Kirkton-Woodham Community Service Award

Pictured, from left, Optimist member and host for the evening Murray Switzer, Ellen Shute and Tim Shute.
Pictured, from left, Optimist member and host for the evening Murray Switzer, Ellen Shute and Tim Shute.

On Friday, January 13th, the Kirkton-Woodham Optimist Club presented their 29th annual Community Service Award. This year’s very deserving recipient was Tim Shute who resides on Line 6 and operates a family dairy farm. Tim has literally been involved for decades in various community and agricultural organizations, often taking on leadership roles as well.

The Kirkton-Woodham Optimist Club, K-W Winter Carnival, K-W Fair board, K-W Farmers’ Club, Perth Federation of Agriculture, boy scouts, Woodham United Church and now Thamesview United church are just some of the groups that have benefited from having Tim as a member. Plus he and his wife Ellen raised 4 sons while operating a dairy farm.

The evening included a delicious meal and several speakers who attested to Tim’s dedication and willingness to help out. What made the evening a little more special is the fact that Tim’s dad, Mervin Shute, received this award in 2002, making them the first father-son recipients. Mervin and his wife Helen were in attendance and able to celebrate the occasion with their son. There was a crowd of just over 100 people on hand.

One of Tim’s remarks was that, looking back, they wondered how they managed to do all they did, especially when the boys were little. But that’s just what community-minded people do. They make time because it’s important to them. In a time when rural communities are dwindling and even vanishing, it is people like Tim Shute who work a little harder to keep their communities vibrant and alive. People like that will also say they don’t do it for the recognition but it’s important to acknowledge the contribution and say thanks by having such an event like the K-W Optimist Community Service award.

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