Changeover 2018

At the 2018 Changeover Dinner held on June 27, Zone Chair Jan Stonyer conducted the formal change of officers. 

Incoming President Bruce Holmes introduced his new Board for 2018-2019:

  • President: Bruce Holmes
  • Past President: Bruce Sim
  • Secretary: Bill Irwin
  • Treasurer: Ron Smith
  • 1st Vice President: Gary Rackham
  • 1st Director: Roger Henderson
  • 2nd Director: Peter Campbell
  • 2nd Vice President: Willie Ensor
  • 1st Director: David Grant
  • 2nd Director: Mac McElwain
  • 3rd Vice President: Charles Whitehead
  • 1st Director: Mark Croker
  • 2nd Director: Jim Lattimore
  • Safety Officer: Ian Ridge
  • Greeter: Bruce Sim
  • Tail Twister: Kelvin Holmes
  • Bulletin Editor: Colm McGrath
  • Almoner: Graham Campion
  • Catering: Rod Clibborn
  • Lion Tamer: David Nesbit
  • Membership: Richard Watson
  • Publicity & Photos: Bill Irwin
  • Youth Activities: Francis Royston
  • Health & Environment: Colin Lill
  • Board Mentor: Don Breach

2018/19 Board members at Changeover dinner

Golf Tournament 2016

On a balmy Autumn Thursday 5 May, 124 golfers from around the district participated in the annual Methven Lions Golf Tournament at the Methven Golf Course.
Thanks to numerous generous sponsors, successful on-course raffles, food and drink stations and 3 successful evening auctions, plus a full field of participants, Methven Lions Golf Convener Allan Lock, at the conclusion of the prize giving , was delighted to present to Julie Barlass and Lorraine Robinson representing the Methven Library and Historic Society, a cheque of $10,000 to go towards the new building fund.
Special thanks to all the sponsors, the Methven Lions Club members involved in the organization of the successful day, the Lions Club members wives and partners who provided a well received morning tea and 2 course tournament dinner and to the Methven Golf Club for presenting the course in magnificent order and in providing an enjoyable social couple of hours afterwards.
Allan Lock the event organizer especially thanked the full field of participants who gave generously throughout the days event to such a worthy fundraiser.

Results: Ladies Gross – Vicki Moore 88 Ladies Stableford- Robyn Hood 45, Jan Lane 43, Fay Redfern 41
Mens Gross – Grant Hargreaves 76 Mens Stableford- Murray Beech 44, Richard Maw 42, Harry Field 42, Arnold Rushton 42, Manny Sim 42 Non Handicap- Dean Taylor, 87 gross
The Mayfield Lions team of Jack Allen, Don Ingold, Ian Beech and Arnold Rushton won the Methven Lions Club Trophy for the best Lions Club Stableford total ( 145 )
Local Lion Bruce Holmes won the John Hampton Memorial Tray for the best local Methven Lion Stableford ( 38 )

Dubliner Mountain Thunder presentations

At the monthly Lions dinner on April 27th representatives from the many community groups who assisted in some way with the running of the Dubliner Mountain Thunder race over Easter weekend were presented with cheques.  The donations are significant amounts for each groups’ annual fundraising needs.  The evening underlined what a wonderful community we have in Methven, with the friendly cooperation between many volunteers, all working to provide better opportunities for local people.

Donations were presented to Methven Playcentre, Search & Rescue, Methven Heritage Centre, Methven Gun, Rugby and Cricket Clubs, Lauriston Primary School, Mt Hutt College Japanese Exchange Group, Alford Forest Fire Service, Methven Volunteer Fire Brigade, Lauriston Fire Brigade.

We are looking for to another successful event next year.

Donations from Dubliner Mountain Thunder 2016 present

Donations from Dubliner Mountain Thunder 2016 present

Breakfast at the Bash

The Variety Bash roadshow hit Methven causing a very exciting start to the day for Methven Primary children (and a few adults!).  A group of Lions manned the barbecue, cooking a mountain of bacon, eggs and sausages.

Funds from 4WD trip benefit local groups

On Sunday 28th of February around 370 vehicles took advantage of beautiful weather and accessed private farm tracks in the upper Rakaia Gorge area in a 4wd safari organised by the Methven Lions Club. Project organiser Gary Rackham was very pleased with the public support for this event and said the day ran very smoothly thanks to the efforts of many volunteers.
It was a special opportunity to see some wonderful Mid Canterbury high country, an area that most people don’t have the chance to visit. The excursion travelled through Glenfalloch and Lake Heron Stations, access was kindly made available by the Todhunter families. Amazing views of the upper Rakaia River, Lake Stream and Mid Canterbury back country were seen from the farm tracks.
The funds raised are used by Methven Lions to support local charitable needs, with donations already made to three local groups. Methven Search and Rescue has received $3000 to help fund new jackets, the Alford Forest Rural Fire Unit received $2000 for defibrillator equipment and the Upper Rakaia Gorge Rural Fire Unit $1000 for Medical Packs.
Methven Lions President Graham Campion today presented cheques to Graham Smith of the Alford Forest Fire Unit, Lew Shaw of Methven Search and Rescue, and Willy Ensor of the Upper Rakaia Gorge Rural Fire Unit.

Lew Shaw of Methven SAR models one of the flash new Swazi Hi Vis jackets bought with funds donated by Lions

Lew Shaw of Methven SAR models one of the flash new Swazi Hi Vis jackets bought with funds donated by Lions

President Graham Campion presents Graham Smith of Alford Forest Rural Fire Unit with a cheque for $2000 to buy defibrillator equipment

President Graham Campion presents Graham Smith of Alford Forest Rural Fire Unit with a cheque for $2000 to buy defibrillator equipment

Willy Ensor of Rakaia Gorge Rural Fire Brigade accepts a $1000 cheque to help buy first aid equipment

Willy Ensor of Rakaia Gorge Rural Fire Brigade accepts a $1000 cheque to help buy first aid equipment

High Country 4WD trip

Sunday the 28th of Feb was a brilliant day for the planned 4wd trip through the upper Rakaia Gorge, Glenfalloch Station and Lake Heron Station.  There was an excellent turnout, with a panic printing of a few extra maps needed. People were able to see some beautiful back country, not far physically from the plains but a world apart in other ways.  The barbecue and coffee stands at Glenfalloch were kept very busy, thank you everyone for your support.

This trip is not an annual event, but hopefully will be running again in 2 or 3 years.


Christmas trees

In the mall today, Christmas trees for sale.


Lions website !

Methven Lions have functioned well since 1967 using the community grapevine and phone for communication.  Many of the projects undertaken today have interest well outside Methven. Recently we opened a Facebook page to help spread information, this website is the next step.  As content from ongoing events is added the aim is to give the wider community a better idea of Lions activities and also any information relevant to what Lions can offer to assist other community groups.

Information about upcoming projects will be in the Events pages, starting with the High Country 4 wheel drive trip in February.

Beautiful empty space of the upper Rakaia River

Beautiful empty space of the upper Rakaia River