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Truro & District Lions Club
C. Walter Bell 1959-60
LeRoy Rhindress 1971-72
Allan W. Beal 1991-92
NEW MEMBERS INDUCTED
Join Truro & District Lions in welcoming two new members, Cheryl Fritz and Gary Giles, inducted into the club at the April 11 dinner meeting. The induction cremony was performed by Past District Governor Allan Beal, assisted by Lions Chuck McManus and Susan Bartlett. Lion Cheryl is sponsored by Lion David Sullivan. Lion Barbara Urquhart sponsored Lion Gary, who has also taken over the privilages and responsibilities of Baby Lion from Lion Mabel.
For Bill Ripley, the freezing temperatures we’ve been subjected to this winter have been mild compared to those he experienced during his many years of living and working in Fermont, Québec, where snow fell from September to late May and winter temperatures typically ranged from -20° to -60° F.
The youngest of three children, Bill was born and raised in Truro. Listing hockey, softball, and dancing as some of his milder interests, he admits to being a little wild and reckless as a young man. That all changed when he met Ruby, his wife of 56 years, and settled into the quieter lifestyle of marriage. It wasn’t until after two of their three children were born that Bill, a heavy equipment and diesel mechanic, joined the Québec Cartier Mining Company, moving his family to northeastern Quebec, near the Labrador border.
Bill joined the Fermont Lions Club in 1976. Eight years later, with their growing children crossing the provincial border to attend an English-speaking high school, the couple’s social life expanded into the area, and Bill transferred his membership to the Lions club in Labrador City.
Some of Lion Bill’s fondest memories during that period revolve around Lion’s activities at Christmas time. He recalls filling huge stockings with candy, apples, oranges, nuts, toys and games. Lions gave one of these stockings to every child in the community.
He also remembers Lions participation in the Christmas parade, when people would rush out of their homes to thrust a hot toddy – don’t forget the temperatures – into marching Lions’ hands.
Another activity Lion Bill regularly participated in with the Labrador City club was the annual Lions “white cane” walk for the blind.
After his retirement in 1995, Bill and Ruby moved back to Truro. Transferring membership once again, Lion Bill has proudly served as a Lion in his home town for the past 19 years. With so many years as a Lion, he has filled many roles and earned numerous awards. Highlights of his service include four terms as King Lion, a Melvin Jones fellowship in 2008, a life membership in Lions Clubs International, and a CTV Volunteer of the Week award earlier this year for his long time service with Blind Bowling.
Lion Bill became involved with this Lions project when he joined the Truro club and has been Blind Bowling chair for the past 15 years. Not only does he coordinate transportation, serve as one of the scorekeepers, and coach bowlers every Friday morning from September to May, he also arranges Christmas and awards banquets for the bowlers each year. They enjoy a special relationship with him, and it was their appreciation of his dedication, sense of humour, and patience that brought about their decision to nominate him for the CTV award.
Trustee chair for 2014-15, Lion Bill also has weekly delivery routes for bingo cards, is one of the callers for 50/50 Bingo, and can be counted on to turn out to help with special events like the annual pancake breakfasts and Children’s Wish Foundation Walk for Wishes reception.
One of the payoffs of years spent with one company or service organization is lasting friendships, and Bill and Ruby are reaping those rewards with visits to friends throughout the Atlantic Provinces and occasional reunions at Lions Conventions.
At home, Bill enjoys wood-working, from small projects like the birdhouse donated as a prize for this year’s Nova Scotia Lions Convention to larger projects like kitchen cabinetry and the building of his own home. Each November, his son Paul vacations in Nova Scotia for quality time hunting with his dad, and several times every year Bill enjoys a weekend of fishing and friendship with a few other club members.
Oh, about those temperatures – Bill admits it was a different kind of cold, without the penetrating dampness we just can’t seem to escape here in Nova Scotia.
A look at the roles
Truro & District Lions
play in the club and community
To ensure the safety of the Club premises and the people using them
To keep Club premises clean, in good repair, and free from safety hazards
To consist of three (3) Members, which are the Chairperson, who serves on the Board of Directors, the Vice-Chairperson, and one (1) other Member selected by the Nominations Committee or elected into the position. These are one (1) year successive positions.
Under direction of the Board of Directors, the Chairperson:
- Maintains care and control over all consumable supplies and items left in its care by the Club or its Committees
- Ensures cleanliness and maintenance of the building
- Ensures prompt payment of all bills for service that are involved in running the property, such as electricity, fuel, and town taxes.
- Hires employees as needed and enters into contracts with other people or businesses as best suits the needs and operation of the Board.
- Performs other duties that may be asked by the Club from time to time.
The Chairperson directs contractors to submit invoices for additions and renovations to the Club Secretary or Treasurer.
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