Mount Seymour Lions Club History
1966 -1977 Highlights:
Club Charter Night was March11, 1967 at Coach House Hotel.
The “famous” Gold Jackets were chosen as the official Club uniform.
The first Easter Egg Hunt was held in 1967, and continues to the present as an annual event.
The first Community day was held in 1967. Over the years it became the King Neptune Carnival, and was put on by the Club until 1992. Members were very involved in the creation of the Lions Gate Medical Research Foundation.
1967 saw the debut of the “almost world famous” Club Band that provided fun and entertainment into the new millennium. Club meetings were held at Sey-Lyn Hall, and catered by Lions Ladies (wives of members).
We hosted our first Japanese students in the North Shore Youth Exchange. This program continues to the present, with a number of Canadian students spending four weeks with Japanese host families, and Japanese students being hosted by families here at the same time.
Garey Ham is Zone Chairman in 1971/72.
Mount Seymour hosted the District Conference at the Coach House in 1972.
A scholarship was established for Windsor High School. Over time the scholarship program grew to include. Seycove Secondary as well. The program continues today.
Joe Thornley is Zone Chairman in 1973/74.
Some of the social and fundraising events in this first decade included the sale of light bulbs and carnations, and lots of fun at casino nights, and Bavarian beer nights.
1966 – 1977 Presidents:
Joe Thornley, Bob McClung, Don Allard-ice, Ron Morrice, Ron Dirk, Dudley Kill, Garey Ham, Ray Wilcox, Les Newson, Eric Bennett, John Lattin