Lower South Island
Lions District 202F welcomes you to our district webpage
Our Lions District covers the lower third of the South Island. Reaching from the stunning scenery of Stewart Island to the Magestic Mountains and Lakes of Te Anau , Queenstown and Wanaka, the highlands of the Maniototo , down to Balclutha and the Catlins of the South Coast.
There are 46 Lions clubs and approximately 1385 Lions serving their communities with a widespread variety of projects and service. We have City and Country clubs of varying sizes and age range. Some womens and mens clubs with more becoming mixed clubs.
In Invercargill we have 2 strong High School Leo clubs and 1 community-based Leo club in Wanaka.
Some of Lions Clubs projects cover Environmental such as Gore Pakekes Cardboard recycling centre, building and maintain bush walks and scenic areas. Enhancing our community facilities with BBQs, walking tracks, beautification with tree planting, and ongoing maintenance.
Community projects include, Supporting Ronald McDonald House, Hospice Southland and local St John Ambulances services. Making small clothes for prem babies and supporting the Neo natal unit at Invercargill’s Kew Hospital. Purchasing Heart Defibulators and funding courses on their use. Clubs come together to clean the Hospice windows monthly. One club offers a fully equipped Dialysis caravan for rent. We also hold and support the annual Camp Quality Camp for Children living with Cancer in Queenstown.
For Youth we have Young speechmaker, Computer Capers, Peace poster and Lions Borland Lodge youth Leadership course. Many clubs offer scholarships for further education, or sponsor students to the Spirit of Adventure courses.
Catering for the Cavalcades, working on Gate duty at local shows and events, the ideas are endless
All carried out by our Lions so funds can be used in our Communities to make a difference to others.
District Governor - Jeroen Schuurmans
My theme is “Together we serve as…1”
I am proud to be a part of the Lion’s organisation. I became a member of the” Ohai-Nightcaps club” in the year 2011. Even though my club is not the biggest, we as a club make a difference in our community, our district and internationally.
I was born in Eibergen, a small city in the Netherlands. At the age of 24, I moved to New Zealand with my wife Henriet to pursue our dream of working in the dairy industry. I began working as a dairy farm assistant in Heddon Bush in 1995. In 1999 we started our first share-milking job of 300 cows in Wreys Bush. Another four years later we brought our first farm as well as raised our four children. We shifted in 2015 to a 600-cow dairy farm in Tussock Creek, and in the year 2020, we took a step back from day-to-day farming and moved 12 km from the farm to Grove Bush. However, my wife and I am still involved with the farm as we help organising the youngstock and support block.
This year, surrounded with positive people, we have to continue to work together to bring lions back to their original glory again, but in a new “T-shirt” (jacket) this year.
My key focus for my year will be;
• Bringing Lions together
• To do what lions do best “we serve” our community
• And most of all “have fun”.
“Together we serve as one”.
PDG Liz Murray (Bruce)
25 Whisky Gully Rd,
RD2, Tapanui, 9587
T:(03) 204 8396 | 027 222 1387
Jo Wilson (Reg)
PO Box 24
RD 6, Manapouri, 9643
T: (03) 249 6626 | 021 149 2465