Remembering Don…..

By Lion James Lee.

Remembering Don Thomson –

It is with respect and humility that we remember Foothills Lions Club member, Don Thomson. Foothills Lions Club Treasurer (FLC), Calgary Heritage Park Volunteer, Millarville Racing and Ag Society Volunteer, Valley Neighbours Senior Club Secretary, Millarville 1/2 Marathon liaison… begin to see a pattern.

Don believed in Volunteerism. in bettering the World that we live in. In the World of Service that Lions exhibit to their Communities and Internationally, to the World at large, Don bought in and paid it forward.

Don was welcomed wherever he went. Don always had a ready smile, a laugh, a funny quip, a hilarious email, or a warm hug to share.

It was obvious that Don cared for others and how they felt. This was continually evidenced by the Foothills Lions Community and the various organizations that Don encountered in his life as a Lion. FLC Club Treasurer is a big job. Don did it for 6 years exceptionally well, without a complaint.

Besides his regular duties, Don was the Treasurer and financial guru for the building of the Turner Valley, Lions Spray Park for 3 years as well. Ever the well organized Executive, it came as no surprise that Don Thompson was slated to be the Lions District C-2 Treasurer for the incoming Executive for the 2018-19 Lions Year. Don’s expertise as a Club Treasurer allowed our Lions Club the luxury of feeling confidence, trust and admiration that all our various accounts, were professionally organized and up to date.

Several of our current members owe their introduction into Lion’s volunteerism as a result of Don sponsoring them into our Lion’s Club.

FLC presented Don with a Melvin Jones Fellowship Award in 2014, a Presidents Appreciation Award in 2015 and a Club Officer Treasurer’s Award in 2018.

Heartfelt gratitude from a Community of friends and Associations that benefited from your largesse as a compassionate man, a great Lion and Volunteer.

Don, you will be sorely missed by your Lions Family. We are inspired by your kindness and unselfish sense of community.

Don Thomson, your spirit lives on. In the lives that you inspired as a regular person, a Volunteer and especially as a  Lion, where you stood out as a remarkable man……..Rest in Peace.

Don Thomson

Please click on the image to read Don’s public obituary.

2018 Foothills Lions Club Interclub Evening

We had a fun and successful Interclub, with over 70 Lions members in attendance.

It was successful thanks to the awesome support of the members from the following clubs; Blackie, Calgary Bow, Calgary Eastport, Calgary Heritage, Calgary Mountain View, Calgary North Hill, Calgary Woodcreek, Champion, Highwood, Okotoks and Nanton.

Our keynote address by David Farran, president of Eau Claire Distillery in Turner Valley, was well received. David related the story of Eau Claire Distillery from inception to current day. It was great to hear the optimism of an entrepreneur.

Thanks to the support of our local businesses; ATB Financial, Black Diamond Liquor, Country Food Mart, Eau Claire Distillery, Eco Liquor Store, Pharmasave Black Diamond, Rona Building Center, Sandul’s Pharmacy Ltd., Turner Valley Golf Club, and Western Financial Group, some in attendance were fortunate enough to head home with a great door prize.

In summary, thanks to the surrounding Lions Clubs, our Foothills Lions Club members and the local businesses for supporting our Interclub.

See you next year.


Interclub 2018 Interclub 2018



Treasurer’s Award Presented to Don Thomson

Foothills Lions Club presented Don Thomson with the Club Officer Treasurer’s Award Medal for his many volunteer hours serving our Club.

It is fitting that Don receives this award during National Volunteer Week as Don serves the Diamond Valley, Okotoks and Calgary areas as a valued volunteer.

Congratulations, Don.

Don Thomson

Wanted: Leos in the area

Are you between the ages of 11 and 18?

Do you have a child or grandchild between those ages?

If so, please read the notice below and consider coming to our Open House.


The Foothills Lions Club would like to invite you and your Guardian(s) to a very special information session about starting a LEO Club in our community.

The LEO club is for youth ages 11-18 that would like to be active in their community and area. There will be an open house on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at The Griffith Centre located at 122 Government Road, Black Diamond at 7:00 pm. The evening will be filled with information and presentations from the Nanton & District LEO club, Lions LEO Chairperson and members of your Foothills Lions Club.

There will be snacks and refreshments served. We look forward to meeting you to discuss the launch of this exciting new journey!

Cost is Free!

Please contact Lion Tim with any inquiries.

The Nanton Leos Club hosted a Food & a Flick evening on St. Patrick’s Day – here’s a couple of photos of the fun evening.






Nanton Leos Host Food & a Flick

St. Patrick’s Day was lucky for us – the snow held off!

A delegation of 18 Foothills Lions Club members and guests had a safe trip to Nanton for this annual event.

The Prime Rib dinner (all you can eat) was outstanding, accompanied by baked potatoes, mixed veg, asparagus, salad and rolls, followed by desert.

The movie was Daddy’s Home 2 – hilarious and upbeat as only a cast with Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Linda Cardellini, John Cena, John Lithgow and Mel Gibson can be. With a bonus….the popcorn was free! If you haven’t seen it yet, it comes highly recommended by a room full of Lions.

The Leos did an outstanding job of meal preparation, decorations, serving and hosting – well done, guys!

Here are a few photos of the evening, please enjoy and we’ll see you all again next year!