With the Car Rally registration completed and the cooking about to begin, volunteers took a moment and gathered for a photo to record the 30th anniversary of this fundraising event. Front row, from the left, Leo Madi Giles and Leo Martine Payne. Middle row, from the left, Lions Debra Kelly, Mark McMillan, Jordan Hodge, Tom McMahon and Nancy McMahon. Back row, from the left, Lions Cindy Borden-Billings and Carl Robinson. Thompson Goddard photo
CHESTERVILLE – For 30 years, the Chesterville & District Lions Club has held their Car Rally & Chicken BBQ and this year 65 cars participated in the annual fundraiser. While registrations continued at the front of the Chesterville Legion Hall, Lion Carl Robinson explained the funds raised by the Car Rally are used in the local community by the service group. Robinson expressed thanks for the silent auction items donated by businesses, local organizations and individuals in Morrisburg, Winchester, Williamsburg and Chesterville.
The Car Rally is organized as a Poker Run with participants drawing cards to make a poker hand at registration, scheduled stops in Moose Creek, Finch and back at the Chesterville Legion with the best poker hand winning a prize. For some participants the rally has become a tradition, with Mark Findley from the Chesterville area explaining he was participating in the Lions run to get out and have some fun while supporting the organization.
Carolyn Thompson Goddard, grew up in Chesterville and attended North Dundas District High School. After completing her BA in Political Science at Carleton University she has worked as a medical secretary and library technician. In 2020 she graduated from Algonquin College with a diploma in Journalism and has been a reporter and column writer for The Chesterville Record for over 10 years.