With Malahide Council's plans to take down the Springfield Lions Hall and replace it with a Community Hall, residents of Springfield and the surrounding area would be removed of an essential element to the social framework that defines Springfield. These plans would remove the Lions, Lioness and Leos from the building after the Lions club has maintained the property for 50 years at no expense to taxpayers. Council will then turn around and charge a fee to these service clubs should they wish to use the meeting room in the new hall and charge an additional rental fee should any of these service clubs wish to use the hall for fund raising purposes. These plans show a poor insight to the financial constraints of running a non-profit service club, as well as a weak grasp on the value the Lions and affiliated clubs bring to the community. Should these clubs collapse due to the new fees placed upon them, Springfield residents would lose more than just a historical organization. They would lose approximately $40,000/year in donations. Therefore, we the undersigned propose that Malahide council grants the Lions club and their affiliated partners; � a representative on the municipal selection committee for the position of caretaker to the new hall, � that these users and any with an equivalent commitment to the new hall will have the meeting room fees waived, � that these users and any with an equivalent commitment to the new hall will have the rental fees lowered at a negotiable rate.
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Kathi Vandermeer, Canada5 years ago Comments: Community programs such as the Lions club and the Lioness are an essential part of small towns and villages. Their support of charity and community programs are a necessity. To make it impossible for these clubs to continue, would have a huge negative impact on many charitable causes.
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