Hutchison named Citizen of the Year

Lions Ivan and Sheila Campbell hosted the Clifford Lions annual year end barbecue on June 15 in Clifford.

Past District 9 Governor Bill Chalmers installed the new executive for 2017-18: President Sheila Campbell, treasurer Judy Worsley, secretary Ivan Campbell, one year directors Margaret Penfound and Ho Park, two year directors Fay Binkley and Allan Manning, Lion Tamer Margaret Penfound, Tail Twister as needed.

Second vice District 9 governor Elaine Chalmers presented 100 per cent attendance pins to Binkley, Penfound, Worsley, Ivan Campbell and Sheila Campbell. They each received their new T-shirts with the Lions crest.

Ivan Campbell announced, “It gives me great pleasure to present the Clifford Lions Senior Citizen of the Year to Georgie Hutchison.”

Sheila Campell read an in depth report on Hutchison’s activities since moving to Clifford with her husband Bruce in 1994 and opening their home to visitors at Country Lane Bed and Breakfast.

Over the years, Hutchison  volunteered as co-chair of the 1995 School Reunion; is still a  Guide leader, past president of the Clifford and District Horticultural Society, help with the Communities in Bloom committee; co-chair of the United Church Women Unit 5; started Welcome Basket; is a member of the Downtown Revitalization Committee; encouraged council to refurbish the stone pillars and wrought iron gates at the Clifford Cemetery and developed souvenier ideas for wood from the historic grist mill

Over the past two and a half years, she has immersed herself in the historical aspect of the 150th Community Anniversary and 2017 Clifford Homecoming.

“Simply stated, Georgie enjoys gardening, crafting, hosting, writing, and socializing and finds ways to involve those passions in the community in which she lives,” said Ivan Campbell, who presented Hutchison with a plaque. “For this simple reason, Georgie Hutchison is chosen as this year’s Clifford Lions Club Senior Citizen of the Year, 2017. Congratulations!  We commend you for all your outstanding contributions to the community of Clifford and the Town of Minto.”

Hutchison’s name will be added to a plaque at the local post office.

“I enjoy being involved in the community,” said Hutchison. “Small towns are wonderful. Thank you.’