Lions clock up half-cen­turies

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By KA­T­RINA LINTONBON

‘‘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.

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