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in the Sacred Heart Church Parlours on December 11, 1957. Lion Zone Chairman George Bumstead of Dauphin was master of ceremonies. There were sixty seven guests and eighteen members present. Guests were from the Lions Clubs of Neepawa, Plumas, Dauphin and Portage la Prairie. District Governor H. Espe, his wife, and two guests were present from Crookston, Minnesota. The Mayor of Erickson and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. Ted Lee, and the president of the Erickson Legion and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. S. Bristow, were also present. The installation of officers was performed by Deputy District Governor Clay Gault of Neepawa. The presentation of the charter was done by District Governor Espe, president Jack Cutter accepting. Lion George Snider, International Councillor, gave a fine address on Lionism. Lion vice-president, Nick Yarish accepted the gifts: a gong and a gavel presented by George Rey of the Neepawa Club, a speaker's stand by Douglas Burke of the Dauphin Club, and an American flag by the District Governor. Lion President Jack, on behalf of the Erickson Club, extended thanks to the visiting clubs.
During their first year the Erickson Lions involved themselves with the following projects. They held a suit raffle and a series of small bingos in order to sponsor a Water Safety Course. To help the Rink Committee pay off the rink debt, they sponsored a candidate for Car nival Queen, Miss Beryl Burkett. A slide was donated to the school for their playground. A minstrel show was put on in Erickson by the Neepawa Lions Club, sponsored by the Erickson Club. A very successful Fish Derby was held at Ditch Lake with ninety-six entries. A Peanut Day was held. The club members built a pier, and cleared and enlarged the beach at Ditch Lake. A Red Cross swim course was organized, with two instructors and an enrollment of one hundred twenty. They ran a $2,000 prize Cash Bingo. Donations were made to CNIB and CARE. Plans were also made to build a children's playground and to furnish a room in the new Erickson Hospital.
Besides the hard work put in by the Erickson Lions in their first year of operation, successful and interesting meetings were the order of the day. An accompanist was usually invited to lead in the Lions singing, and sometimes entertainers were invited to the supper meetings. Ladies' Night also became a nice tradition.
In its twenty-five years of operation the Erickson Lions Club has taken part in or been responsible for many activities in the community. The club and its members have spent time and energy to provide the youth of Erickson with many opportunities. For many years it sponsored minor hockey and baseball. Individual Lions also coached teams of youngsters. The Red Cross swimming course attracted participants over the years. Afterwards award winners were treated to a meal or a movie. Some students were also sent to participate in instructor's courses. The Santa Claus parade was an annual event where the children were treated to goodies and a movie. The school Safety Patrol was also spon sored by the club. One year a blind Lion from the United States came to speak to the students on safe driving. In the field of adult education the club took its turn at sponsoring Home and School meetings. Many interesting
speakers were invited to talk on educational topics. The Lions also sponsored or taught courses such as Hunter Safety and Defensive Driving.
The Erickson Lions Club has been involved in activities which were not necessarily repeated, but often an event that was started by the club became an annual event. At one time it sponsored an A TC Talent Night on CKX, which later evolved into the CKDM Talent Night. The Legion Decoration Day and Remembrance Day services were always supported and officially attended by the club. Until recently the Lions sponsored a candidate for Carnival Queen. The Red Cross canvass is still an annual event. In 1974, the Lions organized, with the Park, a Red Cross blood donors clinic. Speakers have been invited to speak on such subjects as senior citizens' home and low rental housing. The Lions Club was instrumental in starting the Recreation Centre and the new Arena.
Many of the projects undertaken by the Lions Club required sizable amounts of money. In order to meet these requirements the Lions went to work to raise the money. And the people in the community always responded generously. Over the years there have been a variety of money-raisers. Bingos have been popular: ordinary bingos, fowl bingos, $2,000 cash bingo, Liono, newspaper bingo, Sharo (with the Legion), even car bingos. Raffles have been even more numerous: shirt raffle, Grey Cup hat pool, turkey raffle, $50 raffle, $500 Club raffle, Saturday hockey pool, raffling of a tent camper, of a ski-doo, and a cottage, and the present 200 club. There have been whist drives, telephone whist, court whist. They have held Peanut Sales, White Elephant Sales, Fun Fairs, bonspiels of different kinds and a variety of dances. They have brought in Dunk-a Lion, and a circus. They started the Pancake Supper to help the rink then turned it over to the rink committee. The Lions booth has always been the scene of countless hours of work by dedicated Lions. And over the years the big money makers were the Fish Derby, the Talent Night, and the snow Festival.
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Lions Club Snow Festival Parade.