Ron Usmar Award for Community Service

Silverstream Lions Roy Peterson and Rex Bullard receive the Ron Usmar Community Service Award for their Ronald McDonald House project in Wellington,, where 92 cloubs, assisted by LMLCCT and LCIF contributed just under one million dollars, making Lions the single largest donor to this wonderful facility.



The purpose of this award is to encourage full club member participation in community service projects and the award of a handsome Maori carved lecturn with the appropriate Maori proverb “Compassion will not fail” will be made annually at our Multiple District convention. The award was donated by the late Ronald Usmar, District Governor of District 202 NZ (1962-63).


These, in the first instance, will be judged on a district basis. Judges are to be appointed by the District Governor in each case and results will be announced at each District convention. Each winning entry from districts will then be submitted to the Executive Officer of Council of District Governors and the Council Chairman will appoint a panel of judges to select the final winning entry from those submitted. District closing date will be 30 September in each year in respect of the immediately preceding Lions fiscal year. All district entries are to be judged in sufficient time that the district winner can be confidentially advised to the Executive Officer by 7 February of each year.

The winning club undertakes to (a) Meet the transportation costs of the award to/from the club (b) Engrave the award with the club name and year.


Particulars of the project being presented by each club should be contained in a brief email, addressed to the District Governor, of no more than 500 words and this may be followed up by posting additional material accompanied by a scrap book of similar size which contains newspaper cuttings, letters of congratulations, references, reports, circulars and any such data to enlighten or impress  the judges on the various phases of the project. The dates and duration of the entire project must be clearly shown.


Evidence should also be given of the method of financing the project, origin of project, costs and control of budgets, handling and payment of accounts, and a final statement of expenditure showing proceeds made available to selected charity or project.                                                        


The basis of judging each of these projects will be:

1.The involvement of club members in the project   30 marks (max)
2.The participation of the club in the community  20 marks (max)
3. Initiative, originality and enterprise of the idea     25 marks (max)
4.The benefit to the community of the particular project 20 marks (max)
5. Manner of presentation                                     5 marks (max)





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