Dear Madison Lions,
 I would like to alert you to a an impressive article on page 28 in the November 5th issue of The Source that focuses on Mike Conti who was the June 2008 recipient of our Paul Doyon Memorial Scholarship.  This scholarship is presented "to a senior member of the Daniel Hand football team who has exemplified the spirit of scholarship, sportsmanship, leadership, and motivation, and who plans to pursue a degree program in higher education."
 As the article describes, Mike is playing varsity football for Ithaca College and majoring in business administration and finance.
 Paul Doyon was the oldest son of Dana and Peg Doyon; Dana having been a long-time active member of our club.  Paul was a starting lineman on the Hand football team.  In his junior year he became ill with Hodgkin's Lymphoma and, after receiving chemotherapy and radiation treatments, he died just prior to graduation in June 1983.  Dana was our club's president at the time.  The football team raised money for a scholarship in Paul's honor and our club supported them.  Shortly thereafter, the Madison Lions formalized our support of a yearly scholarship, and in 2005 the club extended the scholarship to a 4-year award given yearly.  As of June 2009, we now award this and our other scholarships every fourth year (instead of yearly) for 4 years.
 It is wonderful to see one of our scholarship recipients recognized so positively in the local press.
 Kind regards,
George Basler


The latest of several scholarships is described below:


Ronald B. Hall Memorial Scholarship in Education was first awarded in 2009 by the family and friends of Ron, and supported and sponsored by the Madison Lions Club in which Ron was an active member.

Ron was a life-long educator, as a teacher and educational administrator in Pennsylvania for 33 years.  He was the recipient of bachelor's, master's and doctorate degrees.  Ron was a teacher and an educational administrator in Pennsylvania for 33 years.  A strong advocate of providing high quality public education for all students, Ron often led teacher training programs.  He retired as Chief of Educational Planning for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  Ron was an active participant in the Madison, Connecticut community, where he was a resident for 18 years.  Ron was one of the founding members of the Madison Lions Club Scholarship Committee, and originated and led the annual Movie Benefit to assist in supporting the Madison Lions scholarship program.

This scholarship is awarded to a student who, in the estimation of the DHHS staff, would make an outstanding educator in the standard set by Ronald B. Hall.

The scholarship is for $1000 a year for a maximum of four years.  Upon the graduation from college of the scholarship recipient, another candidate can be chosen.


All charitable fund raising of the Madison Lions Club is done by the affiliated Madison Lions Foundation, a not-for-profit corporation that has received the 501(c)(3) designation from the Internal Revenue Service. Some of these projects include: 




  The " Miss Be Thankful You Can See" Campaign

  The Christmas Cards and Prints Event

   The Flea Market on the Green

  The Movie Scholarship Fund Event

  Used Eyeglass Collection

  The Pauline Baldwin Fund for feeding the needy of Madison

   Tent Rental



 The Madison Lions Club has been in existence for 56 years. Over the course of the last 18 years, club records indicate that the members have raised and given away:



Madison Lions Foundation

Charities and Gifts

1994 to 2012

Contributed to….

Since 1994

Youth Projects


Money distributed to local youth and youth groups for the purpose of enhancing the lives of Madison’s next generation:

Youth soccer, Little League, Boy and Girl Scouts,

Big Brothers and Big Sisters,

Scholarships and awards to Daniel Hand graduates.

Leo Clubs in Hand High School and Polson Middle School,

“Night in Hand,” “Toys for Tots,”

Peace Poster Contest, “Bikes for Kids.”



Community Projects



Funds distributed to support local, national, and international community charities:

Madison Community Services

Madison Ambulance Association, Madison Senior Center,

SARAH services for the disabled, Disaster Relief – Katrina, Haiti,

Public Service Award, Good Citizenship Award,

Lions Project Canine Companions, Habitat for Humanity,

Scranton Library, Life Line Project of the Hospital of St. Raphael.

Lions Clubs International Foundation

Baldwin Donations for Holiday Food Baskets


$214, 193

Vision, Hearing, & Health Projects



Funds Distributed to local, national, and international vision, hearing, and health charities:

Connecticut Lions Eye Research Foundation, Lions Low Vision Centers, Fidelco Seeing Eye Dogs,

CRIS Radio Services to the Blind and Vision Impaired,

Oak Hill School, Camp Hemlocks for the Disabled,

Eye care for needy citizens and children in Madison,

Eyeglasses for Ecuador and the Dominican Republic,

Eye Screening for Shoreline residents,

Cancer Awareness & Support Organizations






The Madison, Clinton, Westbrook and Killingworth Lions Clubs have conducted a free Eye Screening and Blood Pressure Clinic at the Henry Carter Hull Public Library in Clinton.

JUST click on:


Eye Glass Collection Box Locations as of 03/03/2012

Concord Meadows, Community Room, 70 Woodland Road
Alan Ecker, MD & Patricia Ecker MD, 11 Woodland Road
First Niagara Bank, 724 Boston Post Road (Madison Mall)
(box is on the floor under the table in the foyer)
Guilford Savings Bank, 494 Route 80, Roberts Shopping Center
The Hearth at Tuxis Pond, (Library), 100 Bradley Road

Madison Community Services/Madison Social Services, 10 School St.
(behind the entry door)
Madison Dry Cleaners & Laundry, 56 Academy Street
Madison Eye Care, 1347 Boston Post Road
(closed Tuesday)
Madison Optical, 59 Bradley Road
Madison Senior Center, 29 Bradley Road
Madison Town Hall, Town Campus
(box is on table just inside rear entrance)
Opticare, 747 Boston Post Road
(box is on the right as you enter from the front door)
St. Margaret Roman Catholic Church, corner Academy Street/Bradley Road
(box is in basement of church building just inside glass entry door)
(If these doors are locked, enter via front door of the church,
then take the door on right inside and the stairs will take you
to the lower level.
Our box* is at the far end near the glass door)
[* approved by Bill Elder]

==> if any club member observes that one of these boxes is <==
close to full, they should notify
==> Dave Longobucco (or the club president in his absence) <==
so it can be emptied


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