Expansion of the Douglas Memorial Hospital – The club contributed to major construction projects at the Hospital in 1966 and 1980 with donations to the Building Fund. Today the Club contributes annually to the Douglas Memorial Tree of Lights Campaign.
Lions Sugar Bowl Park – The Club helped pay for redeveloping the Oakes/Sugar Bowl Park into a recreational area for the community. The Park was dedicated in 1995 as the Lions Sugar Bowl Park.
Fort Erie Lions Seniors Centre – The seniors recreational centre opened on November 17,1988 and is open to all Fort Erie seniors to enjoy a variety of activities. The seniors centre is managed by a Board of Directors made up of Fort Erie Lions and seniors groups representatives.
Lions Douglas Heights Seniors Residence – The residence is an affordable, not-for-profit, independent living seniors apartment building on land adjoining the Seniors Centre. The grand opening was held July 19,1991. The residence is managed by a Board of Directors made up of Fort Erie Lions and two members at large.
New Lions Seniors Residence – The Fort Erie Lions Club is currently working on the construction of a second affordable, not-for-profit, independent living seniors apartment building. Completion of this project is projected to be 2024.
Community Service – In March 1990, the Over 70’s Luncheon Club was formed, serving a free lunch at the Fort Erie Lions Seniors Centre for any Fort Erie resident 70 years and older. The luncheon continues today as the Over 60’s Luncheon.
Supporting Youth – In November 2017 the Fort Erie Lions joined with the Ridgeway Lioness, Ridgeway Lions, Stevensville-Black Creek Lions and The United Way of Niagara Falls & Greater Fort Erie to raise a total of $42,000 for the Greater Fort Erie Secondary School Culinary Program and Pomegranate Restaurant to equip the kitchen in the newly built high school.
While these successes are extremely important, there are many other ways in which the Fort Erie Lions Club has contributed to the health and welfare of many individuals in our community and throughout the World.
At a Lions Convention in Chicago in 1925, Helen Keller challenged Lions to be her “Knights of the Blind” (click here to learn more). Since that time, sight conservation and care of the blind has been a major service activity of Lions Clubs throughout the world.
On a continuing basis the Fort Erie Lions Club collects used eyeglasses for use in Third World Countries, supports the CNIB, the training of guide dogs and other service dogs through the Lions Foundation Canada Guide Dogs and provides support for sight related problems in our community.