Monday, December 10, 2012


Christmas News

The Poignant Poinsettia

Chilliwack Lions almost sold out  at their pop-up plant store

Staff/Voice file photos


The last few poinsettias line the table at the Chilliwack Lions on Saturday. Below, Pat Johnson looks out over an almost empty room after a week of brisk sales.


at Johnson jumps up from his crib game at the back store when he hears the door creak open. At 94-years-old, he demonstrates amazing brio that most people his age can only reminisce about.


Johnson, who has been with the Chilliwack Lions Club for 47-years, together with his younger selling partner Ed Ryan, a member for 36-years, volunteered to sell the poinsettias.


They cost $9.95 for a regular size plant in two colours, and $34.95 for the big ones.


A few years ago, Johnson’s daughter sold some poinsettias and made a pretty good profit. So he decided to try it for the Lions Club.  And it worked.


“We’ve sold about 200,” he said. “We’ll be all out soon and there’s no more.”


Any profit from the sale goes back to the community in the form of services and programs the Chilliwack Lions are famous for within in the community.


But wait, hold everything. That’s not all Superman Johnson does.


He says each month the Club get about 800 pairs of eyeglasses that he sorts and ships out to their Calgary office headed for distribution networks in various countries throughout the world.


Have you got your poinsettia yet? Better hurry, the Lions Club popup flower store in the old Rogers Video outlet at Salish Plaza is slated to be only open for another week, but they will likely be sold out of flowers before then.


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