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Lions Clubs Celebrates 50 Years Of Service

MEDIA ADVISORY

1 April 2005

Lions Clubs New Zealand Celebrates 50 Years Of Service To The Community In April

This month, Lions Clubs New Zealand celebrates 50 years of active community service in New Zealand. The first New Zealand Lions Club was formed in 1955 in Auckland.

This represents a significant milestone for any community service organisation. Lions are passionate about community service and are dedicated to continuing their work and growing over the next 50 years.

The anniversary has been marked with a Lions 50 Year History Book, a commemorative stamp by NZ Post and local Lions Clubs around the country are also undertaking special activities throughout the year.

A calendar of the national celebration events being held this month follows. Further information about these activities will be sent closer to the time.

LIONS 50TH ANNIVERSARY EVENTS

Date and Venue Key events and activities

Thursday 21 April

Auckland Town Hall - 12.00noon - Luncheon hosted by Mayor of Auckland, Mr Dick Hubbard at Auckland Town Hall * Media Photo Opportunity

- Banquet celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Charter of the Auckland Lions Club. Guests include; Auckland Mayor Dick Hubbard and Lions International President. * Media Photo Opportunity

- Special guest entertainer Dame Malvina Major

Friday 22 April

Ellerslie Convention Centre 7.30pm - Official opening of national Convention and flag ceremony * Media Photo Opportunity

In attendance

- The Governor General

- Lions International President

- Lions International Director

- USA Ambassador

- Canadian High Commissioner

- Australian High Commissioner

- Fijian High Commissioner

- Samoan High Commissioner

8.30pm - Announcement and presentation of the Lloyd Morgan Lions Clubs Charitable Trust Fellowship award.

* Media Photo Opportunity

Saturday 25 April - Lions Clubs New Zealand AGM

Sunday 24 April - 10.30am - Remembrance and Rededication Service led by past International Director Tony Hanning.

ENDS


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