‘Danc­ing for lit­er­acy’

Kingston Lions want to in­crease Nova Sco­tia’s lit­er­acy rates

Annapolis Valley Register - - EVENTS - WENDY EL­LIOTT

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.

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