© Wendy Elliott
Among the Kentville Lions who were recognized recently as volunteers were Betty Myles, charter member Elmo Tupper and Albert Houghton.- Wendy Elliott, www.kingscountynews.ca
Elmo Tupper has been giving his time to good causes for 64 years.
The only remaining charter member of the Kentville Lions club, Tupper says the group “is much smaller than it used to be.”
In 1949, there were over 100 members. Today, says King Lion Regina Lomond, the club has just 29 members, including Kentville Mayor Dave Corkum, who is an honorary Lion.
“We welcome anybody,” said Tupper, who will be 94 next month.
He served with the dental branch of the army during the Second World War and settled in Kentville when it ended because his wife was a Valley girl. During his working career, he managed shoe stores in Kentville, New Minas and Halifax.
Tupper said he joined the club “to do things for other people.”
Lomond says Tupper can recall dates and times in the club’s history.
She adds that the Kentville Lions stay busy helping seniors, providing transportation and delivering Christmas baskets.
“We meet so many wonderful people,” she added.
Along with Tupper, over 18 organizations in the Town of Kentville chose volunteers to recognize at this year’s recognition dinner on April 9.
This year’s specialty awards went to Lion Albert L. Houghton and Crystal and Lorne Peach and family. The mayor’s corporate award went to Les Falconer.