In 2020, the Coldwater Lions Club celebrated their 80th year.
The Coldwater Waubaushene & District Lions Club held its Charter night October 12th 1939, with 17 men ready and dedicated to make a difference in our community.
For the years between 1939 and 1945 membership was low in attendence due to World War II but a few dedicated members carried on. It was in January of 1946 when a special membership drive took place. The success of this drive meant 15 more members bringing the total to 38.
Over the years the Coldwater Lions Club with the generous support of local merchants has been able to sponsor and organize a great variety of events. It has been a regular occurrence to see Lions members at the front door of the Foodland (IGA) or on the Main Street selling tickets for such things as Car Draws, Bicycles, or Turkeys.
Other projects include the annual Santa Claus Parade has been sponsored by the Lions for the past 60 years, which offers local organizations the opportunity to submit floats for participation. In addition, we hold annual Canoe Races, and the Duck Race.
In the late 1970’s, since the members mainly came from the immediate Coldwater area, the name of the Club was changed to the Coldwater Lions Club.
Being part of the Coldwater Lions Club requires members to attend regular meetings and having fun has been a requirement at these meetings. Back in the 60’s at Easter time, members were requested to come wearing a hat or spring bonnet that they created. Frank Gleadall wore a baby pink bonnet with ties. Clifford Williams sported a 1900 picture hat of clustered black chiffon, decked with white daisies. Sombreros, and decorated straw hats were all in fashion. In the 70’s, Tom Smith provided old black and white comic movies for the club’s enjoyment after business had been dealt with.
In Present day, the Coldwater Lions Club has expanded into a large group of Men and Women who all enjoy spending their personal time to provide for the pleasure and welfare of others. The Lions Club continues to use all profits to support local organizations as well as Internationally sponsored causes.