"Follow Your Guide"
Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides
Hamilton District B Benevolent Project
2013 - 2014
Three Dog Guides Donated
2009 - 2010
Two Dog Guides Donated
2007 - 2008
Three Dog Guides Donated
2006 - 2007
Four Dog Guides Donated
September 6, 2014
R.W. Bro. D. Kenneth Laliberte, D.D.G.M., Julie Jelinek, Representing Dog Guides,
W. Bro. Kevin Baglole, Chairman of Benevolence.
Hamilton District B raised $22 002 for Dog Guides Canada during 2013-2014.
This was enough for 3 more Dog Guides.
11 Lodges - 4 Years
12 Dog Guides
12 Families Changed Forever
District B Brethren You Have Made A Difference!
"District B is A BUZZZZZZZ" - "Seven or More Make it Perfect"
"Never Doubt that a small group of citizens can change the World." - Margaret Mead
" Reiner " - Hearing Guide Dog
Donated from 2013 - 2014
D.D.G.M.'s Benevolence Project
Thank You Letter Received From Recipient Korall
Wow does time fly by. Between holidays, taking care of my dog, and going back to school, I can't believe how much time has passed. However I cannot let that distract me from saying what needs to be said.
I want to say just how very thankful and appreciative I am of the amazing people at Hamilton Masonic District B. I would not be sitting here with my one-of-a-kind companion, Reiner, if it weren't for the generosity of each kind soul. I still cannot fathom the blessing bestowed upon me half the time and this would never have been possible without YOU, every last one of you. You have contributed to bringing a type of security and happiness into my world that I will never be able to replace. Reiner is my reason to wake up smiling in the morning, my little ball of energy, my everything. Thank you.
I was born with a moderate-severe hearing loss in my left ear and a mild-moderate hearing loss in my right ear. I've had hearing aids ever since I was 4 years old which was pretty cool since I was the only one in all of my classes to have super high-tech gadgets that were beyond what any of the other kids could understand. My classmates used to stare in wonder as I simply changed my hearing battery. I was very lucky to be in this modern age of hearing aids. With FM systems and a loud family, I had no issue making up for my hearing loss.
I have been a part of the puppy program for Dog Guides ever since I was a little girl. I got to see firsthand how these puppies that I hugged and kissed and potty trained, grew up and changed lives. Other's always asked how I could give the puppies up but they will never understand the transformation that I saw these dogs make in people's lives. It warmed my heart to send my puppies off to help someone who would need a trusty companion but I never imagined that I would receive the privilege of having a trusty companion myself. With me going off to University next year, my mom wanted me to apply for a hearing dog as she had fears that I would miss people knocking on my door, the phone ringing, my alarm going off in the morning, and most importantly, the fire alarm (especially if I was asleep). Deep down, I had the same fears as well. Reiner has given me new confidence and security that I could have never imagined by being at my side and my family can rest easy that I have someone to look after me when they cannot.
You have given me a gift that will never be taken for granted.
P.S. here are some pictures of my little heart melter.
"It gives me more freedom to be capable."
Response from a boy who recently received a special skills dog.
"If a Lodge does not have a major project as an undertaking that consumes and involves the members, the members have no reason to become involved" - Grand Master of Alberta, July 2005
2006 - 2007 R.W. Bro. David Gibson Sr. D.D.G.M.
"Follow Your Guide" was a successful District B Benevolent Project implemented by R.W. Bro. David Gibson Sr., District Deputy Grand Master for 2006 - 2007. He gave his District Benevolent Chairman W. Bro Robert J. (Bob) Brooks free reign to create a program that would run for more than one year, and inspire the brethren to contribute. W. Bro. Brooks' long time friend and dog guide foster parent, Grimsby resident Steve McDonnell introduced him to the Dog Guides of Canada program. This program, centred in Oakville and created by the Lion's Clubs of Canada, donates free of charge to worthy recipients, Hearing Ear ($4 000), Canine Vision ($6 000), and Special Skills/Seizure Response ($10 000) Dog Guides.
The District's goal was to collect $500 per lodge and raise $6 000 to donate a Canine Vision Dog, thus the theme "Follow Your Guide." Response from the lodges and brethren was truly overwhelming as $26 000 was raised - enough for a donation of four Dog Guides. Brethren were encouraged to submit names for our Dog Guide. "Buzby" submitted by V.W. Bro. Monroe Murphy from Lincoln Lodge No. 544 was chosen, as it went along with R.W. Bro. David Gibson Sr.'s theme "District B is a BUZZZZZZZ.
2007 - 2008 R.W. Bro. Robert J. Brooks D.D.G.M.
The following year 2007-2008, R.W. Bro. Robert J. (Bob) Brooks, D.D.G.M., continued the program under the leadership of W. Bro. Robert Naylor, Chairman of Benevolence. $18 000 was raised resulting in the donation of three more Dog Guides. Seven Dog Guides in two years fit in nicely with D.D.G.M. Robert Brooks' theme "Seven or More Make It Perfect."
2009 - 2010 R.W. Bro. Terence J. Brown D.D.G.M.
Two years later in 2009-2010, R.W. Bro. Terence J. Brown, D.D.G.M., continued the program under the leadership of V. W. Bro. Lou Domjan, Chairman of Benevolence. $13 695 was raised resulting in the donation of two more Dog Guides.
2013 - 2014 R.W. D. Kenneth Laliberte D.D.G.M.
During the 2013-2014 Masonic Year, R.W. Bro. D. Kenneth Laliberte, D.D.G.M., continued the program under the leadership of W. Bro. Kevin Baglole, Chairman of Benevolence. $22 002 was raised resulting in the donation of three more Dog Guides. 1 - Hearing Ear Dog Guide 1 - Seizure Response Dog Guide and 1 - Service Dog Guide.
District B Brethren are Simply Amazing!
$79 697 - Twelve Dog Guides
Twelve Families Changed Forever!
Left - Opening the door of the world to our recipients. Right - "Buzby"
District B Dog Guide "Buzby" Saves Owner's Life!
Richard with his Special Skills Dog Guide "Buzby"
Richard, a Hamilton resident and recipient of one of District B's Dog Guides, recently informed us that "Buzby" saved his life. Richard, while suffering an epileptic seizure, fell down a set of stairs. He said Buzby performed as he was trained. He stayed by Richard's side, barked loudly, and drew the attention of neighbours, who called 911 for an ambulance. Richard is very thankful to the Brethren of District B for giving him Buzby. Richard and Buzby would someday like to attend a District Meeting, where Richard wants to personally thank us.
District Deputy Visits Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides
Oakville, Ontario February 12, 2007
L to R - R.W. Bro. Terry Brown, R.W. Bro. Tom Young,
R.W. Bro. David Gibson Sr. our D.D.G.M.,
R.W. Bro. Robert J. (Bob) Brooks Sr.
A Special Need's Dog can be recognized by its Blue Jacket. Opening a door for its owner.
"I Can't Eat While On Duty" - "Off Duty - Food is Okay"
Gordon Wallen, Manager of Fund-Raising Administration,
with his Special Need's Dog.
District B would like to extend a special thank you to R.W. Bro. Robert E. Kerr and the Hamilton Districts Masonic Board of Relief for all the time and effort spent recording and issuing tax receipts.
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