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Save the date!

The Columbia Leo Club

6th Annual Variety Show


Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 7:00 PM

Columbia Town Hall, 323 Route 87

$10 per person, tickets available at door


Local talent of all ages!

If you have a talent (anything from singing to dancing to magic), we’d love to have you perform!


All proceeds will benefit

Camp Rising Sun


The American Cancer Society's Relay for Life

Relay For Life


Help us help others!


If you’re interested in performing, or if you would like more information, contact Leo President Sarah Potter at








Recent Events

Columbia Lions Club Donation of Kayak in Honor of Lion Craig Gingras

Kayak Donation

On August 6, 2016, the Columbia Lions Club donated, in honor of recently deceased Lion Craig Gingras, a 13.5' Old Town Tandem Kayak with paddles and life vests to the Columbia Recreation Department for use at the Town Beach. This was purchased with contributions to the Craig Gingras Memorial Fund as requested by his family.

Lion Craig Gingras was a solid member of the Lions Club. He chaired several important committees and always gave his very best. Craig was a fine, generous man and is missed very much.

The kayak, paddles, and life vests will be kept at the Columbia Lake town beach for all residents to use.

Pictured left to right:

Marc Volza Recreation Director
Linda Garritt Lions Committee Chairman
Matt Sternat Lions President
Norma Gingras Parent of Craig
Ron Gingras Parent of Craig
"BG" Gingras Brother of Graig
Mert Wolff Uncle of Craig



Lions around banner

Columbia Lions Assisting with the Regional Special Olympics Swim Meet



Open ceremony

The Opening Ceremony



Torch Lighting

The Torch Lighting



Columbia and Willimantic Lions serve lunch

Columbia and Willimantic Lions Serve Lunch at the Special Olympics




Columbia Lions Volunteer to Judge the Local Pine Wood Derby

Car setup on track

In the pole position ....


Cars ready to race

Drivers start your engines...


Cars cross the finish line

And the winner is .....


College Scholarships Information


The Columbia Lions Club offers three college scholarships in the amount of $800 each to Columbia residents who graduate from any accredited public, private or parochial high school and who plan to study at an accredited post-secondary institution.

One of these scholarships is the Myron Berkowitz Scholarship named in honor of  the late Myron Berkowitz, a charter member of the Columbia Lions.


Applications are evaluated by a scholarship committee appointed by the Superintendent and winners are notified by that office.


  The Columbia Lions 2017 Scholarship winners were selected by the Superintendent's selection committee. The winners were:

Michael Nalewayk - Windham High School

Andrew Schroder - E. O.Smith High School




Columbia Lions Peace Poster Contest

This year, over ninety H.W. Porter School students participated in the Columbia Lions Club International Peace Poster Contest. On Friday November 18, 2016, at the H. W. Porter School assembly, winner Katie Burns and runner-up Sage Magowan were present checks from the Columbia lions Club.

Katie’s poster went on to the next round and won the Connecticut Lions District 23C contest. Her poster is now entered in the State competition where she will compete with the other two District winners. Peace Poster winners will be honored and presented their awards at the Connecticut Lions Mid-Winter Conference at the Radisson Hotel in Cromwell, CT.

Each year, Lions Clubs around the world proudly sponsor the Lions International Peace Poster Contest in local schools and youth groups. This art contest encourages young people worldwide to express their visions of peace. For 29 years, more than four million children from nearly 100 countries have participated in the contest. The theme of this year’s poster contest is "A Celebration of Peace". The images represented in the artwork reflect the artist’s view of peace.

The winning Columbia posters will be on display at Saxton B. Little Library during the month of January. All H. W. Porter School posters will be available for viewing at the Columbia Beckish Senior Center during February.

The Columbia Lions would like to thank the H. W. Porter School Administration, Enrichment Teacher, Sandy Rijs, and especially Art Teacher, Katherine MacDonald, for her artistic guidance with the students. Their continuing efforts make this annual contest a success.

Peace Poster Winner


Katie Burns left, Sage Magowan right.




The Columbia Leo Club meets on the 1st and 3rd   Monday of each month, at 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. at Horace Porter School in the band room. Young people, ages 12-18 who would like more information about the Columbia Leo Club can contact:

Leo President: Sarah Potter at

Leo School Liaison: Sandy Rijs at
Leo Advisor Jim Blair at
or 860-428-2916.





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