Lions roar in Blenheim

by Kent Caddick

Selwyn Lions picked up a number of awards at a recent gathering of South Island Lions clubs in Blenheim.

This year is a significant one for the clubs with Lions Clubs International celebrating its centennial year.

Selwyn Lions first vice-president said Lions Club members from Golden Bay to Ellesmere in the south were represented in Blenheim. 

“Selwyn Lions Club has been contributing to this community for more than 28 years and well deserve the accolades it received at the convention in Blenheim.

“Of the three awards won by the club, the most pleasing to club members was the Best Costume for the gala dinner for the Lions Centennial celebration ‘Barrel of Fun’.

“Naturally in the Marlborough region the Selwyn costumes involved wine, and the ladies were dressed as grape vines and the men as grape stompers.

In addition to the Best Costume award, Selwyn Lions member Beverley Blanche received the District Trophy for an Outstanding Lion, while Selwyn Lions picked up the District Trophy for Best Club for Youth Activities.

Meanwhile the Selwyn Lions Club recently handed out a couple of awards of its own to recognise outstanding community service contributions of some of its members, with Eileen Yates receiving the Malvern Jones Fellowship award and Elva Smith the Lloyd Morgan Honoured Recognition award.

Later in the year Selwyn Lions will be marking the Lions Clubs International Centennial Celebration with a ‘Ladies of Selwyn’ evening. The evening, to be held in Lincoln in late July, will feature guest speaker Lesley Elliot from the Sophie Elliot Foundation, which was set up in recognition of her 22-year-old daughter who was brutally murdered in 2008 by her ex-boyfriend.