Tawa Lions celebrate 50 years of service
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.