The Lions Who are we?

History of the Buckingham Lions Club

The Buckingham Lions Club's beginnings are not unlike those of any other service club or volunteer organization that has come into existence.

It all started with the realization of a dream; the man who created it was Mike Mahoney. He wanted to start a social club in Buckingham to help his fellow citizens in need. After several approaches to the higher echelons of the Lions Clubs organization, they sent a person named Verne Lachance who preached the following idea: help your fellow man while having fun.

A number of businessmen who also wanted to help their fellow man came up with the idea and organized themselves to found the Buckingham Lions Club in 1934. The first meeting was held on November 25, 1934 under the sponsorship of the Montreal Central Lions Club. The Buckingham Lions Club was founded and chartered on December 4, 1934.

In the beginning, only the most pressing needs were met, and if we look back to those years, we understand why the members set out to reduce the problem of hunger.

The first activity was organized for Christmas 1934, it consisted in providing food to needy families. Today, more than 85 years later, we are proud that this same activity is repeated by the members with our famous Christmas basket distribution.

The second challenge addressed the same issue of hunger, but this time with youth. For two years, Lions provided free milk to students to ensure proper nutrition.

The third project involved dentists because a war on tooth decay was declared; dentists not only screened for cavities but also repaired them for those who could not afford it (there was no such thing as a health insurance card at the time), all thanks to the generosity of Lions.

Fourthly, with the help of doctors, clinics were organized to find out who was suffering from a tonsil problem and the less fortunate could undergo a necessary operation for free with the help of the club.

We wanted to list the club's first four (4) projects because we believe they formed the solid foundation that motivated members to get involved in building the Buckingham Lions Club and ensuring its continuity.

To list all the activities of the club for over eighty years would surely be the equivalent of writing a book. In the latter, we would have chapters on subjects such as: donations of money, food or clothing; purchases of medical devices, hearing aids, sight aids, wheelchairs.

A chapter would be dedicated to the organization of parties, parades; civic projects such as: construction of swimming pools, fences for ball fields, tennis courts, purchase of specialized vehicles etc.

We can now understand the members when they admit that it is a privilege to be part of such a structure and be assured that the motivation is still there in 2021 as much as we found it in 1934.

The people of Buckingham and the surrounding area should feel comfortable about the future because the club, which has more than 85 years of history, sincerely wants to pave the way for the next few decades.

Written by Lion Richard Besner


Who are the Lions of Buckingham?

The BUCKINGHAM LIONS CLUB is part of Lions Clubs International, the world's largest service club organization with more than 1.4 million members in over 200 countries.

Founded in 1934, the BUCKINGHAM LIONS CLUB is a charitable organization that helps the less fortunate in the community, assists youth and improves the quality of life for the general population.

We support a wide variety of causes including sight, health, education, youth and our seniors.

We contribute to activities as varied as:

  • Distribution of Christmas baskets to families in need in our sectors.
  • Distribution of Christmas baskets to families in need in our sectors.
  • Partnership in the school life of our youth.
  • Aménagement d’aires de jeux dans nos parcs et écoles.
  • Soutien aux centres d’hébergement pour femmes et enfants.
  • Support for hospitals and hospices.
  • Support for senior residences.
Buckingham Lions Club and Brewery - Le Buck

Comité exécutif 2023-2024

Président : Lion Luc-André FAUBERT

Secrétaire : Lion André TREMBLAY

Trésorier : Lion Denis BÉDARD

1er Vice-président : Lion Normand FAIRFIELD

2th Vice-président : Lion Denis ROY

3th Vice-président : Lion Jean Guy LAFRAMBOISE

Directeurs :

Lion Simon PICHÉ

Lion Germain CHARRON



Éditeur de Bulletin : Lion Denis BÉDARD

Tail Twister : Lion Simon PICHÉ

Lion Tamer : Lion Denis ROY

Président précédent : Lion Jocelyn FRÉCHETTE

History of presidents

2022-2023Jocelyn FRÉCHETTE
2021-2022Norm FAIRFIELD
2020-2021Marc-André TODD PARENT
2019-2020Pierre BOISCLAIR (2)
2018-2019Yves GOULET (3)
2017-2018Richard CHARTRAND
2016-2017Denis BÉDARD (2)
2015-2016Sébastien LEBLANC
2014-2015Luc LAUZON (2)
2013-2014Pierre BOISCLAIR
2012-2013Yvon BRODEUR (2)
2011-2012Michel LEGAULT
2010-2011Yves GOULET (2)
2009-2010Denis BÉDARD
2008-2009Richard BESNER (2)
2007-2008Jacques RENAUD
2006-2007Jacques LAREAU
2005-2006Jacques CHARBONNEAU
2004-2005Pierre RENAUD
2003-2004Luc MINER
2002-2003Yves GOULET
2001-2002Yvon BRODEUR
1999-2000Luc LAUZON
1998-1999Normand BOUVIER

1997-1998Laurent CHARETTE
1996-1997Ed D’ENTREMONT
1995-1996André TURPIN
1994-1995David HAYES
1993-1994André ARSENAULT
1992-1993Gilles CHALIFOUX
1991-1992Yvon BRODEUR
1990-1991Don MURPHY
1989-1990Bob AUBÉ
1988-1989Guy SAUMURE
1987-1988Louis Denis ROY
1986-1987Bert AUBÉ
1985-1986Andy MIDDLESTEAD
1984-1985Richard BESNER
1983-1984Roger PAYETTE
1982-1983Gérald BASTIEN
1981-1982Richard PHILIPPE
1980-1981Ken MACMILLAN
1979-1980Jean Marc CHICOINE
1978-1979Philippe PEARSON
1977-1978Norm MACMILLAN
1976-1977Richard BIEHLER

1975-1976Denis TREMBLAY
1974-1975René DESJARDINS
1973-1974Armand RENAUD
1972-1973Bob CHAMPAGNE
1971-1972Hugh LEMIEUX
1970-1971Horace GAUTHIER
1969-1970Jos MCGURN
1968-1969Marcel HOULE
1967-1968Thom LAFRAMBOISE
1966-1967John CAMERON
1965-1966Archie RENWICK
1964-1965Henry LADOUCEUR
1963-1964Léo GIROUX
1962-1963Gérard GAUTHIER
1961-1962Jean Marie BERTRAND
1960-1961James DONAHUE
1959-1960Rhéal NADON
1958-1959Ian ROBINSON
1957-1958Lucien HOULE
1956-1957Phil TURCOTTE
1955-1956Raymond MACMILLAN
1954-1955Moise D’AOUST

1953-1954Bob MACARTHUR
1952-1953George CRANE
1951-1952Paul JOBIN
1950-1951Charles V. CLARK
1949-1950Allen MCMILLAN
1948-1949Frank MCKINNON
1947-1948André GIBEAULT
1946-1947Léo MCDONNELL
1945-1946Eli ASSAD
1944-1945Charles NASH
1943-1944Harold GORMAN
1942-1943René BISSON
1941-1942Murray BAYNE
1940-1941Lorenzo CADIEUX
1939-1940E.C. ROY
1938-1939G.W. WOODWARD
1937-1938Horace LAPIERRE
1936-1937Dr. L.J. SICARD
1934-1936R.B. WALKER