The Lions Club of Harwinton was founded in 1961.  The Club usually meets twice a month. Business Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of the month at the Harwinton Library on Bentley Drive, Harwinton.  Dinner Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of the month from January - May,  September and October. In June we have our Installation of Officers, and in December we celebrate at our annual Holiday party.

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Donation to the Harwinton Library

The family of Harwinton Lion Laura Samolis, who died suddenly in January, 2020, requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be sent in her name to the Harwinton Lions. This week, Club President and Treasurer Roland and Donna Perreault brought the donation to the Harwinton Library, which will be used to purchase large-print books containing book plates in Laura’s memory. The Club also donated funds for a coding program the library will offer to Harwinton youth. In this photo Harwinton Public Library Director Alice Freiler accepts the donation from Donna Perreault.

Last December, when the COVID-19 pandemic was surging throughout the country for a second time, the Lions Club of Harwinton heard from club president Eric Van Leer about a plan to support the Harwinton Library’s purchase of outdoor furniture. Thomaston Savings Bank (TSB) had given the club a grant, and club members agreed that this project was a great way to use the funds. “Adding outdoor seating to the Library has been on our wish list for some time,” says Library Director Alice Freiler. To be quite honest, when we first began discussing a Lions gift to the Library this year, outdoor furniture was not our first priority. But priorities changed quickly in response to the pandemic; this was the right project at the right time.”











Some of the Harwinton Library’s new outdoor furniture with (L to R) Cheryl Lindstrom, Community Outreach Officer at Thomaston Savings Bank; Eric Van Leer, Harwinton Lions President; and Alice Freiler, Director of the Harwinton Library

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                                                                                                     Harwinton Lions Club 2021 Scholarship Recipients

Leroy "Bronc" Callahan Scholarship 

 Elizabeth Gordon

The scholarship committee has awarded the Bronc Callahan Scholarship to Elizabeth Gordon, who will attend Stonehill College in the fall, majoring in business. Elizabeth has won numerous awards, including the outstanding achievement award in 2019 for her participation on the LSM crew team, the same year her four-boat was the first Mills boat ever to win a race in the New England Championships. As a member of the LSM swim and dive team, she was chosen varsity captain in her senior year, and won coaches' awards in 2018 and 2021. Reflecting her interest in business, Elizabeth joined Future Business Leaders of America in her junior year, and has been a member of Girl Scouts of Connecticut for many years. "Throughout my life I have been told I am a leader - one who will take charge and lead the pack. In Girl Scouts, is where I learned marketing strategies, people skills, and organization." she said in her acceptance letter. She won Bronze and Silver Awards for her service to the community.

Hurlbut G. Clark Scholarship

Natalie Hamel

Natalie Hamel, who plans to pursue a degree in radiologic technology at the University of Hartford, received the Hurlbut G. Clark Scholarship. She learned about the sonography field at a career fair in her sophomore year, and the area of focus piqued her interest. Natalie has been a four-year member of the girls volleyball team, serving as co-captain and winning the coaches' award her senior year.  "Although this was not the senior year I anticipated, I am grateful for the opportunities I have had", said Natalie, adding, "I was very excited to lead my team on the court and during our multiple fundraiser events." The team held two car washes, raising money for The Harwinton Volunteer Fire Department and the Pink Rose Foundation. She also managed boys volleyball for two years, and was a two-year member of the Eco-Action club. This year she was inducted into the National Honor Society, and had the opportunity to tutor other students and interview LSM teachers for a project about their memories.



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