Cel­e­brat­ing 100 years of Lions

South Waikato News - - Your Paper, Your Place - TA­MARA THORN

A park bench has been put in place at the Toko­roa Ceme­tery to cel­e­brate the 100th an­niver­sary of Lions Clubs around the world.

June 7, 2017 marks the an­niver­sary of the Lions Club. It started in the USA 100 years ago, and so lo­cal mem­bers have put their heads to­gether to pro­duce a legacy project.

Toko­roa District Lions [an all women club] mem­ber Iris Men­zies said the de­ci­sion wasn’t hard as they wanted to do some­thing that the com­mu­nity could use, as well as some­thing to re­mem­ber past mem­bers by. . ‘‘It was a way to re­mem­ber the girls,’’ she said

She said af­ter the idea and lo­ca­tion was cho­sen it was easy to go from there, as the coun­cil put the benches in so that it would be the same as the oth­ers.

The only dif­fer­ence be­ing that this bench had a plaque moulded into the con­crete in front of it, in re­mem­brance of past mem­bers Shirley Dun­phy, Jan­ice Mair, Dianne Mor­ris and Rita Potroz.

A cer­e­mony was held on Tues­day af­ter­noon at the ceme­tery.

Men­zies said hav­ing the past mem­bers names on it made it spe­cial.

She said that Lions clubs all over the world were asked to pro­duce a legacy project

The District Lions will also be cel­e­brat­ing their 25th birth­day this Satur­day.

TA­MARA THORN

Toko­roa District Lions club cut the rib­bon in an open­ing cer­e­mony for their new park bench

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