Lions Club Recognize Methodist Home Residents

By Jayna Smith


On behalf of the Calais Lions Club, members Dan Lacasse and Ron Hanbury presented the residents of Calais Methodist Homes with a plaque of appreciation.  The residents fundraise to assist the Santa's Helper Program each year.  (Photo by Jayna Smith)

The folks at Calais Methodist Home certainly like to get together and have some fun, and each year for the past six years, the residents have shown how to put the "fun" in fundraising, all to help the Lions Club's Santa's Helper Program.  

For this year's fundraising efforts, residents got together late summer for a fun grab bag auction event.  Later in the year, a second fundraiser was held, this time a pound auction.  

Those taking part brought something that weighed approximately a pound, wrapped it up, and allowed it to be auctioned off.   The gifts ranged from gag gifts to useful gifts--and even some money, according to Manager Brenda Donaghy.

"Residents decided to do this instead of a gift exchange," Donaghy said.  "They would rather support the Lions fund."  When all was said and done, the folks had raised nearly $800.

On behalf of the Calais Lions Club, Lions Dan Lacasse and Ron Hanbury explained the recognition recently given to the residents from the club.  For their efforts for six straight years, with intent of more to come, the members of the Calais Lions Club felt it only appropriate to recognize the generous group of people and did so with a "Methodist Home Residents Santa's Helper Support Award," a beautiful engraved plaque that will be on display in a common area.  

"It's our 75th anniversary celebration and we really wanted to recognize these people," Lion Dan Lacasse said.  "They gave a substantial donation." 

Lacasse said that with the residents' donation, it helped the Santa's Helper Program distribute gifts to 200 area children and food to 100 area families.  


"It's up to the residents and they choose to keep doing it year after year," Donaghy said.