Name: Bonnie Popowich, club president Profession: Employment assistance counselor Club Name: Lac Du Bonnet Lions Club, Manitoba, Canada Club Established: 1963 How does your club raise funds? “One of our major fundraisers is during Canada Days festivities. In Lac Du Bonnet, for more than 45 years, our club has overseen the local fireworks show with our fire department,” says Popowich. “This helps us fund service projects like our annual Christmas dinner where we feed more than 400 local seniors.” When did your club choose to donate funds to LCIF for Haiti relief? “We had our mid-winter convention the weekend following the earthquake, so I called our club treasurer. We decided to donate US$1,000 for Haiti relief and have the club call a motion at the very next club meeting,” says Popowich. “With the Lac Du Bonnet Lions, we see a demand or a need and hop to it and then seek out further details later. Since then, our club has learned more about LCIF’s disaster relief efforts in Haiti, and we’re getting ready to send another US$1,000.” Why does your club usually support LCIF? “As a club, we have more than 13 Melvin Jones Fellows (MJFs), and we usually name one or two MJFs each year. But following a disaster like Haiti, our club members are first to say we have got to give. We responded in the same way for the tsunami and Katrina,” says Popowich. “At our core, we are a group of individuals who like the feel-good feeling of giving to others. As a club, that is the common thread that keeps us all together.”
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