Clinton Lions come to the end

The Clinton Lions Club won't see its 52nd year, and other news from Clinton.

Clinton Lions Club Bids Sad Farewell

Although the Clinton Lions Club celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2014, it will sadly not see a 52nd year of service. This is due to declining membership because of illness, aging, and lack of younger recruits.

The Clinton Lions have been a significant contributor to the community, assisting with projects like the Kelly Lake picnic shelter, playground equipment and shelter in Reg Conn Park, and benches in the park and at the post office. They held the annual kids’ fishing derby on Canada Day, helped create the former Village entrance signs, dredged the pond at Reg Conn Park, did highway clean-up, and had an ongoing bursary program for continuing education as well as numerous others.

Various fundraising activities have taken place over the years. These include bingo, raffles, beef on a bun sales, and Christmas bake sales. All money raised from these activities has gone to sponsor kids going to Camp Winfield, Kids’ Rock Camp, and donations to residents in need. Donations were made to Clinton 4-H, minor hockey, soccer, the school lunch program, Clinton parade and rodeo, and Clinton Seniors. Donations have also been made to a variety of charities including Children’s Hospital, Royal Inland Hospital, Variety Club, Diabetes Association, Lions International Fund, CNIB, and many others over the past 50 years. It is a sad fact that this support to the community will not continue with the club dissolving.

The Clinton Lions Club members hope the community will continue to enjoy the fruits of their labour, and they thank the community, as well as past and present members, for their support.

Clinton CiB Activities

Now that July has arrived, the Clinton Communities in Bloom Committee is gearing up for a very busy month. Not that the members haven’t already been busy this year, but July is especially busy.

On July 28 the National CiB judges will be picked up at the Kamloops airport late in the afternoon. They will be given a brief explanation of the areas they are passing through to get to Clinton. Early on Wednesday, July 29 the actual tour begins. The judges will be escorted throughout the community, where they will be evaluating Clinton on Overall Tidiness, Environmental Action, Natural and Cultural Conservation, Urban Forestry, Landscaping (including Turf and Landscapes), and Floral Displays. The judges will also be looking at Community Involvement in all these categories.

There may be time for a little more touring or meeting with Village staff, the mayor, or with local organizations before they are whisked back to Kamloops on Thursday, July 30. It is a whirlwind tour, and the judges try to see as much of the community as they can in that short period of time.

While the judges are in Clinton the winning “Neighbourhood” in the Funky Flowerpot Challenge will be announced. Please take a picture of your entry and send it, with your name and address, to christinejohnstone617@yahoo.com or to sscountrysquire@gmail.com before July 24. This will give the committee members time to count the entries and determine which neighbourhood has the highest percentage of entries.

The winners of the Scotts Miracle-Gro competition will also be named while the judges are here. There are three categories in this competition, all for flowers and/or vegetables: children under 12; residential properties; and businesses. Again, please take a photo and send (with your name, address, and category you are entering) to one of the above e-mail addresses before July 24.

If you do not have e-mail please drop your photo off for either or both of the competitions at Country Squire Gift Shop (along with your name and address).

Farewell Reception for Dr. Wood

The Clinton Health Care Auxiliary is hosting a farewell reception on Monday, July 6 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm at the Clinton and District Health and Wellness Centre to bid farewell to Dr. Douglas Wood, who will be leaving the centre after July 13. Refreshments will be available, and a remembrance book will be there for people to write their well wishes in. Everyone is welcome.

Assisted Living Society AGM

The Clinton and District Assisted Living Society recently held its Annual General Meeting, followed by a regular meeting of the newly elected directors.

The election of officers resulted in Chairperson – Judy Hampton; Vice-Chairperson – Dorthy Winfrey; Secretary – Zee Chevalier; Treasurer – Christine Johnstone; and Directors – Mabel Haourt, Bernice Weihs-Anderson, and Fran White. Susan Swan remains as the Village Council Liaison to the Society.

Susan Swan