Stipley Lions Club ready to roar in East Hamilton

Front row, left to right, Vice President Michael McCoy, President Christian Hidalgo, and back row, Treasurer Jennifer McCoy and former Lions District Governor Sandy Jhudan attend the August 26 meeting where the new Stipley Lions Club was formed.

A new Lions club is ready to roar in East Hamilton.

The Stipley Lions Club, whose parent is the Toronto Centennial Lions Club, launched on August 26 and plans to hold its first event on October 1.

Christian Hidalgo, president of the new Lions Club, said that although the club is based in the Stipley area of ​​Hamilton, it will serve all of East Hamilton.

The first service club event will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on October 1, in front of Giant Tiger, at 800 Queenston Rd. at the corner of Centennial Parkway.

“We are doing a food and clothing drive with a barbecue,” Hidalgo said. “We ask people to bring food and non-perishable clothing. And we’re having a community barbecue with free hot dogs for everyone.

Cash donations will be accepted at the BBQ. Hot dogs were donated by Lococo’s.

Previously a member of the Stoney Creek Lions Club, Hidalgo and 10 other founding members of the Stipley Lions recently formed a new organization to explore new opportunities to help the community.

“I want to keep busy,” Hidalgo said. “I want to be able to go further and help the community.”

Looking ahead, the Stipley Lions plan to hold a Halloween Hunt in October, where youngsters can dress up and hunt for candy. The club is still looking to find a park for the event.

Hidalgo said the Stipley Lions will support community organizations like food banks, as well as Lions initiatives like Camp Trillium, Canadian National Institute for the Blind, Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides and others.

“Our main goal will be to help the community,” Hidalgo said. “It’s a huge responsibility in our community right now.”

Hidalgo said the Stipley Lions are starting small, but the service club hopes to eventually start sponsoring youth sports teams and offering post-secondary scholarships to high-achieving high school graduates in the near future.

The service club is also looking for new members. Anyone interested can visit the Stipley Lions Facebook page for more details.

Charles P. Patton