Strathroy Lions Ricco Foods Santa Claus Parade Returns This Month Thanks to Some Needed Funding

Grab your Santa Clause hat, some hot cocoa and make your way downtown at 1pm on November 19th, Santa is coming to town. It is the return of the Strathroy Lions Ricco Foods Santa Claus parade after two years away due to the pandemic. Last week the event received a financial contribution from its title sponsor, Ricco Foods, and Owner Don Windsor says the contribution is for good reason.

Windsor adds it’s to help make the parade happen, because it’s all about community.

Ricco Foods donated $7500 and Strathroy-Caradoc allocated $3500 to the event which Parade Chairman Rob Dack says is very expensive to run including getting all the bands, staffing, and security. You can find registration forms for the parade on myFM, Lions Club and Chamber of Commerce websites and on various social media platforms.

Pandemic Doesn’t Stop Strathroy Lions From Doing What They Do

This week, the Strathroy Lions made their annual holiday season donation to the Salvation Army donating $2500 for the cause. Lions Member Rick Copp says these difficult times are one thing, but the mission of the Lions Club to continue to give back to the community will not stop.

Copp added they always donate to the Salvation Army because they believe in the mission of the Salvation Army, and no matter how hard the times, the Lions would not hesitate to support that.

Strathroy Lions Hall Open For Business in September

The Strathroy Lions Club is very pleased to announce the Lions Hall will reopen September 1st, 2021 for all of your event needs. Any COVID-19 procedures and restrictions that may be in place at the time of any bookings will be adhered to by both the renter and the Lions Club.

The Hall caters to wide variety of special events, and the facility set-up and ambience may be adjusted to suit almost any occasion in style required.

From dances, live music and wine tasting events to weddings, stag & does, corporate galas, seminars, banquets, and charity dinners, this modern facility proves convenient and versatile. Listed below are the amenities:


  • 5’x8′ preparation table and counter-top space area
  • Two full size refrigerators (one small freezer unit)
  • Two independent gas stoves complete with exhaust hoods
  • Microwave oven
  • Commercial dishwasher
  • Dual Coffee maker/Coffee Urn/Kettle
  • Large capacity sink
  • Serving setting for 150 guests (plates, silverware, coffee mugs, etc)


  • Fully licensed under Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO)
  • Automatic ice machine
  • Beverage cooler
  • Two storage cabinets – liquor/beer/other
  • Licensed bar and bartenders (for bartending reservation details, contact Dave Milliken – 519.661.7505)


  • Easy access and parking available for full house attendance per event including night security lighting
  • Front entrance and washrooms are barrier free (wheelchair accessible)


  • Direct internet and Wi-fi connections
  • Sound system (not for use for live entertainment group) but suitable for
    • Public speaking
    • Radio
    • CD Player
    • Background music
  • Two TV Monitors that are equipped with VIP cable package, USB, HDMI connections (for laptop/USB drive connection)
    • 75″ wall mounted unit
    • 65″ wall mounted unit
  • Large 6’x6′ manual overhead screen for overhead projector presentations (projector not included)
  • Adjustable atmosphere lighting schemes including stage area lighting
  • Seating for 150 (maximum recommended) or 165 total capacity

For booking inquiries, please call Hall Manager Sally Klaver 519-282-7284 or email

Lions Food Drive a Success

Recently your Strathroy Lions conducted a town wide food drive with donations being accepted at Superstore, Walmart, Food Basics in addition to the Lions Club Hall. We were overwhelmed with the generosity of our wonderful community. Over the next little while due to the provincial shutdown, we will be delivering these donations to local organizations that need it the most during these times. Thank you Strathroy.

Lions Food Drive a Success

With their usual efforts held back, and willingness to help the community limited due to the pandemic this year, the Strathroy Lions held a food drive this past Saturday to help out those in need. In cooperation from host businesses Walmart, Superstore and Food Basics, Lions President Mark Iggulden says it was something they felt they needed to do.

At the end of the day, the food drive brought in over $1000 in monetary donations and over 2000lbs in food for the Salvation Army. The Lions Club would like to send out a huge thank you to the host businesses and to the community for your generous support.

Lions Donate to Salvation Army Food Bank

A $500 donation to the Salvation Army Food bank was made Tuesday by the Strathroy Lions Club. Lions President Mark Iggulden says this funding is one way to help out a long-standing organization during tough times.

Major Roland Shea said the money always goes towards helping those in need.

Iggulden says like everyone the Lions had to adjust to the pandemic and as a result they can’t operate as many events they normally do which means there’s less money coming in but they’re doing what they can. Shea said they’re always thankful for community donations and their organization is standing strong throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

2020 Lions Auction Cancelled Due To COVID-19 Pandemic

As has happened with many popular events during the Covid-19 shutdown the Strathroy Lions have decided to cancel this year’s auction. This decision comes as the Lions rely on the Strathroy business and commercial community for donations to the auction. Having had to close their doors for many weeks now with no real end in sight the Lions felt it would be improper to canvas for donations this year. Hopefully we can return to some normalcy and bring the auction back for 2021. Strathroy Lions wish all of our business community a quick and prosperous return.

Lions Donate $5000 to Two Local Organizations

Another example of giving back to the community during the holiday season as this week the Strathroy Lions Club donated money brought in from this year with their Monday night bingo and gave $2500 each to the Strathroy Salvation Army and the Women’s Rural Resource Centre. Bingo Chairman Rick Copp says the Lions do this every Christmas time because something should be done.

Being the only regular bingo running in the area, Copp says they try to create an atmosphere of enjoyment for bingo players and an opportunity for simply a nice night out.