by Jim Devenny, President, Iroquois Matilda Lions Club
The Iroquois-Matilda Lions would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support of our ongoing community service activities. As we all know, 2020 has proven to be an exceptionally challenging year and, with ongoing COVID concerns and to ensure our role in the health, welfare, and safety of our community, and in consultation with our cohost, the Morrisburg & District Lions, we have decided to cancel this year’s South Dundas Seniors’ Christmas Concert. This is a decision that we have not taken lightly as we know the anticipation and joy this event brings.
This year we are returning to an “old time radio show” format through the generosity of our two local MOOS FM radio stations, who, on behalf of your local Lions Clubs, will play holiday tunes for your listening delight on December 5, from 2:00 to 4:00pm. The South Dundas Seniors’ Concert has been an annual event for more years than our Lions can remember, and we hope to see you next year on 27 November 2021 at Matilda Hall.
This year the Iroquois Matilda Lions put on hold our weekly bingos and our St Patty’s Party. The Club also had to postpone our 2021 Play – you know the one that all our stars come out for! In addition to creating a scaled back format for our annual South Dundas Seniors’ Christmas Concert, we have had to forego our float in this year’s Morrisburg and Winchester Christmas Parades. When Covid restrictions are lifted, we will resume these community events.
Given Covid restrictions, opportunities to provide alternative services to our community surfaced. The Iroquois Matilda Lions provided grocery and prescription delivery to area residents, as well as meals to our Personal Support Workers (PSWs), and a yard sale that followed Covid protocols and monetary donations to organizations. The Applefest Chicken BBQ was an incredible success – another sell out year. All of this in addition to other volunteer organizations of which our Lions Club members generously volunteer their time.
We wish you good health on your road ahead, and again thank you for your past support and look forward to future Lion events.