Hon­oured by the Lions

Trevor Luke sur­prised by fam­ily com­ing to awards evening

Bush Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE - By DAVE MUR­DOCH

Trevor Luke of the Norse­wood Lions Club is still get­ting over the shock of be­ing pre­sented with Lions In­ter­na­tional’s high­est award, a Melvin Jones Fel­low­ship on Thurs­day Oc­to­ber 18.

Turn­ing up to the fort­nightly so­cial meet­ing at the Dan­nevirke Ser­vices and Cit­i­zen’s Club, he didn’t sus­pect any­thing — even though it was not on the Norse­wood Club’s nor­mal night.

Trevor was alerted that some­thing was up when into the gath­er­ing walked his sons Jeffery from Auck­land and David from Hamil­ton to­gether with his sis­ter Margaret from Waverly.

Trevor was then the hon­oured guest as the club pre­sented a This Is Your Life In

Lions com­pi­la­tion, com­plete with a book, cre­at­ing much amuse­ment for the 80-plus as­sem­bled fam­ily and Lions.

It was re­ally a his­tory of Norse­wood Lions since its in­cep­tion in 1973.

Trevor joined Lions in its first year and is the long­est serv­ing club mem­ber.

Among the many dif­fer­ent projects he has been in­volved in:

■ Build­ing the Norse­wood Wa­ter Wheel Re­serve.

■ Work­ing with Dan­nevirke Host Lions set­ting up the Te Ohu Out­door Ed­u­ca­tion Camp.

■ Help­ing set up the NZ Cot Death As­so­ci­a­tion with an­other Lion , to which the club con­trib­uted $10,000.

■ Buy­ing a Jaws for Life to help in car ac­ci­dents.

■ Cre­at­ing the Anzac Park shel­ter and more re­cently re­form­ing its paths and nam­ing its trees.

■ Run­ning the Norse­wood to Taka­pau Fun Run with the Taka­pau Lions and CHB Cycle Club.

■ Or­gan­is­ing the Se­nior Cit­i­zen’s Christ­mas Party.

■ Host­ing mon­ster auc­tions, street mar­kets, mo­tocross events, Guy Fawkes cel­e­bra­tions, blood donor ap­peals.

■ Most re­cently in­stalling large wa­ter tanks to pro­vide wa­ter for fire-fight­ing.

Trevor was Norse­wood Lions Pres­i­dent for two and a half years and has held ev­ery of­fice ex­cept sec­re­tary and trea­surer, sev­eral times.

All of Trevor’s chil­dren have­trav­elled on Lions Youth Ex­change to Ger­many, the USA and else­where, in­clud­ing grand­daugh­ter Sarah.

Trevor is also renowned for his pranks de­signed to bring laugh­ter and may­hem on so­cial oc­ca­sions.

On Thurs­day night the club ran a pass-the-par­cel ac­tiv­ity which ended with Trevor, the con­tents be­ing news­pa­per and an imi­ta­tion ice-cream — pay­back for his pranks of the past.

Norse­wood Lions Pres­i­dent John El­li­son says Trevor stands out as a longserv­ing Lion who still gets heav­ily in­volved in projects even at the age of 78. He said Trevor is a very car­ing Lion who sup­ports many peo­ple in their ad­ver­sity, both as a Lion and as a friend.

Norse­wood mem­ber and Lions Dis­trict 202M Dis­trict Gov­er­nor Mar­i­anna Dom­per-Schrivers pre­sented Trevor with his award, named af­ter the Amer­i­can who founded Lions In­ter­na­tional:

“Tonight we have all heard about Trevor and we all know he has funny pranks how­ever there is also an­other side to Trevor.”

“This Trevor is one of those Lions who shows the spirit of Lions in his daily life as well as in Lions. He is a true ex­am­ple of the Lion’s motto “We Serve” — where there is a need there is a Lion.”

Trevor with his Lions fam­ily at the award pre­sen­ta­tion.

Lions Trevor Luke and 202M Dis­trict Gov­er­nor Mar­i­anne Dom­per-Schriver with Trevor’s Lions In­ter­na­tional’s high­est award the Melvin Jones Fel­low­ship.

The Lions In­ter­na­tional Melvin Jones Fel­low­ship Plaque.

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