Jim Pine with his Lloyd Morgan Lions Club Charitable Trust
life member award. Photo by Craig Baxter.
John Pine was brought to tears when life membership of
the Lloyd Morgan Lions Club Charitable Trust was sprung on him
''I was highly embarrassed,'' the Green Island Lions Club
Mr Pine, a driving instructor and former policeman, said he
had been involved in Lions clubs around Dunedin for nearly 40
years, including a stint as district governor in 1996-97.
He had also been involved with the charitable trust, which
administers grants and loans for projects, for six years.
He was the 202J district trustee and on the trust's grants
and loans committee.
Being made a life member was a rare honour, and the surprise
of the announcement at a recent dinner he organised for
Dunedin beneficiaries of the trust, made him quite emotional,
''There's a lot more deserving people out there than me.''
He said he ''supposed'' he had ''encouraged a lot of people
to do a lot of things''.
''The thing is, I see it that we are trying to help [people]
less fortunate than ourselves, and I love every minute of
Fellow Green Island Lions Club member Christine Bone said Mr
Pine did a ''tremendous'' amount of work for Lions both
publicly and behind the scenes, by helping new members,
ensuring events run smoothly, talking on local radio and
''He's got fingers in so many pies, it was time to thank him
with a top honour.''
A life award is the trust's highest honour. It is generally
awarded to people whose contribution to Lions deserves