‘Farmers Night’ a huge success

Dave Ogilvie

The second-annual “Farmers Night,” which took place Saturday at the Barwick Hall, was deemed a huge success by members of the Emo and District Lions Club.
Despite the fact several other major events were taking place across the district that night, a near capacity crowd enjoyed a fabulous ham and turkey supper, complete with salads, baked potatoes, vegetables, buns, and dessert.
The evening opened with a welcome from Lions president Jason Lilley.
“Thank you all for coming out on such a busy night,” he enthused.
Lilley then outlined the various charities the Emo and District Lions have supported over the past two years.
At the mid-winter conventions, which usually happen early in February, the local club has given financial support to organization such as the Canadian Diabetes Association, the Lions Club International Fund, the Lions Eye Bank of Manitoba & Northwestern Ontario (Lions Foundation), and the Spring Point/Schultze Institute at the University of Minnesota.
“Founded in Minnesota in 2004, the Spring Point Project was borne out of a grassroots effort to help make porcine [pig] islet transplantation a viable solution for diabetes patients, in particular the tens of thousands of people with difficulty to manage diabetes,” Lilley noted.
Lions clubs in Northwestern Ontario and Minnesota are excited to be a part of this project, and hope the work of the institute will help to eradicate diabetes in the near future.
After the tables were cleared and dessert served, Lilley and fellow club member Bill Low called out the names of each person at the banquet. Everyone who attended then was given one of the “take home” prizes donated by businesses and individuals.
The donors from Fort Frances to Rainy River and beyond indeed were generous this year as people went home with some amazing gifts.
Most people followed the list of prizes eagerly hoping to win one of the coveted items, such as the dozen chicks from Berg’s Hatchery in Russell, Man.
The hit of the evening, however, was the raffle for the larger prizes. Once again, businesses and individuals from far and wide outdid themselves with donations of some incredible prizes.
The raffle included a remote-controlled jeep from Steinbach Dodge, a Peter Spuzak limited print, an infrared heater from Badiuk Equipment, a 5’ x 7’ Winnipeg Jets rug from Revco Carpet, a load of gravel from Vandenbrand Sand and Gravel and a load from Harold McQuaker Enterprises, and two OSB packages for an 8’ x 10’ shed from Ainsworth Engineering.
Although it took a while to get through all of the prizes, most people went home satisfied with the meal and delighted by the prizes they won.
The Emo and District Lions Club would like to thank all of the sponsors and everyone for attending, and hope to see everyone back for next year’s “Farmers Night.”