubs are taking advantage of the exhibit booth available to us as a result of our membership in the CNE Association. This membership comes as a result of our long time sponsorship of the Peewee baseball Tournament at the CNE each year since 1957).
e-mail with your preferences of shifts & signed waiver (if possible).
My Fellow Lions,
For past several weeks, one of our Lion member has spent untold hours, organizing and coordinating "Clothes For Nepal". I speak of none other than LION SANDY HIRALAL-JUDHAN.
Lion Sandy is not only our Club member, she is the 7-11 Region 7 Chair, who has been instrumental in mobilizing all of us, to collect clothing donations for the Earthquake stricken people of Nepal.
Lion Sandy arranged for NO COST SHIPPING BY FED-EX & D.H.L INTERNATIONAL, arranged Storage Location for bags & bags of collection, Organized Vans & Trucks to pick up mounds of bags and finally organizing the meeting with Nepali Association on June 10th, for a Formal hand-off of these truck full of goods.
BRAVO LION SANDY. On behalf of the entire Toronto Netralya Lions Club membership, I Salute you for your selfless and kind gesture for the stricken population of Nepal.
Lions of MDA, our strong partnership with CNIB and Lake Joe now gives us a unique opportunity to invite International Youth with vision loss to experience Canada and the hospitality of the Lions family. Why is this important? Having sent some of our youth to the fully funded programs offered overseas, we believe it is time we provide a similar experience in Ontario. We’re very excited that we can take advantage of our strong partnership with Lake Joe and, as Knights of the Blind, offer this program.
Our pilot program last year saw a young girl from Ireland become the first International client at Lake Joe. She became somewhat of a celebrity ,enriching her life as well as the lives of the Canadian clients attending the camp. We know the program works. We’ve seen it first hand.
The next step is to identify the support of the District towards this program and establish a funded model . We need each clubs donation and we need a passionate Lion in each club to ensure the club gets feedback on the success of the program.
For those clubs who are already involved in Youth Exchange, we believe it is an easy sell as you have seen, first hand, the tremendous payback of involving youth in International Exchange.
For those Districts and clubs who do not have an active Youth Exchange program at this time, here is a perfect opportunity to be involved in a Youth and Vision project.
For those clubs looking for a number, we believe $200 from each club would allow us to fully fund this program. Cost of flights will be borne by the clients themselves.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if MDA could establish this as a Centennial Project and by July 2017 announce an established program that:
DG Donald Bissonnette
It is with pleasure that I report that District A711 Lions Quest has had a successful year having 2 Lions Quest community workshops this spring one in Region 34 hosted by Erin Mills Lions Club and the second in Region 7 hosted by Netralya Lions Club. The workshop we had in Milton hosted by Milton Lions Club in April 2014 led the way for these two and set the stage.
Four years ago the Oakville Lions Club donated $10,000 to District A711 Lions Quest program enabling us to present a $43,000 budget to LCIF and receive a Core 4 Grant of $25,000. Since that time we have had several Lions Quest Teacher training workshops where we have trained over 100 teachers to work with Lions Quest in the class room. We have worked with about 125 Lions and members of some of our communities including Police Dept., Health Dept., and social workers in our community workshops to be aware and knowledgeable about Lions Quest and getting a very positive response both from Lions and the public. We have trained a trainer in our district to lead all these workshops so we don’t have the expense of bringing in a trainer each time we do a workshop. We are trying to organize one more community workshop before the end of June 2015.
Lions Clubs International Foundation are quite impressed and happy with what we have accomplished with these funds and at this time we have used the money from the grant and the budget we presented and would like to apply for another Core 4 Grant.
In order to do this we need to accumulate a fund of $10,000 in our A711 Lions Quest account so we can put together a budget to apply for another grant from Lions Clubs International Foundation. The larger the budget the better chance of being accepted.
If each club in District A711 would donate $200.00 or more to this account we would have sufficient funds to put together another budget of $43,000.00 to carry on the work we have been doing to a higher level in order to better the communities of District A711.
If your club can help it would be much appreciated. Please make checks out to DISTRICT A711 LIONS QUEST and mail to:
PDG Bill Speck
305-20 Speers Road
Oakville, ON L6K 3R5
Lion Glen G. Samuel, chair of the A711 Journal Committee has issued a challenge to all clubs to participate in the 2015 Lions Journal booster ads. The ads cost $39.00 until March 10, 2015 after which the price rises to $45.00.
Toronto Cathay Lions Club Donates 3,000 pairs of glasses to Kampala, Uganda more....
For more information on how you can help provide eyeglasses to people in need around the world, please see Recycle for Sight
The Peace Poster Contest was created in 1988 to give young people the opportunity to creatively express their feelings for world peace and to share their visions with the world. Approximately 350,000 children from 75 countries participate in the contest annually.
Lions clubs around the world are also encouraged to sponsor students in the Lions International Essay Contest. This essay contest was created to offer an opportunity to visually impaired young people to express their feelings of peace. Students who are visually impaired and who are ages 11, 12 or 13 on November 15, are eligible to participate.
When Typhoon Haiyan swept through the Phillipines, Lions were quick to react. Within days some $600,000 (US) had been pledged to the effort. The total now stands at more than $2,000,000 (US). District A711 Lions alone have donated more than $15,000 (CDN). The donating clubs include the Burlington Lions, Freelton Lions, Mississauga Central Lions, Georgetown Lions, Toronto Beaches Lions, Toronto Golden Vision Lions, Weston Lions, Toronto Netralya Lions and West Hill - Highland Creek Lions.
There are three levels of annual dues that each Lion has to pay once he is officially registered Lion. For the Lions Club International Dues, it is on pro rata basis.
|Lions Club International Dues||US $41.00 / $43.00||by Sept 1 & Feb 1|
|Multiple District “A “ Dues||$14.50||by Oct. 15|
|2013-2014 District A-711||$10.00||by Nov.1|
|Club Dues||The Clubs usually require each member to pay a certain amount to cover these dues and the rest are used for administration purposes.|
For additional information, please contact:
CABINET TREASURER PDG Wayne Hoey
We had a very successful 16th annual LIONS/CNE Peewee Baseball Tournament this year.
Thanks to the clubs in District A-711 making donations to the tournament of $7,100 and the fact our snack bar at the game brought in $4,900 so we were able to make a donation to the CNE of $12,000.00.
We had a lot of hard working Lions involved in this project, especially my co-chair Yves Dourin, Emily Dourin, Sally McMann, Ann Stevens, Ed Bosker, Stan Bryan, Ray Charbonnaeu, Ed Stoddart and all the Lions and spouses who came down to the snack bar to do a shift or more.
During August, just before we opened there was a plumbing catastrophe and the Lions booth was flooded with sewage. The Health Department had to condemn our booth and contents (2 BBQs, fridge, freezer, etc.) After the bulldozer was done, it looked as if we’d be working out of an open tent. An emergency email went out and our Milton Lions Club voted to let us use their food trailer. Yeah Milton. The booth was great. We were saved. Thank you Milton Lions .
The CNE did reimburse us for the replacement fridge, freezer, two barbeques, microwave oven and other small appliances that were replaced.
Again the CNE were very appreciative of the Lions efforts and they gave us great publicity as we are the main sponsor of the tournament. We had Lions signs up everywhere, and our logo was in the program that was handed out to the over 1.6 million visitors.
The Lions were also the winner this year of the friendly baseball game between the CNE personal and the Lions.
It is not too early to start thinking about the 2014 Lion/CNE Peewee Baseball Tournament.
I would like to ask your club to consider now, to donate money towards this worthwhile endeavour. Also please consider donating your time to work the snack bar. It is really a fun project.
This is a high profile project of which the Lions from District A-711 can be proud of.
Lion Wayne Hoey
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Good Luck! Have Fun!
I hope you all have had an enjoyable and relaxing summer. My wife Mary and I have had a busy summer which included attending the International Lions Convention in Hamburg, Germany in early July. It was a great, well attended Convention where we enjoyed meeting many fine Lions from around the world. We also heard inspiring speakers including the presentation of our new International President Barry Palmer, who is from Australia.
The President’s theme for this Lions year is “Follow Your Dream” as we serve others as Lions. In other words, he wants us to dream what you as Lions and as Clubs can do to serve others in your community and to help others in need around the world. Turn your dreams into reality by careful planning and taking the action necessary to succeed.
There are a number of key service areas that Lion Clubs International (LCI) would like our Clubs to consider this year. These include engaging our youth, working with and assisting the visually impaired and the blind, feeding the hungry, and improving the environment in our communities. In connection with the last area, the tree planting project started two years ago by PIP Tam is being continued. Also the Reading Action Program started in 2012 will be continued.
President Palmer’s motto for this Lions year is “RESPONSIBILITY, RECOGNITION, AND REACH.” Lions are responsible to do what they can to make their communities better. We should recognize our Lions members who do a good job in the completion of the service tasks or Club duties they are assigned or take on. We also need to reach out to others to extend our Lions service and a great way to do this is to increase the membership of our Clubs.
President Palmer has set an ambitious target for this year of increasing the percentage of women Lions by a huge 5.5% over the current 25% of worldwide Lions membership. This will require all Lions Clubs to make every effort to attract and induct women members this year. If we manage to achieve this particular target in our District, then our District should have no difficulty in meeting my own target as your Governor, namely a net increase in our total District membership of 80 members (plus an additional 24 Charter members by forming a new Club).
The major fundraising project for our District as a whole this year is this SKF project which began last year and will be completed by October 15th. PDG Bill Speck and District Treasurer Wayne Hoey report that over $20K has already been raised and I wish to personally thank all those Clubs who have already donated. I also understand that more has been pledged but we need substantially more in donations if we are to achieve our goal of $75K by the end of September. Please remember that LCI F has agreed to provide a matching grant of $75,000 for this important project but ONLY if we ourselves raise $75,000 by the deadline.
If you wish to volunteer to assist with this great Convention, please submit an application form to the MDA Convention Committee as soon as possible. The form is available for downloading on the MDA website now. Our Lions are required for a wide variety of tasks including greeters, drivers, translators, guides, etc. Let us make this Convention a great success and one we all can be proud of as Canadian Lions.
It is my hope that we shall be able to publish a very informative Newsletter about once a month to the end of my term as Governor. To make it as complete and as newsworthy as possible, please submit to me or our Newsletter editors any interesting Club news that other Lions would want to know about, including your successful projects/events, upcoming fundraisers, and membership successes. Jokes, cartoons and funny stories are also welcome.
My Vice District Governors and I look forward to meeting many of you this year during our visitations and also while attending your events.
Heroes In Service
Thank you to everyone who supported our idea Float the Boat - Lake Joe! Unfortunately we did not make the semi-finals in the Aviva competition and thus we are out of the running. Please know that we tried and that there is honor and pride in what we have tried to accomplish. In fact we have achieved a very worthwhile goal! We have raised awareness and spread information about Lake Joe. Again...thank you for your time, energy and support.
Jacqueline Calabrese and Richard Holloway
Please be advised that the Host Committee for the 2012 MDA Convention in Niagara Falls have been successful in renegotiating the room rates for the Convention HQ hotel. They are now $145 for cityview and $195 for fallsview. Governor bookings should go with these new prices.
The host committee confirms that it will refund the difference to anyone who overpays.
David Voisey, Secretary, Multiple District "A"
Below are details regarding the expansion of the MJF program to include donations to five special program areas. Donors will now be able to receive MJF and PMJF credit when directing their support to:
Restrictions beyond these five special areas will be honored by LCIF, but will not be eligible for MJF or PMJF credit. For example, a donation that is restricted to a specific disaster, such as an earthquake or tornado in a particular region, will not be eligible for credit toward an MJF or PMJF.
The MFJ program was established by LCIF in 1971 to recognize unrestricted donations of US$1,000. Today, more than 75% of the funding received by the foundation annually is given through the MJF program. By expanding the recognition program, LCIF is able to recognize more individuals while continuing to support its many programs. The expanded program will also offer additional benefits, including:
Funding directed to “Area of Greatest Need” provides LCIF with the ability to financially support any program within the four general areas. Donors are encouraged to consider this opportunity when making a gift.
For additional information on the change to the MJF recognition program, please visit www.lcif.org.