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Lions cancelled their early August meeting in response to the Covid 19 level 2 alert, but decided to proceed with their meeting of 26th August with appropriate precautions in place. This business meeting was well attended with Lions enjoying the opportunity to catch up with each other. 

Lions activity over the past couple of months has included revitalising the Putangirua Stream predator trapping programme, which Lions maintain in support of the Aorangi Restoration Trust. Graeme Thomson has now set up a Geo Positioning programme for all the traps on a Notebook computer that he has donated to the club. This will make it easier for members to find the traps. Max Stevens reported a great catch on checking the line recently, including seven rats, three stoats and three opossums. Max said “there is evidence of increased birdlife now about in the area, which is very satisfying”.

Club members recently enjoyed a firewood splitting working bee on beautiful Macrocarpa wood donated by Tamara Allerhand and David Finn of Te Maire Road. Phil Reid commented that the working bees are as much a social occasion, with pikelets, tea and coffee supplied, as they are about getting some work done. The firewood raised over $1,000 to go into the Lions fund for community activities. Lions are now looking for some more trees to turn into firewood.

The Skyline Challenge Mountainbikeing, Running and Walking event on the hills east of Martinborough was cancelled this year because of Covid 19 Level 4. The event will proceed on April 24th next year with the committee deciding to invest in upgraded marketing and ticket sales approaches. A target of 1000 participants has been set.

Lions agreed to hold a meet the candidates meeting in town in advance of the next election.

Martinborough Lions are keen to support Youth in the Martinborough area to develop their potential. The Outward Bound and Spirit of Adventure courses are two programmes that we have focused on and Martinborough Lions would like to hear from any Youth who need support with their personal development plans.

Joe Howells – President Ph 027 597 2667


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