Look for the Putnam Lions at local events and view our calendar page for updates, such as our Fall Classic!  Remember, every dollar spent at a Lions' booth goes right back to the community!


-- The Putnam Lions met Wednesday, June 15th at The Inn at Woodstock Hill for a dinner meeting. In addition to regular business, they presented awards and installed new officers.

The Membership Key award was presented to Lion Dianne Tremblay for bringing in two new members. The Membership Advancement award was given to Lion Lea Therrien for bringing in five new members.

Lion Amy Franklin presented The Ambassador of Sight award to Lion Al Cormier. The Ambassador of Sight Award is from the Lions Low Vision Center of Eastern CT and is given to recognize outstanding service to the organization and those we serve. It symbolizes the attributes of generosity, compassion and concern for others.

The L Gerald Lapointe Award is given to an a person or persons outside of the Lions organization. The award to is to recognize volunteerism at its best and a commitment to the community. The 2015 award was presented to Steve and Marge Townsend for being instrumental in building the new emergency room at Day Kimball Hospital. The 2016 award was presented to Putnam EMS for all they do for our community. The award was accepted by Shawn Kettle.

Steve and Marge Townsend

Shawn Kettle

Finally, the Jerry Richards Award was presented to Lion Rick Bennett and Lion Ed Briere for their tireless effort in ensuring the Lion's Trailer was up and running smoothly throughout the years. This award is given to a member or members, past or present, who have outstanding service to the club.

The new officers were installed by Past District Governor Armand LaFleur. The new officers are as follows: Sheila Coderre as Lion Tamer, Leia Faucher as Tail Twister, Francis Gregoire and Armand LaFleur as Membership Chairs, Leia Faucher as 3rd Year Board Director, Lea Therrien as 2nd Year Board Director and Romeo Blackmar as 1st Year Board Director, Stephen Faucher as 3rd Vice President, Lea Therrien as 2nd Vice President and Romeo Blackmar as 1st Vice President, Mel Cassio as Treasurer, Deb Barbour as Secretary and Paulette Blagburn as President.

The next dinner meeting of the Putnam Lions Club will be September 8th .


-- On Friday, April 15th, the Putnam Lions and Putnam Leos, local organizations, charities and Lion's charities gathered at the Connecticut Audubon Society at Pomfret to celebrate the Putnam Lion's Annual Night of Giving. The Night of Giving is the culmination of a year of hard work and fund-raising events. It is at this special event that the Putnam Lions and Leos give back to the community all the funds they have raised throughout the course of the year. Over $19,000 were given out at the event this year. This brings the Putnam Lion's year long donations to $21,890.


The organizations and charities have the chance to share what the donations go towards and how they have affected others lives. For example, Kathi Peterson of Interfaith Services highlighted the Diaper Bank, explaining that they were now the only Diaper Bank for the entire Windham County. In addition, the food bank has served 225 families and donations for the homeless were recently used to help improve lives.

Sarah Mortensen of NOW explained how NOW was providing healthy alternatives to playing video games all day. The programs in nutrition, the introduction to various sports and the scholarships for youth to participate in sports all help to combat childhood obesity and to provide lifelong skills contributing to a healthy lifestyle.

Some of the stories were as uplifting as Judith Gehrig of Community Cafe explaining how they've served over 11,000 meals and provided as many connections. Some of the stories didn't leave a dry eye, such as Annette Martel who spoke of her son as she accepted a donation from the Leos towards the Sunshine Kids. Other people spoke of the triumph of the spirit and the help from their service dogs. Kent Phyfe of Vet Dogs, Wendy Debaros of Fidelco and Ailene Akers of CRIS radio were all in attendance with their service dogs who are critical to helping their owners regain independence and confidence.

In all, 47 organizations attended the event. They ranged from the ARC, to the local schools' groups, to Day Kimball Hospital organizations, to Lions' charities. The funds will cover everything from sporting endeavors to service dogs to help with health and eyesight to arts and entertainment.



President Romeo Blackmar dropped in on the ISHP Diaper Bank's Celebrity Bartender Night to present a check for $450.00 to the Toy Story team of Gary and Karen Osbrey, Jeff Rawson and Earl Rosebrooks. Our gift helped push the team over $1,500 so they could gain a $1,000 donation for a total of $2,712.00 raised. Total for the night was $8,663. That's a lot of diapers!

President Blackmar donates $450 to ISHP Diaper Bank


-- The Putnam Lions Club sponsors a Volleyball tournament each year which represents the club's largest fund raising event of the year. This tournament is known as the Putnam Lions Volleyball Challenge (PLVC). This event is a fun challenge for all participating Volleyball players.

This year's tournament is being held in the Pomfret School Strong Field House located in Pomfret, CT on March 19th & 20th, 2016. Registration begins at 8 AM – Tournament Play begins at 9 AM. This facility is the best Indoor Volleyball facility in Northeast New England. The facility contains 4 courts guaranteeing that all the teams’ remain active and in continual competition for the coveted traveling PLVC trophy. Referees will be supplied.

All Players and Teams receive free T-shirts, complementary food, beverages and snacks. In addition cash prizes will be awarded to the winners of Divisions A & B. Anyone bringing in pledges of $75 or more will be entered in prize drawings.

Anyone interested in joining the PLVC or in becoming a sponsor, should contact Lion Steve Faucher at or 860-617-412 or Lion Michael Hanrahan at or 860-933-5793.


-- The Putnam Lions Memorial Scholarships applications are now available from the Putnam High School Guidance Department or from Lion Al Cormier. Lion Cormier can be reached at or by calling 860-234-7098.

The $1,000 non-renewable scholarships are available to any graduating senior or home-school student who is a Putnam resident, regardless of high school attended. The student does not need to be affiliated with the Putnam Lions and/or the Leo Club.

Putnam Lions Memorial scholarships are awarded based on academic achievement, leadership, service and a student's statement.

The fully completed applications are due in the Putnam High School Guidance Department or to the Lions Scholarship Committee by April 1,2016. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. Scholarships will be awarded in June.


-- The Putnam Lions met Thursday, January 21st at the Putnam Knights of Columbus Hall for a dinner meeting and visit from the Lion's District 23 Governor Nancy Tucker. Also in attendance was Regional Chairman Larry Updyke.

District Governor Nancy Tucker conducted the membership ceremony to welcome new members, Harrison Gardiner, Ross Ward, Kathy Chase and George Magnan. The new members were presented for membership by their sponsor, Lion Al Cormier. During the ceremony they were given a history of the club and they were welcomed into the world’s largest and most active service club organization.

Anniversary Awards were given to Lion Ann Russo for 10 years of service and to Stuart Neal and Bernard Gilbert for 20 years of service. In addition, District Governor Tucker gave friendship banners to Al Cormier, for his efforts with the Leos, Greg King, for his work as Zone Chairman and his friendship, Romeo Blackmar for his role as President and Fran Gregoire for his support, mentoring, advice and friendship. The banner message was that You Are Never Too Small to Do Great Things.



The Lions Business Meeting for January 7th included a very special event. Our guest speaker for the evening was Jan Roberta, a Group Coordinator with Quilts of Valor. Quilts of Valor is a non profit organization dedicated to providing veterans with quilts to "cover them with warmth, our love and gratitude for their service, sacrifice and valor." The group operates in all 50 states and is staffed entirely by volunteers. In addition, Canada, the UK and Australia have become coalition members to honor their veterans as well.
At this meeting, we were honored to witness the presentation of a Quilt of Valor to Adam Zito who served in Afghanistan in a B1 Bomber Squad. Mr. Zito was accompanied by his girlfriend, Kim Penney, their children Michael and Mia Penney and Kim's parents, Jean and Al Dubrowski.
Thank you for your service and allowing us to share in this moment Adam.

Adam Zito and Jan Roberta with his Quilt of Valor


  The Lions Clubs in North East Connecticut have gotten together to collect items for people in the area that are homeless . The thought that there are people In every town that don’t have a place to live this winter is mind blowing.  

   The Lions clubs in Putnam, Thompson, Pomfret, Woodstock, Danielson, Killingly and Plainfield met to discuss this very important need in our area. Representatives from TEEG and IHSP made suggestions as to what was needed for people that live outdoors during the winter.

  Items donated to date are 25 sleeping bags, 8 tents, 10 backpacks, 10 tarps and sleeping pads, over 100 toothbrushes, and tubes of toothpaste, socks, gloves, soap deodorant, toilet paper and blankets.

  Anyone wishing to donate items to this cause can contact any Lions member in any of these towns or call 860-234-0526.

Committee members from all clubs are in the photo.

Homeless Committee

Front row: L-R Deborah Crawford, Alice Puliafico-Groccia, Dianne Trembly, Gail Beausoleil, Karen Costa

2nd row:  Zone Chairman Greg King, Susan Fontaine, PDG Robert Erickson, Floyd Costa, Carol Ekholm, Denise Lafleur, Tom Kohl, Erick Pohlman      some people on the committee were not in the photo.


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Lions have a dynamic history. Founded in 1917, we are best known for fighting blindness, but we also volunteer for many different kinds of community projects - including caring for the environment, feeding the hungry and aiding seniors and the disabled.

Lions give sight. By conducting vision screenings, equipping hospitals and clinics, distributing medicine and raising awareness of eye disease, Lions work toward their mission of providing vision for all. We have extended our commitment to sight conservation through countless local efforts and through our international SightFirst Program, which works to eradicate blindness.

Lions serve youth. Our community projects often support local children and schools through scholarships, recreation and mentoring. Internationally, we offer many programs, including the Peace Poster Contest, Youth Camps and Exchange and Lions Quest.

Our Leo Program provides the youth of the world with an opportunity for personal development through volunteering. There are approximately 144,000 Leos and 5,700 Leo clubs in more than 140 countries worldwide.

Lions award grants. Since 1968, the Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) has awarded more than US$700 million in grants to support Lions humanitarian projects around the world. LCIF was also ranked the number one nongovernmental organization in a 2007 study by The Financial Times.

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