Lions mark 50 years of ser­vice

Mem­bers ac­knowl­edged for giv­ing back to the com­mu­nity

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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.

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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.

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