THE Lions are roaring and the call is out.
The Lions Club of Waikiwi, a community service organisation, was officially chartered 50 years, and to celebrate its five decades of service, fellowship and fun, a dinner will be held at Elmwood Gardens on Saturday, May 12.
Club and chartering committee member Lynette Batt is encouraging all present and former members to contact her to register for the celebrations, as well as any former members of the Invercargill Leo Club which closed in the early 1990s.
At the time the Leo club, which was under the wing of the Lions club, was for young adults aged from 17 to 30.
There were two types of Leo clubs now, club member Bill Obers said. One type was school-based, including one at Southland Girls’ High School and another at James Hargest College, and the other type was a community-based club, such as the one in Wanaka.
Originally a male-only organisation, women have been able to join Lions clubs since the early 1990s.
Currently with a membership of 19, the Waikiwi club was established by 35 prominent people from throughout Invercargill from all walks of life, Mr Obers said.
As well as undertaking community projects, club members also met regularly to socialise.
The club held an annual games night, including a Minute To Win It, which Mr Obers described as “nonsense games and fun to raise money for charity”, with the majority of the money raised through various club events distributed locally.
Club member Rose Ramsay said another project close to many members’ hearts was the ongoing donation of Premature Baby Pods, which included pods, sheets, baby wraps and other items for premature babies, to the Southland Hospital neo-natal unit.
With the youngest member in their 30s (and another in their early 20s about to rejoin the club) and the oldest in their 70s, more people were welcome to join.
A worldwide service organisation, formed in 1917 in the United States, the organisation celebrated its 100th last year in Chicago, with its first female international president elected for 2018.