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  • Writer's pictureLorna Hamilton

The Vermilion Lions Club Honours Community Support With Certificates Of Appreciation

From left, Lions member Kevin Roland, Rusty Stalwick (Stalwick Livestock), Lions president Hayward Vaters, Cristian Gomez (ENEL representative), Lions member Peter Clark, and in the front row, Sherry Stalwick (Stalwick Livestock). Missing from the photo Westman Farms, Lloyd Tovell (Tovell Farms), and Ben Bykowski (Vermilion Ready Mix Concrete). Photo Lorna Hamilton

In a gesture of gratitude, the Vermilion Lions Club recently awarded Certificates of Appreciation to outstanding community members, businesses, and Lions Club members for their support during the highly successful Prime Rib Dinner and Silent Auction held in the fall of 2022. This event not only brought the community together but also raised an impressive $14,000, enabling the Lions Club to make a generous donation of $3,500 to the esteemed Dr. Greg Powell STARS Fellowship Program.

The funds contributed to the Dr. Greg Powell STARS Fellowship Program will be instrumental in supporting students enrolled in the STARS Critical Care and Transport Medicine Academy. This academy offers advanced educational opportunities for medical professionals seeking to enhance their skills in patient transportation and critical care.

During the final meeting of the season held on June 13, President Hayward Vaters proudly presented the Dr. Greg Powell/STARS Fellowship Certificates of Appreciation to the distinguished recipients. Each nominee, upon receiving their certificate, joined the esteemed ranks of the Dr. Greg Powell Fellows. Among the deserving recipients were Kevin Roland of the Vermilion Lions Club, Rusty and Sherry Stalwick of Stalwick Livestock, Cristian Gomez representing ENEL, Peter Clark, a member of the Vermilion Lions Club, Westman Farms, Ben Bykowski of Ready Mix Concrete, and Lloyd Tovell of Tovell Farms.

It is worth noting that the Prime Rib Dinner and Silent Auction served a dual purpose, as the funds raised also contributed to the development of the toddler playground and other projects initiated by the Lions Club. This initiative aligns with the club’s longstanding commitment to improving the community through various endeavors.

For over four decades, the Vermilion Lions Club has been an exemplary force dedicated to serving those in need locally and globally. Their extensive list of projects includes Vermilion playgrounds, the Walk-a-dog-thon, the CNIB Golf Tournament, and Santa’s Anonymous. Furthermore, the club raises funds to support organizations such as STARS, CNIB, Diabetes, and Dog Guides of Canada. Notably, the recent Dog Walk raised an impressive $1,600, and the 2023 CNIB Golf Tournament proved to be one of the most successful editions to date. The Lions Club also donated to Camp He Ho Ha which is located in Isle Lake, Alberta. The camp formally named Camp Health, Hope & Happiness provides safe and rewarding recreation opportunities to children and adults with physical and mental disabilities. It was mentioned that 16 individuals from Vermilion have utilized the camp over the years.

As the Vermilion Lions Club looks toward the future, they eagerly seek new members to join their noble cause. If you are interested in becoming part of this exceptional organization, you can reach out to Don Good at 853-2220 or connect with them through their Facebook page.

The Vermilion Lions Club’s unwavering commitment to making a positive impact in the community continues to shine brightly, as evidenced by their remarkable achievements.

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