Port Dover Lions searching for Canada Day volunteers

The Port Dover Lions Club requires assistance from the community to help with Canada Day events held in the community each year.The club does not have enough members to fill all of the required positions for the day to run smoothly.“Our club is having the same problem that most service clubs throughout North America are having, and that is an aging demographic in the club,” said Alan Strang, marketing and communications for the Port Dover Lions. “Our club is quite senior. We want to carry on running these events, but a lot of people don’t realize that the Port Dover Lions do this whole day event on their own.”The Port Dover club was founded in 1938 and has been running the Canada Day celebrations for over 60 years.Positions that need to be filled by volunteers are button sellers, parade marshals, and other jobs depending on the number of volunteers.The position of button seller entails wearing an apron full of buttons, and collecting $2 from each person that purchases one.Strang said the day would be divided into different shifts for the button sellers. The shifts begin at 9 a.m. at the soap box derby, around 11 a.m. at the boat parade, and walking the full parade that runs through town selling to the people watching.“Depending on the response we get, we will assign different people different tasks based on their schedule,” said Strang.Canada Day Buttons are the club’s biggest source of revenue to cover costs like the concert and fireworks in Silver Lake Park, portable washrooms, permits, and insurance. Strang said even with the sales of buttons it is usually a money losing event.People that purchase a button get access to the concert and fireworks that happen in the evening. People that have not purchased a button must pay $2 to enter.“If the event is to continue in its form, as it has for so many years, we’re going to need some assistance from the community,” said Strang.If you are interested and can give a couple hours of your time on July 1, you can contact Peter Annable at pannable27@gmail.com.astaylor@postmedia.com

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