Jim and Karen Roughan had not intended to go to the Lawrence Lions’ Club changeover function last month.
‘ So many people got up to speak and it makes us realise we are all
part of the community and they have made us part of their
However, the Lawrence couple were persuaded to attend the July 14 event by outgoing president Jane Hogg, and were surprised when she started reading out a citation which they eventually realised was about them.
They were then presented with a Melvin Jones Fellowship award, the club’s highest community service award.
The award is named after the Lions’ original founder Melvin Jones, and it recognised the couple’s many thousands of hours of service to the community during the past 40 or so years.
Mr Roughan said they were reluctant recipients.
‘‘So many people got up to speak and it makes us realise we are all part of the community and they have made us part of their lives,’’ Mr Roughan said.
‘‘We get satisfaction from helping people rather than just giving money.’’
Mrs Roughan said they had not taken much notice of odd comments and mysterious phone calls in previous weeks, and were not suspicious at the arrival of some of their children and grandchildren to stay that particular weekend.
‘‘Looking back, I should have realised something was up, but I didn’t,’’ Mrs Roughan said.
‘‘There were little things that happened, and looking back, maybe should have been a signal.’’
Mr Roughan has been a Lions member since 1978 and Mrs Roughan, although not a member, was also recognised for her support of the club and her involvement with many fundraising initiatives in Lawrence.
Mr Roughan was club president in 1988, sat on the Lions’ district council for two years and also organised the Lions Club newsletter.
He has been involved with most of the club’s activities, including the Farmarama field days, the winter feed competition, the annual golf tournament, buying defibrillators, the Lawrence public toilets construction, and the trail bike ride, which raises about $30,000 each year.
Mr Roughan was also president of the Simpson Park Development Committee, which instigated and oversaw the sporting complex’s development in the 1980s.
He is a life member of the Lawrence Rugby Club, the Waitahuna Collie Club and the Tuapeka Trotting Club.
He also serves on the St Patrick’s church parish council.
Mrs Roughan used to sit on the Lawrence-Tuapeka Community Board, and worked on many fundraising campaigns for various organisations and projects, including St John, and the Simpson Park development.
‘‘It is just what you do in small communities,’’ she said.
She, Elaine Crawford and Wendy Dougherty launched and ran the local newsletter, the Tuapeka Times, as volunteers, for 23 years, before handing it over to its current team.
She is now chairwoman of the New Zealand Century Farm and Station awards.
Both enjoy golf, are members of the St Patrick’s Church and enjoy spending time with their four children and seven grandchildren.