By Justin Seward
The Redcliff Lionettes has been the only non-profit society of its kind nation-wide since 1967.
The organization currently has nine members and is ladies-only club who meet on the third Wednesday of every month at the Redcliff library (8 p.m.) after going out for a group supper beforehand.
Meetings are an hour long and cover off a treasurer’s report, correspondence and anything that applies for volunteering in the community.
“We have a budget every year,” said Merle Davies, Redcliff Lionettes president who has been a member since 1971.
“There are specific places that budget is made to. Parkside School, women’s shelter, Redcliff library, food bank, HALO and the Redcliff Museum. Then if an individual approaches us because if they have a child that needs something special, we do consider those.”
The funds are distributed to those community organizations from events the society participates in.
Davies says there is a president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, a Tale Twister- a woman who brings harmony to the club- and a phoning committee.
“(She) collects a fine of 25 cents every meeting and if your phone rings you get fined another 25 cents,” Davies said of the Tail Twister.
Davies says the group works really close with the Redcliff Lions Club when they have their 50/50 draw for Redcliff Days with ticket sales where the Lionettes get a percentage of the profit.
The Lionettes have a lemonade stand at the Redcliff Days car show which coincides with the Lions Club as well as helping out with Canada Day festivities.
“We get a good turnout, said Davies of Canada Day.
“I’m really surprised sometimes. Like last year was exceptionally good. I think we ran out of hot dogs.”
Additionally the ladies help the Lions with clean up in the park.
The group also has their own float when a parade occurs in town.
She says they make themselves more present in the community by being in the Redcliff directory and in the Cypress Courier to let people know when the meetings are being held.
At the conclusion of the year, club members have a ‘Secret Sister’ program where members are drawn at the last meeting of the year in June and they decide to buy gifts for one another during Christmas, Easter, birthdays and other special occasions during the new year.
There is also a traveling basket where names are drawn for someone after a meeting to win the prize and then bring back with other items in it.
The club is looking for more members young and old.
“I think a lot of people look at us an old girls club but we certainly welcome all ages,” she said.
More information can be obtained by calling Davies at (403) 548-3372.