Truro & District Lions Club, By Joyce Gero
Club will launch Recreation & Retirement 101 program
© Joyce Gero photo
Truro & District Lions pose with Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley MP Scott Armstrong following his announcement that New Horizons for Seniors funding had been awarded to the club. Front, from left, Lions Barbara Urquhart and Sadie Dauphney, Lions Cheryl Fritz and June Burley; Back, from left, Lions Gary Giles, Joyce Gero, Chuck McManus, King Lion Bucky Daye, Lions Wayne Burley, Bill Ripley, David Sullivan.
For more than 10 weeks this winter and spring, members of the Truro & District Lions Club had a secret. On Apr. 15 that secret became public knowledge when Scott Armstrong, member of Parliament for Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley announced the club had been awarded $9,305 to launch a new program: Recreation & Retirement 101.
The grant was made available through New Horizons for Seniors, a federal government program that supports community-based projects that address one or more of five objectives: volunteering, mentoring, expanding awareness of elder abuse, social participation and capital assistance.
For the Lions Club, capital assistance will enable purchase of audiovisual equipment to be used for the Recreation & Retirement 101 project, which includes volunteering, mentoring and social participation for seniors in its goals. The project will feature information sessions focusing on recreational activities available locally for seniors’ participation, with presentations by seniors, for seniors and to seniors.
Program content has not yet been determined. Lions hope to draw on the knowledge and expertise of seniors who are willing to teach and inform other seniors of recreational activities available to them.
“Many seniors who reach retirement have given their whole lives to jobs and families. They don’t know how to fill their time once they retire,” King Lion Bucky Daye stated. “Others would like to find a hobby or pastime that’s affordable to someone on a small budget. We hope to have a variety of programming so every senior will find something of interest.”
Program format will be flexible and the equipment purchased through the New Horizons grant will allow presenters to choose materials they’re most comfortable with. Some may wish to use Internet and PowerPoint, while others will prefer to use display boards, flip charts or hands-on demonstrations.
The coming months will be busy for Truro & District Lions as the project gets under way. Once presentation equipment is installed, Lions hope to draw on seniors’ organizations, residential complex management and existing program facilitators to help secure presenters and create interest among seniors.
One Lion has already offered to do a session on budgeting, to help seniors find more money for recreational activities. Another is willing to make a presentation on creative writing. Drawing, martial arts, web design, gardening, chess, scrapbooking, couponing, yoga, bird watching — these are just a few ideas for possible topics.
Truro Lions are excited about the Recreation & Retirement 101 project and encourage seniors in the community to join them in making it a success. If you’re a senior who would like to help others experience a hobby you enjoy, or a senior hoping to learn more about a specific recreational activity, Truro & District Lions would like to hear from you. Contact Lion Joyce at 902-895-0355 or firstname.lastname@example.org or message Truro & District Lions Club on Facebook.
Joyce Gero, or Lion Joyce, is 2013-14 public relations chair with the Truro and District Lions Club. She is a resident of Lower Truro.