Lions work for community
For nearly 40 years, the Tirau Lions Club has been supporting initiatives that directly benefit the community.
Welcoming both men and women members, Tirau Lions has a dinner meeting every month to encourage fellowship, share ideas and hear from invited speakers.
A second meeting every month is devoted to business, where issues impacting on the community, forthcoming events and new initiatives are explored in more depth.
Like all Lions clubs, which have as their basis service to the community, Tirau Lions run an effective and diverse fundraising arm through one off and regular events which include a paddy’s market, charity golf tournament, mystery car run and the collection and sale of scrap metal and bagged sheep manure.
Those events have seen Tirau Lions raise close to $150,000 over 38 years and the long list of beneficiaries have included the local schools in Tirau, Putaruru and Matamata, the Order of St John, the Tirau Cooperative Church, Matamata Hearing Association and the Foundation for the Blind.
Money, talent and time from the Tirau Lions also saw the construction of the Tirau Community Pool, planting and seating at the Tirau Cemetery and more recently a walkway for Tirau School – McLennan’s Bush.
Youth projects have had particular support with the Youth Exchange Programme through a six week cultural exchange in the country of the recipient’s choice, youth speechmakers and a contest for peace posters.
Tirau Lions also contribute nationally and are currently raising money toward a $10 million project that will see a Lion cancer lodge in the Waikato where patients receiving treatment can stay with their families.
Outstanding service in the community is recognised by the Tirau Lions through the Lloyd Morgan Trust Award, while the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award is presented to a Lions member who has demonstrated humanitarian service to the community.
Lions clubs’ success and ongoing contribution to their communities relies on a diverse range of people with an equally wide range of skills and knowledge who are willing to apply those for the benefit of others while enjoying considerable fellowship.
Coming events are the famous Paddy’s Market on October 15 and the Tirau Market Day held on the following day. This market will be held monthly next to the Tirau Hall.
If anyone wishes to find out more about Tirau Lions please ring either Lois on 883 1445, Charlie on 883 1476 or Mark on 883 1574.