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Tsawwassen Boundary Bay Lions and Lions Club International Contributes $100,000 to Reach’s Building for Children Together Campaign

The Tsawwassen Boundary Bay Lions Club has been a friend of Reach Child and Youth Development Society and children with special needs for more than 20 years.

One of only two Lions Clubs worldwide to serve two countries at the same time, the Boundary Bay Club supports both Tsawwassen and Point Roberts. Today, Reach Foundation recognized a $50,000 donation from the Tsawwassen Club and a $50,000 US contribution from the Lions Club International in support of a new Therapy room for children with speech language, occupational and physiotherapy needs. 

Don Wight, Lions Immediate Past District Governor stated, “All Lions are proud to be a part of an organization that commits itself to helping those who need assistance to appreciate and enjoy the opportunities so many have.  Lions were founded on the belief that the strength and growth of our communities comes from service. The efforts of the Tsawwassen Boundary Bay Lions Club to raise the funds necessary and successfully request matching funds from the Foundation arm of Lions Clubs International has been extraordinary. Congratulations to all members of this great club. Service for any and all is a Lions Pride.” 

The Lions’ donation to Reach Foundation’s Building for Children Together Project today was a testament to long time Boundary Bay Lions Club and former Reach Board Members Jack Davidson and Gary Keller who were involved in Reach  since the building project’s advocating for the potential for Reach to serve more children and families in the future.

“We are deeply moved by the Boundary Bay Lions Club and the Lions Club International FOUNDATION’s concern for the development of children and for helping us create a new therapy room  in our new community based centre” said Reach Executive Director Renie D’Aquila. 

The Lions Clubs ‘commitment aligns with their motto of “Where There's a NEED, There's a LION.  Whenever a Lions club gets together, problems get smaller. And communities get better. That's because we help where help is needed – in our own communities and around the world – with unmatched integrity and energy.”


UPDATED January 24, 2019



Tsawwassen Boundary Bay Lions

The meeting was called to order by Lion President Kim Carswell at 7:00 pm.

26 members were present.

PREVIOUS MINUTES: Moved by Lion Steve Scott that the minutes of Jan. 21 be accepted as

published on the website and via email, seconded by Lion Roger Lasell. Carried

CORRESPONDENCE: letters for financial assistance received from Canadian Red Cross and Meals

on Wheels and passed on to the Community Donations Committee


1. Financial Report: Lion Harry Siempelkamp moved that the treasurer’s report be accepted as

circulated, seconded by Lion Rick Marks, Carried.

2. Nominating Committee: Lion President Kim Carswell reported that the committee of Lions

Murray Hastings, Gary Keller and Kim Carswell were actively recruiting the new executive and

will meet the week of Feb.11 to identify new candidates. Nominating meeting will be Apr. 1 and

elections, if required, will be held at the Annual General meeting on Apr. 15

3. Community Donations Committee: Lion Roger Lasell moved that the club donate $1000 to

the SDSS Rugby Club and $1000 to the SDSS Football Club for their assistance at the Tree

Chipping Event. Seconded by Lions Alan Calderwood. Carried.

Lions Allan Calderwood, Roger Lasell and Kim Carswell will organize a “Big Cheque”

presentation to the SDSS clubs.

CDC Chairman Roger Lasell asked the membership to consider individuals or groups that may

benefit from some financial assistance from the TBBL. They should contact Roger Lasell or

any member of the Donations Committee.

4. Canada Day Coordinator: Lion President Kim Carswell announced that Lion Peter Hay had

volunteered to head the committee., assisted by Lions Marilyn Elford, Steve Dane, Peter

Thesiger and Chris Heywood.

5. Grauer Park update: Lion Alan Calderwood gave a detailed report on this project from

inception until today. Details are available on the Lions website.

Lions Peter Thesiger and Steve Dane compiled a 7 page document from archived minutes of

all the discussions pertaining to the Grauer Park project. This document was emailed to all

members and is posted on the TBBL website under “Members only / Notices to Membership”

password TBBLmembers).

Lion Alan Calderwood moved that $10,000 be moved into the Grauer Park fund for the next

phase of this project, seconded by Lion David Smith. Carried. It should be noted that these

funds will be available to other projects should the need arise, and only be used for Grauer

Park upon further approval of the club members.

6. Good and Welfare of Members: Lion President Kim Carswell reported that Lion Gerry Hintz

had just passed away, after a length illness. He also commented on the service for Emma

Melnyk held on Saturday.

7. Round Table: Lion Allan Calderwood suggested that we should sponsor a member to attend

the District H Spring Conference on March 15/16 to represent the TBBL. This will be discussed

at the Board meeting on Feb. 19

TERMINATION/ADJOURNMENT: The meeting was terminated at 8:05 pm

CLUB CALENDAR: March 15/16 – District 19H Spring Conference - Chilliwack