Lions president Mickey Cooke (left), and Sandi Muenz, secretary holding the 40th anniversary celebration cake at the Okanagan Mission Community Hall.

Happy Anniversary!

The Kelowna-Okanagan Mission Lions Club celebrates its 40th Anniversary

The Kelowna-Okanagan Mission Lions Club has a long history in Kelowna and is planning a year-long celebration this year, continuing a long history of fundraising in the community as it turn 40 years old.

The club began on March 14, 1977 and has been associated with the Mission Community Hall since then participating in many activities throughout the Kelowna community. Over those years the club says it donated in excess of $1,000,000 to a variety of charities.

Present fundraising activities include a food concession trailer, Christmas Cake sales and Gaming Funds as well as a program that sees the club collect used eyeglasses for third world eyesight missions through the Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center in Calgary.

Last year over 7,000 pairs of glasses were collected.

Among its other activities, the club contributes significant donations to the B.C. Lions Society’s Easter Seal Camp Winfield for Children with Disabilities, and numerous other causes including the Central Okanagan Community Food Bank.

Members donate time at Kelowna seniors’ facilities providing assistance with a residential bingo program and monthly pancake breakfasts or barbecues.

In celebration of the club’s 40th Anniversary and Lions Clubs International 100th Anniversary, 1917 to 2017, the club will be performing many different activities within our community. For more information contact them by searching Kelowna-Okanagan Mission Lions Club.