The first thing to come to mind about the 1990’s was the frustration by the Club, as well as other like charities, to raise money. The reason is the Ontario Lottery Corporation. With the opening of casinos and gambling at horse race tracks, and along with the huge hospital lotteries the smaller charities like the Newmarket Lions Club could no longer sell a one hundred dollar ticket on a car draw, or anything else. When people compared the huge prize boards of the hospital lotteries, there was very little choice on where they wanted to spend their one hundred dollars.
But despite the difficulty of money raising the Club continued to increase its commitment to the community as well has continue the programs such as the Santa Claus Fund and the Music Festival. One community activity I have not mentioned was our support for the elderly who were living in Greenacres Nursing Home. I don’t know when the activity started, but I know it was in existence in 1972 when I joined the Club. We would go on a monthly basis in the evening and play bingo with the residents. The Club members would hand out cigarettes, chocolate and cookies. We would even serve beer to those who were able to have it.
In the year 1989 – 1990 the Newmarket Lions Club added another addition to the Lions Hall. The addition amounted to a large banquet room and kitchen as well as a small meeting room. The Lions banquet room became a favorite location for wedding dinners, Christmas parties and anniversary parties.
Another highlight of the 1990’s was the opening of the Newmarket Theatre. It was only natural that the Lions Club should be involved in some way with the Theatre that was to become an important venue for the Lions Music Festival. When the Theatre committee mentioned the need for a grand piano, the Lions Club immediately made the commitment to donate the Grand Piano.
In 1993, the Newmarket Lions Club holds a lottery to establish the Newmarket Seniors Centre.