Lions clock up half-centuries
‘‘You can’t get very far until you start doing something for somebody else.’’
This was the personal code that Lions International founder Melvin Jones lived by and it was this principle that saw six Matamata Lions Club members acknowledged last week. More than 300 years of service to the Matamata community was acknowledged at a historic Matamata Lions Club event.
Matamata Lions Club members Neil Algar, Jack McAnnalley, Ian Muir, Jack Kirkwood, Les Dickinson and Stuart Saunders were presented with Melvin Jones Fellowships for each serving more than 50 years as members of the club.
Mr Muir was presented with his award at home and the late Mr Saunders’ wife Elsie accepted his award.
The Melvin Jones Fellowship is Lions International’s highest honour.
Jack McAnnalley and Jack Kirkwood were also presented with certificates of appreciation for their involvement on the Malio House Trust.
The evening was attended by dignatories including Mayor Hugh Vercoe and Waikato MP Lindsay Tisch and District 202L Governor Andrew Malloch.
Outgoing Lions president Warren Feek said he made it his mission to see these men acknowledged for their outstanding contribution to the Matamata community.
‘‘ This is very unique world,’’ Mr Feek said.
‘‘Thank you for your service to this community, Matamata is very lucky to have you.’’
Matamata Lions Club was established in 1958 and currently has 43 members.