Central North Island
Lions District 202L welcomes you to our district webpage
District 202L stretches from coast to coast in the North Island with world famous surf both east and west at Mount Maunganui and Raglan. The rich farmlands of the Waikato, King Country and Bay of Plenty provide a wide range of produce including dairy, kiwifruit, avocados and plantation forestry. With New Zealand’s largest port, three rapidly growing cities and easy access to a wide range of tourism experiences the district’s Lions Clubs have a diverse range of fundraising opportunities.
We work together to support individuals with special abilities and special needs as well as groups and activities that help improve our local communities. Our 58 clubs vary and are encouraged to always change to meet the changing needs of their communities. Most clubs are mixed gender, but there are all male and all female clubs as well as 14 Leos Clubs, most attached to secondary schools. These provide opportunities for our youth to learn organisational skills while working together for general community good both locally and internationally.
We are always looking for people with a heart for the community to join us in service believing that by working together we can make a greater difference. We serve to bring help and hope.
District Governor - Helen Heywood
Theme: We Serve with Pride and Pasion – Together we Can
I have been a Lion for 25 years initially joining the Hillcrest Lions Club on Auckland’s North Shore before relocating to Waihi in 2015 where I became the Waihi Lions Clubs first female President soon after. I am married to Cliff who has held many offices in Lions and is a great mentor to me and others. Lions has been, and continues to be, a wonderful part of our lives.
I want our District to grow and remain strong for the future. I believe we can achieve this by having our members step up and use their Leadership skills to take not only themselves, but also their clubs forward. We are slowly accepting change within Lions, and we must be open to this to ensure a bright future.
My theme for this year is “We Serve with Pride and Passion – Together We Can. Lions have been serving their communities with Pride for over 105 years around the world. I believe it is the Passion with which we serve that makes us unique and while some may serve alone it is the Togetherness that gives us our strength.
My hobbies include croquet and handcrafts including a passion for crosswords which keeps the mind active. I also have a little dog – Jack, he is a great companion to me and has led me to seeing the benefit that Hearing Dogs can bring to improve the life of a hearing-impaired person. That is why I have chosen this cause as my “Charity of Choice “for the coming year.
I look forward to serving my District and wish all clubs in the district a successful year in service. I am sure that ‘Together ‘we will achieve great things.
Helen Heywood (PID Cliff)
26 Kilbride Road, Matamata, 3400
T: 021 865 785
PDG Derek Mills (Ruby)
83 Consols Street, Waihi, 3610
T: (07) 863 8974 | 027 486 8519