Four members of the Lawrence Lions Club recently received their life membership awards after amassing 177 years of community service to the Lawrence Tuapeka district between them.
Jim Roughan, Peter Cummings, Russell Homer and Ronald Alderton have done it all, including each serving as club president at one time or another over the past 50 years.
Mr Roughan joined Lions in 1977 and took on the role of president in 1988, his first of three terms.
His citation described how he could be counted on to turn up where and when needed, often going beyond the call of duty in his kindness to others.
Over the years there had been many goat shearing and bus trips, including the infamous loss of Mr Roughan’s jimmy bar following the removal of roof iron and burning down of a house in Waitahuna.
During his presidential year in 1988, three major projects were undertaken by the club in Lawrence: the covered gas barbecue picnic areas at each end of town were constructed; the pensioner flats were wired with emergency alarms connected to the hospital; and the swimming baths were painted to mark World Service Day.
Mr Cummings joined the Lawrence Lions in 1976, and become president in 1984 and district governor in 1990.
During his term in office he supervised the covering of the swimming pool, served the first hot chips sold from the club’s barbecue caravan, Waitahuna received its new street signs and he led the club in organising the 125th anniversary of the discovery of gold in the area.
He and wife Maureen were very involved with Camp Quality in the early years.
Mr Cummings received the Melvin Jones Award in 1992 and the Lloyd Morgan Life Award in 2002, recognising his service. He also committed 18 months to researching and compiling the club’s 50th anniversary book.
Mr Homer is the club’s longest serving member, having joined in 1974, and he continues as the patriarch of the club.
In 2015, after 41 years’ service, he was awarded the Melvin Jones Fellow Award.
During his tenure, the Lawrence Swimming Pool was covered, the new museum building was re-roofed and the pin was pulled on the lawn mowing contract.
Mr Alderton joined the Lions in 1980 and is the club’s current president; he has been president three times since 1991.
In his first presidency he battled with Tecorians debating the topic ‘‘It’s a Woman’s World’’, the town’s playground project got under way with new fencing and bark laid, and the Waitahuna toilets and changing sheds were built.
In 2012 again under his leadership, the Lions took over the running of the Stars in Their Eyes project raising $35,000 for the rescue helicopter, and the new Aquatic Centre also received the club’s financial support.