The following is a list of services, activities, and donations prior to 1967: • Purchased land to build a floodlit baseball diamond, now diamond #1. Entrance to the diamond was by the road allowance north of the Rosinski Apartment; • Purchased additional land to provide location for scout hall, parking for ballpark, and an asphalt tennis court. The Lions helped the scout executive build the scout hall using building materials donated to them by Atlas Steels. For some reason, the scout executive gave up on the scout hall and the Lions assumed ownership. Construction projects at the Lions Hall have, been many and varied. This year, 1989, 35 years later, we are still digging and building. We hope to see final construction completed in 1990. The majority of the labour involved was done by the Lions. From the beginning, the hall has been available for community nonprofit groups free of charge; • District A-2 Public Speaking. This is a yearly event and was won the first time by Dr. Ronald Dowd. This year's winner was Lori Beida; • Annual Soap Box Derby. The race started at Pelham District High School and proceeded westerly towards the town line (Regional 24). One year we had a winner who went on to compete in an International final in St. Louis; • Minor Baseball. A Lions sponsored Juvenile Softball team won the All Ontario Championship in 1955. Numerous O.B.A. championships were played and won on the Lions baseball field; • Tennis Court and Ice pad. The first tennis court was constructed in 1960. It had an asphalt pad with asphalt curbing. This was done to allow tennis in the warm weather and ice skating in the cold weather. Prior to the construction of the tennis court, the Lions had built the ice pad on the ball diamond. I wish I had a penny for each gallon of water that Lions Doug Disher, Bud Ker, Bill Rogers, Tom Pattison, Merle*Berry etc. used, almost on a nightly basis, to flood the ice pad. Nightly supervision was also provided by the Lions and;• Christmas lights are provided by the Lions in downtown Fenwick. Work parties and get togethers for fun and fellowship were common experiences. We had a weekly get together every Thursday evening called 'Dino Martino' Night. All Lions, wives, and friends were welcome to watch Dean Martin on T.V. and participate in card games and dancing, 'fun in service'. I recall one night we had a broom ball game with the Welland Lions and their wives on our ice pad. Lion Bob Fox of Wetland nearly lost his artificial leg that night. Bull sessions around the fireside after a Friday business meeting usually ended in time for a trip to the Welland Market, Saturday morning. Lion Larry Vasas was easily coaxed to get his 'squeeze box' for a sing-a-long. We made our own fun and in the process Lionism prospered. In 1967, the Township of Pelham was looking for a Centennial project. The Lions turned over the ownership of the Lions Park to the Township, retaining sufficient land to house the Lions Den. Federal funds were used to improve and maintain a new and bigger Centennial park. The Lions still support the needs of this recreational facility. The annual Christmas turkey raffle is one of our biggest fundraisers as well as the ham raffle at Easter. Bingo, organized by Lion Bud Arnott, three years ago, has been a good source of funds for community projects. The food booth operation keeps the Lions active during the summer months. The annual Carnival in May is also a big money maker.