Anna Kellow awarded for service to Creston legion

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(From left) Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 29 ladies auxiliary president Geri McIntyre presents Meritorious Service Award to Anna Kellow as East Kootenay ladies auxiliary zone commander Donna Downs look on.

(From left) Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 29 ladies auxiliary president Geri McIntyre presents Meritorious Service Award to Anna Kellow as East Kootenay ladies auxiliary zone commander Donna Downs look on.

Creston’s Anna Kellow was presented with the Royal Canadian Legion’s Meritorious Service Award on Jan. 15.

She joined the Royal Canadian Legion ladies auxiliary on Jan. 8, 1974. She has held the position of treasurer for 36 of her 37 years of service and remains in this position to date. The detail that she puts into her work is impeccable. The Royal Canadian Legion’s annual audit passes with flying colours, with never an error. Her position as treasurer is complex and requires a lot of work.

Kellow also did all of the bookkeeping, disbursements and baking for the bingo account. She was a floor walker for bingo, as well as running the concession. She assists in the kitchen at all times, and bakes and serves at funeral teas, bake sales, veteran events and poppy campaigns.

She received an honour certificate from Branch No. 29 on Nov. 5, 1991, for her outstanding services, as well as certificates of appreciation from the ladies auxiliary over the years. She also received a well-deserved life membership in 2005.

Simultaneously, Kellow joined the Order of the Eastern Star and continues to be a member after 29 years. She is also its treasurer of as many years, and remains in that position.

In 1998, Kellow joined the Red Cross and until 2010 was also its treasurer. As well, she was a volunteer at the medical equipment loan service for 10 years, as often as needed, as the service is open five days per week. She also prepared bandages for the hospital.

Kellow has worked diligently for many years, not only in her legion work but also in the community. She is always cheerful and highly respected by all.

— ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION (Branch No. 29)