Culture & Events — 31 January 2018
Local Lions Club host district conference

Local Lions Club leaders (from left) Wendy Wiedenhoeft, Shirley Koroniak, Ivan Pollock & Todd Kropelin (right) with District Governor Mark Eyre (centre). Photos submitted


International Director Nicolin Moore and her husband Rudy, from Trinidad Tobago,  taking part in the the Dog Sled Ride – an experience of a lifetime.

The Lions District 5M10 Mid-Winter Convention 2018 was held in Dryden at the Best Western Plus Hotel and Conference Centre on January 19, 20 & 21.  The convention hosted by the Dryden, Dryden Trillium and Vermilion Bay Lions Clubs, saw 165 Lions and their guests from across Northwestern Ontario and Northeastern Minnesota come together “under the northern lights” for a weekend of fun and learning.  Guest speakers Eugene Chong from the CNIB Lake Joseph Centre and Thomas A. Spizzo from Spring Point Project along with several workshops, highlighted the five pillars of Lionism: Vision, Diabetes, Environment, Hunger and Childhood Cancer.  

Special guests included Lions International Director Nicolin Moore, from Trinidad Tobago, and District Governor Mark Eyre, from Cook, Minnesota, who celebrated the accomplishments of Lions and emphasized the need for Lions to continue their work in supporting Lion’s initiatives, locally, nationally and internationally. Lions were very pleased to have Lion Shirley Koroniak from the Vermilion Bay Lions elected as 2nd Vice District Governor.  Congratulations Shirley! 

Local Lions were happy to show off our beautiful area and 25 Lions including ID Nicolin Moore and her husband Rudy, took part in dog sledding on Friday morning at the Borealis Dog Sledding Adventures with Burton Penner. Dog sledding was a huge hit and an experience of a lifetime for the Moore’s. 

The Dryden, Dryden Trillium and Vermilion Bay Lions extend a huge thank you to local businesses and individuals who supported our convention and to the Best Western for being an exceptional venue.  The convention was a huge success and visitors to our community were very impressed with all our area has to offer.


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Chris Marchand is a native of Dryden, Ontario. He served his first newspaper internship at The Dryden Observer in 1998 while attending journalism studies at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops B.C. He's worked desks as both reporter and editor at the Fernie Free Press as well as filled the role of sports editor at the Cranbrook Daily Townsman. Marchand was named editor of the Dryden Observer in Aug. 2009.

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