The photo opportunity was too good to miss when four members of the Opotiki Lions Club family, who have been recipients of the Queens Service Medal, were together at the annual change of officers evening, writes PDG Bill Picken.
From left: Lion Preston Craig, who has had a long involvement with the administration of St Johns in Opotiki. Preston is also the sole remaining charter member of the club and has maintained 47 years of perfect meeting attendance. He has been a Justice of the Peace for most of those years.
Mrs Robyn Towersey has had a large involvement with the Cancer Foundation and the establishment of a huge project called Project Hope. This challenge to raise a million dollars to build a cancer treatment unit at Whakatane Hospital was achieved. Robyn has also ongoing involvements with other community groups.
Lion Bruce True, a retired carpenter, has done many small hobby jobs for various groups in Opotiki. He was one of the leaders who established a project called the Blokes Shed where men with Alzheimer's meet for companionship and complete small manual tasks. This project has won national awards.
Lion Jim Towersey received his acknowledgement for his long association with the brass band movement. Jim is well known for his voluntary role at ANZAC Day parades with his playing of The Last Post. He is also in demand at other RSA functions. Jim is a Lion of 39 years’ perfect attendance and will ascend to the role of 202L District Governor in the 1915-16 year.
The Lions Club of Opotiki toasts these people for their ongoing, huge, unselfish contributions to our district.