Honoured by the Lions
Trevor Luke surprised by family coming to awards evening
Trevor Luke of the Norsewood Lions Club is still getting over the shock of being presented with Lions International’s highest award, a Melvin Jones Fellowship on Thursday October 18.
Turning up to the fortnightly social meeting at the Dannevirke Services and Citizen’s Club, he didn’t suspect anything — even though it was not on the Norsewood Club’s normal night.
Trevor was alerted that something was up when into the gathering walked his sons Jeffery from Auckland and David from Hamilton together with his sister Margaret from Waverly.
Trevor was then the honoured guest as the club presented a This Is Your Life In
Lions compilation, complete with a book, creating much amusement for the 80-plus assembled family and Lions.
It was really a history of Norsewood Lions since its inception in 1973.
Trevor joined Lions in its first year and is the longest serving club member.
Among the many different projects he has been involved in:
■ Building the Norsewood Water Wheel Reserve.
■ Working with Dannevirke Host Lions setting up the Te Ohu Outdoor Education Camp.
■ Helping set up the NZ Cot Death Association with another Lion , to which the club contributed $10,000.
■ Buying a Jaws for Life to help in car accidents.
■ Creating the Anzac Park shelter and more recently reforming its paths and naming its trees.
■ Running the Norsewood to Takapau Fun Run with the Takapau Lions and CHB Cycle Club.
■ Organising the Senior Citizen’s Christmas Party.
■ Hosting monster auctions, street markets, motocross events, Guy Fawkes celebrations, blood donor appeals.
■ Most recently installing large water tanks to provide water for fire-fighting.
Trevor was Norsewood Lions President for two and a half years and has held every office except secretary and treasurer, several times.
All of Trevor’s children havetravelled on Lions Youth Exchange to Germany, the USA and elsewhere, including granddaughter Sarah.
Trevor is also renowned for his pranks designed to bring laughter and mayhem on social occasions.
On Thursday night the club ran a pass-the-parcel activity which ended with Trevor, the contents being newspaper and an imitation ice-cream — payback for his pranks of the past.
Norsewood Lions President John Ellison says Trevor stands out as a longserving Lion who still gets heavily involved in projects even at the age of 78. He said Trevor is a very caring Lion who supports many people in their adversity, both as a Lion and as a friend.
Norsewood member and Lions District 202M District Governor Marianna Domper-Schrivers presented Trevor with his award, named after the American who founded Lions International:
“Tonight we have all heard about Trevor and we all know he has funny pranks however there is also another side to Trevor.”
“This Trevor is one of those Lions who shows the spirit of Lions in his daily life as well as in Lions. He is a true example of the Lion’s motto “We Serve” — where there is a need there is a Lion.”
Trevor with his Lions family at the award presentation.
Lions Trevor Luke and 202M District Governor Marianne Domper-Schriver with Trevor’s Lions International’s highest award the Melvin Jones Fellowship.
The Lions International Melvin Jones Fellowship Plaque.