Lions prowl Rainy River

Jack Elliott
Rainy River correspondent

Several Prides of Lions were spotted prowling Rainy River on Friday, Feb. 7. The frigid temperatures soon had some four dozen seeking shelter in the meeting hall of the Royal Canadian Legion, Br 54. The occasion was the Charter Celebration of the Rainy River-Baudette Border Lions Club.
RRBB Lions was sponsored as a sub of the Emo Area Lions Club prior to being chartered as a stand-alone Club. The event catered by the Legion Women’s Auxiliary was well attended by local Lions members and their guests, and they welcomed Lions Club members from other clubs in Minnesota and NW Ontario.
Wayne Tieman, District Governor for Lions International 5M10, that covers Minnesota, NW Ontario and Manitoba travelled in from Bemidji, Mn, with his home Club members, as well as members from First City Lions Club also of Bemidji.
Voyageur Lions club members from Fort Frances were well represented as well as a large contingent from the Emo & District Lions Club. The individual clubs introduced themselves and their attending members, offering congratulations and appreciation to RRBB Lions on their achievement. Vermilion Bay Lions Club unable to attend, wrote expressing their congratulations and well wishes
Tieman presented RRBB Lions Charter President Richard Trenchard with the Clubs official charter and greeted individual members with certificates as they added their signatures to the Charter
Joanne Ogden now our Guiding Lion and Jodi Caul past-president of the Emo & District Lions and 2nd Vice District Governor Elect of 5M10 both spoke on the challenges and rewards of volunteering.
“When I was asked to join the Lions a decade or so ago, I said no. The last thing I wanted to do was join a service club. But I let them twist my arm and joined” Ogden explained, saying for the first years she had very little active involvement.
Then Joanne had an epiphany. “Lion’s is not about meetings. It’s about getting things done,” is her view.
“I got involved in the Kids-Sight screening program,” she said, “And when I saw the problems young children – pre-school and JK- had with undiagnosed vision problems I was astounded.”
This moved Ogden, a professional nurse, to motivate and organize other like minded community members to expand the Lions ‘Kids-Sight’ operation in Emo and further afield.
And Ogden is an organizer. As well as past president of the Emo & District Lions Club, she is past District Governor of Lion’s International District 5M10, and now our Guiding Lion.
Ogden also serves on the Board of Riverside Health Care, currently as Chair.
Caul, demonstrated the Kid’s-Sight device. Her personal experience also detailed some dramatic results of children with severe but undiagnosed and unexpected vision problems.
Those problems had a serious impact on the child’s ability to thrive in school. Today Lions Clubs in the Northwest have two Kids -Sight Screening devices valued at over $10,000 each, operated by trained volunteer Lions across the northwest free of charge to all kids
Both Caul and Ogden’s enthusiasm for volunteering is infectious. Just ask the 8 new members that stepped forward to join the RRBB Lions Friday night.
The evening ended with a mix and mingle and the drawing of the RRBB 50/50 Cash Draw, Licence # M800492. The total prize was $770.00. The winning ticket #0175 drawn by Governor Tieman. It was purchased by Brent Helgeson of Rainy River.
All proceeds from the lottery are used to support charitable projects within the local community.