Gabriola Island Lions Club

Chartered in 1975 with Life Member Eric Boulton as charter president, the Gabriola Island Lions Club has been an integral part of our island community serving the needs of all our  residents. By joining the club, you will become a member of an amazing team of individuals that contribute to Gabriola Island and, best of all,  have fun doing so! Become involved with the Lions and experience how gratifying it can be! When you join Lions, you join a global service network. So, at the same time you’re doing local community service, you can also contribute to Lions volunteer efforts around the world. Click the button below and fill out the membership form!


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Gabriola Lions Club Upcoming Activities

Previously, Lion Eric sings his version of The Doors "LA Woman" to a startled club.

Next general meeting is September 9th 2024

This meeting will include some advanced tomato slicing by Lion Ken as showcased at the Lions BBQ in June.

Albert Reed Memorial Fire Hall
730 Church Street
Gabriola, BC
V0R 1X3

Meeting is at 7:00PM

Social activities including new songs by Lion Bill begins at 6:30pm.

Gabriola Lions Club Annual Year End BBQ

Once again, the Gabriola Lions Club year is coming to a close which means another rocking year-end BBQ party held at the esteemed estate of Lion Shirley and “Nothing but Burgers” Lion Ken.

Like all our events, this BBQ extravaganza has been tirelessly organized by our social director, Lion Olga.

As has been the last decade or so, Lion Olga has asked the “other” Lion Ken to provide as many sliced tomatoes as he can to adorn our delicious burgers.

This year’s BBQ is expected to be as much fun as all the other year’s parties even with the RCMP attachment now aware of all the previous noise complaints from the neighbors, It won’t be a problem this year as all the neighbors are invited as well! 

 

Left: From last year’s party: As Buster howls with the noise, Lion Jon struggles to remember the words to Lion Betsy’s annual singing of the Scorpions classic “Rock You Like a Hurricane”.  

Concert on the Green August 8th 2024

This year’s Concert on the Green, August 8th 2024, promises to be an upbeat, memorable and totally danceable event that features Vancouver’s Avalanche and opens with Gabriola’s The Poynter Project. This concert will be one that you simply cannot miss!

In addition to the awesome music, we will also have our hugely popular 50/50 draw, a draw for a trip for two anywhere in WestJet’s world, a fantastic silent auction, great food & beverages and much, much more. 

Order your tickets on-line now. Adults $20.00 – Children 12 years and under are free.

Gabriola Lions Club Recent Activities

Hope Centre Teen Spaghetti Night

The Hope Centre  invited the Gabriola Lions Club to provide a dinner for their last teen drop-in of the year.

 

This time, the Gabriola Lions put on a spaghetti feast with Caesar salad and garlic bread. Okay, there was watermelon too. The dinner provided another opportunity for the Lions to feed and meet the local teens all within their home territory; a centre that provides a great environment for the young teens in our community.

 

The Gabriola Lions were more than happy to provide some tasty food and inform the youth of what it is to be a Lion serving their community. The response was so positive that this may become a regular event.

 

Right: Hope Centre volunteers, with president Lion Jon, take to the camera as the local youth that love this centre are having a great time. 

Gabriola Lions Donate $20,000 to the Health Care Foundation

The Gabriola Lions Club has donated $20,000 to the Gabriola Health Care Foundation to help pay for the improvement of the clinic’s water system. The donated money will go towards the purchase of cisterns and a filtration system as well as other infrastructure improvements.

Gabriola Lions Club President Jon Carlson said, “The Gabriola Lions are proud to have worked with the Foundation since the beginning. We have provided landscape services for years and have funded the purchase of equipment for the medical clinic on multiple occassions.”

On this latest donation, Carlson explains “The building must be kept in the best operating condition as it has always been. All five of the building tenants and their patients will benefit and collectively the tenants interacts with tens of thousands of patient visits annually, so this donation will be a big benefit to our community.”

 

Left: Artist rendition of the $20,000 cheque presentation.

Gabriola's Ravenskill Cidery Ferments another Donation

Lions Suzy and Bill support Lion Kathy in accepting a generous cheque to the Gabriola Lions from Ravenskill owners Keith & Marti and their staff.

Once again, the Gabriola Lions Club was excited to receive a cheque in the amount of $1,320.00 from Ravenskill Orchards and Gabbies Premium Cider for donations from their in-store tasting fees as well as those they collected from the public visiting the Cidery. This generous donation will directly fund the Gabriola Lions efforts to support Gabriola community events, services, and sponsorships. Many thanks to owners Keith and Marti MacKenzie with their enthusiast & dedicated staff and the many customers who visited, tasted the fantastic ciders and made a donation to the Gabriola Lions!

Walk for dog guides May 26th 2024

On Sunday, May the 26th, dozens of dog walkers with their dogs joined the many non-dog walkers to support the Gabriola Lions Club annual “Walk for Dog Guides” held at the Gabriola Sands Provincial Park.


The weather co-operated by not raining, the participants co-operated by have a great time and the dogs co-operated by being so cute.

When it was all over and the numbers were added the Dog Guides of Canada received $1200 from the fantastic Gabriola Island Pledges

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Thank you to the community of Gabriola Island!

Annual Drumbeg Park Broom Elimination

A big thank you to the 15 Gabriola Lions and friends who came out on Wednesday May the 15th evening to Drumbeg Park to help me tackle my main nemesis – the dreaded Scotch Broom.

Also, a big thank you to  Shirley and Ken who planned, prepared, cooked and served hotdogs to all those who helped.

Not only did we take the broom back to the new property line, but we also got some broom that was beginning again on the south edge of the pasture. It was also really surprising to see that growing under all of that were 9 juvenile Gary Oak trees!

It was extremely gratifying for us all to see the amount of progress that we were able to make working together with GaLTT. – Lion Dixon

The Hope Centre Teen Burger Night

The Hope Centre  invited the Gabriola Lions Club to provide a burger BBQ on March 8th to feed and meet the local teens that the centre  organizes as a teen drop in for support and socialization as part of their teen program.

 

The Gabriola Lions were more than happy to grill some tasty food and inform the youth of what it is to be a Lion serving their community.The response was so positive that this may become a regular event.

 

Left: Hope Centre volunteers with Lion Betsy take to the camera as the local youth dig in for a delicious and satisfying dinner. 

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The Gabriola Lions Club Key Programs

Vision Program

Vision

The Gabriola Lions Club has taken on one of the core Lions programs, vision in a whole new direction. Besides collecting used glasses for re-furbishing and re-distribution and the early vision screening of students at our Gabriola Elementary School, we have taken on the guide dogs as a major program. Former club secretary, Lion Carol has been selected by our local district as the representative for everything related to the outstanding Guide Dogs of Canada initiatives.

Medical Clinic

Our Clinic

The Gabriola Island Lions Club has supported our community medical clinic since its inception. Today, the Lions maintain the property landscaping, fund critical medical equipment and any other services required.

Our Community

Community

The Gabriola Island Lions Club provides funding and services to our community including the PHC, the community hall, the elementary school PAC, scholarships for graduating Gabriola students, the agricultural hall and the Gabriola museum among many, many others.

lions at work

Who are the Lions?

The International Association of Lions Clubs, headquartered in Oak Brook, Illinois, is an organization of distinct, independent, service clubs, such as the Gabriola Lions Club.

Founded in 1917, Lions Clubs International is one of the oldest service club organizations in the world; It is the largest, and the most active, community service organization in the world; It is an organization whose basic cause has bound Lions clubs together for generations. There are now more than 46,000 Lions Clubs and 1,400,000 Lions located in 210 countries and geographic areas worldwide.

Meet Some of Your Lions

lion eric

Lion Eric Boulton – Lifetime Member and Charter President of the Gabriola Lions. Fun fact: Back in the 60’s his band, Eric Boulton and the Animals, had some big hits on the Billboard charts.
lion dixon

Dixon Kenny – recent recipient of the prestigious Judge Brian Stevenson Fellowship award. Dixon is also obsessed with eradicating Scotch Broom on the island as well as his neighbours.

lion john

Lion John Coleman – recipient of the Centennial Gold Pin and one of the best guys you would ever meet. John is what a Lion is all about. His dedication and humour is paramount!

lions betsy & mike

Lion Mike Phillips receiving the Gold Centennial Pin from President Lion Betsy in front of some of the firewood that we provide to anyone in need of winter warmth and a very supportive and vocal Golden Retriever. Thank you Mike for taking our signature club program to being what Lions are all about.

Key Lions Service Activities

Lions support sight programs and services including vision screenings, eye banks and eyeglass recycling, and provide eye care services to those at risk of losing their sight. From providing health programs that focus on hearing loss to supporting efforts to control and prevent diabetes, Lions volunteers are working to improve the health of children and adults around the world. By providing volunteer opportunities and leadership experiences, and in sharing a message of peace through an annual Peace Poster contest, Lions invest in the future by reaching out to young people. From performing hands–on community work and service projects to providing emergency assistance, Lions participate in community and environment programs that improve our communities and protect the environment.

No matter where located or how designated, all Lions are bound by a common spirit, united in helping those less fortunate. Our motto is simple: “We Serve”.

Hunger

We serve to improve human flourishing. We see how the global hunger and nutrition crisis bears upon our local communities, and believe true community improvement depends on the thriving of its members. Lions and Leos serve to improve human flourishing, and we see how the global hunger and nutrition crisis bears upon our local communities. We believe community improvement depends on the thriving of its members.

Our strategic objective is to ensure all community members have access to nutritious foods.

Environment

The earth sustains human life. We’ve seen how our stewardship of natural resources can improve quality of life and increase engagement in our local communities. Our environment is more than a background: it’s our home. And we’re committed to caring for it. Lions and Leos serve to strengthen the relationship between the community and its environment. We’ve seen how our stewardship of natural resources can improve quality of life and increase engagement in our local communities.

Our strategic objective is to sustainably protect and restore our environment to improve the well-being of all communities.

Diabetes

The International Diabetes Federation reports that 1 in 2 people with diabetes are undiagnosed. Lions recognize the needs of the world are changing, and have championed the cause of diabetes to better serve both our communities and the world. Serving in diverse communities all over the world, we see and feel the effects of diabetes and are doing something about it together.

Our strategy is to reduce the prevalence of diabetes and improve quality of life for those diagnosed.

Vision

Lions are known throughout the world for their work to improve the lives of the visually impaired and prevent avoidable blindness. LCIF proudly serves their continued efforts by offering unique and impactful initiatives, programs and grants. We have a long history of serving the blind and visually impaired, and remain committed to continuing this mission into our next century of service.

Our strategic objective is to prevent avoidable blindness and improve quality of life for people who are blind and visually impaired.

Childhood Cancer

LCIF provides funding support to Lions and has developed strategic partnerships to help improve outcomes for children with cancer. Lions and Leos provide support for the needs of children and families affected by childhood cancer through impactful service activities. Lions and Leos provide support for the needs of children and families affected by childhood cancer through impactful service activities.

Our plan is to increase acts of support to families and children affected by childhood cancer and to improve diagnostics, treatment, and continued care to those affected by childhood cancer.