Our opening meeting for 2013 was held at the Magrath Fishpond near our new Terry Trainer Memorial Park. Started with a cleanup pass around the park and then had a pleasant picnic in the Town Shelter. Lion Roger plans to assist catch up of financial reports required by AGLC (the Aug 2012 report is needed before we can be approved for next Casino event in Jan 2014) and for outstanding Society Annual Returns for 2011 and 2012. Lion Elizabeth reported plans for our upcoming annual No Cost Clothing event to be held in mid September (14-15 Sep at Town Arena). She will organize flyers and place announcements in local church bulletins. We will be working this event in place of our Sep 2013 meeting - see you all there! Lion Roger.
Thanks to everyone who helped with the lions playground install last week .. especially to Lion Tom and the Town of Magrath staff and crew for arranging to find and install the gravel before the big Fishing Derby weekend! See this link to some photos: Album: 'Lions Fishpond Park Jun 2013' on Google+. I think it looks great and we are getting lots of positive feedback. We will install the plastic borders next week (now that they have arrived) and write the final check, but all in all .. its a wrap.
On another front, Lions Elizabeth, Tracy, Laurie-Ann and Alex and helpers competed the Lions Garage Sale II on Sat 15 Jun 2013 and managed to clear all the donated items stored in my Mom's garage and clean it all up before we made our way back home (sorry we were away that morning). Thanks, eh!
Sat 21 Jun we installed the plastic borders around the perimeter .. yay - all done now!
Have a safe and fun summer. See all you lions at our 2013-14 opening picnic meeting - scheduled for Sat 31 Aug 2013!
Announcement 30 May: I just got off the phone .. due to never ending rain we are deferring our Magrath Lions playground install by 1 week ..to Thu evening 6 Jun and Fri 7 Jun all day for the assembly, then off to the Magrath Museum fundraiser that evening with cement and gravel coming the next morning Sat 8 Jul 2013. Thanks!
Update 22 May: The shipment has arrived and awaits our installation! Thanks to Town of Magrath (B Barfuss) who safely helped unload it with the town forklift - 2 pallets, 1 crate, 2 long metal posts. They have also prepared the 30x40 site nestled in the 'C' next to the fish pond.
Calling all Volunteers! We need your help assisting in the new $30,000+labour/materials 'Terry Trainer' Memorial Playground (Pirate Ship Play Equipment) going in at the Magrath (Fishpond) Jubilee Park! Email us if you want to help out!
We need 4 able bodied men on Thu evening 6 Jun.
We need 4-6 strong pirate types on Fri (during the day) 7 Jun.
We need 4 men to finish up the job on Sat morning (cement and gravel) 8 Jun 2013.
The Town of Magrath is assisting us with some equipment and materials. We will be laying out and digging the needed post holes, pouring cement, organizing and assembling the various playground parts, and bolting them all together. It will be a fun weekend! Anyone who has a desire to assist us, please call Lion Roger or Shauna Davies or Lion Tom Spackman (project coordinator). No super human skills needed .. just willing and able.
This year: "Great turnout for the Community Food Drive this year .. and I still have a van load (at least 200 lbs more) of items that were missed and brought in to the Pharmacy this week! Thanks to everyone for their great support this year!" Lion Roger -- and -- "So I must say that once again: YOU ALL ARE AWESOME!!! The total weight was 6421lbs, which is a cash equivalent of $12,842! You collected nearly 1000 pounds more than last year! I can’t even thank you enough for doing this for us!" Tonya Woolford Executive Director Lethbridge Food Bank
8th Annual Community Food Drive week ending Sat 27 Apr 2012
All is prepared for out upcoming Magrath and District Community Food Drive!
Last year Apr 2012: "The total pounds collected was 5551 which is equivalent to $11,102. Thank you, thank you, thank you... Tonya Woolford Executive Director Lethbridge Food Bank"
This year Apr 2013: "Total donations came in over 6500 pounds valued over $13,000!" Lion Roger
The Magrath Lions Club organizes the event in conjunction with members of local churches - LDS, United, Lutheran, et al. The real heroes are all the local youth groups and their leaders/parents who drop off the 1300 flyers the week before the collection day and then go around again on the Saturday morning at 9am and 10am to pick up donations from all of you. Thanks also to time and equipment donated by drivers (Calvin Heggie, Scott Neilson) and their trailers (Custom Windows, Neilson Construction) and their time and gas to drive your donated food items into the Lethbridge Food Bank. Thanks to all the volunteers who load and unload the trucks!
We are hoping for great weather again this year. If we happen to miss collecting from you, sorry .. but your donations can be still be left at the Magrath Pharmacy and Magrath Lions Club members will take them into Lethbridge for you as well. Thanks again.
Do you have time to help load and unload food bank donations? Come to the Magrath Seniors Center parking lot Saturday morning. Loading trailers starts about 9:30am. We plan to leave for Lethbridge Food Bank after 11:30am and be unloaded in Lethbridge by noon or shortly thereafter.
1300 flyers have been printed and posters prepared for display in coming weeks. We have new volunteer organizers again this year so some advance training may be required. The folding of the flyers and stapling to the folded collection bags should be prepared in advance (traditionally by the LDS YW Groups in the 9 church groups in Magrath, Welling, Del Bonita and Spring Coulee). Youth groups in each of these assigned areas are to distribute the flyers/collection bags to each home 2 or 3 days prior to the Saturday collection day. Please do not ring or knock - just leave the flyer/collection bag hanging on the door knob.
On the Saturday collection day each home is visited again at 9am and at 10am. Please again, no ringing or knocking - just collect up any bags of donated food and bring it to the collection area (in the parking lot west of the Magrath Seniors Center). Traditionally the collection is organized by the LDS YM Groups. We will have volunteers at the collection area to load the trailers and plan to leave by 11:30 am for Lethbridge.
Thankyou for your assistance in this worthy project. Without everyone's helping hands it would be much harder to accomplish! The links below are to current year flyers and handouts in PDF format:
Food Drive 2013 Flyers
Food Drive 2013 Posters
Please contact Lion Roger or Shauna Davies if you have any further questions or concerns regarding the food drive process. Thanks again, all!
FOOD DRIVE 2013
lethbridgefoodbank.ca and magrath-ab.net/lions
Benefiting the Lethbridge Food Bank and Area Sponsored by: Representatives from the Churches from Magrath and surrounding area; The Catholic, The Lutheran, The United Church of Canada, The Mennonite Brethren, The Baptist, and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and coordinated by members of the Magrath Lions Club.
Thank you for Volunteering! Here are some operational notes:
"For the eighth consecutive year the Magrath Lions Club is sponsoring Operation Christmas Child. Boxes and information can be picked up at the the Magrath Pharmacy any time during regular business hours from now until Nov 16. Typical items for the boxes include simple things like a toothbrush, facecloth, candy, school supplies and a few small gifts to name a few. Completed boxes can be dropped off at the Pharmasave and the Magrath Lions Club will deliver the packages to Lethbridge ..." Written by Hayley Tanner Thursday, 15 November 2012
Magrath Lions Club
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