150 Southern Lions gather in Gore

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Lions poured into Gore for the 202F Pride of the South annual convention recently.

The convention was based at the James Cumming Wing.

River Valley Lions Club hosted the two-day event.

Convention organising committee chairwoman Pam Fiveash said 150 Lions attended the event.

District 202F covered Stewart Island in the south up through Southland and the Catlins, up to Maniototo and Wanaka, Mrs Fiveash said.

The annual meeting was the first event on the agenda for Saturday and the day ended with a dine and dance at the James Cumming Wing, she said.

A special remembrance service was held on the Sunday to remember 14 members who died in the past 12 months, she said.

The service was taken by celebrant Jeanette McIntyre, of Waikaka Valley, she said.

Family members of the late Lions were invited to see a totara tree being planted at Hamilton Park.

Blue Mountain Nursery owner Chris Hughes donated the tree and the Gore RSA provided funding for the accompanying plaque, she said.

Family members placed hearts in remembrance of their loved ones on a stylised tree, she said.

Red tulip bulbs were given to family members, Mrs Fiveash said.

There was an alternative programme for partners of Lions attending the convention.

Their bus trip included visits to Hokonui Pioneer Village and Museum, The Eastern Southland Gallery and Hokonui Moonshine Museum, she said.