Nelson Bernabucci, 93, greatly enjoyed last year’s Christmas Dinner at the Branford Senior Center, held each year to let the community express gratitude to its elders. Nelson was there as a volunteer, serving guests. This World War II veteran operates on the philosophy “it is better to serve others than be served,” and it shows through his lifetime of service in the Rotary Club (he’s a past president of the Rotary Club of Branford). Upon returning from World War II Navy service in New Guinea and the Phillipines, he became a business teacher in the Hamden Pubic School System, later founding the Branford Tutoring Service and, in 1965, the Branford Hall School. Currently, he’s still active with Rotary and, with his wife Louise, volunteering with the Branford Community Dining Room.