Lioness Preparing for Charter Night Celebration

Hard work and humanitarian service are synonymous with the Calais Lioness Club.  The membership of the club is dedicated to working within the local communities, enhancing the area and helping its residents.

The club makes local donations in excess of $8,000 annually.  This money is raised through various events such as yard sales, road tolls, raffles, and the ever-popular Super Draw during International Homecoming Festival, to name just a few, often while donning their bright yellow vests, or on some occasions, in their now very recognizable witch or elf costumes. 

All funds raised by the Calais Lioness Club stay local in the greater-Calais area to help friends and neighbors in need.  Some incidences that may warrant a donation from the club are for such unfortunate occurrences as house fires or medical treatments. 

In addition to executing fundraising and helping others, the club is now gearing up for its annual Charter Night, an event celebrated each April.  Charter Night is a meaningful one, recognizing the 1985 founding of the club. 

The evening also welcomes new members.  This year’s Charter Night will bring in one new member to join the other 18 active members.  Of those 18, three are original charter members in the group:  Norma Van Devander, Avis McIntyre and Terri Smith.

To become a member of this all-female group, one must be sponsored by an active member and attend three consecutive meetings.  Meetings are held monthly with a low annual dues.

The first Charter Night brought in 43 members, and although, sadly, some have passed, those currently in the club are hoping any original members who can attend know they are cordially invited to be recognized at this year’s Charter Night.  It will be held on Thursday, April 5, 2018 with RSVP required.

For more information, Lioness Charter Member Norma Van Devander can be reached at (207) 454-8486.  The club also has a Facebook page, Calais Lioness Club.