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Good work... The building of a cycle park is one of the latest projects the Mataura Lions Club is involved in. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

A club that is nearly 50 years old is keen to boost its membership.

The Mataura Lions Club has 10 members and is keen to attract more to its ranks, member Gus McAllister says.

The club was chartered in 1969 by the Gore Host Lions Club.

Former Carter Holt Harvey Mataura paper mill manager Norris Johnson was the club’s first president, Mr McAllister said. At present the club’s president was Francesca Perkin.

“We’re getting down in members,” Mr McAllister said.

There had been both a men’s and women’s Lions Club in Mataura but they combined several years ago, he said.

At that time the two clubs were struggling with low membership.

“We were getting down in members and so were they,” he said.

It was good being a mixed club and it ensured plenty of good ideas were brought to the table.

One of the latest projects the club undertook in conjunction with the Gore District Council was the beautification of the old movie theatre site in Main St.

Paving stones from the former hockey turf were used for paths.

The latest project was the building of a junior cycle park, which was nearing completion.

The park at the corner of Nuffield and Oakland Sts was a collaboration between the Lions Club and Mataura Community Board, he said.

Signage still had to be installed at the park.

“Kids can learn road rules.”

The club hosted an annual manure drive, selling product to local gardeners.

The club was hosting a quiz night on Wednesday, August 8, at the Mataura RSA starting at 7pm, he said.

The community was urged to put together teams of four and enter the quiz.

Those interested in joining the Lions Club can contact Doreen Lee for further information on (03) 203-8263.