‘Dancing for literacy’
Kingston Lions want to increase Nova Scotia’s literacy rates
clubs realize it’s so important.”
Kingston’s King Lion Pat Nixon has invited the Kings County Family Resource Centre to use space at the club house for moms and toddlers to hold Rhyme Time.
“It’s fun,” he said. “The parents are involved and it’s expanding every week.”
Brunelle’s district includes 68 Lions clubs, representing about 1,800 members, and she says when she visits, they treat her like a queen.
Helping the community
The Kingston Lions is an active bunch and as Brunelle points out, most of the money it raises goes back into the community.
Recently, members set up at four locations in the Kingston/ Greenwood area to canvas during Diabetes Awareness Month. Other charitable causes include hearing aids, eyeglasses, sleep apnea machines and Camp Brigadoon.
Youth are a priority. Members organize school breakfasts in Kingston, support public speaking contests and drug awareness. Lions district governor Claire Brunelle recently spent time with the Kingston Lions Club, including with King Lion Pat Nixon, left, and an active volunteer.
“Lions jump on the bandwagon,” said Nixon. “They’re very hard working and very, very generous.”
The club was chartered in 1961 with 19 Lions. Nixon adds that about 30 per cent of the members are female.
“It’s not an old boys club anymore,” he chuckles. About 85 Lions were on hand for the dinner Brunelle attended recently, but Nixon says 50 is the average. Their annual Dec. 24 breakfast is coming up soon, which is a popular event in the community.
The club holds two bingo
events weekly. Also, members re-home used furniture and help with heating oil for those in need.
Annually, the club supports the Kingston Steer Barbecue by cooking and serving the steer, which is a focal point of the event. Members also run two canteens and a supper at the Port George Country Jamboree.
“I just want people to know that Lions are such good people. They have so much fun, which is great,” Brunelle adds.