Lions celebrate century

By Geoff Lee

March 16, 2017 12:00 AM

LIONS AND HAWGS, OH MY The Border Bike Rally cancelled in 2016 will be back in town on Aug. 26 thanks to the Lloydminster Lions Club that organizes the event. This is a photo from the 2015 rally. Meanwhile the Lions are celebrating the 100th anniversary of Lions Club International on March 30 with a multicultural dinner. FILE LLS PHOTO

Lloydminster Lions Club members will host a night of multicultural cuisine and entertainment to celebrate 100 years of Lions Club International.
The event will take place at Grace United Church at 6:30 p.m. on March 30 to celebrate the centennial of the parent organization.
“Our own club was chartered on Feb. 13, 1950, so we’re 67 years old,” said Vic Juba, president of the Lloydminster Lions.
He describes the night as a combination of ethnic foods and multicultural entertainment with a limit of 200 tickets that are selling fast.
“It will start off with appetizers and the supper will be Italian pot roast, greek ribs, risotto and things like baklava for dessert,” said Juba.
All of the dishes will be prepared by local chef Louis Mavridis and his Thorpe Recovery Centre staff except for Nanaimo bars, which will be purchased.
There will be explanatory notes indicating what ingredients are in each of the dishes.
The confirmed entertainment includes a Chinese drum dance, a Philippine flower dance, three styles of belly dancers, a Mexican poem and slide show and young Ukrainian dancers.
Tickets are $40 each to help the Lions raise $5,000 to purchase up to four benches for Lloydminster city parks to commemorate Canada’s 150th birthday.
“They are exceedingly expensive because they are vandal proof,” said Juba.
The Lions held a pancake breakfast during the Hometown Hockey weekend and will be gearing up for their Citizen of the Year award in April.
The Lions are also on the hunt for new members for their 100th anniversary to help promote their local community and environment, health and disaster relief programs.
When Juba joined the Lions in 1954, there were 40 members compared to 25 today, but it’s on the rise.
“Today, people are running with their kids to hockey; they’re a lot busier than they used to be.”
Juba added members meet on the second and fourth Mondays of the month and help out at local fundraisers, with the big one being the Border Bike Rally that will go ahead on Aug. 26.
“That’s a big project, but I tell you it puts Lloydminster on the map,” said Juba.
“I just can’t get over bikers who travel huge distances to these bike rallies.”

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