After 40 years, lots of work left for Lions

The Cowichan Lake Lions Club has decades of experience working for those in need...

The Cowichan Lake Lions Club celebrates its 40th anniversary Monday, Nov. 23. Some of the members in attendance were, from left, Sam Beldessi, Brenda Cadieux, Eileen Pilkington, Nancy Morris, Dianne Fountaine, Lions Zone Chairman Richard Elliott, Anne Luker, Rose Elliott and 40-year member Terry Olson.

The Cowichan Lake Lions Club celebrates its 40th anniversary Monday, Nov. 23. Some of the members in attendance were, from left, Sam Beldessi, Brenda Cadieux, Eileen Pilkington, Nancy Morris, Dianne Fountaine, Lions Zone Chairman Richard Elliott, Anne Luker, Rose Elliott and 40-year member Terry Olson.

The Cowichan Lake Lions Club has decades of experience working for those in need, and while many social problems have persisted even after 40 years, the club remains dedicated to making a difference in the community.

“The thing that I find the hardest is the people who are really being hurt like seniors who are not quite old enough to get their full age pension,” said Sam Beldessi, assistant treasurer of the Cowichan Lake Lions Club and one of the chapter’s longest serving members. “These are the (people) we bring into the King George seniors affordable housing and have them subsidized so they can live a decent life.”

In November, the club celebrated its 40th anniversary with a dinner, the welcoming of two new members and special guests including Brian Phillips, the Lions Club district governor.

Although none of the club’s founding members still live in the area, Terry Olsen will be celebrating his 40th anniversary with the club later this year.

Beldessi said the club has worked to address seniors’ issues, donate to organizations like the Canadian Cancer Society and support local young people through Lady of the Lake sponsorships and annual scholarships for graduating students.

But none of the club’s work can be done without new volunteers.

“I would sure welcome them because we have so much work we have to do,” he said.

Lake Cowichan Gazette