20 January 1918  —  24 August  2001

Lions Club Service

Charter 1st VP Lions Club of Lower Hutt

President Lions Club of Lower Hutt

District 202B

Zone Chairman

Deputy District Governor District Governor

District Governor

Multiple District 202

Multiple District Council Chairman


Director Lions Clubs International

3rd Vice President

2nd Vice President

1st Vice President

1979-80 President, Lions Clubs International



Lloyd Morgan was born in Paekakariki, the son of a railway worker who was killed in a train accident when Lloyd was only 11 years old. Shortly after, Lloyd’s older brother also died, and at 14 with the Great Depression starting, he found himself the family breadwinner. Despite having to leave school, he continued his education at night school while working in a clothing store and then as the head booking agent in New Zealand for Fox Films.

When World War Two broke out Lloyd volunteered for the army, and was sent to officer training school before being commissioned. He served in North Africa and Italy with the New Zealand Expeditionary Force, rising to the rank of Captain and commanding a company in a machine gun battalion. After the war Lloyd took a position with a small country hotel in what was to become a lifetime association with the hotel industry. In the early 1950’s he became part-owner of a hotel in Lower Hutt, eventually building a multi-hotel business called Family Hotels Ltd. His growing success in the hotel industry was paralleled by an expanding interest in the well-being and future of his community, together with a personal commitment to help bring people closer together.

In 1960, he was introduced to Lionism, when a friend took him to a meeting of the Wellington (Host) Lions Club, where he was impressed with the fellowship that existed among the members. Soon after the Club sponsored a new Lions Club in Lower Hutt, and Lloyd was asked to join. He accepted, and proudly became the new Club’s Charter First Vice President.

Over the next sixteen years Lloyd followed a path of accepting steadily increasing responsibilities, culminating in his election as International  President at the International Convention in Montreal, Canada, in July 1979 with 37,000 Lions present, including 750 New Zealanders.

His rise in Lions was rapid, but Lloyd was more than happy to attribute this success to his wife Ngaire, whom he married in 1953. “It is because of her encouragement that I have come as far as I have in Lionism” he once asserted. “She loves people, and truly enjoys witnessing the  happiness Lions bring to others.

Lloyd Morgan is still regarded as one of the Association’s most-loved Presidents, and at the time of writing is the only Lion from New Zealand or Australia to have held that office.

Lloyd was a true “people person” with an engaging personality, who sadly passed away in August 2001. He was an inspiration to all who knew him, and thoroughly deserved the high degree of respect and admiration accorded him by members of the Lions Family and at all levels of our International Association.

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