Lions mark 50 years of service
Members acknowledged for giving back to the community
The Lions Club of Kaikoura celebrated 50 years of service to the community with a birthday bash at Fyffe Country Lodge at the weekend.
The Kaikoura chapter of the international organisation has had more than 200 members since it was formed under the auspices of the Blenheim Lions at a meeting at the Adelphi Hotel on August 31, 1964.
Lloyd Johnston was charter president when the Kaikoura chapter was formed that night, and at the 50th celebration he, along with another charter member Bryan Seddon, received life membership from District Governor Peter Yearbury.
Guest speaker Danny Smith, representing the Kaikoura community, spoke to more than 70 assembled guests, and thanked the club for all it does for the community.
Members of the Lions Club of Kaikoura and their families have given generously over the years helping others and building a better community.
Lions achievements include building and funding projects, and otherwise serving the community.
In 1976 the Lions raised $4000 towards a new St John ambulance, and in 1987 contributed $ 15,000 to build an aquarium in a joint venture with the University of Canterbury on research land on the esplanade.
President Vern McAllister said the Kaikoura Lions Club lives up to the motto: Serve.’’
Recent efforts include the Lions walkway built along the beach, and emergency defibrillators for the duty police officer’s car and duty doctor’s car.
This year also marked a milestone as the Lions installed the 50th seat for the 50th year – on the summit of Mt Fyffe. Last year the club supported the community in excess of $40,000.
Lindsay Rowe received the highest award a serving Lion can be awarded, the Melvin Jones Fellowship, named for the man who founded the Lions as a secular service organisation in 1917. There are about 46,000 Lions clubs with 1.35 million members worldwide.
Lion for life: Club charter president Lloyd Johnston, left, receives life membership of Lions International from Lions District governor Peter Yearbury.
Lions pride: Lions Club members gather for a group shot at Fyffe Country Lodge.