Hillbillies, rednecks meet in Truro

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Truro & District Lions Club, By Joyce Gero

Nova Scotia Lions gather for district convention

Emily Prescott, left, of Bass River, winner of the Zone Speak Out competition, will compete on Apr. 26 at the Nova Scotia Lions district convention in Truro. Zone Speak Out Chair Lion Brenda Billard, centre, and Zone 4 Chair Lion David Hunter presented Prescott, sponsored by the Truro and District Lions Club, with a plaque, certificate and cheque.

Don’t be surprised if there are reports of an unusually high number of hillbillies and rednecks spotted on Truro streets on the last Friday in April. They’re only Lions, of the human variety, from across the province gathering at the Best Western Glengarry for the annual Nova Scotia Convention.

The weekend begins with a hillbilly and redneck themed meet and greet at the convention centre, where Lions and their spouses can enjoy a little socializing before getting down to business on Saturday, when the denim overalls and message tees worn on Friday night will be replaced by the gold and purple vests that identify Lions around the world.

One highlight of the convention will be the teen public speaking competition, with entrants sponsored by each of the 12 zones in the district. Emily Prescott, a 4-H Club member from the Bass River area, is sponsored by the Truro and District Lions Club and will be representing Zone 4 with her speech about growing up on a farm.

Prescott, who will be taking up fashion design at Ryerson in the fall, also competed at zone level last year, speaking about the benefits of supporting local growers.

The winner of the district competition will move on to compete in Atlantic Canada’s multiple district contest in May.

The winner of an additional district competition for youth will also be announced at the convention, when drug awareness posters created by Grade 4, 5 and 6 students will be judged for their relevance and creative merit. Zone 4’s entry from a student from Musquodoboit was last year’s winner.

A special event at this year’s conference will be the attendance at Saturday’s noon luncheon of Lion Dave Galloway, a member of the Springhill 2011 Lions Club. Galloway will be completing a five-day walk from Springhill to Truro with 80 per cent of his vision blocked in order to raise funds for the family of baby Georgia Langille, born with a rare genetic disease that has left her deaf, blind and suffering from seizures. Following the luncheon, Galloway will proceed to the Cougar Dome, where a community walk will be held to raise additional funds.

While Lions are holding meetings, shopping excursions and other activities have been organized during the weekend for spouses. A warm welcome is sure to be in store for them from a business community that has generously purchased advertising, provided sponsorships and donated prizes to help ensure conference success. Truro has definitely given back in appreciation of Lions’ support to its community.

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The Truro and District Lions Club’s final pancake breakfast of the season was held on March 29 at the Lions hall, 1100 Prince St. All profits were donated to the Colchester Food Bank.

To learn about Lions’ projects in the community or how you can become involved in the organization, visit http://e-clubhouse.org/sites/trurons/ or join the Truro and District Lions Club on Facebook.

Joyce Gero, or Lion Joyce, is 2013-14 public relations chair with the Truro and District Lions Club. She is a resident of Lower Truro.

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