Bearspaw Lions Get Big Bite

The Bearspaw Lions Club and ultimately the “Lions Youth Camp” will benefit from a generous donation from Dusty Woznow, known by most for his previous establishment “Dusty’s Saloon”. Some $6,000 raised from Dusty’s recent auction sale has been donated to the Bearspaw Lions club to be used for a much needed septic system upgrade to the Lions Youth Camp near Cremona.

The camp hosts various groups such as Scouts, Guides, family reunions, bible groups, etc. The youth camp has also received a generous donation from “Wolseley Mechanical Group” to help supply all low flush toilets for the camp. A big Lions heart felt THANK YOU to Dusty and Wolseley for their commitment to this fine facility supporting youth programs.

Submitted by Lion Albert Rakowski

For information on the Lions Youth Camp go to or send an e-mail to

2016 Market Forms, Pricing, FAQ, etc.

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which appears on the top right of the form.  Click on that and select ‘Save File’  You can then open and print the form.

2016 Vendor Application Form

2016 Vendor Pricing

Frequently Asked Questions for Vendors (FAQ)

Alberta Government Letter To Farmers Market Managers

Our NEW e-mail address for the Farmers Market is

If you think you have an organic product to sell, please read about the recent regulations from the Alberta Government and it’s certification process.  We will not allow a product to be labeled “organic” unless the seller has the proper certification from the Alberta government.


Hall Rental Contract Download, Guidelines & Rates

Bearpaw Lions Hall

Bearspaw Lions Hall

For Hall Rental information contact us at:

Once you have booked your event you should have been given a rental contract. If not, to download the Rental Contract click here

The images shown here are pre-renovation.  Our renovation is being completed this year (2017) and is a major improvement to our facilities.  For current pictures and images go to our Facebook page ‘Bearspaw Lions Community Hall‘.

The Bearspaw Lions Hall is situated one km. west of the City Limits on Highway 1A leading to Cochrane. It is a small, very functional hall available for rent by the general public, owned by the Lions Club of Bearspaw. On the SW, it overlooks the Bow Valley and the Rocky Mountains and on the NE, it overlooks the beautiful Bearspaw Golf course.

We have about 6 acres of land for your use.  To view the Hall and/or property come to our Farmers Market which has been running for 25 years, held every Sunday from the 1st Sunday in June to October between 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM or contact us at the e-mail address above.

The 2,500 sq. ft. hall has a professional kitchen licensed by Alberta Health Services, handicaped-available bathrooms, full bar facilities including a beer keg refrigerator and tap, full high-end audio/visual system with a wide screen TV over the bar and a Projector and projection screen over the stage, a 600 sq. ft. deck overlooking the golf course and a paved parking lot for 60 cars.

The authorized capacity set by the Fire Marshall is up to 122 people . The extended parking lot can handle over 150 cars.  The hall is professionally cleaned and maintained to Alberta Department of Health standards.

We have 19 tables (8′ x 2.5′) and seating for 122 available.  Table and chair set-up can be arranged for a small additional cost.  We can recommend a very personable licensed Marriage Commissioner for your wedding and a caterer for your event.

An appointment to view the hall can be arranged by contacting us at the e-mail address given above.

Rental rates (2017) are available on request.

If serving liquor it is mandatory for the renter to get a liquor license for the event and optionally purchase Party Liquor Liability Insurance naming “The Lions Club of Bearspaw” as “Additional Named Insured”.  If you are serving alcohol to the public you must have a bartender who has passed the Alberta Government Bartender Training Course.

Download the Hall Rental Contract here: Rental Contract in PDF format

For more information on renting the Hall click here: Rental Information in PDF format

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Lions Fundraiser for Pakistan Flood Relief

In July and August, torrential monsoon rains caused massive flooding in Pakistan. Over 1,600 adults and children died and 20 million people lost their homes and everything. The Bearspaw Lions Club and South Asia Lions Club are holding a fundraiser to raise money for these flood victims of Pakistan. Please consider coming to this event or making a donation. Note that 100% of donations will go to the cause. None of the money donated will go to administration.

When: Saturday Oct 30th
Where: Bearspaw Lifestyle Centre, 253220 Bearspaw Road about 4 km west of Calgary City limits just south of 1A Highway at Bearspaw Road
Time: Doors open at 6pm, dinner at about 7pm
MC: Past Lions International President Judge Brian Stevenson
Format: Buffet of South Asian food provided by local restaurant, short speeches on the flood in Pakistan and what the Lions are doing, ethnic entertainment, 50/50, silent and live auctions, bar.
Price: $75 per ticket of which $20 is for the meal and $55 is a donation.

Donations not requiring receipt will go to Lions Clubs International Foundation. LCIF will give money to Lions clubs in area to buy and distribute food, water, and supplies. For those requesting a receipt, the donation will go to Canadian Red Cross who will issue the receipt.

If you need more information, please e-mail Roger Pilkington at or call Roger at 403 239 0370

Featured Vendor – Janzen Casuals

Janzen Casuals, Inc., established in 1998, began as a cottage industry manufacturing fleece bears, bags and sportswear. The culmination of solid referrals and a loyal client base prompted Janzen Casuals to expand to corporate, and retail sales in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Janzen Casuals Inc. products are designed and manufactured in Calgary, Alberta.

Charlette Janzen can be contacted at or

Charlette was kind enough to assist the Bearspaw Lions in designing and arranging for the manufacture of our cloth shopping bags and aprons.  These items are available to anyone for a nominal donation to the club of $3 / bag or $20 per apron.  Contact any Lions member or see Lion Dean Taevs in stall #27 (the vendor with the yummy beef jerky).

Bearspaw Lions Market Bag

Bearspaw Lions Market Bag

Lions and Haiti

Lions International and local clubs are directly involved in the relief effort in Haiti.  More than $1.5 million have been raised by clubs around the world, so far.  There is a huge effort being made by Lions on the ground as well.  For more information on this Lions’ effort open this article by clicking on the title and click here.

Our club has donated $5,000 to Lions International specifically for Haitian relief and another $5,000 to purchase shelterboxes, again, specifically for Haiti.  If you don’t know what shelterboxes are click here.  Our club has purchased shelterboxes in the past and they have gone to help people in other parts of the world.  Here’s a link to a letter that our President Roger received recently.

Individuals can donate directly to the shelterbox program if they choose.  Your contribution can be any amount you are comfortable with, it will go to help purchase more of these life saving shelters.  This will be very important in the upcoming rainy season in Haiti.

For more information on the local Lions clubs and what they are doing click here to go to our District web site.


2009 – 2010 Committee Members

Lions Club of Bearspaw

Committees 2009 – 2010


Finance Committee (Standing Committee):

David Oberhofer (Assistant Chairman)

Dean Bethune

Gerry Karran (Market Manager)

Al Bishop


Property and Buildings (Standing Committee):

John Gehring (Chairman)

Matt Oberhofer (Calgary Regional Health Liaison Officer and Hall Reservation Coordinator)

Barry Huycke (Assistant Chairman)

Bernie Schuld

George Kuss


Charitable Giving (Standing Committee):

David Oberhofer (Chairman – Treasurer & Past Pres)

David Vidalin(Assistant Chairman)

Gordon Smith

Hopeton Louden

Barry Huyke


Membership Committee (Standing Committee):

Jim McPherson (Chairman)

Kelly McKinley (Assistant Chairman)

Ernie Domshy

Dean Teavs


Farmers Market:

Gerry Karran (Manager)

Orval Grenon

Alex Kowalchuk

Del Borggard

Gordon Smith

Bob Thomas

Matt Oberhofer (Managing kitchen & hall cleaning, ensuring rentals do not clash with market)


Awards Committee:

Walter Wearmouth (Chairman)

Don Spicer

Leigh Blackwell

Tim Bancroft


Constitution & By-Law Review:

Roger Pilkington (Chairman)

Hopeton Louden (assistant Chairman)

Gordon Smith

Del Borggard plus ALL Executive


Public Relations & Volunteers Committee:   

Wayne Stevenson (Chairman, Tail Twister)

Derry MacFarlane

Del Borggard

Adolf Voelk

John Gehring (involved in publicity at Cabinet level) 


Special Events, Bar and Hospitality:

Don Mundie (Chairman)

Alex Kowalchuk

Jim Kelly (Catering)

Bernie Schuld (Bar)

Dave Vidalin (Meeting Socials)

Bob Thomas

Walter Wearmouth (Pioneer Awards)

Bob Norris


District Convention

Jim McPherson

Roger Pilkington

Wayne Stephenson


Gifts and Flowers:,

Angus Mackenzie


IT Control:

Gerry Karran

Dean Taevs



Dean Bethune

Jim Kelly

Alex Kowalchuk


Youth Programs

 Dean Teavs (Chairman)

Kelly McKinley


Special Projects

Al Bishop (Chairman)

Kelly McKinley

George Kuss

Ernie Domshy

Hopeton Louden

Dean Bethune

2009-2010 Officers and Directors

Officers and Directors Bearspaw Lions Club
1st July 2009 – 30th June 2010

Lion Tamer: David Oberhofer

Tail Twister: Wayne Stephenson

1 Year Directors:

Leigh Blackwell

Hopeton Louden

Jim Kelly

2 Year Directors:

Bob Thomas

Adolph Voelk

Alex Kowalchuk

3rd Vice President:

Dean Bethune


2nd Vice President:

Don Mundie

1st Vice President:

John Gehring


David Oberhofer / Dean Bethune


Ernie Domshy / Barry Huycke


Roger Pilkington

Thanks for attending our 2010 Farmers Market

The Bearspaw Lions Farmers Market  was a great success again this year thanks to our “regular” full time vendors and a variety of new vendors. We look forward to next year and wish everyone a happy and safe Christmas season.

Please note, the Bearspaw Lions do not host a Christmas market but the Bearspaw Lifestyle Center (across the highway on the South side of Highway 1A) does. Contact them at (403) 239-1502 for details.

Our market runs from the first Sunday in June to the first Sunday in October, every year.

If you need information about one of our vendors please check our Links page – most of our full time vendors have links to their own sites there.  If you don’t see the vendor you are looking for, send an e-mail to

Are you interested in Lionism or would you like more information about joining the Lions club?  Send an e-mail to

2008 – 2009 Meeting & Events Schedule


All meetings start at 7:15 pm (unless noted).
Wed, Jul 30




Executive meeting


Mon, Aug 25




Executive meeting


Tue, Sep 2




Regular meeting


Mon, Sep 8




Executive meeting


Mon, Sep 15




Regular Meeting (snacks & beverages before meeting)


6:30 start



Mon, Oct 6




Regular meeting


Mon, Oct 13




Cancelled due to long weekend, may reshedule if required.


Mon, Oct 20




Charter Night Dinner



Guests welcome: Confirm all attendance by Oct 7


Mon, Nov 3




Regular Meeting


Mon, Nov 10




Executive meeting


Mon, Nov 17




Regular Meeting (snacks & beverages before meeting)


6:30 start



Possible date for Club Convention & Dinner




Mon, Dec 1




Regular meeting


Mon, Dec 8




Executive meeting


Mon, Dec 15




District Governor’s Visit (dinner) and Christmas Party



Members and Guests welcome (6:30 start) Confirm by Dec 10th



Mon, Jan 5




Regular meeting


Mon, Jan 12




Executive meeting


January 16-18, 20



District 37-O Convention in Canmore partly sponsored by Bearspaw



Mon, Jan 19




No meeting due to Convention over the past weekend.



Mon, Feb 2




Regular meeting


(Officers and Directors nominations)


Mon, Feb 9




Executive meeting


Tue, Feb 17




Ladies Night



Guests welcome: Confirm by Feb 10th

Mon, Mar 2




Regular meeting


(Election of Officers and Director)


Mon, Mar 9




Executive meeting


Mon, Mar 16




Irish Stew Night (

Inter Club)  

Inter Club) Inter Club)

Guests welcome.

Mon, Apr 6




Regular meeting


Mon, Apr 13




Executive meeting


(Easter Sunday is April 12)


Date TBA



3rd Annual Pioneer Recognition & Comminity Awards




Mon, Apr 20




Regular Meeting (snacks & beverages before meeting)


6:30 start



Mon, May 4




Regular meeting


Mon, May 11




Executive meeting


Mon, May 18




Regular Meeting (snacks & beverages before meeting)


6:30 start



Mon, Jun 1




Regular meeting


2009/2010 Membership Dues due before July 1


Mon, Jun 8




Executive meeting


Mon, Jun 15




Installation and Induction Night Dinner



Guests welcome: Confirm by June 10th

6:30 start