The Lloydminster Lions Club held a gathering on the evening of Sept. 28 at the Legacy Centre to celebrate its 65 years of existence and also to honour a pair of members who have served with the club for almost as long.
The honours went to Vic Juba, who’s served since 1954, and to Sandy Hill, who has been with the club since 1955, both of them saying it’s the fellowship that has kept them with the Lions for all these years.
“It was a complete surprise. I had no idea this was happening,” said Juba of the recognition. “We just knew there was a social and to bring our spouses with us and that was it. In fact, I said to Sandy, ‘Do you know what’s happening tonight? There’s all of these district governors here.” and he says, ‘No.’
“Then they dug up all of this history, which I’m just flabbergasted because I don’t know where they got it. It was quite a night.”
Along with the fun and fellowship, Juba says the other thing that has kept him in the club is its accomplishments in the community. There are “amazing” things that can be done as a group which couldn’t be pulled off as an individual, and he says over the years the Lloydminster Lions have done just that.
There are a number of parks in the city that the Lions have helped create through either first-hand labour or through fundraising and this is one example Juba thinks the club can be proud of. Because of such accomplishments and the camaraderie provided by membership to the Lloydminster Lions Club, Juba plans to add a few more years to his tenure.
“The thought of quitting the Lions? No, never. It’s going to be until my last days. Lions night is an important night to me.”
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Hill was also pleased with the honours he and Juba received and is another die-hard member, receiving a chevron annually since he’s been with the club. According to the Lloydminster Lions Club vice-president, Ben Sproull, receiving a chevron requires perfect attendance for the year, which shows the commitment Hill has to the club.
“It means the world. It’s wonderful,” Hill said after being honoured. “It’s the biggest organization in the world, Lions International, and it covers many different countries and many different territories and it’s just nice to be a member.”
He says they’ve had some ups and downs in the time he’s been with the club, but on the whole, they have a good group of people on board and it’s nice for him to see them stick together. He also enjoys the charitable aspect of the Lions, a big initiative which includes delivering donated corneas to the Saskatoon eye bank.
“I think it’s pretty nice to be able to have some club that would help out people that are less fortunate than we are,” he said.
He attributes his lengthy stay with the group to his dedicated nature, saying once he gets his teeth into something he doesn’t want to let go, but he did admit with a laugh, “I’m getting a little older now and it’s a little tougher to get around. I’m not moving as fast as I could, so I’m going to have to call ‘er quits one of these days but I don’t know when. 60 years is enough for anybody I think.”
Vice president Sproull says the honours are well-deserved and both Hill and Juba are perfect examples of what a Lion’s Club member should strive to be.
“They are really the pillars, they are the ones that we all kind of look to as the achievement to make as Lions members because they have been with the club for so long and done so much,” Sproull said. “They really are the goal that we all shoot to meet.”