Exchange Student Hosting 2016




Host families are required for seven Youth between the ages of 16 and 22. There are five females and two males. The goal of the program is to provide an opportunity for young people to experience Summer in Canada in general and our District in particular.. As such, there are no specific requirements such as being a tour guide or driving them someplace every day.

This is more an educational experience for them than entertainment.

Hosting periods are from:

1. June 24/25 (depending on flights) to July 3rd

2. July 3rd to July 12th

It is our intent to switch Youths at the end of each period to provide a broader experience for all. Some families may only be able to Host for one of the two periods.


1. Police Check will be required.

2. For first session, it is hoped that you will be able to meet us at the Ottawa Airport but alternate arrangements can be made if required.

3. Provide your Home and meals- (have them cook or teach you about their food).

4. Pay for any events that YOU want to take them to but remember many activities in the community are free and often provide the best cultural experiences.

The rest is up to you and your family. You do not have to have Youth in the home the same age but if you do then it will be a mutually beneficial experience and we guarantee you he or she will be wanting to participate in the Outbound program next year; or as soon as they are eligible if they are younger.

If you don’t have Youth or even if you do, we have recommendations if you are enthusiastic about getting involved with the program.

1. Take two Youth- they will entertain themselves and share their cultures.

2. Partner with another Lion in your Community or neighboring community so that they have an opportunity to get together for outings. For example, last year, Lions Heather Chilvers provided the Home and Kris Schultz took them to events.

3. Provide the Home but have the Club be the Host. Various members can host them in their backyard pools, cottages or local festivals or fun days.

4. Share your Passion- if you are a boating, golfing, biking or hiking enthusiast or you love History or Art or Gardening, share it with the Youth. Or if you are a doting Parent or Grandparent with Prize winning children and grandchildren- share them too!

During the Camp period from July 12th to 22nd, we will be taking them to major attractions but this doesn’t prevent you from doing the same. We will provide you with our planned events to let you know where we are going; but many events such as Canada Day, the Musical Ride or other festivals are date specific so there are lots of events for you and them to enjoy.


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District A4 Memorial Forest

Fellow Lions,

It is with great pleasure that I announce that our District has finalized a location for our District A4 Memorial Forest. A Memorandum of Agreement was signed this summer with the Innovative Community Support Services otherwise known as ICSS. A committee was formed to manage the Memorial Forest with the District being represented by PDG’s Andy Etherington, Al Page, John Chilvers and Linda James. ICSS is represented by Jaynee Champagne, Executive Director and Rebecca Chamberlain, Manager of the Adult Community Participation. PDG Andy Etherington and Rebecca Chamberlain will be the Co-chairs of the Memorial Forest Committee.

Innovative Community Support Services (ICSS) is a non-profit charitable organization that is committed to creating and providing families & individuals with innovative, high quality and cost effective community based programs and services that promote a strong sense of well being while making a positive contribution to our culturally diversified community in Eastern Ontario. ICSS is a registered charity (#87814 2413 RR0001) and was incorporated in June 2001; ICSS is a transfer payment agency through the Ministry of Community and Social Services. They operate eleven group homes and community programs for individuals with a developmental disability including their Sow & Grow Farm located at 9478 Russell Road, Navan, Ontario. Approximately five (5) acres of the farm has been designated for the District A4 Lions Memorial Forest and additional land is available if needed.

We are very pleased to also announce that Dr. Roman Popadiouk from Friends of the Experimental Farm has agreed to assist on with the Memorial Forest. Dr. Popadiouk has several degrees in Forestry and has worked for the Ontario Government on many of their projects as well as projects at the Experimental Farm. He has given us some great advice and has also offered to assist us in the placements of trees in the Memorial Forest.

Lion Clubs or Members and ICSS Clients or Member will be able to purchase a tree which will be planted in the Memorial Forest. Requests from Lions and ICSS supporters will also be accepted. The cost for a tree will be $175.00 which will cover the cost of the tree, plague and maintenance of the grounds. The forest will be divided into two sections. One area will consist of fruit trees which will include apples, pears, apricot and cherries.

It is hoped that in the future the clients of ICSS will be able to harvest the fruits from the trees as part of the daily visit to the farm. The other sections will be ornamental trees such as White Pine, European Spruce, Ginkgo, White Willow, Silver Maple, Black Walnut, European Larch to name a few. You will be able to choose between a fruit tree or an ornamental tree. We are planning our first Memorial for June 2016.

We are developing our Pamphlet and Registration Form to order a tree. As Lions do not have a charitable tax number the purchase of trees will be done through ICSS. Each tree purchaser will receive an income tax receipt from ICSS for the full amount. The Memorial Forest Committee will review and approve all applications. All Clubs, Lions, Lioness, Lionettes and Leos within District A4 as well as ICSS Members, Clients and Supporters are encouraged to consider a tree at the Lions Memorial Forest. More information on the District A4 Memorial Forest will be made available in the next few months.

District A4 Memorial Forest Announcement (PDF)

A4 Lions Memorial Forest Application (PDF) 

A4 Lions Memorial Forest Brochure (PDF) 

A4 Lions Memorial Forest Tree Selection (PDF)


Centennial Service Challenge - Sept 2014 Report

The new Centennial Service Challenge (CSC) is an LCI initiative created to celebrate Lions' 100 years of service, and to challenge clubs to acknowledge their community service projects by reaching 100 million people worldwide, by December 2017.

How often have we all said, that Lions seem to be afraid to 'Blow their own Horn', to share with the community the good news of what we as Lions actually do? Well this is your chance through the CSC project, to share the good news with the community and amongst ourselves, and to be acknowledged for our efforts.

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Penny's BAIT Weekend Testimonial

BAIT Weekend

I am a senior who has enjoyed going to BAIT for several years. This is my testimony of why BAIT is an important event to me annually. I live alone, with my guide dog. We don’t have family in Ontario, so getting out to events is difficult for me. I am totally blind and have no hearing. I use cochlear implants that has restored some of my hearing, but hearing is all dependent on technology. we live in a changing world. Some changes are welcomed, while other changes are unwanted. BAIT is the one thing that has remained as a positive constant event that has made a real difference in my life. For the first 3 years I attended BAIT, my husband went with me. We had happy times. He was also visually impaired. He helped me to communicate, as at this time I could not hear to communicate. Over the years since David’s death, going to BAIT felt bitter-sweet, at first, but now it is a real joy once again. My life changed when David, my husband died, but BAIT was still an event I could look forward to. I have had the same pro angler over the last 8 or 9 years I have been attending BAIT. I feel so secure knowing he would be there to assist me to fish. I know his boat, so being out on the water for more than four hours with him is stress-free, and I experience the feeling of being on the water, and I listen to the sounds of nature, and hear the fish jump when I am lucky enough to hook one and get it into the boat!

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