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Lions District 33S September 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

A great partner will always bring out the best in you. And for more than 50 years, Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) has been empowering Lions to serve at our best. Now, in our final year of Campaign 100, we have an incredible opportunity to give back and help ensure that Lions at home, and around the world, have the support they need for years to come.

I have personally seen the impact that LCIF makes through my club and in my community. Your donation to Campaign 100 is more than a contribution to your foundation—it is a gift from your heart to your community. It is a promise to continue to fight hunger, prevent diabetes, protect the environment and help the people around you live healthy and hope-filled lives. Because that is why we serve. And together with LCIF and Campaign 100, we can deliver that promise and a better future for all.

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 Energize.

It's time to get energized! I'm excited about this year, coming off the high of the recent Cabinet Advisory Meeting. It was great to see everyone face-to-face and to break bread together. At the same time, I recognize that not everyone feels comfortable attending meetings in-person yet. That's why we will continue to offer the ability to attend every district meeting via Zoom.

If you were at the cabinet advisory, you heard about our plans to massively ramp up our public relations efforts to energize our communities about Lions. Between releasing LCI Public Service Announcements to every Cable Access TV station in our district (including those towns where there is no Lions club); unveiling our new "Lions of SouthEastern Massachusetts" website, distributing Lions-centric videos through a district YouTube channel; and our upcoming Ad campaign with WGBH, it will no longer be possible to say "Lions are the best kept secret".

These are just a few of the reasons to get energized about our future. If you're energized and you allow that energy to shine through, those folks who are checking us out to determine if we're worth their time will get energized too!

Now that we've had an extended period of time to recharge our personal batteries (thanks to Covid), it's time to get back to the work of providing Service to our communities. So, let's get out there and energize our friends and neighbors--and complete strangers into Service!

Featured Club Service Project

This month's featured club service project comes from the Fairhaven Lions club and it demonstrates the power of partnership. 

In Acushnet (a neighboring town), there is a charity called “Gifts to Give”. They focus on building a more caring community that’s focused on child poverty, literacy, service to others and giving. They ensure that children are connected with what they need both physically and mentally. The charity collects food, clothing, kid’s bikes, care packages, etc.

The Lions got involved with helping unload clothing donations and picking up bicycles that would be brought to a bike shop for tune up.

Unfortunately, there are a lot of donated items that simply go into a trash compactor. So, when the Lions noticed the waste due to restraints of what can be processed and given out to what was destroyed they asked if they could have certain things for their own purposes. One day the president of Gifts to Give gave called to ask if the Lions wanted kid’s mini electric cars that they could not process. Additionally, it would cost them to dispose of the vehicles.

The Lions scrubbed, cleaned, and did a very detailed inspection of each vehicle's workings, safety and appearance. One vehicle was very small and the Lions donated it to a child whose parents mentioned they wish they had something to entertain their child. The little red electric mustang had a home with a very happy child.

By partnering other charities, we help ourselves. In this case, the Lions saved a charity from the expense of trash disposal. The club cost to fix all four cars was $30.00.

The remaining cars will be raffled off, with the funds received being donated to the Fairhaven Lions Scholarship Fund which provides scholarships for graduating high school seniors who live in the Town of Fairhaven.

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

Can you believe we are already thinking about back to school and what service projects we can do in the Fall! So how are we doing? DG Martin has a goal of 70% reporting by our Secretaries and Club Service Chairs. Summers in some clubs can be slow but don’t forget you can report your meetings too!! Past Service Projects can be reported. This is how the District and Zones get their information on what is happening. We will be working with you, holding some training in September and reaching out on how we can help you and get our District the recognition it deserves. [more]

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.


Massachusetts Lions Eye Research 2022 Calendar

Attention Photographers!!!

If you participated in the Environmental Photo contest last year, or if you just enjoy taking pictures - scenery, flowers, trees, sky, animals, weather phenomenon, the environment.
We are looking for photos for next year’s MLER (Mass Lions Eye Research) 2022 calendar.

We are collecting pictures from across the state. Please send pictures that are horizontal orientated. Next year’s calendar will be a collection of pictures from our Multiple District. If you would like to submit some pictures for possible approval, please send pictures – digitally to PDG Pat Kalicki at

All pictures must be submitted no later than Sept 15th


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)

LCIcon Boston 2023

Upcoming Events

Mums, Mini Pumpkins & Cabbages

Who: South Attleboro Village
When: September 5 (Pre-orders only)

To order: call Debra "DJ" Desjardin (508-369-3369) or Karen Smith (508-212-7377).
Pickup date: September 11 (9am - 1pm)

Yard Sale

Who: South Eastern Mass Paws of Comfort
When: September 11 (rain date September 12)
Time: 9:00AM - 2:00PM
Where: Reinhold Insurance 860 Landry Ave., No Attleboro

If interested in renting a 10 ft space for $20, call Monique at 508-431-0282 or email

See flyer below

Thirsty Pilgrim

Who: Plymouth
When: September 11 - 12
Time: 12:00PM - 6:00PM
Where: The Hedge House, 126 Water St, Plymouth, MA 

Come join the Plymouth Lions for our fun-filled, two-day signature event. Activities include Live Bavarian Band music, face painting, contests and games. Great tasting food and many different adult beverages to sample. The Thirsty Pilgrim helps feed the Hungry – All monies raised is provided to local food pantries, soup kitchens and the school children’s “snack pack” program; to help feed those less fortunate in our community.

Scavenger Hunt

Who: Somerset
When: September 17-18
Time: 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Where: VFW, 329 Washington Street, Somerset

See flyer below.

Mum Sale

Who: South Eastern Mass Paws of Comfort
When: September 18
Time: 9:00AM - noon
Where: 32 Pratt Lane, North Attleboro

The Southeastern MA Paws of Comfort Lions is sponsoring our annual Mums Sale. Available colors Red, Yellow, Purple and Orange for just $10. Pickup date is Saturday, September 18th from 9 am - 12 noon at 32 Pratt Lane, No. Attleboro. 100% of the proceeds goes to local Lions Charities. Place your order by contacting Debby 508-889-2185 or Monique 508-431-0282.

See flyer below.

USA/Canada Forum

When: September 9-11
Where: Des Moines, IA

The USA/Canada forum is a great opportunity to meet Lions from around the United States, Canada, and the islands of the Caribbean. It's a 3 day conference full of interesting leadership seminars and world-class speakers.

More info is available on the Forum Website

Nauset Open House

Who: Nauset (New Club)
When: September 19
Time: 2:00PM-4:00PM
See flyer below

16th Annual Golf Tournament

Who: South Attleboro Lions
When: September 19
Where: Chemawa Golf Course, North Attleboro, MA
Time: 7:00AM-3:00PM

Journey For Sight Walk-A-Long

Who: A District 33S Event
When: Saturday, September 25
Where: Scusset Beach State Reservation, Sagamore, MA
Time: 9:00AM - 2:00PM
See Flyers below

21st Annual Golf Tournament

Who: Easton
When: September 27
Time: 10:00AM

Download multi-page flyer below


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

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.

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)

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

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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