Two new life mem­bers for Lions

Bush Telegraph - - FOCUS ON FARMING - By MIKE HAROLD Dan­nevirke Host Lions pres­i­dent

“We Serve” is the motto, and the re­cent so­cial meet­ing of Dan­nevirke Host Lions res­onated this value.

Award­ing Life Mem­ber­ships to Lions Mau­rice Mil­lar and Dave Mur­doch, Dan­nevirke Lion­shon­oured those whose in­volve­ment through the years has ex­em­pli­fied the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s val­ues.

“Cul­tured, cour­te­ous, po­lite, hon­ourable, re­fined and rep­utable — the def­i­ni­tion of a gen­tle­man,” said fel­low Life Mem­ber Jim Ker­naghan. “In his 47 years years of ser­vice in Lions, Mau­rice has held many of­fi­cial re­spon­si­bil­i­ties in­clud­ing that of pres­i­dent.” Jim said, high­light­ing how Mau­rice ex­celled as leader of the So­cial Com­mit­tee de­ter­mined that mem­bers en­joy the friend­ship and fel­low­ship in vol­un­tary ser­vice.

Spe­cial oc­ca­sions or­gan­ised by Mau­rice were re­called — the Na­tional Dance fes­ti­val at the Lower Do­main and a bus trip to Palmer­ston North stopped by a traf­fic cop who de­liv­ered the trav­ellers fish and chips and a can of beer each. There was an um­brella dance in the Dan­nevirke Town Hall by sev­eral Lions in flesh-coloured un­der­wear and clear plas­tic rain­coats.

Mau­rice con­tin­ues an ac­tive in­volve­ment, es­pe­cially pre­par­ing for the an­nual book sale.

“In 45 years of very ac­tive ser­vice as a mem­ber of Dan­nevirke Lions, Dave Mur­doch has con­trib­uted im­mensely to the club and to the Dan­nevirke com­mu­nity,” Past Pres­i­dent Terry Hynes said.

Hav­ing twice served as club pres­i­dent, Dave of­ten un­der­took lead­er­ship roles. Fundrais­ing in­cluded bag­ging and sell­ing poul­try ma­nure, house paint­ing and for sev­eral years, co­or­di­nat­ing triathlons. Dave led col­lab­o­ra­tive projects to pro­duce up­dated farm lo­ca­tion maps of the district, phone books and a guide to lo­cal bush­walks.

He is con­duc­tor and or­gan­iser of Dan­nevirke Lion Pride singers which con­tin­ues to present af­ter 30 years of guid­ance.

“I have only scratched the sur­face of Dave Mur­doch’s en­ergy and ser­vice in Lions. It is truly a great hon­our for me to be pre­sent­ing this award to a true friend and col­league,” Terry said.

In pre­sent­ing the Life Mem­ber­ships, both Jim and Terry ac­knowl­edged the key con­tri­bu­tions and sup­port roles of the mem­bers’ re­spec­tive wives, Rhetta Mil­lar and Joy Mur­doch.

Dave Mur­doch ac­knowl­edged the many peo­ple he had grown to know through be­ing a Dan­nevirke Lions mem­ber.

New life mem­bers of Dan­nevirke Host Lions Mau­rice Mil­lar and Dave Mur­doch at their for­mal pre­sen­ta­tion Wed­nes­day night Novem­ber 14. From left: Past Pres­i­dent Terry Hynes, Pres­i­dent Mike Harold, Rhetta and Mau­rice Mil­lar, Dave and Joy Mur­doch and Past Pres­i­dent Jim Ker­naghan.

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