“Stand Down” Veterans Assistance Event

Unfortunately, veteran homelessness continues to be a persistent problem in Connecticut and across the country. These men and women sacrificed immensely to protect us, our freedom, and our way of life. To give down on their luck veterans a little leg up, a “Stand Down” event was held Friday September 12th. Stand Downs provide needy veterans with medical attention and information regarding state and federal programs designed to help them get back on their feet. A “Stand Down” in the military is a time for servicemen and women to recoup, relax, and get medical attention. Government sponsored Stand Downs are designed to do the same thing for homeless and struggling veterans all across the country.

Members of the East Haddam Community Lions Club served our veterans by volunteering at the hearing clinic.  Our members were touched by the veterans who came to them for assitance and were so appreciative of the services that they received.  

The Lions motto is "To Serve" and it is very fitting that our Lions would

"Serve Those Who Have Served"

Feeding Children Everywhere

The East Haddam Community Lions participated in the "Feeding Children Everywhere" event held on March 15, 2014.  The event raised $2,875 and packaged 11,500 meals for hungry children.   Some meals stayed here in East Haddam and some are going to feed children in Haiti.  In addition to a monetary contribution, our members helped to package the food boxes.

Lions Sue Merrow, Sherry Langan, and Karan Conover are pictured below at the event.



            The East Haddam Community Lions periodically perform pediatric eye screening of pre-school children, ages 2 through 6 at their respective pre-schools in East Haddam.   Children not enrolled in a preschool can be screened through the Early Childhood Center in the Elementary School or Rathbun Free Memorial Library.  This service is offered free of charge by the East Haddam Community Lions under the Lions Eye Health Program administered by the Connecticut Lions Eye Research Foundation.

            The PediaVision scanner is capable of screening for astigmatism, nearsightedness, farsightedness, lazy eye, misalignment of the eyes and pupil size anomalies in a 20 second scan.  Nearly 20% of children between the ages of 2-5 are found to have a problem and need to be referred for treatment.  The earlier the child’s problem is diagnosed the better their chances to return to normal or near normal vision.

            The hand held scanner resembles a camcorder with blinking lights to keep the child’s attention for the brief time needed for the scan.  The scanner is held 3 feet from the child.  It is not necessary to even touch the child.  A complete printout is given to the teacher after the scan to distribute to the parents. 

             Lions work statewide to reach as many communities as possible with this valuable service. Please view “Lion help save Cross’s sight” on You Tube to see the impact this screening can have…. It speaks volumes.

            Lions work world wide to help the visually impaired and to eliminate preventable blindness by diagnosing and treating eye disease and diabetes.  Local Clubs schedule eye screenings, collect old eye glasses, sponsor diabetes clinics and do what ever they can to serve their communities. 

            For further information on this program in East Haddam,  please contact Sherry Langan at or 860-873-9282.


Special Olympics Opening Eyes

A number of East Haddam Community Lions Club members volunteer each year for Special Olympics Opening Eyes.  Volunteers performed a variety of duties including vision testing to those who participate.  Athletes in need of glasses are able to leave with a brand new pair through donations by various partners of the event.  Our members find the event to be very rewarding and have even said that it is the one thing that made them a true Lion.


Some History....

In 2001, the Lions Clubs International Foundation awarded Special Olympics the first grant in a multi-year, multi-million dollar commitment. Since then, the foundation has given more than $1 million each year. Together, these two organizations work to bring proper eye care to Special Olympics athletes around the globe through the Healthy Athletes Opening Eyes program. The commitment is more than just financial. Lions Clubs has supported the Opening Eyes program with thousands of volunteers from more than 80 countries. Lions play a crucial volunteer role, assisting with registration, color vision testing, visual acuity tests and distribution of glasses and protective sports goggles. In some cases, members also conduct some of the actual vision tests.

Through our fundraisers and your donations, the East Haddam Community Lions Club is proud to support the following local organizations:

East Haddam Food Bank

East Haddam Fuel Bank

East Haddam Free Public Library

Rathbun Free Memorial Library

Project Safe Halloween

East Haddam Youth & Family Services

East Haddam Senior Housing

Music on the River

Project Graduation

East Haddam Moodus Little League

Holiday Giving


We sponsor the following annual events:

5K & 1/2 Marathon Road Race

Fashion Show

Pedia-Vision Eye Screenings

Spring Tea Party

Annual Solicitation Letter

Ice Cream Social

Ladies Night Out

Military Whist

Light Up the Holidays

Peace Poster Contest

Annual Eye & Ear Fund Drive



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