The North Otago Lions Club celebrated their 25th Charter Anniversary on May 16 with a celebration Dinner at The Homestead Oamaru

The club was certificated as the North Otago Lioness Club in May 1988, chartering as a Lions Club in June 1992.

A toast to Lions Clubs’ International was given by Past District Governor Adrienne Alding, with the reply to the toast by District 202J District Governor John Knowles.

1988 Lioness Club President Florence Hellyer and 1992 Lions Club President Adrienne Alding two of our founding members were then invited forward to cut the anniversary cake.

1st VP Pam Anderson gave the Toast to the Visitors and Betty Watson of the Ashburton County Lions Club replied including highlights of her involvement with our club in its early years.

Comedian Gordon Ronson then entertained all present with an entertaining show of mimed songs which created much laughter.

Ross McMillan representing the Waianakarua Lions Club who sponsored our club’s formation in 1988, gave the toast to the club, congratulating them and wishing the club well, followed with a reply of thanks from 2VP Myrel Parsons.

District Governor John Knowles presented certificates in recognition of 25 years continuous service with 25 year Charter Chevrons to Adrienne Alding, Betty Cleverley, Ruth Dove, Jen Farquharson, Florence Hellyer, Zona Kennedy, May Ludemann, and Barbara Williams. Janet Paterson was absent.

Ann Gibson and Raeowna Rush received certificates in recognition of 24 years continuous service.

District Governor John also congratulated members for their long service to Lions, encouraging all Lions present to continue to serve their community through Lions Projects.

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