Top Lions honour bestowed

An enjoyable tenure as the Lions District 202F governor has resulted in the highest honour a New Zealand Lions member can receive.

Pam Fiveash was presented with a Lloyd Morgan Lions Clubs Charitable Trust life membership award at the annual district convention held in Winton last month.

Mrs Fiveash was grateful to be honoured with the award.

‘‘That was pretty amazing,’’ she said.

‘‘[It is] very, very nice to receive that recognition from your other Lions members.’’

The Lloyd Morgan life membership award goes to those whose contributions to Lions deserve special recognition.

Her time with the Lions club began nine years ago and she served as the district governor during 2021 and 2022. ‘‘We do things in the community for the good of it, not for any monetary reward.’’

Mrs Fiveash had been involved in a wide range of club activities, including Toot for Tucker and other fundraising events.

The Toot for Tucker food collection drive takes place every year before Christmas.

It had grown bigger each year since it began seven years ago, she said.

One fundraiser she had been involved with raised $20,000 for Hospice Southland.

District governors would normally have the opportunity to travel to Chicago for a four-day training experience and then to Montreal to be inducted at the Lions Clubs International Convention.

She missed those opportunities due to Covid-19.

‘‘It did suck a bit, but that’s OK,’’ Mrs Fiveash said.

‘‘It was a very hard year because of Covid.’’