Who are the New Fairfield Lions? 

The New Fairfield Lions Club was chartered on March 12, 1952, the first service organization to be formed in New Fairfield. Since its inception, the Club has developed multiple service projects taking place throughout the year. These service projects include annual events, such as the Fourth of July parade, Easter Egg hunt, Breakfast with Santa, senior citizen end-of-summer picnic and holiday luncheon, spring clean-up of the Girl Scout Camp, holiday decorations in the town center, collecting eyeglasses to be redistributed to the needy, and eye screenings.

In addition, the Club Foundation account contributes to its local community through the financial support of programs, such as local athletic leagues, drug awareness programs, the New Fairfield Public Schools Wish List, Ability Beyond Disability, Dreams Come True, Regional Hospice, and donations to the Fuel Bank and Food Bank administered by the local Social Services administrator. Annually the Club provides scholarships to local high school and vocational school graduates, with contributions to date totaling in excess of $150,000.

Beyond our local community, the New Fairfield Lions Club provides annual support to Lions Club International Foundation, Connecticut Lions Eye Research Foundation, Camp Hemlocks, Fidelco, Low Vision Center, District Pride, Speech and Hearing, and Diabetes Awareness.

In the early 1950’s the New Fairfield Lions Club founded the local little league baseball program. The Club is also the sponsor of Boy Scout Troops 42 and 137, as well as Cub Scout Pack 142, and continues to provide financial support. In 1994 the Club designed and built a gazebo on Memorial Field, which it donated to the Town of New Fairfield, and is used throughout the year for various community events. The Club also sponsors and collaborates with the New Fairfield chapter of the Leos Club.  On January 19, 1998, a Leo’s Club was chartered in the New Fairfield public schools with forty-five middle and high school-age youth.  Since that time, the Lions and Leos have worked closely, each organization supporting the other in its service to the community.

Service projects are supported by multiple fundraising events including an annual summer carnival, antique car show, vacation raffle, selling Entertainment Books and holiday coloring books, Sight Saver Day, casino and horse track bus trips, and bus trips to sporting events.

Several members of the Club have served in various leadership positions, including appointments to District and Multiple District Committees, and as Region and Zone Chairs. The Club has supported two District Governors who also served as Council Chairs, including 2004-2005 Council Chair Robert Redenz.

Charter Members

Charles B. Carlson, President

James T. Kiely, Secretary

Robert Miller, Treasurer

Jewett Allen

Joseph Bates

Harry Behren

Henry Bischoff

Aruther Bjotklund

Anthony Brewster

Bert Clear

James McCrary

Charles C. Mullaly

William J. Murphy

James L. Perkins, Jr.

Walter Czudak

Gilton Evangelint

Sherman Farwell

Frank J. Feller

Carl Getler

August Goetz

John Kemble

Thomas H. Kane

William C. Lobraico

Alfred Lobraico

Rodman Price

William Raacke

George Rech

Soren C. Sorenson

Kenneth F. Taylor

John F. Taylor

John L. Williams

Joseph Weitler

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