Lion made a fellow for his service

Honoured. . . Gore Pakeke Lions Club member Douglas Dixey holds the plaque he was presented with on Thursday night acknowledging he has been awarded a Melvin Jones Fellow for his many years of service to the organisation. PHOTO: DULCIE STARK

Gore Pakeke Lions Club member Douglas Dixey has received international recognition for his contribution to the organisation.

At the club’s tea meeting last week he was made a Melvin Jones Fellow.

The Melvin Jones Fellowship is named in honour of Lions Club International founder.

Lions clubs contribute to the fellowship fund which provides humanitarian relief in communities throughout the world, and in return they can nominate a member to become a Melvin Jones Fellow.

Mr Dixey said he was very surprised to receive the award.

“I was kind of shocked.”

He felt honoured to be recognised.

“You’ve got a bit of respect in the club when you get something like this given to you, which is nice to know given the amount of times they tease me.”

He was sure the late Gordon Pullar, who had nominated him to become a member of the club, would be pleased.

“I am grateful for the opportunities his sponsorship have given me,” he said.

Mr Dixey and his wife, Daphne, had been members of the club for about 20 years.

Member John Falconer read a citation describing the many ways Mr Dixey had served the club.

“Douglas, your record is most impressive,” Mr Falconer said.

One activity Mr Dixey had been involved in was the club’s annual book sale.

He had also served as an office-bearer in most of the positions in the club.

Fellowship board of trustees chairman Dr Jung-Yul Choi wrote a letter to Mr Dixey congratulating him and inviting him to see his name on the roll of fellowship awardees the next time he visited international headquarters.

Mr Dixey should wear his fellowship lapel pin with pride, Dr Choi said.

“It represents your dedication to humanitarian service to the highest degree.”