To The Haldimand Press
DUNNVILLE—The Dunnville Lionesses hosted the annual Quint Night at the Optimist Hall on Wednesday, February 13, 2019. Guest speaker for the evening was Dunville resident, Josie Penny – author of “So Few on Earth” and “On the Goose”. She shared some of her life experiences growing up in Labrador.
The Dunnville Service Clubs – Kinsmen, Legion Branch 142, Lions/Lioness, Optimist, and Rotary, along with the Dunnville Horticultural Society, gathered for an opportunity to network and share their stories and their upcoming projects.
Emcee Lioness President Vicky Almas introduced the Service Clubs in order of the years that they were founded. The Rotary (est. 1905) focuses on literacy, poverty, seniors, and mental health. Upcoming Rotary fundraisers include the April Urban Challenge and the September Golf Tournament. The Lions (est. 1918) support local sports, the Sports Park, and the White Cane Club. Upcoming events include the April Home & Garden Show, Lobsterfest, and Mudcat Festival activities.
The Optimists are celebrating 100 years of Optimism. Dunnville Optimists placed first of 57 clubs in the District last year (see more on Page 13). March fundraisers to support the Optimists’ work with the youth in the community include ABBAmania and the Holiday Bazaar.
Kinsmen (est. 1920) raise funds through hall rentals and selling fireworks. They also support a local amputee.
Legion Branch 142 (est. 1929) support veterans, the Salvation Army, Air Cadets, Dunnville Hospital & Healthcare Foundation, and more. They will be holding an open house to celebrate their 90th anniversary.
The Lioness are the youngest Service Club at 70 years old. All funds raised by the Lioness from the January Thaw, Murder Mystery, and Girls’ Night goes directly back into the community. They are currently partnering with the Lions on the building of the Splash Pad in Lions Park.
Dunnville Horticultural Society currently plants and maintains 23 flower beds in Dunnville. There are two projects in Dunnville – the current Floral Clock will be restored as a storyboard to depict the landmarks of Dunnville; and the Thompson Creek Ecosystem Phase 2.
For more information on clubs or upcoming events, check Facebook and/or the various clubs’ websites.