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A Tuatapere Lions Club stalwart was
caught in the unusual position of being
lost for words recently when the club
bestowed on him the highest honour in
Ray Horrell, who is now living in Te Anau,
was made a life member of the Lloyd
Morgan Lions Club Charitable Trust at
the Tuatapere Lions annual changeover
of office bearers.
The trust is named after Lloyd Morgan,
who was the first New Zealander to be
appointed international president of
the Lions Club, and life membership
recognises Lions members who have
made a significant contribution to their
Tuatapere District Lions club secretary
John Knowler said the Tuatapere Lions
appreciated the immense contribution
Mr Horrell had made to the club. In
particular he had hosted the annual hay
day fundraiser for many years and had
worked on the ambulance committee,
Mr Horrell said he felt very humbled to
receive the honour and — not known as
someone easily lost for words — he’d
been un the unusual position of having
to take a couple of breaths before he
could say something, he said.
Mr Horrell said he was invited to join
the Tuatapere Lions in 1979. In the
early years he didn’t attend all the
meetings but was drawn in because of
his involvement with the ambulance
service which the Lions were in charge
of organising. Mr Horrell had been an
ambulance officer since 1978.
During his time with the Tuatapere Lions
the group made two requests to the
Lloyd Morgan fund for grants to help buy
a new ambulance and a defibrillator.
Lions members worked hard in their
community but had a lot of fun on the
way, Mr Horrell said.
“It is very satisfying watching other
people benefit from our efforts,” he
Highest honour has stalwart lost for words
Lloyd Morgan Lions Club Charitable Trust
chairman Ian Keelty presenting Ray Horrell
with life membership of the trust in a
surprise presentation at the Tuatapere
club’s changeover night recently.
will be calling
to donate to
in a different
way this year.
Less than a
Anthea Levy outlined her plans to have the club
form a stronger allegiance with the young people
of the area. She wants members to donate their
knowledge, expertise and skills — spending time
talking about things like careers and goals, and
being willing to answer questions.
The club was good at fundraising cash for
community projects and this was a different way
of helping the community grow, she said.
The success of the club’s fundraising was
highlighted at the changeover night held on
June 26. The club raised almost $66,000, the
bulk of which came from the production of its
local telephone directory, annual auction and
operation of its chip van. Of that $55,464 was
handed out in donations, with the largest single
amount of $25,000 put aside for the district’s
new scout hall project.
The 2009/2010 Rotary Club of Fiordland team
is: Anthea Levy (president), Lyndon Moffitt (past
president), Rachel Williams (secretary), Gavin
Short (treasurer), Jeff Schayler (club service),
Steve Schlaadt (membership), Linda Matheson
(foundation/international), Doug Ridley (projects),
Mary Climo (youth), Mern McLean (bulletin
editor), Glenda Chalmers (publicity), Ken Adam,
Sarah Greaney, Linda Matheson, Richard Wason
(sergeants), Warren Brown (historian).
President calls for
Outgoing Fiordland Rotary Club
president Lyndon Moffitt hands over
the chains of office to Anthea Levy.
A small Fiordland tourism company
is winning widespread praise for its
pest control work that has seen a
significant improvement in the number
of native birds over the Wilmot Pass.
Nigel and Paula Lamb of Fiordland
Explorer Charters were spurred into
action by feedback from their clients
who, in visitor surveys, identified the
lack of birdlife on the trip to Doubtful
Sound as a huge disappointment.
Impressed by the success of many
community based conservation
projects in Fiordland, the couple
bought more than 200 stoat traps and
employed a trapper to target the pests
from the Percy Saddle to West Arm,
over the Wilmot Pass road to Deep
Cove and up the Spey River.
In the three years the project has
been running more than 200 stoats
and 26 rats have been caught in the
traps which cover a total distance of
42km. About 3000 possums have also
been trapped. The recent increase
in bird life in the area is considered
a direct result of this successful
Deep Cove Outdoor Education Trust
member Bob Hughes is among those
glowing in their praise for what the
Lambs have achieved to date.
“The bird numbers in Deep Cove are
starting to increase and it is great
to see and hear them chirping away
again,” he said.
DOC biodiversity programme manager
Lindsay Wilson said the efforts by
Fiordland Explorer Charters should
be applauded. DOC provides ongoing
educational programmes for school
groups visiting Deep Cove with hands-
on activities now including checking
the traps between the hostel and
the main wharf. Students assist by
removing dead stoats or rats.
Pest trapping brings back the birds
Photo: Charlie Patterson, Deep Cove Hostel Trust
Nigel Lamb of Fiordland Explorer Charters
with the evidence of his company’s successful
predator trapping programme in the Wilmot Pass
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