Chartered in 1947, the Russell Lions Club is a member
Association of Lions Clubs, the
largest and most effective community service organization
in the world. We are governed by and adhere to the
principles outlined in our constitution.
In its early years, the Club held weekly dances to
raise money. Held at the old Russell curling rink,
each dance typically drew several hundred people. Later,
in the 1960s, the dances were replaced by baseball tournaments,
which attracted players from as far away as the state
of New York.
For the past 19 years, our major fundraising event
has been our annual all-you-can-eat Lobsterfest. The
Lobsterfest now attracts some 900 people, and on average,
we serve roughly 4,000 pounds of lobster at each Lobsterfest!
But our fundraising doesn't end with the Lobsterfest.
Throughout the year, we also conduct other fundraising
activities, event 50/50 draws (on Canada Day and at the annual Russell Fair) and
our annual Cash Calendar sales.
The proceeds of these activities, as well as the time
and labour of our members, are directed to many worthy
causes. We help support local sports organizations and
the Russell Fire Department. We provide Christmas cakes
to seniors, we run programs such as the annual Russell
Food Drive, and we prepare Christmas baskets for the
needy. And each winter, we host a Midwinter Bash for
Russell's pre-teens and teens.
to various community projects such as the fire department's
emergency helicopter landing pad and the Winchester
"Renew the Vision" campaign. We spearheaded
a fundraising drive for the Winchester Hospital's Ophthalmology
Clinic. Working with other area Lions Clubs and the Lions
Club International Foundation
First Program (which provided a special grant), we
raised $180,000 for the clinic.
We don't limit ourselves to Russell, either. We
collaborate with other service organizations to assist
with specific projects and we help with various Lions
International projects. These include the 2004
tsunami relief effort and the Lions International
for Sight campaign, which collects used eyeglasses
for distribution to individuals in developing countries.
Thanks to the support of individuals and businesses
in the community, the Lions Club of Russell
is able to support many worthwhile causes.