Hobby crosses international boundaries
Lions International Pin Trading Clubs are for Lions involved in collecting and trading international and national Lions pins and badges.
There are several thousand Lions Club pin traders all over the world who enjoy this hobby. They look forward to attending international conventions, forums and meetings not only to pursue Lions humanitarian endeavours but also to obtain new pins and trade old ones.
The New Zealand Lions Pin Trading Club was formed in 2000 by a group of interested New Zealand pin traders – overseas Lions can become associate members. Most pin traders like to refer to Lions pins as “friendship” pins rather than trading pins because of the friends they make from all over the world. They say the biggest kick they get out of attending these functions is the camaraderie.
Brian Grounds, a former president of the New Zealand Pin Trading Club, is also the co-ordinator of the Lloyd Morgan Lions Clubs Charitable Trust pin project. Pins are donated to the Trust and after sorting, listings are emailed to collectors - mainly overseas.
The pins come from many sources – ex-Lions, deceased Lions’ estates, “spring-cleaning Lions”, etc. These are usually sold for $2 to $3 each and more than $30,000 has been raised from this project since it began 20 years ago. New Zealand pins are very sought-after by overseas collectors. The project is dependent on the generosity of pin donors, and there is always room for more!
Photo above: Brian Grounds with some of his pins.
Photo below: Pin-trading Lions from Hood River County, Oregon, USA.