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Lions District 33S March 2022 Newsletter

The New and Updated Newsletter

Welcome to the new and updated Lions District 33S Monthly newsletter! You'll notice a few changes from our previous newsletters that will hopefully provide a better experience:

  • We've moved the information directly into the newsletter, rather than simply providing you with a link. Forms and flyers are still linked you so can download them at your discretion.
  • We've added a Table of Contents so you can get right to the info you're interested in.
  • We've updated our lists. We want to make sure you get the information you want and only the info that you want. If you only want to receive the monthly newsletter and periodic announcements, you can. If you want to get Sunshine and Sorrows updates only, you can. (Of course, we hope you'll subscribe to the newsletter so that you have the latest info available about what's happening in your district.) At the bottom of this newsletter you'll find a link to update your preferences.

Your Newsletter Editor

Newsletter Details
Want to post something in the newsletter?
  • Send your event notifications to newsletter@district33s.org
  • Send any Sunshine and Sorrows related info to sunshine@district33s.org
  • Event notifications will be posted in the newsletter up to 3 months in advance (e.g. the August newsletter would include notices for events through the end of October).
  • Items for the newsletter should be sent by the 25th of the month preceding publication (e.g. July 25th for the August newsletter).
  • Sunshine and Sorrow events may be sent at any time.
Table of Contents
International President's Message
A Word From the District Governor
Featured Club Service Project
Submit YOUR Service Project
Club Anniversaries

Our District by the Numbers
Notes from the Global Action Team
Hearing Foundation Application
Special Announcements Upcoming Events DG Calendar
Contact Us
Update Your Preferences/Subscription(s)

International President's Message


Dear Lion,

Our Lions family brings together people of all ages, experiences, cultures and character, and we are united by a common passion—service. What makes you special and unique is also what makes you exactly the right person your community depends on to make a difference every day.

By embracing our diversity, we’re celebrating how our kindness transcends borders and our service is without exception. And when we give every member the opportunity to lead, grow and pursue their passions, our service will be without limits. Let’s never forget to celebrate who we are, what makes each of us so special, and how we can accomplish anything together when we let our passion for service shine through.

Yours in Service,
Douglas X. Alexander
International President

A Word From the District Governor


Welcome to March! Well, it looks like that groundhog was right; it definitely feels like 6 more weeks of winter.

Last month I talked about my goal of strengthening existing clubs. This month we're going to jump-start that effort. We're going all-out to create 4-5 branch clubs before the end of the year! Think that sounds impossible? Nothing is impossible. The very word says "I'm possible!"

We're also going to jump-start our return to "Lions as we know it." You remember that, right? Meeting in person, attending events, and just having a generally fun time. Yeah, we're getting back to that.

We've got a ton of events happening this Spring, and one of the most important is the State Convention in Falmouth, happening April 29 - May 1. We really need you to come down, even if it's just for the day on Sunday because we have an important vote coming up around creating a 501c3 State Charitable Foundation (and we need to elect next year's district officers). You'll hear more about that in the next couple of weeks, but in the mean time, make plans to attend the State Convention. 

Jump-start your spring calendar by making note of the dates of the fantastic projects listed below. Plan on attending a few of them. Come see your Lions friends. Have some fun!

Lastly, I want to say "Thank You!" for your continued support, especially your support of LCIF. We continue to increase the number of individual donors as well as increasing the number of clubs that have donated at least $100 to LCIF.

See you out in the "Superior" district!


A Special Thank You!

I want to personally thank the following clubs who have made a 3-year pledge commitment to supporting the Boston 2023 Convention. It takes a significant amount of money to put on a convention and your support is gratefully appreciated. Each of these clubs will be receiving a special  once-in-a-lifetime banner patch to commemorate your support.
  • Acushnet
  • Bridgewater
  • Bridgewater Community
  • Barnstable-Yarmouth
  • Easton
  • Middleboro
  • Norton
  • Raynham
  • Somerset
  • South Eastern MA Paws of Comfort
  • West Bridgewater
  • Westport
It's not too late for YOUR club to join the ranks of these outstanding clubs!

See you next month!

Featured Club Service Project

This month the service project comes from the Somerset Lions Club. It was a service project that they did towards the end of December.


As a service project, the Somerset Lions Club hosted a Visit with Santa that was open to the entire Somerset community that included a picture with none other than Santa Claus himself! The hall was decorated with festive trees, greenery, handmade garland and lots of Christmas decorations donated by members. Parents/grandparents/guardians emailed to make a reservation, in one hour time slots. Once they arrived, our Greeter Elf welcomed them at the door and provided them with a little story about our personal Elf on the Shelf, Tipsy, who was sent personally by Santa as our official Reporter Elf. While Tipsy was busy writing out report cards for each child, the children could make 2 Christmas ornaments, write a letter to Santa and even make reindeer food. One of our elves read Christmas stories in a quiet corner. One elf provided some festive music. And another elf provided some snacks including, munchkins and hot chocolate. We were even lucky enough to get a copy of Santa's Nice List that was displayed on the wall. And we made sure every child's name was on it!
 
Santa, of course, was the biggest hit! Professional photos were taken while the child sat with Santa and told him about their wish list...and revealed a few family secrets that we can't repeat. Sibling and parent joined in some of the photos too. There was an electric train displayed in Santa's room along with a beautifully decorated tree. Santa gave each child their report card - from Tipsy the Elf - and a candy cane. It wasn't a surprise to us that everyone got a good report!
 
And although this was a service project from us to them, I think we Lion members had just as much fun as the children!

Submit Your Service Project

Would you like to have one of your club's service projects featured in the district newsletter? It's simple: tell us about your project. Send a description of your completed project along with a photo of the project in action to newsletter@district33s.org. Tell us what the project is, who the project serves, and how many people are served by the project (even if is just one person). The District Governor will choose one project to feature every month.

Club Anniversaries

We have a number of clubs celebrating milestone anniversaries this year. Here's a recap of the clubs that celebrated milestones earlier in the year:
  • Easton (90 years)
  • Westport (60 years)
  • Rehoboth-Anawan (30 years)
  • Bridgewater (95 years)
  • Bridgewater Academy (30 years)
  • Rehoboth (65 years)
  • Acushnet (65 years)
  • Provincetown (90 years)
Clubs celebrating a milestone anniversary this month:
  • West Bridgewater (75 years)
  • Norton Community (30 years)

By the Numbers

This section contains updates about how the district is doing.

Notes From the Global Action Team 


Global Leadership Team Chair, Nancy Sullivan


No message this month


Global Membership Team Chairperson, Jane Puccio


No message this month


Global Service Team Chairperson, IPDG Sandy Fife


To read IPDG Sandy's full message, click here.
 

Global Membership Approach Chairperson, Kathy Salem


On behalf of District Governor Martin Middleton, I am pleased to invite you to participate in our District 33-S Global Membership Approach! In order to achieve all of our governor’s goals, we need all of us working together.
We need Lions who have ideas in these areas…
  • Can you help the New Clubs team when it comes time to recruit for a new club or help with establishing a branch club for your own club or another one in the district?
  • Can you help create model membership kits that clubs can use to find new members?
  • Do you have an idea for a service project or have one you have completed that other clubs could replicate?
  • Is there a nearby club who might be struggling that you could partner with to help build them up?
  • Do you have ideas for club-level or district-level recognition of members or clubs?
  • Have you seen a good business-to-business directory we could adapt for Lions?
  • Are you that Lion who can help to mentor newer Lions in your club? Got ideas on how that works?
  • Any ideas for ways we can communicate better with our fellow Lions at the club and district levels?
  • What does your club need to help you run your club? Who are the next leaders?
  • Are you good at a social media platform? Could you help other Lions become better at using one of these tools?
What other ideas do you have to keep us ROARING and GROWING in this Lions’ year? All ideas are welcomed!

I will look forward to hearing from you!
Kathy Salem, GMA Champion
kathrynsalem@gmail.com

 

 

Free Registration for the State Convention

How would you like a free weekend package at the State Convention? If you register by March 6th, you will be entered into a drawing for a free weekend package at the Seacrest Hotel in Falmouth on April 29 - May 1. You'll find the registration form elsewhere here in the newsletter. Don't miss out on your chance to experience the State Convention on someone else's dime; but only if you register by March 6!

Hearing Foundation Application

Special Announcements

MA Lions Charitable Foundation Brochure

94th Annual State Convention MD33

Your 94th Annual State Convention will be held Friday, April 29 - Sunday, May 1 at the Sea Crest Resort in North Falmouth, MA. The theme of the weekend will be Reunion.
 
 

New England Lions Council

The New England Lions Council (NELC) is an educational and leadership supporting organization that gives District 33S Lions the opportunity to interact with Lions from throughout New England. There are 3 NELC gatherings per year: in October, January, and May. For more info visit http://nelionscouncil.org/.

If you would like to become a member of the NELC (it's open to ALL Lions), simply fill out the form below.


LCIcon Boston 2023



MLERF Fundraising

Upcoming Events

St. Patrick's Dinner Dance

Who: South Attleboro Village Lions
When: March 12, 2022, 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Where: North Attleboro Elks Hall - 52 Bullfinch Street, North Attleboro, MA
Cost: Eat-In $25, To-Go $15

No tickets sold at the door - deadline for tickets is Tuesday March 8th. 

Magical Tea Party

Who: Bridgewater Academy Lions
When: March 14-18, 2022
 

Emerging Lions Leadership Institute

Who: Multiple District
When: March 4-6, 2022

MD33 is happy to announce the ELLI training, planned for 4-6 March, 2022.  Friday-Saturday (4 and 5 March) will be virtual, and it is desired for attendees capable of traveling, to attend the final presentations and graduation on Sunday 6 March.  The Zoom connection will be left open on Saturday night, for team discussions. Details are in the flyer attached.  The registration link is as follows:

https://www.cognitoforms.com/MD33LeadershipCommittee/EmergingLionsLeadersInstitute2022

The Lions Club International Emerging Lions Leadership Institute training is intended for those Lions that have yet to be a Club President, or are currently serving as Club President (and have not previously attended the training).  Based on your submitted registration, access will be given for read-ahead assignments and course materials.  A registration fee of $ 15 is requested, upon acceptance for the training.

MLERF Charity FUNdraising Event

Who: Harvard Lions Club
When: March 5, 2022
Cost: $60/team

Community Blood Drive

Who: Bridgewater Academy Lions Club
When: March 25, 2022 - 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Where: Conant Community Health Center - 5 Wally Krueger Way, Bridgewater

Please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit RedCrossBlood.org and
enter: Academy Lions to schedule an appointment.

Comedy Night

Who: Somerset Lions Club
When: March 26, 2022
Where: 659 Brayton Ave, Somerset
Cost: $20

3rd Cabinet Advisory

Who: District 33S
When: March 29, 2022
Where: Redmen Hall, 786 Main St, West Wareham, MA 02576 (awaiting confirmation)

A confirmation email will be sent to all Presidents and Secretaries from CS Michael.
 

March Madness Draw

Who: Southeastern Paws of Comfort Lions
When: Drawing once all tickets are sold
Cost: $20 per chance

Strides Walk

Who: District 33S
When: April 2, 2022
Where: West Bridgewater Public Library

For the registration flyer, click here.
For the T-Shirt and Ad order form, click here. These are due to CT Nathan Garran by March 18.
 

Pancake Breakfast

Who: Somerset Lions Club
When: Sunday, April 3, 2022 - 7:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where: Church of Our Saviour, 2112 County Street, Somerset
Cost: Adults $10, Children 12 & Under $5

75th Anniversary Celebration

Who: Raynham Lions Club
When: April 9, 2022 - Cocktails 6 PM, Dinner 6:45
Where: Raynham Lions Hall
Cost: $30 per person 

Celebrating 75 years of service to the Raynham community and beyond. Cost of admission include appetizers, dinner, dessert, and coffee. Reservations with payment due Sunday April 3. Contact the Raynham Lions Club (508-823-7911) or chairman Janice Steek (508-823-1815).

Comedy Fundraiser

Who: Paws of Comfort Lions
When: Saturday, April 23, 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM (doors open 5:30)
Where: North Attleboro Elks Club - 52 Bullfinch Street, North Attleboro, MA 
Cost: $30

Featuring a 7:15 performance of the comedy show Aging Disgracefully, starring Doreen Collins and Charlie Hall, as well as DJ and dancing all night long with Mr. Jiggowatt. Call Debby for tickets at 508-889-2185.

Cornhole Tournament

Who: Somerset Lions Club
When: Saturday, April 23, 12:00 PM
Where: Somerset, exact location TBD
Cost: $50 per team, $25 per individual

There will be location details to come, so save the date!

Lions Day of Service

Who: District 33S
When: May 14, 2022, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Where: Raynham Lions Hall

Save the Date!  There were multiple service projects planned for Midwinter, but then we had to go virtual. We're still planning to have those service projects, only now we're going to host a Lions Day of Service where we're going to perform all those projects. Invite your fellow Lions and your non-Lions friends. 

There will be more details in the months to come, so save the date!

MLERF Online Auction Fundraiser

Who: Lions Clubs of Bridgewater
When: May 1 - May 21

The auction will be divided into three 1-week sessions: 5/1-5/7, 5/8-5/14, and 5/15-5/21. All Lions Clubs are invited to participate by donating an item or items valued at $25.00 or more to this online auction. Letters with further auction details and donation description forms will be sent to each District 33S club president and secretary.

Electronics Recycling Collection Day

Who: District 33S
When: Saturday, May 14 - 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Where: King Philip Hall - 2334 King Philip Street, Raynham

FUNDrive

Who: Somerset Lions
When: Saturday, May 21 - 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Where: Auclair's Market, County Street, Somerset

Golf Tournament

Who: Somerset Lions
When: Sunday, May 22 - 11:30 Registration, 1:00 Start
Where: Swansea Country Club
Cost: $150 per person, payable no later than June 6th

Contact tournament coordinators Carl Munroe (774-644-3099) and Scott Lebau (508-207-0556) for more information.

Lions Night Out

Who: District 33S
When: Friday, May 27
Where: TBD

Are you ready to Party? When the Midwinter went virtual, it meant that there was no one to enjoy the entertainment we hired for Friday night (an Emmy winning mentalist/magician who has appeared on National TV). Well... the entertainment is already paid for.

As a tribute and a Thank You to the Lions of the district, the District Governor is planning a night of fun and magic! It will be an evening of entertainment; a chance to just hang out have some fun with friends. The place is still being selected. We hope you'll be able to attend and enjoy an evening of entertainment after a year (and a Day) of Service!

There is no cost to attend (however, you KNOW we'll have raffles)!

Events Calendar

To see upcoming events in calendar form, take a look at the District Events Calendar.

Contact Us

We want to make it easy for you to reach your district officers, so we've created a bunch of district email addresses. There's no need to remember everyone's individual email address. Don't know who a specific individual is? No problem! Simply send your email to one of the district email addresses and it will be routed to the right person. You can contact the following people:

District Governor - dg@district33s.org
1st Vice District Governor - 1vdg@district33s.org
2nd Vice District Governor - 2vdg@district33s.org
Cabinet Secretary - cs@district33s.org
Cabinet Treasurer - ct@district33s.org
Zone 1 Chair (Matthew Rueter) - zc1@district33s.org
Zone 2 Chair (Laurie Silva) - zc2@district33s.org
Zone 3 Chair (Janet Kusins) - zc3@district33s.org
Zone 4 Chair (Robert Thayer) - zc4@district33s.org
Zone 5 Chair (Carl Hanson) - zc5@district33s.org
Zone 6 Chair (Rebecca Morrissey) - zc6@district33s.org
Zone 7 Chair (Lori Porteleki) - zc7@district33s.org
Zone 8 Chair (Michael Salois) - zc8@district33s.org
Zone 9 Chair (Scott Lebeau Sr.) - zc9@district33s.org
Zone 10 Chair (Lorraine Thompson) - zc10@district33s.org
Region 1 Chair (Tammy Morrissey) - rc1@district33s.org
Region 2 Chair (Jerry Lawrence) - rc2@district33s.org
Region 3 Chair (Nadene Martin) - rc3@district33s.org
Global Leadership Chair - glt@district33.org
Global Membership Chair - gmt@district33.org
Global Service Chair - gst@district33.org
LCIF Chair - lcif@district33s.org
Newsletter Editor - newsletter@district33s.org
Sunshine and Sorrows Chair - sunshine@district33s.org
Marketing and Communications Team - pr@district33s.org
Webmaster - webmaster@district33s.org
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