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Story by Lindsey Enns
On top of already serving the Dryden community through fundraising and volunteering their time to help out several local clubs and organizations, the Dryden Trillium Lions Club is now partnering with the Dryden Public Library and their Reading Action Program by reading to children and assisting with crafts.
The first session of the program will run every Sunday afternoon from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. and Monday evenings from 6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. until Dec. 9, but a new session is set to follow in the new year. The Dryden Trillium Lions Club is helping with this new initiative put on by the local library in response to the Lions International presidents challenge to do a service project with a literacy theme.
“As a women’s club, we perhaps lean towards service activities,” president of the Dryden Trillium Lions Club, Sharon McGillivray said.
“We regularly give countless hours of service to our community by delivering Meals on Wheels, hosting birthday parties for residents of Patricia Gardens, supporting and working at Grace Haven’s Festival of Trees, City of Dryden Winter Festival, Canadian Blood Services clinics, Canadian Diabetes Association, CNIB Eye Van and Purina Walk for Guide Dogs to name some causes.”
Although the first Dryden Trillium Lions club was formed in 1992, McGillivray says that certain community members still confuse the all women’s club for either the Dryden Lions Club, which is all men, or the Vermilion Bay Lions Club.
“We cooperate wherever possible with one or both of the other Lions Clubs, but we are all separate, stand-alone clubs.”
“We just kept our woman’s group together because we find that we like it that way,” she said.
The Dryden Trillium Lions Club will be also be supporting the Festival of Trees on Nov. 22 during the coffee house fundraiser for the adult daycare program at Grace Haven by overseeing the refreshments and baking cookies for those in attendance. For more information you can contact Sharon McGillivray by calling (807) 223-2226.