Community service is at the heart of Lions Clubs worldwide and six Cromwell members have been recognised for their outstanding work.
Lloyd Morgan awards were presented by past president Pete Moen to Don Cocks, Russ Fowler, Tony Cox, Dave Moreton, Tony Smid and Garry Morton.
Mr Cocks and Mr Fowler were given honoured recognition for outstanding service. Mr Cocks had served two terms as club secretary and as bulletin editor and was the joint convener of the Lions senior citizens’ Christmas lunch for many years, while Mr Fowler had convened several committees including the Cromwell Lions’ 50th jubilee, represented Lions on the combined Lions-Rotary Lot 47 construction fundraiser for St John’s and began recycling initiatives at Cromwell Primary School.
The other four were awarded life awards — the highest awards for contributions that deserved special recognition.
Mr Cox had been bulletin editor, president and was in his sixth year as secretary. Mr Moreton had been president and was in his fifth year as treasurer. As well as Lions he was also involved in community projects including indoor bowls and MenzShed committees.
Mr Smid had been the club’s catering co-ordinator for many years and spent hours making sure everything was ready to go for events.
Mr Morton had organised many projects including sending a container to Tonga after the underwater eruption in 2021. He was also a Lions representative and a lead volunteer contractor on the Lot 47 fundraiser for St John’s.
Mr Moen said the Lloyd Morgan awards were a respected way Lions could pay tribute to the service of those they felt deserved special recognition. The club paid for each award — $750 for the life awards and $400 for honoured recognition — and that money was donated to the capital fund, which was invested to provide income and further capital growth.
The capital fund was locked in for the life of the Trust, and would not be disbursed.
Cash income generated from investments went into the income fund and was available to disburse to clubs, he said.