Tawa Li­ons cel­e­brate 50 years of ser­vice

Kapi-Mana News - - FRONT PAGE - CHELSEA MCLAUGH­LIN

A proud his­tory of mar­kets, Christ­mas pa­rades and vol­un­teer­ing is be­ing cel­e­brated in Tawa.

The Tawa Li­ons Club cel­e­brates its golden an­niver­sary this month and is still as rel­e­vant now as ever, says direc­tor and board mem­ber Mike Baker.

Not a lot had changed over the years, as there was al­ways a need for com­mu­nity minded peo­ple.

‘‘Li­ons will con­tinue to do the same work as we’re do­ing to­day ... given the abil­ity of its mem­ber­ship to par­tic­i­pate.

‘‘The need for us to get in the com­mu­nity and help – that need is still there.’’

The club was first char­tered in 1966 with 42 mem­bers and has 28 this year.

It had long been ac­tive in the Tawa com­mu­nity through projects like the an­nual auc­tion that ran from 1966 un­til 2005 and the Tawa Christ­mas parade.

A time cap­sule was set up at Mervyn Kemp li­brary in 1990 and is due to be opened in 2040.

One of the club’s most recog­nised projects was the Satur­day mar­ket at Out­let City, Baker said.

‘‘We sell eggs and honey as some of our fundrais­ing at the mar­ket

‘‘We’ve sold over half a mil­lion eggs, be­lieve it or not, and we’ve sold over four and a half tonnes of honey.’’

The av­er­age mem­ber­ship age was over 50, but the club was work­ing hard to at­tract younger mem­bers.

‘‘We are striv­ing to keep new mem­bers com­ing in that can con­tinue the work that we are do­ing now in the fu­ture.’’

One of the most valu­able things the group had given Tawa in its 50 years was time, he said.

It of­ten got in­volved in street col­lec­tions for causes like Mary Pot­ter Hospice.

‘‘A lot of us are ei­ther re­tired or semi-re­tired so time is an as­set that we can give eas­ily to the peo­ple we think de­serve it.’’

Fifty years was a mile­stone to be proud of, but it was not likely to be the last, he said.

‘‘Li­ons is in very good heart for the fu­ture.

‘‘We’re go­ing to make sure that noth­ing stops.’’

The club will cel­e­brate its half cen­tury from June 10 to 11.

Sell­ing eggs is one of the Tawa Li­ons clubs most suc­cess­ful fundrais­ers , hav­ing sold over half a mil­lion at their Satur­day mar­ket stall.

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