Lion Laraine joined the Wingate Lions Club in November 1999. She has served as secretary for several years, vice president, president, board member, and on numerous committees.
On the district level, she has served as zone chair and as chairperson of several committees including Liberty Day, Camp Dogwood, History, Orientation/Retention, and Brighter Visions. She has also served several years on the Mid-Winter Planning Committees, was Mid-Winter Convention Chair 2015 and 2016. She served as district cabinet secretary/treasurer twice, Second Vice District Governor, First Vice District Governor (twice), and District Governor 2016-17.
At the state level, Lion Laraine has served as Volunteer Committee Co-Chair, Sight and Hearing Conservation Committee Chair, State Convention Rules Committee Chairperson, state Convention Attendance and Credentials Committee Chairperson and Brighter Visions. She has also been an active participant in NC Lions Inc. budget hearings. She has served as a volunteer during Camp Dogwood Summer Camp sessions, the North Carolina Lions VIP Fishing Tournament, and the monthly meetings of Union County’s VIP support group. A life member of NC Lions, Lion Laraine is a progressive Jack Stickley Fellow, William L. Woolard Partner-In-Service (Friend), a 1st Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow, and a Sid L. Scruggs Lighthouse Keeper recipient. She has received the International President’s Certificate of Appreciation, International President’s Letter of Commendation, 100% President’s Award, and 100% Secretary’s Award.
Lion Laraine is a retired registered nurse and is active in her church, serving as a Sunday School teacher, a mission leader, Sunday School treasurer, and has participated in mission trips to Ukraine, Alabama, and coastal North Carolina. She is married to Lion Dale Dupree, PCC. They have two children, six grandchildren, and five greatgrandchildren.