After A long and glorious summer Kapiti Lions chose one of the very few rainy days to organise a garden clean-up for the Mary Potter Hospice.
Patients, volunteers and staff at Mary Potter Hospice in Paraparaumu will find the gardens and outdoor areas tidier from today after a big Saturday morning clean up.
Members of the Lions Club of Kapiti noticed the fences and surrounding gardens needed some ‘tender loving care’ and have spent several Saturday mornings undertaking some maintenance.
Several years ago, lions built the fencing and trellis work around three sides of the outdoor recreation area, which was by now showing a significant build-up of green moss and looking ‘quite tired’. Lions Gary Bly and Harvey Shannon worked out what needed to be done and organised a working bee a couple of weeks ago to first water blast, then a couple of days later, to re-stain the palings, trellis work and posts, greatly improving their look.
They also saw the garden areas were overdue for clean up, so last Saturdays a group of Lions gathered with all sorts of tools and they chopped, pruned, weeded and also water-blasted the bowling green and courtyard. During the morning they cleared six large trailer loads of foliage, branches, leaves and weeds which they took to the recycling depot.
Harvey said the weather wasn’t kind though with steady, heavy rain. “By knock-off time at midday, we were all wet and tired. However, the surroundings look much tidier, and we’ll be back again in two weeks to finish things off.”
He said he has the club’s agreement to provide ongoing gardening care, utilising a two-person, two-weekly roster. “We’ll keep the environs nice and tidy, and if it’s found a bigger jobs needs doing, we can again do Saturday morning working bees.”
Mary Potter Hospice Chief Executive Ria Earp said the work done by the Lions team was fantastic. "Having a pleasant outdoor area is very important to our patients when they visit us. It's a peaceful and beautiful area that's perfect for socialising, quiet conversations and family time. Thank you Lions Club of Kapiti for helping us in such a practical and meaningful way."
Lions Club of Kapiti
MAKING PRIDE AND SERVICE COUNT SINCE 1963
The Lions Club of Kapiti is a great community service Club to belong to and offers to all its members:
- Warm fellowship and the chance to build lasting friendships
- The opportunity to meet people from various walks of life
- The chance to learn new skills, leadership and personal development and;
- A sense of pride and satisfaction with providing service to the community.
The Club strongly adheres to the objectives of Lionism which are:
- To create and foster a spirit of understanding among peoples of the world.
- To promote the principles of good government and good citizenship.
- To take an active interest in civic, cultural, social and moral welfare of the community.
- To unite clubs in the bonds of friendship, good fellowship and mutual understanding
- To provide a forum for open discussion of all matters of public interest provided how-ever that partisan politics and sectarian religion shall not be debated by club members.
- To encourage service-minded people to serve their community without personal financial reward and to encourage efficiency and promote high ethical standards in commerce, industry professions public works and private endeavours.
The Club is managed by an elected Board of Management comprising the President, Secretary, Treasurer and Immediate Past President and six committee Directors.
Each of the Directors is responsible for a separate committee within the Club to which members are allocated by the Club President.
The six committees are:
- Social and Programme
- Membership and Convention
- Health and Youth
- Combined Lions Book Fair Management
- Sports Person of Year
(Members can be on more that one committee)
The Club meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month for a dinner meeting in the Senior Citizens Hall Ocean Road, Paraparaumu Beach. Member’s partners and spouses are also welcome to attend these meetings and other special meetings arranged from time to time.
The meetings commence at 6.30pm with fellowship, a sit down meal at 7.00pm followed by a Guest Speaker (usually a high profile public personality) then some general business, closing at about 9.00pm.
Club meetings are warm and friendly events compromising a good mix of formal and informal activities
An annual Club subscription fee is levied on all club members and members are charged for their diner at Club meetings a cash bar also operates at Club meetings.
Currently the Club is a single male gender organisation but welcomes and initiates partners’ involvement.
The Lions Club of Kapiti was formed at a meeting in March 1963 and is one of the oldest Community Service Clubs on the Kapiti Coast.
Over the years it has played a significant role organising and participating in fund raising activities for very worthwhile community projects and ventures. It has also provided special support or
Assistance to the young, aged disabled and disadvantaged in the region.
Continuing that same sort of community sprit and involvement today, the Club is still actively involved with providing community based support with such ventures as:
- The monster annual charity book fair.
- Annual Food Bank Appeal
- Sportsperson of the Year Awards
- Youth and Special Sponsorship programmes
- Specific projects and ventures e.g. Delivery of telephone directories
- Local, national and internal charity collections and;
- Special practical assistance for the young, aged, disabled and disadvantaged.
The Lions Club of Kapiti is determined that this continued community support and involvement will be fostered for many years to come.
If you would like further information on any items contained in this brochure or details of Club membership, please do not hesitate to contact:
Allan on 2971622 or text your contact details to 0220136519 and you will be contacted.
P.O. Box 93 Paraparaumu