Club History

- Sponsored by the Port Carling Lions Club
- obtained charter in 1968 as The Windermere Lions Club
- began with 21 charter members
- later added District, more reflective of the club membership

Club Meetings

Business Mtgs.
- 2nd. Tuesday of the month
- main business of the club is debated & decided
- refreshments are usually coffee & cookies as provided by a member
Supper Mtgs
- 4th Tuesday of the month
- mainly a social evening with a guest speaker
- a short bus. session may be tagged on at the end.
Directors Mtgs
- usually held the Monday before the Tuesday bus. mtg.
- review club correspondence
- set the agenda for the up coming bus. mtg.
Zone Mtgs
- 2 times a year
- chaired by the zone chairman
- clubs in the zone give their report on their activities
- a supper is provided
- hosted by one of the clubs in the zone

Club Organization & Administration

Club fees
- $90(CAN)
- $35(US) one time induction fee
- Note: members dues must be fully paid by December 30th

Club Officers
- President: provides the general overall leadership for the club
- Secretary: maintains the clubs records & correspondence
- Treasurer: Maintains clubs accounts & disbursements
- 1st. & 2nd Vice Presidents: assist the president in his or her duties
- Lion Tamer: present & look after clubs regalia during meetings
- Tail Twister: initiate club fellowship & collect fines during club meetings
- Membership & Visitation Chairman: looks after new members & club visitations
- Program & Entertainment Chairman: maintains the program & entertainment needs of the club
- Directors: there are 3 directors, who together with the other officers of the club, shape & prepare club policy to be voted on by the members of the club.

- plan & organize clubs fund raising activities

Club Accounts
Administration Account
- funds the clubs administrative needs
- funded by yearly membership dues & members fines
Activities Account
- funded by our public fund raising events
- funds the clubs charitable activities

Club Fundraising

Turkey Supper
- usually held on the first Sat. of March at the Raymond Community Centre
- turkey supper is provided with all the trimmings
Pancake Social
- usually held on the 3rd Sat & Sunday of April at Bill Veitch's Sugar Bush
- our major fund raising event for the club
Family Fun Day
- designed for the children of the Windermere & District community
- held at the Windermere waterfront & dock on the 3rd Wed. of July
- afternoon program starts with a parade followed by games
- Lions food booth & bake sale by the WWI at the dock
- evening program consists of country music & fireworks at dusk
Giving Back Golf Tournament
- a fundraiser that allows individuals to give back to the Windermere Community
- held at the Rock Golf Course
- best ball with a scramble start
- fee includes a shared golf cart and dinner

Club Community Activities

Terry Fox Run
- usually held on the 2nd Sunday of Sept.
- is a Windermere House charity event for the Canadian Cancer Society
- our club assist with the layout of the run & manning of the water stations

Xmas Baskets
- the delivery of food baskets to those in need in our community
- usually sometime during the week before Xmas
- assisted by the Watt Public School & the Bent River General Store

Highway Pickup
- our Adopt a Highway program
- a highway cleanup/pickup on the Windermere Rd.
- between Rostrevor Rd and Golf Avenue in the Village of Windermere
- a fall & spring pickup

Watt Public School
- Lions Peace Poster Contest
- assist with their public speaking contest
- assist with the cost of school field trips
- Lions Canadian Flag Presentation to grade one students

Muskoka Regional Charities

Camp Joseph
- A CNIB children camp on Lake Joseph on highway 69
Camp Huronda
- a camp for diabetic children on Waseosa Lake near Huntsville
Camp Dorset
- A dialysis camp for children near Dorset
Ontario Camp for the Deaf
- A camp for deaf children near Parry Sound

Lions Clubs Organization


The above diagram illustrates the organizational structure of the International Association of Lions Clubs starting with the local club in Windermere

Lions International

History of International Association of Lions Clubs
- started by a Chicago insurance man Melvin Jones in 1917
- local business clubs should expand beyond purely business concerns to a wider humanitarian role of serving and giving to their communities
- became international with the formation of the Windsor Ontario club in 1927
- today the largest service club organization in the world with 1.4 million members and more than 43,300 clubs in 714 districts covering 182 countries

Mission Statement
- we serve
- are not just social clubs
- member gives his or her time, skill and resources to raise funds to meet
the charitable needs of their community
- a Lions Club has both a local and international concerns