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Lions District 33S October 2021 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.

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Table of Contents
International President's Message
A Word From the District Governor
Featured Club Service Project
Submit YOUR Service Project
Our District by the Numbers
Notes from the Global Action Team
Hearing Foundation Application
Special Announcements Upcoming Events Events Calendar
Contact Us
Update Your Preferences/Subscription(s)

International President's Message

It takes a lot of caring men and women to carry out our incredible mission of service. And your leadership is the key to ensuring that everyone with a heart for service can find a club to call their own. Remember that every new member and new club in your district enhances your ability to achieve your goals and increase the good we can do together.
Strengthening membership creates so many new opportunities for your district. It creates access to new communities and needs, increased opportunities for innovation, and greater support for LCIF and Campaign 100.

There’s something that I like to say, “Each one, bring one.” Imagine how much we could achieve if each Lion brought one new member and every district had the clubs support their passions for service. Let’s work toward success on an astonishing scale and achieve growth like never before.

Yours in Service,

Douglas X. Alexander
International President

A Word From the District Governor

As you can tell from the graphic at the top of the newsletter, the theme for this year is "The Power of Service". Service is the life blood of our organization. It is our superpower. Each month, I'll choose a word related to the Power of Service. The word this month is Activate.

Welcome to October! It's the time of falling leaves and spectacular autumn colors. It's also the time that many of our clubs wake up after a long summer slumber.

I don't know about you, I feel like we've been slumbering for about 18 months, thanks to Covid-19. That's why it's time for us to activate our members. It's time to shake off that grogginess and wipe the sleep out of our eyes.

Believe it or not, the year is already 1/4 over!  That's right, the first 3 months of the year have gone by and we have a lot of work to do. We've already begun adding new members to many of our clubs; new members activated to begin their service journey; more hands to help us complete the service that Lions was created to fulfill.

And this is just the first step. Now that you have those new members be sure to get them involved in a service project. Our goal this year is to activate as many non-Lions as possible to join us in our service journey. We have plenty of service opportunities in the district both this month and throughout the rest of this year. So even if your' club doesn't have a service project in the works, you can join us at the district level to activate your own service!

Lastly, I have to take a moment to plug our upcoming Mid-Winter conference. If you haven't already signed up, it's time to start thinking about registering! January 14-16 (Martin Luther King weekend). Come down on Friday afternoon at 3pm to help us pack 10,000 meals that will be delivered to local food banks, food pantries, and homeless/women's shelters.

Become a Superhero of Service! If that doesn't activate your superpower, I don't know what will! See you next month!

Featured Club Service Project

This month's featured club service project demonstrates the power of partnership and features our own eyeglass recycling committee.

In early September, Lions from District A, N, and S collaborated to provide more than 11,000 pairs of eyeglasses to La Asociación Vision To All (Vista), an organization that travels to Peru and Nicaragua to provide eyeglasses to those in need. Optometrist J.J. Godoy and his wife provided the photos above from a trip to Nicaragua in August 2021.

In J.J.'s own words: "I would like to express my gratitude to LIONS S-33, A-33 and N-33 and all other LIONS friends and members who have contributed to making this teamwork between La Asociación Vision To All (VISTA) and LIONS so successful. Thank you for today's donation of 11,700 pairs of processed eyeglasses.

And again I extend my invitation for any LIONS member who wishes to travel with me on future trips to Peru and/ or Nicaragua in late November 2021 or in the Spring of 2022 to work as an assistant.  You guys would be very valuable and it might be exciting to see the final destination of all the eyeglasses collected."

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 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.

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

For Sandy's full message, click here to continue reading. [Read more]
For vision project ideas, click here.
For the bluebird house plans, click here.
For information on eye screenings, 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



Hearing Foundation Application

Special Announcements

Youth Speech

International Peace Poster Contest

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

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

Operation Shoebox

Massachusetts Lions Eye Research 2022 Calendar


Environmental Photo Contest

Pet Food Collection

Southeastern MA Paws of comfort has been collecting pet food for the needy since the beginning of the year. They will be continuing to do so till December 31st. If your club knows anyone who is in need of pet food or perhaps a senior center, food pantry or animal shelter please contact Lori Porteleki.  (774-254-0006)

Mid-winter 2022

LCIcon Boston 2023

Upcoming Events


Who: Abington Lions
When: October 5, 2021
Time: 6pm - 10pm
Where: 748 Brockton Avenue, Abington, MA
See flyer below for details

Golf Tournament

Who: Carver 
When: October 9, 2021
Download flyers below

Clothing Drive

Who: Westport Lions
When: October 15-16, 2021
See flyer below
Westport Lions Clothing Drive flyer

Luck of the Draw Night

Who: South Attleboro Village Lions
When: October 16th
Time: Doors open at 6:00 PM, Drawing starts at 7:00 PM
Where: 1460 Diamond Hill Road, Cumberland, RI
Cost: $25/person
Formerly known as the Chopstick Auction!
For more information, please contact Joan Wild at

NELC October Meeting

Who: New England Lions Council
When: October 16-17, 2021
Where: Nashua, NH
Guest Speaker: Scott Brown (Former Ambassador of the United States
to New Zealand and Samoa)

Mini Carnations Day for MLERF

Who: Pat Salvas
When: Payment due by October 27, 2021 | Delivery date November 6, 2021
Where: Delivery pickup at Raynham Lions Club (2234 King Phillip Street, Raynham, MA 02767)

For more information, please contact Pat Salvas at (508) 838 - 6527.

Blood Drive

Who: Westport Lions
When: October 19, 2021
Where: VFW, 843 State Road, Westport
Time: 1:00 - 6:00 PM

The Westport Lions Club will sponsor a blood drive by the American Red Cross on October 19th between 1:00 and 6:00pm at the VFW 843 State Road, Westport.  Please schedule your appointment today!

Please visit or call 1-800-RED-CROSS to schedule your donation.

Eyemobile on the Road

Who: District
When: October 30, 2021
Where: 64 West Main Street, Norton
Time: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM


Halloween Dance

Who: South Attleboro Village Lions
When: October 30, 2021
Ages: 20-100
A night of dancing, fun, food and surprises. More information to follow.

Electronics Recycling Drive

Who: District 33S
When: November 6, 2021
Where: Raynham Lions Club, (King Philip Hall, 2234 King Philip Street, Raynham)
Time: 10:00AM - 2:00PM
Data Recycling Promo Flyer

Clothing & Household Textile Drive

Who: Somerset Lions
When: November 6, 2021
Time: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Where: Auclair's Market - County Street, Somerset, MA

Sock Drive

Who: South Attleboro Village Lions
When: November
For more information, call or email club president & event chairperson Gail Girard at (401) 334 - 0169 or

Calendar Raffle

Who: Fairhaven Lions Club
When: Drawings will begin the first Sunday after 500 tickets have been purchased
Cost: $10/chance

The raffle which will draw a winner each day for 28 days.  $100 winner each Saturday and Sunday and $50 winner each Monday-Friday. Drawings will be held live on the Fairhaven Lions Club Facebook page. 

Payments can be made via call to Lisa (508 - 525-0693) or Becky (508-264-0872). Payments can also be made via Venmo.

For more information, contact Lisa Forcier via email at or phone at 508-525-0693.

Annual Memorial Lights Fundraiser

Who: Norton Community Lions Club
Submission Deadline: November 12, 2021
Cost: $5/name
Purchase a light on the Memorial Lights Tree at Norton Town Common in memory of a loved one.

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 -
1st Vice District Governor -
2nd Vice District Governor -
Cabinet Secretary -
Cabinet Treasurer -
Zone 1 Chair (Matthew Rueter) -
Zone 2 Chair (Laurie Silva) -
Zone 3 Chair (Janet Kusins) -
Zone 4 Chair (Robert Thayer) -
Zone 5 Chair (Carl Hanson) -
Zone 6 Chair (Rebecca Morrissey) -
Zone 7 Chair (Lori Porteleki) -
Zone 8 Chair (Michael Salois) -
Zone 9 Chair (Scott Lebeau Sr.) -
Zone 10 Chair (Lorraine Thompson) -
Region 1 Chair (Tammy Morrissey) -
Region 2 Chair (Jerry Lawrence) -
Region 3 Chair (Nadene Martin) -
Global Leadership Chair -
Global Membership Chair -
Global Service Chair -
LCIF Chair -
Newsletter Editor -
Sunshine and Sorrows Chair -
Marketing and Communications Team -
Webmaster -
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