Westport Lions Continue to Grow

Sponsor Jim McGlade, right, welcomes new member Lion Danny “Boomer” Lewis into the Westport Lions Club.

Westport Lions Roar

By Lion Bob Reddick

The Westport Lions welcomes Danny Lewis to our club.  Dan is affectionately known to the community as “Boomer.”   A co-worker didn’t know his real name for over a year until a pedestrian said to him, “Hi Dan,” while walking past them on a job site. 

When asked how he got the name, Danny replied, “Terry Thake gave it to me.  When I was a young boy, I spent a lot of time in the outdoors, hunting and fishing, so Terry called me Daniel Boone.”

Everyone of a certain age will remember the popular 1960’s TV program of the famous American frontiersman, Daniel Boone, and his ultra-cool coonskin hat.   “In time, the Daniel got dropped, and I became Boomer.”

Dan decided a year ago that he wanted to join the Westport Lions Club, but his induction was postponed because of COVID-19.  Dan says he has some more flexibility with his time, now that he is older and has given up raising beef cattle and some of his other community responsibilities.

Lion Dan is no stranger when it comes to contributing to his community.  He was a volunteer fireman for 28 years, council member for North Crosby Township for two years and part of the St. Edward Parish Council for several years.  He has coached North Leeds soccer and hockey and canvased for the Heart and Stroke.

When asked what Lions’ service project he might be interested in helping.   “I am still learning what the Lions Club does,” says Danny, “I wasn’t aware that the new Re-Use and Recycle Centre was located at the building next to the Tackfaberry’s gravel pit until last Wednesday’s meeting.  I just want to learn and help out when I can.”

Dan’s knowledge of the community, his carpentry skills and his experience serving his community over the years will make him a valuable asset to Westport Lions Club.  The Club welcomes Dan into the Lions’ family.

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