Volunteering at 90 years young
By Wapiti Wire Staff
Pennsylvania volunteers still far from retirement
When it comes to volunteering, age is just a number.
Just ask Pennsylvania volunteers Don Leppert and Bea Brace. Both celebrated their 90th birthdays this summer and are still actively involved in their respective chapters, the Bedford Chapter and Clearfield’s Northern Pennsylvania Mountains Wapiti Chapter.
“They’re both very active, and they’re both very sharp,” says Carol Lux, Brace’s daughter and chair of the Northern Pennsylvania Mountains Wapiti Chapter. “Their age is not getting in the way.”
Leppert had a long career as a deputy game warden for the Pennsylvania Game Commission and has volunteered with RMEF for over 25 years. He’s volunteered across the state, helping to establish several RMEF chapters, Lux says. Never one to sit still, even in retirement, Leppert can still be found lending a hand at game check stations come fall. “His whole life is the outdoors,” Lux says.
Brace has volunteered for five years, helping to establish the Northern Pennsylvania Mountains Wapiti Chapter. She was a health and physical education teacher for over forty years, mostly in the State College Area School District, and still swims at the YMCA several times a week. Affectionately called “Gramma” by the youth members of the chapter, Brace is a chapter committee member and is actively involved in many of the SAFE trainings the chapter hosts. Neither Brace or Leppert has plans to slow down anytime soon.