Chinese New Year ~ It’s the year of the dog

By President, Lion Sharon Schielke

Leading up to the Year of the Dog, the Calgary Chinatown Leo Club hosted a fundraiser.

Larry and I attended the Interclub and we were the only other club there.

The food was different and amazing.

We so enjoyed the karaoke and beautiful dancing.

We had the honour to sit with their president Lion Dr. Thomas Cheuk, who is also  Zone chair.

Also at our table was the Consulate General from China stationed in Calgary.

We are all invited to their Charter night they hope to hold in April.





Turner Valley School Presents Unique Thank You Plaque to Foothills Lions Club

At our last meeting, representatives from the Turner Valley School presented the club with a unique Thank You plaque.


Our logo is represented by words that they felt summarized our organization. The Foothills Lions Club have helped at their Annual Pancake Breakfast for years as well as supporting various fund-raising events for the school.

We think this is one of the most unique ideas we have ever seen and will proudly display this plaque from the Turner Valley School.  We are honoured that they took the time and dedication to design this.

Foothills Lion James Lee receives two cheques on behalf of CLERC

Donation from Foothills Lions Club

CLERC donation

Gary Miller of the Foothills Lions Club presents Canadian Lions Eyeglass Recycling (CLERC) Chairman, James Lee, with a Cheque for $2,500 to repair Lens Meters. These meters read the eyeglass prescription.

Woodcreek Lions Club

CLERC donation

Woodcreek Lions Club in Calgary presenting CLERC with a cheque for $1000. To date, 5 million pairs of glasses have been placed on faces in 92 Countries come from this Canadian Lions Club International Initiative.

Pictured in the photo, Ron Kitt (Woodcreek Lions)! Darryl Rawleigh, CLERC Operations Chair; Myrna Mullen, CLERC Treasurer; Diane Klippert (Woodcreek Lions) and CLERC Chair, James Lee.


Lions Club Donations are always welcome, as it takes hard cash to operate a warehouse, feed volunteers, maintain equipment, keep two vehicles on the road and provide boxes and supplies.

For More Information on Shipping Glasses to CLERC or Ordering Glasses for an Eyeglass Outreach Outside of Canada, Please go




Dreams Take Flight

In January, our club made the decision to support the “Dreams Take Flight” organization to allow two local children to have their “dream come true” and spend a day at Disneyland.

Last December, Jan Caveny and Julien DeSchutter, from the Calgary Branch of Dreams Take Flight, were guest of our club, showed a video, that pulled at all of our heartstrings and outlined the program to our club members. Leaving us with a request for a donation to help send other children from this area on next year’s trip.

(l to r) Julien DeSchutter, Lion Sharon Shielke, President, Jan Caveny

This program exists solely because of volunteers and donations. The first flight out of Calgary took place in 1993 and since then over 3,000 deserving children from Southern Alberta alone have made the trip. Last year two children from Turner Valley were lucky enough to have been included.

“Dreams Take Flight Calgary has been taking deserving children with special needs from Southern Alberta to Disneyland since 1993. In 2018, our 26th year, we will be taking another 132 children to Disneyland for a day on November 14th. We raise our funding through corporate & private donations, charity golf tournaments and our annual Black Tie & Blue Jeans gala event.

With your support, we can bring some magic to some very deserving Southern Alberta children and make their dreams come true!”

The cost per child, per trip, is $1,300. A unanimous vote by club members made the decision to donate $2,600 to Dreams Take Flight Calgary.


Memorial for Lion Don Russell Saturday, January 20th, 2018

RUSSELL, Donald Gregory

November 8th, 1932 ~ January 10th, 2018

Veteran of the Canadian and US Armed Forces
Lifetime Member Royal Canadian Legion
Turner Valley Branch 78

Member of Foothills Lions Club

With heavy hearts, we announce that Pops passed away peacefully at the age of 85, at the Points West Lodge, Wainwright, Alberta, Friday, 5 January 2018. Son of the late Everett and Alameda Russell. Don was predeceased by his first wife Margurite (Delorme) Russell, second wife Mary (Sheils) Russell, a brother Everett, sister Faith (Russell) Vickerman, and his son Stephen.

Don is survived by his sons: Michael Russell (Sharon), George Sheils (Shauna), Tommy Sheils (Kennetha), Walter Sheils, Doug Sheils (Paulette), and Bruce Sheils (Val); sisters: Cecelia-Jayne Russell (Bruce) of Carmel IN, USA, and Priscilla Russell, Minneapolis MN, USA.

Don will be remembered as a loving grandfather to 15 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren as well as being an uncle to numerous nieces and nephews in Canada and the USA.

Don’s family extends special thanks to the staff in the Sunrise ward of Points West Living for the incredible care and compassion shown to Don during his stay there.

Friends are invited to pay respects on

Saturday, January 20th, 2018, at 1:00 pm

at the Royal Canadian Legion, Turner Valley Branch 78,

121 Sunset Blvd East, Turner Valley

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the Royal Canadian
Legion, Branch 78, PO Box 154, Turner Valley AB T0L 2A0


Condolences may be left on the Tribute Wall at Creech’s Funeral Home through this link:

More photographs of Don and his family can also be seen at that link.

Don Russell



Foothills Lions Club sends Christmas greetings

Please click our card above to read our full message to you.

This year has been a terrific year for our community and for our club.

We have helped many local organizations and people worldwide through our Lions International programs like CLERC.

We recognize that we couldn’t have done this without the help of our community and we would like to thank everyone for supporting us.

Welcome again to our new members;  you are making a difference by joining us.

Together “WE SERVE” ~ Merry Christmas!  See you in 2018!