At the end of October, The Lions Club of Waiuku, one of the few Lions Clubs in New Zealand fortunate enough to have its own clubrooms, celebrated its 50th anniversary.
The club was formed on the 11th November 1965 at a meeting held in the Waiuku Social Hall chaired by Lewis Craig.
In 1991, Council resolved that the old station be developed as clubrooms for the Lions Club.
In October 1993, the Lions Station was opened as the Waiuku Lions Clubrooms.
Before its life as the Lions Station it had a colourful and interesting history as the town’s railway station.
The once derelict building, had been lovingly restored and developed into a welcoming and well appointed facility for Lions and the community.
The Waiuku Lions have served the community with many projects from the Heliport and Lions Station, the town clock, Cemetery Koru Memorial Walk, Franklin Memorial hospital beds, Contributed to GVR Victoria Street Station, Museum Barn and Mudlarks Owens Road Bridge, to name but a few.
During the Club’s 50th Anniversary year, a sub committee reviewed the Mobility Van Service that was started 1997.
The members of the club agreed with their recommendation that the service was still needed and that a replacement van that complied with current safety regulations was purchased.
The new van is managed by the Mobility Committee led by Peter Hook.
It is administered by the Waiuku Library, and garaged by the St John Ambulance to whom to they are most grateful.
Colleen Reynolds, President of the Waiuku Club acknowledged the work gone into organising their celebration and thanked the anniversary committee for their dedication.
“Many projects have been completed over these years and many people, young and old, have been assisted towards their chosen fields in life.”
“I wish the Club the very best for the future, and am sure the coming 50 years will be as rewarding to all, both giving and receiving”.