Lion surprised by award

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David Connor counted himself among the happy and willing volunteers involved in the Gore Pakeke Lions Club and never expected any reward for his service.
Mr Connor, who transferred to the Oxford Lions Club when he moved to the South Canterbury town recently, was bestowed with the Lions organisation’s highest honour when he visited Gore last week. It was a totally unexpected honour, Mr Connor said.
‘‘For me it just blew me away when they gave it to me,’’ he said.
Mr Connor, who joined the Gore Pakeke Lions Club 17 years ago, was awarded the Lloyd Morgan Lions Club Charitable Trust of New Zealand Award.
His association with the organisation began after a member of the Gore club asked him if he would like to join the club, he said.
‘‘I thought why not. I’ll be getting near retirement and I’ll be looking for something to do,’’ he said.
He had been involved in a wide range of the club’s activities, including walking pole sales, the allocation of tertiary scholarships and the paper and cardboard recycling centre. He had also held every office in the club apart from secretary and treasurer.
He volunteered at the recycling centre for more than 15 years.
His engineering skills came in handy at the centre, where his ability to carry out press maintenance was appreciated, he said.
‘‘It’s great fellowship.’’
Gore Pakeke Lions Club president Jim McIntyre described Mr Connor as being a very valuable club member.
‘‘I’ve known David for many, many years,’’ Mr McIntyre said.
The club nominated Mr Connor for the award, Mr McIntyre said.