The Lions Club in Tawa has opened its doors to women for the first time.
Three women have joined the club in the past year, the first in the club's history.
Marie Buzan said she walked past the Lions club one night when the club was meeting.
"I bowled in off the street not even thinking twice about it. I'd walked into a room of 26 men and not a woman to be seen,'' she said.
"I asked if they would let me join and they were all grins and smiles and said, 'Actually, we just changed our rules to let women join'.''
The Lions Club in Tawa is about 45 years old and has 37 members. It serves its community with sponsorships and weekly markets, and is a contributor to the Ronald McDonald house.
It voted to allow women to join in late 2010. Of the five members to join in the recent financial year, three were women.
New club president Ray Lindsay was said it was his ambition to see the number of women in the club triple.
Mr Lindsay said he wanted the Lions to serve the community and share it with women.
"A lot of men look at Lions as a getaway and being a time to spend with the boys,'' he said.
"Single gender projects were a big mistake.''
Tracy Wellington and her husband joined the club this year. She said she felt privileged to be invited to join.
"I thought it was great. It was about time they let women join. There are a lot of men-only clubs out there.''
The club meets twice a month on Wednesday nights at the Tawa Community Centre.
- The Wellingtonian