Brussels Lions Club marks 75th anniversary
BY DENNY SCOTT
As part of a special dinner and celebration, the Brussels Lions marked 75 years as an organization both in and serving the community of Brussels.
Held at the Four Winds Barn on Monday evening, the event served as a chance to mark not only the work the Lions have done, but the work the club looks forward to in more ways than one.
Special guests from across the province attended the event, marking the milestone for the Lions.
The event was run by Lion Brian Keller, outgoing Lion Tamer for the organization, alongside outgoing President Zoellyn Onn.
Onn spoke about the amazing milestone that the club had reached, but said it wasn’t without hurdles that were only overcome with everyone working together.
She said that she was proud to be at the helm of an organization that focused on equality and inclusivity and said the night was a celebration of the people, events and helping hands the Lions have been a part of for over seven decades.
A number of special guests brought greetings including District A-9 Governor Lion Jennifer Batte, Zone 8 Chair and Blyth Lion Victoria Sider, Seaforth Lions President Bryan Vincent, who spoke about how the Seaforth Club had sponsored the Brussels Club 75 years ago and 1st Vice District Governor Larry Irwin who oversaw the installation of the club’s new officers and members from the Blyth, Londesborough, Goderich and Seaforth Lions Clubs. Other special guests included Huron County Warden Glen McNeil, Huron East Mayor Bernie MacLellan, Huron-Bruce MP Ben Lobb and Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson.
All the speakers congratulated the group on its efforts and on the milestone, while several said they looked forward to seeing what the club did with its next 75 years.
Brussels Lion Peter Jaycock also unveiled a special video highlighting the work of the Lions over the years, as well as looking back at the world that was when the club was formed.
As part of the video, Onn spoke about her time as president and her hopes for the future, while newly-installed president Perry Pierce spoke about his hopes for the future. The video concluded with congratulations from local business owners and their employees.
As part of the evening, the Brussels Lions Club former, current and future presidents also donated $50,000 to the Improving Our Future Campaign for the renovations at the Brussels, Morris and Grey Community Centre, which marked the first of five annual donations to the project.
For more information or to join the club, visit brusselslions.ca.