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Conservation Dinner to move to autumn.

Conservation Dinner 2020 moves to autumn

Dinner Committee announces 31st Conservation Dinner in 2020 is to change from spring date to autumn date

The community committee organizing the 31st Conservation Dinner in 2020 has postponed the charity auction event until autumn.

Dinner Committee Chair Dave Frayne said the decision to reschedule the event is the right thing to do. The committee made the decision, he said, as Canada responds to the current pandemic and avoids having people in close proximity.

The Conservation Dinner Committee has chosen, through electronic vote, to postpone the April event and reschedule it for September or October.

“For 30 years we have enjoyed the fellowship community members experience at the Dinner but now is not the time to have a large event,” said Chair Frayne. “Our Dinner Committee will continue to review recommendations from public health over the coming months and we will hold the Dinner when it is safe to do so and in a way that protects the safety of all those involved.”

The Conservation Dinner is a partnership of the Exeter Lions Club, Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation, and other community partners. It has raised more than $1.2 million for projects in local communities. Continued support of the Dinner event is needed, Frayne said, to maintain community projects that rely on that funding. 

There are a number of ways people can continue to support these projects in their community. They can:
  • Donate directly to the Conservation Dinner by contacting
  • Buy raffle tickets, by e-transfer, to the 50-50 draw on April 16, 2020 (contact an Exeter Lions Club member or send an e-transfer to Lion Paul Anstett at; and
  • Buy tickets to the Dinner this autumn.
The Dinner Committee is providing options for people who have already purchased their tickets. Ticket holders can: 

1) Wait until a new date is set, then confirm their attendance or request a refund if the date does not work; or 

2) Donate the price of their ticket to the Conservation Dinner and receive a charitable gift receipt for income tax purposes for the full amount; or 

3) Request a refund (provided upon return of the ticket tax receipt portion).

For the new date, when confirmed, and other details visit and

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Get your 50-50 ticket now, by e-transfer, from your home - and support your community.

Exeter Lions Club brings back 50-50 draw for second year

Winning ticket to be drawn on April 16, 2020; You can also purchase your ticket through electronic transfer this year

The Exeter Lions Club held its first 50-50 draw, for community projects supported by the Conservation Dinner, last year (2019). The raffle was such a success the club is bringing the idea back in 2020.

Raffle tickets are available now. There are only 1,000 tickets printed and they are only $10 each. If all tickets are sold, the cash prize could be as high as $5,000.

For the first time, people can buy 50-50 tickets through e-transfers as well as from Lions Club members. If you would like to buy your ticket this way, contact Lion Paul Anstett at Buying a 50-50 ticket by e-transfer is a way to support community projects while still practicing safe social distancing.

“We are pleased to bring back the 50-50 draw as one more way we can help our local communities,” said Craig Glavin, President of the Exeter Lions Club. “The chance to win a big prize and be able to help your community at the same time makes this truly a win-win.”

The Conservation Dinner Committee has decided to postpone the 2020 Dinner until autumn but this will not affect the 50-50 draw. The Exeter Lions Club will continue to draw a 50-50 winner on April 16, 2020 as previously scheduled.

Conservation Dinner Committee Chair Dave Frayne thanked the Exeter Lions Club for bringing back this additional way to support parks and recreation and conservation projects in the community.

“The Lions Club has been Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation’s partner on the Conservation Dinner for 30 years and in addition to their hard work on the Dinner they are also helping support community improvements with the 50-50 raffle draw was well,” he said.

The Conservation Dinner is a community success story that has raised more than $1.2 million in net proceeds in support of parks and recreation, trails, family-friendly fishing derby, nature education, and other projects in local communities in an area from Exeter to Port Franks to Bayfield and all points in between.

For updates on the Conservation Dinner, such as a new date this fall, visit and

Calendar of Events 2020

Most events and meetings are postponed until after April 5. We will evaluate future events based on recommendations from public health authorities during the current pandemic. Dates are subject to change. Visit Ausable Bayfield Conservation website at for updates.

Here are some upcoming dates of interest:
  • Saturday, March 28 at 8:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. – Earth Hour 
  • Thursday, April 16 – Exeter Lions Club 50-50 Raffle Draw for Conservation Dinner Programs
  • Wednesday, April 22 – Earth Day
  • Thursday, April 23, 2020 – Partner Appreciation Evening and Conservationist of the Year Award (RSVPs only)
  • Friday, April 24, 2020 – Arbor Day
  • Saturday, April 25 – Save the Frogs Day
  • May 3-9 – Emergency Preparedness Week
  • May 3-9 – Drinking Water Week
  • Monday, May 4 at 9 a.m. – Friends of the South Huron Trail
  • Saturday, May 9 – Invasive Species Removal: Garlic Mustard Pull
  • Thursday, May 21 – Outdoor Classroom Day
  • Friday, May 22 – International Day for Biological Diversity (World Biodiversity Day)
  • Saturday, May 23  – World Turtle Day
  • Friday, June 5 – World Environment Day
  • Saturday, June 6 – Trails Day
  • Thursday, July 16 – Snake Day
  • July 6-10 – Summer Nature Day Camp by Ausable Bayfield Conservation
  • July 20-24 – Summer Nature Day Camp by Ausable Bayfield Conservation
  • August – Water Quality Month
  • Saturday, August 8, 2020 – Love Your Greats Day
  • Monday, August 17 – World Honey Bee Day
  • Thursday, August 27, 2020 Turtle Release Event at Morrison Dam Conservation Area (MDCA), east of Exeter
  • September or October – Conservation Dinner - watch for new autumn date for 31st Conservation Dinner 2020 date
  • Friday, September 18 – EarthEcho Water Challenge/World Water Monitoring Challenge/World Water Monitoring Day
  • September 19 – World Cleanup Day
  • Sunday, September 20 – Commemorative Woods Tree Dedication Ceremony at Morrison Dam Conservation Area (MDCA)
  • Sunday, September 20 – Terry Fox Run
  • Sunday, September 27 – World Rivers Day
  • Monday, November 2 at 9 a.m. – Friends of the South Huron Trail meeting 
  • Saturday, November 7  – Owl Prowl
  • Tuesday, December 1, 2020 – Giving Tuesday 
  • Saturday, December 5  – World Soil Day
Also, this is the International Year of Plant Health. (PDF)

For other events and Board of Directors meetings and updates visit the Ausable Bayfield Conservation website at this link:


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