By Rob Irving and Jack Begg
The Norwood Lions Club spent the last month of 2019 bringing Christmas cheer to many in our community. Our annual club Christmas party was held at the Norwood Town Hall on the 5th of Dec. Members, spouses and guests enjoyed a traditional Christmas feast served by Trillium Catering and were entertained by the talented Kevin Hornsby. In the spirit of giving, each member bought a gift to be donated to the Community Toy Drive.
The Norwood Lions Club continued a long-standing tradition of presenting a Christmas flower to those in our community who have suffered the loss of a family member in the previous year. Lion Tom Dean and his committee organised the list of recipients and the procurement of the flowers. Many thanks were received when the Lions Club members delivered the flowers to the homes of those missing a loved one this Christmas season. Thanks to RCL Branch 300 who shared in the financial cost of this gesture.
Once again, the Norwood Lions Club ensured that no child was forgotten at Christmas this year. Lion Vern Stockdale and his committee are to be congratulated for their effort in gathering and distributing the toys to those in need. Thank you to the businesses in our community who placed collection boxes for gifts to be dropped off. Thanks to the tremendous generosity of the citizens of the Asphodel Norwood Community, the Norwood Lions Club were able to help over 100 Children in 47 families have a happier Christmas morning.
Once again, our Christmas draw was very successful. Thanks to Lion Don Snider and his committee for organising the draw. Thank you to all who purchased tickets to support our Club endeavours. Congratulations to the following certificate winners. Norwood Foodland $400 Elaine Godin, JJ Stewart Motors $100 Greg Elford, Norwood Home Hardware $100 Ken Pierce, Ralph’s Butcher Shop $50 Valentino, Centennial Pharmacy $50 Jim Moore, Jack’s Restaurant Norwood $50 Kathy Hamilton, Norwood Ultramar $50, Norwood Esso $50 Lisa.
During the past month the club has made donations to the Norwood District Public School Christmas Dinner and will be sponsoring a session of free skating at the Norwood Asphodel Community Centre. A donation was directed to the Curl for Kids Bonspiel which raises funds for Camp Ooch. The club once again will be supporting the Lions district effective speaking competition with a donation.
The Norwood Lions Club is excited to announce that World Class fiddlers Richard Wood and Gordon Belcher have been rebooked to play a concert at the Norwood Town Hall on Sept 13, 2020. Mark your calendar for this not to be missed event.