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Nova Scotia Lions to gather in Yarmouth in late April for convention

Fred Graham and Sandra Blake are co-chairs of the organizing committee for the Nova Scotia Lions convention that will be held in Yarmouth the last weekend of April.
Fred Graham and Sandra Blake are co-chairs of the organizing committee for the Nova Scotia Lions convention that will be held in Yarmouth the last weekend of April. - Eric Bourque

Provincial convention will include address by past international president of Lions

Yarmouth is getting ready to host the Nova Scotia Lions convention, which will take place Friday, April 27, to Sunday, April 29.

The Rodd Grand Hotel will be the main venue for the event, with business meetings to be held NSCC Burridge Campus.

Precisely how many people will attend the convention has yet to be determined, but organizers expect between 350 and 400 people or so, said Fred Graham, who co-chairs the organizing committee with Sandra Blake.

One of the weekend’s main activities – the convention’s Saturday evening banquet – will feature an address by Clement Kusiak, past international president of the Lions.

The co-chairs say it will be great to have a past international president on hand to speak to convention participants.

Kusiak, who is from Maryland, is an engineer by profession and is a retired manager of a corporation in Baltimore. He served as president of Lions International in 2004-05.

Graham said things are coming together well for the provincial convention.

“We’ve got everything pretty much in place,” he said. “We’re just waiting for some information as to numbers to give those to the caterers and so we know how many programs we’ve got to print ... but everything’s pretty much in place.”

While Saturday, April 28, will be the busiest convention day, the weekend will include a meet-and-greet activity on Friday, April 27, and a service at Holy Trinity Church on Sunday, April 29.

Saturday’s schedule includes a provincial speaking competition to be held at Burridge.

Yarmouth last hosted the provincial Lions convention in 2011.

The Yarmouth Lions Club, which has 53 members, is one of 69 Lions Clubs in Nova Scotia. Rhonda Trickett of Eastern Passage, the provincial president of the Lions in Nova Scotia, will be among those coming to Yarmouth later this month for the provincial convention.

The Lions Club movement began a century ago in the United States. Today there are said to be Lions Clubs in over 200 countries.

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