April Events Report

April 19th Dinner Meeting - Doug Lein

Our dinner meeting on Tuesday, April 19th began with 43 members enjoying the opportunity to sit and mingle while sipping a cool fruit punch (sorry, no bar at this location) prior to the business portion of the meeting.

President Dennis began the meeting by thanking everyone for attending after a long 2 years since our last dinner meeting due to the impact of the pandemic.

Reports were then given on various Men’s Club updates since our last meeting, followed by a list of some of our upcoming events including a Spring Trip to the Owen Sound Waste Water Treatment Plant (subsequently postponed) and another trip to a Cannabis Grow Op and the Bayfield Brewing Company. We also gave details on the return of the Sauble Parkway Road Clean-up on May 25th and the Touch-A-Truck Day to be held on July 9th at the Sauble Beach United Church including a Men’s Club BBQ. Dave Corbett provided an update of the success of the Christmas Kettle Campaign where we managed to raise $6060 for the Salvation Army despite the reduced number of days manned due to challenges with finding volunteers due to ongoing pandemic concerns.

Following a blessing, we all enjoyed a savoury dinner of ham, scalloped potatoes and all the trimmings along with pie, coffee and tea prepared by the members of the Hepworth/Shallow Lake Legion.

Our guest speaker, Doug Lein was introduced by Ken Frook.

Doug shared with us details of his 45 year career with police forces beginning in the GTA and concluding in Saugeen Shores. In the mid-eighties he specialized in Critical Incident Stress Management Counselling. Doug also had extensive involvement with Terrorist Awareness Training. With his background he became an intricate member of the York Regional Police Department Team of 12 which assisted in New York City following the 911 Attacks.  A major role Doug played in New York was his part in P.O.P.P.A. (Police Organization Providing Peer Assistance). Doug’s first-hand knowledge and experience made for a very interesting and informative presentation.

Following Doug’s Presentation, he was thanked by Alf Roth for all his dedication and passion to helping those through their trauma experienced as a result of the 911 tragedy and elsewhere during his policing career.