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Our 2024 Cash Calendars are Now Sold Out!

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We Loan Out Medical & Mobility Equipment!

People are surprised to hear that we loan out medical and mobility equipment for free to anyone in our community.

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Our first ever cookbook!
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About the Lions Club of Russell

Chartered in 1947, the Russell Lions Club is a member of the International 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.

Services Provided

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.

We contribute to various community projects such as the fire department's emergency helicopter landing pad and the Winchester Hospital's "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 Sight First Program (which provided a special grant), we raised $180,000 for the clinic.

People are surprised to hear that we loan out medical and mobility equipment at no charge to anyone in our community. Our club offers this free service to help people in temporary or longer term situations.

One of our services that people are the most surprised to hear about is that we loan out medical and mobility equipment people in our community. This is a free service that helps people in temporary or longer term situations.

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 Recycle 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.

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