Members of the Shawville Lion’s club were sitting on the other side of the bar last night, they weren’t, flipping hamburgers, selling tickets or Christmas trees. They were celebrating 70 years of dedicated service to the Shawville community through memories, a shared history and with great pride.
The festivities began at 5:00 p.m. with a cocktail hour. Guests were called to order at 6:00 p.m. with a warm welcome and a toast to Lionism, a toast to the Queen and the Lion’s Invocation.
Somewhere in the middle of the formalities, Lion John Carmicheal rose to give a toast to the Ladies but hesitated saying that he was a little concerned about what he could and could not say after the week it was in the news and Don Cherry’s firing. The crowd laughed and Carmicheal went on to explain that the ladies played an important role in the success of the club and added that they were, in fact, “Beautiful and charming and that if you play your cards right, you will be going home with the one that you brought.”
Representatives from Arnprior, Quyon, Bryson, Douglas, and Campbell’s Bay were present to share in the celebration as was A4 Region 22 Chair James Hall who, along with his wife Carla, brought greetings from the Governor
Bob Smith and his family served an appetizing meal of roast beef and turkey with vegetables and salad. The meal finished with chocolate cake, tea, and coffee.
Guest speaker, Stephan Moreau, told a fascinating story of his experience a young man in the Canadian navy, the tragic accident that changed his life and the sobering reality of PTSD and the importance of Mental Health awareness. Through his injury and recovery, Moreau was involved in the Invictus Games in London, Orlando, and Toronto. He is a member of the Soldier On, a Canadian group serving former armed forces members with disabilities. Their motto is “Through it all, we rise up and feel inspired to soldier on.”
The evening turned to a celebration the Shawville Club that continues to soldier on after 70 years as Lion Terry Campbell introduced the club’s active members including Versil Smith who has been a member for 57, John Carmicheal – 55 years and Jerry Callaghan – 32 years.
Campbell then provided a history of the club and observed that the People of the Pontiac are givers and really help to support one another. He closed by saying, “Where there is a need, there’s a lion to make the problem smaller,” and “Some people spend their whole lives wondering if they have made a difference. Lion’s don’t.”
Lionette, Claire Tubman, presented the club with a donation toward the elevator project.
President, James Howard, closed saying, “Due to foresight of 41 men in 1949, an event like this can happen 70 years later.
After the presentation, guest danced and enjoyed the music of the Des Allen band.