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District A-5
Whitefish District Lions Club

Ontario Canada
Club Number:014718
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Club Address:4895 Hwy 55, Whitefish, Ontario
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bulletWhen: 2nd and 4th Tue each Month at 6:30 PM.
bulletWhere: Old Town Hall, 4895 Hwy 55, Whitefish, Ontario

Name Office Tel Home Tel
President 705-866-9140
1st Vice President 705-866-0159
Secretary 705-866-0159
Treasurer 705-866-0381
Membership Chairman 705-866-0243



WHITEFISH DISTRICT LIONS CLUB held a special presentation on behalf of a Charter Member, Lion Elmer (Ilmari) Manninen.  Lion Elmer was a dedicated, committed volunteer for over 44 years and was awarded the HELEN KELLER AWARD for "HIGHEST ACHIEVEMENT".  Our membership always had the support of his family and he will be truly missed.


Lion Elmer was an avid outdoorsman. He loved cross country sking and was a member of the Jehu Sports at the Beaver Lake Club.  He competed in running, hurtles and pole vaulting as well as curling in our local area for many years.






On Saturdy,October 20th WHITEFISH DISTRICT LIONS CLUB and Manninen family made a $2000.00 donation to Walden Cross Country Fitness Club for the Para Nordic Program.  It was appropriate due to Lion Elmer's life long love of the outdoors. He believed that everyone should opportunity to become fit and enjoy all the seasons.


PATTI KITLER, trainer and co-ordinator of the program challenges the kids and teaches them to push their limits. To be proud of their accomplishments (both Para and Able body). 






Mrs. Manninen, her daughter Nancy and husband Bill Jacko were very pleased to give back to community with the donation.  Whitefish District Lions Club is assisting to build a community for people to feel safe and enjoy the outdoors.

The donation will purchase 5 more boards for the children to train with and later compete. We had a demonstration by one athlete and it was evident how the kids push their limits.


WHITEFISH DISTRICT LIONS are proud to partner for such a worthy cause and look forward to learning more about the program.









Lions Youth Camp and Student Exchange Program had 2 local recipients visiting Darmstadt, Germany this summer. Indira Moores was sponsored by Whitefish District Lions and Dylan Galloway by Teacher's Lions Club of Sudbury. On October 23rd both students held an interesting presentation for members and guests at the Whitefish District Lions Club.


Twenty-two candidates participated in the Youth Exchange program along with Indira and Dylan. They got opportunity to tour different cities  in Germany learning of local history and culture. Indira expressed her host family in Germany, Sonja and Wilfred Ritz Rheinstr were wonderful. The local Lions Clubs sponsored barbeques and tours so all of the experiences would be remembered by all the students.  


Whitefish District Lions are proud to be involved with the program, certainly to be able to grant the privilege to a local recipient. The Lions International Website has information regarding opportunity for youth, so if you're interested, please check it out. The next time it could be you.












Whitefish District Lions have again partnered with R.H.Murray Public School on a great initiative. The principal, Cathy Nursall has started a BREAKFAST PROGRAM for the entire school body. Right, not just a few that might arrive early but all of her students.


Lion Marilyn Shamess and Lion Ken Shamess have been part of the program and are having a great time doing it. Arriving at 7:00 a.m. on Friday's the task is to make pancakes, arrange fruit, vegetables, juice and cereals for 100 plus students.  Rumor has it the pancakes are a big hit. When the volunteers know all have been feed and the plates are empty it is very rewarding.





After breakfast little faces come to the counter and we receive a big "Thank You" and then off the class they go. Teachers are noticing a change in student awareness, behaviour and participation since the program has been in effect. When results are evident to teaching staff we can all  be proud of efforts that we put forth to make sure the program succeeds.


Children are happy, volunteers are rewarded and teachers get bright students, what more can we ask for. Congratulations to Cathy and her teaching staff, keep up the good work. We love being part of it.




Whitefish District Lions Club


The Whitefish Lions Club is always pleased and proud to work with its local partners. This spring, students at R.H. Murray Public School continued to show enthusiasm and pride when they arrived at Highway 55 to participate in the ADOPT A ROAD CLEAN UP with members and volunteers of the LIONS CLUB.

Students and teachers have participated in this program for several years. It's rewarding to community as well as bringing awareness to the students. Members enjoy the time with the students.


Lions International Annual Peace Poster Competition: once again our local pupils participated. In May our own competitor Mia Little from R.H. Murray, won SECOND PLACE at the District level for her interpretation, "Children Know Peace". It was an excellent submission and we congratulate you. WELL DONE, MIA.


Of course in keeping with the Lions International first Object to create and foster a spirit of understanding among the peoples of the world ", our club will be sponsoring a local Whitefish student as a Lions Youth Exchange traveling this summer to a family in Germany!

Partnerships with Whitefish Lions membership and volunteers play a key role with many organizations. We would like to mention a few.

Annual Turkey Shoot: 2 dozen turkeys are won for Thanksgiving Dinner; enthusiasts tune up their guns and get ready for duck season. Donations allocation to a charity.

Canadian Diabetes Tag Day: volunteers work at various locations collecting donations and handing out tags


Canadian Diabetes - Sudbury Rocks -Race, Run or Walk: members and volunteers manned a Water Station for the entire event held May 13th

Remembrance Day Ceremonies: members are in attendance during community services and participate in the laying of wreaths.

Annual Lions Christmas Telethon: volunteers and members man the phones to accept donations for the needy as well as make a donation to this worthy cause

Salvation Army Kettles: members man stations during their fundraiser - as well as present a yearly donation at Christmas during a membership dinner.


Beaver Lake Sports and Cultural Club Seniors Dinner: sponsored by the Whitefish District Lions - our members work to decorate, set up and clean up. Many participate during the luncheon and Santa is never to far away.

Canadian Hard of Hearing Campaign-Dream Home: volunteers and members man several locations selling tickets.

Charitable Boardwalk Bingo: partners for several years; our members work 1 afternoon a week for 3 months and all of the funds earned go back to the community needs

Outreach Program: members and volunteers work to clean, service and be available for the call for medical equipment. It's free of charge to anyone in need

Scholarships: We participate in ceremonies at R.H. Murray and St. James in Lively annually presenting scholarships. Several worthy students are recognized and the membership will always continue to follow the progress of deserving students in our community.

Scholarships for the Secondary level graduates.

June Picnic: we host a barbecue for volunteers and interested members closing the year in appreciation and recognition for dedication all year. Everyone is welcome.

These are just a few ways OUR MEMBERS "SERVE" and stay involved with the needs of the community.

Although the end of June is the last time membership meet at the Lions Den it doesn't mean members aren't busy. We continue working with community partners, meeting to plan strategies and setting goals for the coming year.

Once September rolls around, with plan in place we focus on the community's needs. New ideas and community input is always needed.

If you are interested in making your neighbourhood a better place- join your friends at the Whitefish Lions Club. You can call our President Lion Ken Makela at 705-866-0243 or visit our website at




Annual Whitefish Lions Curling Bonspiel held at Copper Cliff Rink in February.

Annual Turkey Shoot held at Crane Hill Gun Club in September.

Canadian Hard of Hearing Association Dream Home Ticket Sales Oct-Nov-Dec each year.


Habitat for Humanity joint project: District A-5 Lions Clubs in Sudbury area helping to build homes for disabled persons and their families.

Trans-Canada Trail project: Working with "Friends of Walden Trails" and "Rainbow Routes" built a bridge over the VermiLION River, Whitefish.

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