Volunteers a Big Help to Westport Lions

IMG_7107.JPGDwain Smith and Wendy Briggs-Jude are just two of the eleven volunteers and ten Lion members that keep the beach property in top shape.

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Westport Lions Roar

By Lion Bob Reddick

            Dwain Smith and Wendy Briggs-Jude are just two of the eleven volunteers and ten Lion members that keep the beach property in top shape.

Wendy Briggs-Jude says volunteering makes her “feel good.” She must have many days of feeling good because she opens and cleans the change rooms every Saturday and Sunday, and also regularly drives the mobility vans. When asked why she is so willing to drive people to medical appointments, she responded, “I love to drive and the Lions pay for the gas.”   Wendy started volunteering when she was a teenager and it something she has always done.

Dwain Smith is part of a team that works towards keeping the beach weed-free. Depending on the wind and lake conditions it can mean removing up to 14-bucket loads of weeds. Last Wednesday nine bucket loads had to be removed.

Dwain says he loves seeing the smiles on the kids playing in the sand and in the water. He has noticed that many grandparents take their grandchildren to the beach on a regular basis and it is enjoyed by people of all ages. He believes the Lions beach is a great source of pride and a big part of the community.   It is one of the few facilities that is free.

Dwain is quick to volunteer to help Lion David Lowery to remove dead trees and broken branches from the property. He has also assisted Lions Don Baker and Dave Blair to repair the tractor rake used for collecting seaweed.

The Lions beach is privately owned by the Westport Lions Club and receives no funding from any form of government, and is solely supported by generous individuals and local businesses.


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