District  Governor Joe Nilles

DG Joe was born in Ephrata, Washington In January, 1948 and was raised on a farm in Northern Douglas County.  He went to WSU for 2 years.  Joe married Dorothy, the result of a blind date, in March of 1968.  Dorothy and Joe returned to the home farm in 1968 and bought it from Joe's parents. Together they farmed until 1989 when they sold the farm and moved to Leavenworth where Joe owned and operated a machine and welding shop in the Leavenworth area for 10 years.

Joe and Dorothy raised two children, son Allan who is a retired Lt.Col. f om the Air Force and daughter Diane who is the CEO of the local hospital.  They have 6 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.

 Joe joined Leavenworth Lions in June of 1990 and has maintained perfect attendance for 29 years.  He has been named Lion of the Year, a progressive Melvin Jones Fellow, received an International President's Medal, held all the officer positions in the club more than once, served as Zone Chair many years, and as District D District Governor 2011-2012.

Additionally, Joe has served as a School Board Member for 6 years, worked with 4H and FFA Students, and was a volunteer firefighter for over 31 years.

National Volunteer Award

In 2019, Easter Seals Canada launched the annual Easter Seals National Volunteer Awards to highlight and celebrate the contributions of Easter Seals volunteers, promote volunteerism and further enhance awareness of Easter Seals’ mission and work across the country.  

The awards are bestowed to one outstanding volunteer in each province for a total of 10 awards nationally.  The volunteer to be recognized from each province is selected by the Easter Seals organization in each province. The BC award recipient this year is Mr. Bob Ayotte, former Director of the Board of Directors of the BC Lions Society ESBCY, and a long-time Camp Improvement Committee member.

Please join us in congratulating Bob and celebrating National Volunteer Week! 


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