By Errol Fréchette, Lions Club

Knowlton Lions Club members and supporters are gearing up for a full roster of pre-Christmas activities.

As in past years the Lions will honour local veterans with a Remembrance Day brunch, November 11, at the Knowlton Academy. This ‘all-you-can-eat-pay-what-you-can’ event will take place from 9 a.m till 1 p.m.

Lion president, Pierre Guindon, announced the launch of the Annual Fundraising Drive, starting soon, whose objective is to provide the Club with the sums necessary for the many services for which the Club is recognized. Notably the Christmas Food baskets, Christmas Cheer, the Santa Claus parade, Remembrance Day activities, Scholarships for our students, the Scouting movement, the Wellness organization, the Food Bank, the local schools, the Eye screening Clinic, various Sports Programs, First Responders, Golden Age Club, Lions Park, etc. as well as emergency help for individuals.

In the coming days, area residents will receive an appeal for donations. Volunteers will also be going door-to-door collecting donations. Because of the vast area to be covered the volunteers will not be able to reach every home. For this reason you are invited to forward your donations to the Knowlton Lions Club at Box 3766 Knowlton Que. J0E1V0.

Christmas baskets, Poinsettias and Christmas Cakes

Those wishing to apply for a Christmas Food Basket may pick up an application form at Centre Lac-Brome in Knowlton, the forms will be available as of October 19. Residents of West Bolton, Brome Lake and Brome are eligible for the baskets, which come in large and small sizes according to the number of dependants. Applicants will be required to present proof of need, income, number of dependents and residency. The deadline for application is November 16.

Volunteers are needed for assembly which will take place at Knowlton Academy on Friday December 14 at 7 p.m. To extend a helping hand please contact Gary Crandall at 450-243-6608. Baskets will be available for pick-up at Knowlton Academy from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, December 15.

Poinsettias will be delivered by volunteers to area senior homes and to elderly and shut-ins. To put forth the name of a deserving senior, or for additional information about the Christmas Food Baskets or Poinsettias, contact Louise Wing at 450-243-5221.

The traditional Christmas cake will be available in different outlets throughout the area for information contact Sue Perkins at 450-242-9896.

Santa Claus Parade

The Lions Club is also preparing for its annual Santa Claus Parade which will take place December 1 at 1 p.m. The parade will start at Wind Mill Plastics and end at Knowlton Academy where Santa Claus will be on hand to greet area children. Prizes will be awarded to the best floats. For security reasons each float must, at all times during the parade, be accompanied by an adult walking beside it. Also no candies or other objects can be thrown from any float. For parade information contact Ken Battley at (450) 242-2956.