Lions District C-2 Convention, Medicine Hat

The Lions District C-2 Convention was held on October 20th and 21st in Medicine Hat. District C-2 is comprised of 81 clubs from Olds in the north to the USA border in the south, and the B.C. to the Saskatchewan borders. We had 230 Lions including 12 Leos (age 10-17 ) in attendance.

At the convention, VDG Lion Tyler Bray was Official elected as the District C-2 District Governor to take effect July 1st, 2018. Though unopposed, Lion Tyler still required 51% of the vote to be elected.

[Bio] Lion Tyler was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec. In 1975 he joined the RCMP and completed his training in Regina, Saskatchewan. In 2007 he retired after 32 years of service. His last post was that of Detachment Commander, Sergeant, in Turner Valley. Alberta.

In 2007-2010 Lion Tyler was elected as a Town Councilor for the Town of Black Diamond, Alberta. Along the way he met and married, Diane, his wife of Forty Two Years. They have three children and Six Grand Children.

Lion Tyler first joined Lions in 1986-89 in Mannville, Alberta. He held several positions including that of Club Treasurer. In 2004, Lion Tyler joined the Foothills Lions Club and held several positions in the club executive including club president 2007-2008 and again in 2013-2014. He was also the club trail twister in 2009.Lion Tyler was the Zone Chairperson for Zone 2a in MD 37-0 for 2014-2015 and he was the Zone Chairperson for Zone 3a in District C-2 for 2015-2016. Lion Tyler is also the Chairperson for the Lions Youth Camp (2015-2017). Lion Tyler is also the current District C-2 ALERT Chairperson and was presented with a President’s Leadership Medal at the 2017 MD Convention for his outstanding work and dedication on the ALERT program. Lion Tyler attended and completed the Lions advanced Leadership Training Course held in Calgary, Alberta in 2015. He also completed the Guiding Lions Training in February 2015.

In recognition of Lion Tyler`s service, he has received a Melvin Jones Fellow, a Lion Lionel Bird Youth Camp Award, a Judge Brian Stevenson Fellowship and Several International Lions President awards, along with many club and District recognition certificates.

In recognition of Lion Tyler’s accomplishments, he was awarded Citizen of the Year in Slave Lake, Alberta in 2000. Also in 2000 he received from the Government of Alberta, an award in recognition for twenty-five years of policing in Alberta. In 2002 Lion Tyler received the Queen`s Golden Jubilee Medal for his many years of volunteering in Alberta. In 2005, Lion Tyler was awarded the Government of Alberta Centennial medal honouring Outstanding Albertans.
“ I enjoy meeting people and want to help bring the FUN back into being a LION. “

District C-2 nominated five Lions for the Multiple District C Hall of Fame. The two successful Lions were Lion James Lee, from our club and Lion William “Bill” Hunchak of the Calgary Northeast Eyeopener Lions Club.

1st-VDG Lion Tyler Bray gave the following speech for Lions James’ nomination.

Thank you for the opportunity to endorse Lion James Lee for the Lion’s Hall of Fame.

Most of you here today know James Lee for his dedication in Piloting the operations of our CLERC services.

I found a quote I would like to share with you all.

“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experiences of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved”: Helen Keller

These words capture the very being of James Lee.

James took over CLERC from the failing health of Lion Bernie Gribben. There were no manuals, no operation plan on paper, just moments of conversation and the verbal passing of information on how CLERC worked.

James was determined to make Bernie’s efforts matter. He has guided the CLERC operation to be a nationwide success story. A respected operation, known throughout our Lions World.

I can go on about the many successes that James has accomplished in his Lions Career, and there have been many successes.

But it is what James has done outside of Lions that needs to be spoken out loud for all to hear. James has been involved in sports for many years. He has coached young children in both hockey and baseball. James has gone the extra mile in allowing youths to participate in sports.

James has taken many trips to places like Mexico where he played in tournaments. He always stocked up on baseball gloves, bats, and balls on his travels and gave them freely to youths in less fortunate locations.

James has also taken trips to locations like Bali and Mexico at his own expense. James takes eye glasses with him and teams up with local service providers to ensure the glasses go to where they are most needed. He has also personally helped several families financially in these locations.

[Please read James Bio that is on the tables where you are sitting. Bio follows.]

Twice in recent years, the District Governor’s teams have suggested that James should move up the corporate ladder. Twice James said, not yet, I can help more people in what I am now doing.

Maybe fellow Lions, the third time is the charm.

I give you Lion James Lee.

[Bio] Lion James Lee was born in Toronto, Ontario in 1952 and was raised in the Peterborough area. James studied in Cultural Studies at Trent University.

James followed his hockey aspirations in the USA for three years. He played Junior and then IHL.

James came West in 1974 and settled in Canmore, Alberta. He started his Lionistic career in 1991 with the Canmore Lions Club. While in Canmore, James was the Co-Chair of the Lions Ski Program. He was Vice-President of Minor Hockey, coached hockey and coached children in the local baseball league. James was also the Chair of the Canmore Town Planning Commission and Hospitality Chair for the prestigious Canmore Folk Festival, a position he held for 15 years.

In 2000, James moved to the Black Diamond area and in 2004 he rejoined Lions with the Foothills Lions Club. James is very active in the club holding the club’s President position twice, along with Tail Twister, Lion Tamer and Media Liaison. James was a Zone Chairperson for 2 terms in District 37-O. He is further involved as the Lions Club’s Campground Chair for both campgrounds in Black Diamond and Turner Valley. After the devastating floods in 2013, James also held the position of Reconstruction Chair. James has been an instructor in the District’s Annual Officer Training School in Strathmore, teaching the new President’s sessions.   

[Bio] Lion Bill Hunchak was born in Hafford, Saskatchewan in January 1928, the seventh of twelve children to struggling pioneer farmers, and survived the 30’s depression. Lion Bill attended Saskatoon Normal School, then went on to attend the University of Saskatchewan where he obtained a B.A., and B.Ed., He then went on to earn his M.Ed., at the University of Oregon. Lion Bill was a career teacher and Principal, then went on to become Superintendent of Schools in Wetaskiwin County, a position he held for fourteen years. Lion Bill retired in 1983.
Lion Bill became a resident of Alberta in 1954 and has lived in Edmonton, Calmar, Stettler, St. Paul, Wetaskiwin (35 years) and Calgary since 2005. Lion Bill married Edna Tomaszeski in 1955 in Calmar and has five children, ten grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
Since joining the Calmar Lions Club in 1954, Lion Bill has maintained 100% attendance in the following Clubs – Calmar, Stettler, St. Paul & District, Wetaskiwin and Calgary Northeast Eyeopener Lions Club, for the past sixty-three years. He has been a Club President three times and held most Club officer positions. At the District level he served as a Zone Chairperson three times, and Deputy District Governor in 1965-66, and has sponsored eight new Lions members.
Lion Bill, together with PDG Lloyd Gillespie, was instrumental in establishing the Lions-Quest program in Alberta.
Lion Bill and PDG Gillespie (deceased) organized the first Lions-Quest contract workshop in Western Canada and established Wetaskiwin as the Lions-Quest training centre for Western Canada. Twenty-two workshops were hosted in Wetaskiwin for educators from all Western Provinces and Territories. Lion Bill took on the task of distributing Lions-Quest books and materials before Lions-Quest Canada was formed, dealing directly with the Columbus, Ohio Headquarters, and supplying the material and thousands of books. Due to the efforts of Lion Bill and PDG Lloyd in establishing Lions-Quest in Western Canada, the Wetaskiwin Lions Club was nominated and
awarded the Canadian Governments “Citation for Citizenship” Award, and Lion Bill and PDG Lloyd travelled to
Ottawa to receive the award in 1991.
While not holding any office beyond Deputy District Governor, Lion Bill has nonetheless received the following recognition for his service: several International President’s Awards, Lions Foundation of Canada Life Member, LCI Life Member, Melvin Jones (Progressive) Fellowship, Judge Brian Stevenson Fellowship, Dr Jack Dobush Fellowship, Jack & Denise Isaman CNIB Fellowship, Lions Quest Fellowship, PID Bill Webber Fellowship, Lionel Bird Youth Camp Award, Dr Greg Powell Stars Air Ambulance Fellowship, and many Club honours. He has also been recognized by Rotary International with a Paul Harris Fellowship.
In public life, Lion Bill served for six years as an Alderman for the City of Wetaskiwin from 1981-1987.
At present Lion Bill, at 89 years of age, continues to be very active, chairing his Club’s Peace Poster Contest Committee for several years and the Lions Project Pride Committee. He is the Club’s Membership Chairperson for 2017-18. He is also a willing volunteer for many of the Club’s other service activities, including volunteering at the Dr Vernon Fanning CareWest Centre helping residents play Saturday morning Bingo.
Lion Bill would like to thank the Calgary Northeast Eyeopener Lions Club for welcoming him and providing support, and for this nomination. Lion Bill, we are more than proud to have you as a member of our Club and to nominate you as one of our District’s representatives to the MD C Lions Hall of Fame.
Lion Bill added that he wants to truly, and above all say thanks to his dear wife Edna and his family for their generous support these past sixty-three years.

Lion James and Lon Bill will be formally recognized at the MD C Convention to be held in Leduc in May 2018, along with the two inductees for Multiple District C-1.

There were also a lot of workshops and presentations.

The photograph slider below depicts some of the work done at these workshops, which included:

Eyeglass sorting workshop for CLERC  (Canadian Lions Eyeglass Recycling Centre)

Food Packing for Hunger Relief

Packing treats for First-Responders to hand out on Hallowe’en

Lions and Leos packing give-aways for the First-Responders

Past Lions President Judge Brian conducting nominations

Lions and Nanton Leos packing recycled eyeglasses

Food Bank support

VDG Brent Johnson conducting the MyLion app seminar

Nomination of Hall of Fame candidates

1st VDG-elect Tyler Bray being presented to the Lions

Attached are a few photographs of the Convention courtesy of Lion Patti Hill.

The 2018 District C-2 convention will be hosted by the Foothills Lions Club and will be held October 19th and 20th at the Deerfoot Hotel and Casino.

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