In a “normal” year, communities near and far would be hosting poker rallies and any number of other events gathering people together to raise money for service clubs and recreation groups, but as we all know this continues to be anything but a “normal” year. The two favourite fundraisers, the ‘Fall Supper’ and the ‘Poker Rally’ or ‘Snowmobile Rally’ both fallen victim to the COVID fallout. Some groups are experimenting with virtual rallies this winter, while others are looking at something different altogether.
The Cudworth Lions Club, who usually host a poker rally in February, are instead holding an online Progressive 50/50, at a cost of 3 tickets for $5. The draw will be made on March 31st. As well they will be hosting an online auction starting the first week of March. Elizabeth Miazga is the primary contact person for this event and can be reached at 306-256-7046. More details will be forthcoming for this event as they are finalized in the next little while.
The Family Day Weekend is also typically the time for the Cudworth Lions Family Movie Night, but once again COVID restrictions made that impossible so the Cudworth Lions came up with a different plan…a family Scavenger Hunt. “Follow the clues to solve a word scramble” the posters read. Participants solved clues that led them to different locations around town where they would then find a letter and the next clue. Once all the letters were located, the family team then unscrambled them to complete the puzzle and drop their entry onto the drop-box. For extra fun the Lion’s listed 24 items on the reverse side of the entry for people to notice, a great way of becoming mindful of the world around us. Entry forms were available at Bigway Foods in Cudworth or online from the Lions Club. The event started at 10:00 a.m. Saturday and continued until 5:00 p.m. Monday February 15th. There were prizes to be won by random draws made from all the entrants once the “Hunt” ended Monday evening. Mother Nature did her best to keep everyone indoors for the weekend, but hearty Cudworth souls took part regardless. The Lion’s Club is very pleased with the response they got from the community for this family event. Over twenty entry forms were picked up from Bigway and then the Lion’s posted the entry form on their Facebook page and so with the weather being a bit more friendly on Monday the 15th(the extreme cold warning was lifted just after 11:00 a.m.), potentially many more families could still get involved. The Lion’s have been considering something like this for a while now, and with COVID cancelling their usual Family Day activities, it was the perfect opportunity to try the Scavenger Hunt. With the number of messages received by the Club saying how much people enjoyed the event it will definitely be repeated.
Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service club with 1.4 million members worldwide. The Saskatchewan Lions Foundation, the charitable arm of the Lion’s Club, was formed around four specific goals: the provision of specialized equipment for the Pediatric Ophthalmology Unit at the now Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital, the support of the Shock Trauma Air Rescue Service (STARS) in Saskatchewan, the financing of medical treatments not available in Saskatchewan, and the provision of bursaries to students with a visual impairment who have proceeded into a second year or a more advanced year at a post-secondary institute in Saskatchewan. (e-district.org/sites/sklf) With clubs in Bruno, Cudworth, Rosthern, and Wakaw the Lion’s Club is no stranger to any person living in the area and the work that they do is notably significant throughout the local area. The Lion’s motto is “We Serve” and they live out that motto by doing whatever is necessary to help local communities meet the needs which challenge them. “Lions serve the world one project at a time. It all begins in our local communities with kind-hearted individuals joining together to take action.”
Carol Baldwin, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Wakaw Recorder