Meetings

         

 

FAIRHAVEN LIONS CLUB

P.O. Box 827

Fairhaven, MA 02719

 

NEXT MEETINGS

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

7:00 pm

267 Adams Street

Fairhaven, MA 

 

 


WHO ARE THE FAIRHAVEN LIONS

We have proudly served the Fairhaven community for 70 years!

Our members are very different in many ways, but we share a core belief - our community is what we make it. That's because we help where help is needed. In short, We Serve.

Officers

President - Bill Moniz

Secretary - Diane Brodeur

Treasurer - Bob Kenworthy

Membership - John Medeiros

Tail Twister - Sue Fleurent

Lion Tamer - Bob Parent

 

Here are some of the things our club has planned for the upcoming year.  See our 2017 Calendar for all dates and events.

  • Pancake Breakfast
  • Ham and Bean Dinner
  • White Cane Day
  • Memorial Day Parade
  • Lion Pride Info Table at Rockland Trust
  • Flag Retirement Ceremony
  • Homecoming Fair
  • Movie Night
  • Manjiro Festival
  • Harvest Fun Day
  • Spaghetti Supper
  • Old Time Holiday Festival

If you (or your friends or family members) would like to become involved in an upcoming project, or join our Lions Club, you can contact us in one of these two ways:

  1. Email our President, Bill Moniz at lc1914bb@aol.com  and request more information.
  2. Attend one of our monthly membership meetings to learn more about our group.

Lions Clubs International is the world's largest service club organization with more than 1.3 million members in approximately 45,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas around the world.

REMEMBER TO CHECK OUR CALENDAR OFTEN



~~~~~~~~~~EVENTS 2017~~~~~~~~~~



VETERANS DAY 2017

The Fairhaven Lions braved the cold weather to donate and raise a new US Flag to Benoit Square in honor of Pvt. Ernest Benoit and all Fairhaven Veterans. Thanks to all who attended and to BLC for singing the National Anthem at the Dedication.

VETERANS DAY PARADE

Marching with the Fairhaven Lions was Randy Durrigan the recent recipiant of the Melvin Jones Award.



HARVEST FUN DAY 2017

Dispite the rain, the Fairhaven Lions served their famous hot apple crisp and apple cider for this years Harvest Fun Day.

Pictured are: Lions Bill Kligel, Gary Fleurent, Bob Kenworthy, Sue Fleurent, Bill Moniz and Bob Parent



16th MANJIRO FESTIVAL

At the 16th Manjiro Festival in Fairhaven, the Fairhaven Lions present fellow Lion, Hijiya Mitsunobu, Mayor of the City of Tosashimizu welcome gifts.

Mayor, Lion Mitsunobu, Jason Sardinha, (interpreter and son of Somerset Lion Teresa Berard), Lion John Medeiros and King Lion Bill Moniz

Lion Bob Kenworthy and Mayor, Lion Mitsunobu

Lions Bob Kenworthy,  Bill Moniz, Hijiya Mitsunobu, interpreter Jason Sardina, and John Medeiros. Not pictured is Lion Bob Parent.

 



FAMILY FUN DAY 

WITH A THEME OF A PORTUGUESE FESTA

The Fairhaven Lions teamed with Alden Court Fairhaven to bring the residents, family and friends another great Family Fun Day. 

King Lion Bill Moniz and Lions Bill Kligel, Sue Fleurent, Bob Kenworthy, Gary Fleurent,  Scout Gabriel Fleurent and Rita Moniz

Lion Bob Kenworthy with Alden Court resident in authentic Portueguese attire

Lion Bill Kligel chatting with residents and their families

Staff from Alden Court getting Portuguese food to serve to the residents

Lion Bill Kligel trying to think of a Portuguese word

Portuguese dancers doing their native dances

 

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Fairhaven Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

 

 



CONGRATULATIONS RANDY DURRIGAN

MELVIN JONES FELLOWSHIP AWARD RECEIPIENT

The Fairhaven Lions honored an outstanding Fairhaven Citizen, Randy Durrigan. Randy's optical nerves were damaged whenhe had Shingles in 2004. This did not stop Randu and today he continues to serve the blind in our area.

Melvin Jones Fellowship Awarded to Randy Durrigan

Lions District 33S DG Deb Grassi presents award to Randy Durrigan

Donna Durrigan, Randy's wife, presents her husband with the Melvin Jones pin.

Selectman and felllow Fairhaven Lion, Bob Espindola, presented Randy with a Proclamation declaring August 27, 2017 Randall Durrigan Day.

King Lion Bill Moniz was Master of Ceremonies for the event.



FAIRHAVEN LIONS SCHOLARSHIP RECEIPIENTS

Kenney Silva is one of the 2017 scholarship recipients.  She graduated from New Bedford Regional Vocational High School and is persuing a career in nursing working with female crime victims.  Pictured are Kennedy's parents, Kennedy, King Lion Bill Moniz and Lion Bob Kenworthy.

 

 

Eagan Cabral is the Fairhaven Lions other scholarship winner.  Eagan graduated from Fairhaven High School and is persuing a career in Aviation Science and minoring in Jazz.  Eagan, an Eagle Scout, has been a great example to many.  Pictured are Lion Bob Kenworthy, Marina Cabral, Eliana Cabral, Eagan Cabral and King Lion Bill Moniz.

 



CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION

Celebration 100 years of service, Lions Club District 33S held their Centennial Celebration giving out awards.  Proudly, the Fairhaven Lions Club received the award for The Best Small Club in the District.  Go Fairhaven Lions!!!!

Pictured are Bill Moniz, Fairhaven Lions President and DG Sharon Audette



During the month of June visit the Rockland Trust on Route 6, Fairhaven, to see just what the Fairhaven Lions are all about.  For more information and to join, call Bill Moniz at 508-996-3420.



SHARING THE HARVEST

On May 21st the Fairhaven Lions, along with other local Lions Club joined Share the Harvest at the YMCA, South Dartmouth.  Lions volunteered to plant seeds and transplant seedlings to be able to harvest vegetable to share with local food pantries.



FAIRHAVEN LIONS WELCOME NEW MEMBER

Rita Arsenault was installed as a Fairhaven Lion by DG Sharon Audetter.  Rita had been a Lion in another club for many years serving as President and receiving the Melvin Jones Award.  After a leave of absence in 2008, she decided to re-join as a Fairhaven Lion.  The Fairhaven Lions are very proud to have Rita as a member of the Knights of the Blind in this Centennial Year of Lions.

Thank you DG Sharon Audette and CST John Babb for a great evening of ceremony and fun!

 

New Fairhaven Lion Rita Arsenault and Sponsor John Medeiros

District 33S District Governor Sharon Audutte preforming installation

Lions Rita Arsenault and John Medeiros

Lion Rita Arsenault and Sponsor John Medeiros



PANCAKE BREAKFAST

What a great Pancake Breakfast sponsored by the Fairhaven Lions Club. You must admit, their pancakes are always the best. Thanks to all who purchased tickets, all the hard workers young and old, to Oxford Terrace for the use of their facility and to Rockland Trust for sponsoring the Pancake Breakfast. Special mention must be made to the two Fleurent Scouts who worked so hard for everyone.

Lion Diane Brodeur, DG Sharon Audetter and CST John Babb

Lori Kligel and Lion Gail Denzer

Lion Bob Espindola and patrons

Lions Rita Arsenault and Bob Kenworthy

Kitchen staff and cooks!

Gabriel Fleurent 

Gary Fleurent

Kim Cousineau from Rockland Trust, King Lion Bill Moniz

DG Sharon Audette and CST John Babb



 

 

 

 

 



PEACE POSTER WINNER 2016

The Fairhaven Lions Club wishes to congratulate our 2016 Peace Poster winner, Lavina Burman. Lavina is in the 7th grade at St. Joseph’s School, Fairhaven.
The theme for the 2015-16 contest was Share The Peace. Lavina not only won the local contest but won first place in the Lions District 33S judging. She chose The path to peace lies within us as her poster quote. 



MID WINTER CONFERENCE 2017

Pictured are King Lion Bill Moniz and Lion Secretary Diane Brodeur at the Mid Winter Cowboy themed event held in Hyannis, MA.  Also in attendance from Fairhaven were, Lions Robert and Jacqueline Kenworthy.  It was a well attended and fun event honoring District 33S DG Sharon Audette.



EYEGLASS WASHING AT ATRIA FAIRHAVEN

Our thanks to some wonderful and helpful residents at Atria Fairhaven. They helped with the washing and drying of glasses that were donated to our Club. It was, not only a working afternoon, but a fun time! Thanks again!



~~~~~~~~~~EVENTS 2016~~~~~~~~~~



OLD TIME HOLIDAY SHOPS

What a wonderful time at the Old Time Holiday festivities! Thank you to every organizer. 
Thanks to Douglas Wine and Spirits and Lion Diane Brodeur for the many gifts we were able to offer. 
Thanks, also, to all who volunteered at our Holiday Shop and to those who enjoyed what we offered.

 

Lions Bob Kenworthy, Diane Brodeur, Rita Arsenault, King Lion Bill Moniz, Bob Espindola, and Bob Parent

All Holiday Centerpieces made by Lion Diane Brodeur

 

 

Lions Diane Brodeur and Gail Denzer

Lion Gail Denzer and St. Nicholas aka Chris Richards

Eye Glass, hearing aid and cell phone collection box at the Holiday Shops

Lion John Medeiros enjoying the Holiday Spirit!



ANNUAL SPAGHETTI DINNER

Thank you to all who attended, volunteered at and sponsored our Spaghetti Dinner! It was truly a great evening. Someone from out of our area commented on what a great group of people. Sure was, and always is! Thanks!

 

 

 



VETERANS DAY PARADE 2016

 

The Fairhaven Lions Club honored all Veterans and especially the Vietnam Veterans with a float in their honor in the annual Veterans Day Parade in Fairhaven.

Thanks to Lynne Gautreau for the use of her pictures.

Fairhaven Lions John Medeiros and Robert Parent 

Lions Bob Kenworthy and Jackie Kenworthy

 

Lion Bill Kligel 

King Lion Bill Moniz

Vietnam Veterans from different branches of the Armed Services riding on the Lions Club Float



HALLOWEEN PARADE 2016

The Fairhaven Lions Club along with Fairhaven Boy Scout Troop 52 and Cub Scout Pack 52 decorated a float for the Halloween Parade to accept donations of non perishable good to be donated to those less fortunate.

Thanks to Ron Hammond for volunteering his time to pull our float!

 





HARVEST FUN DAY 2016

Thanks to all the Fairhaven Lions who helped make this fun event a very successful one.  Thanks also to all who came to enjoy our famous Apple Crisp. 

King Lion Bill Moniz, District 33S District Governor Sharon Audetter, Lions Gail Denzer, Bill Kligel, Sue Fleurent, Gary Fleurent, Bob Parent, Jackie Kenworthy and Bob Kenworthy

Lions Sue Fleurent, Bill Kligel and Gary Fleurent

One of our masterpieces!

We had special visitor, Jackie, who enjoyed having her picture taken!

Beth David, our local Neighborhood News editor and publisher enjoyed our Apple Crisp very much!



US FLAG RETIREMENT CEREMONY

On the 15th anniversary of 9/11 the Fairhaven Lions Club along with the Fairhaven Boys Scouts Troop 52 and Cub Scout Pack 52, held a US Flag Retirement Ceremony at Benoit Square. Lion Bill Kligel, the master of ceremonies, did a great job including as many as possible to participate in the Ceremonies. Army Sergeant Bobby Ortiz and Marine SSG Dennis Masdea gave tribute to Pvt. Ernest Benoit and LCpl Patrick Gallagher who are memorialized at Benoit Square. The Fairhaven Lions wish to thank all who attended the Ceremony, including all men and women from the Armed Services, Fairhaven Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts, BLT for singing the Star Spangled Banner, Fairhaven EMT’s  and to NFIA for the use of their building.

 



After plumbing improvements were completed in St. Mary’s Church kitchen, serious cleaning was needed. The Fairhaven Lions Club spent a recent Saturday morning making everything shine from top to bottom. We also thank the St. Mary’s Parish for having allowed the Fairhaven Lions Club use the hall for our many successful Spaghetti Dinners and Pancake Breakfasts.

Sue Fleurent and Bob Espindola

Gary Fleurent, Bob Parent and Bill Moniz

Gail Danzer

Diane Brodeur

Bill Moniz and John Medeiros

Finished job, well done!



FAMILY FUN DAY AT

ALDEN COURT NURSING CARE AND REHABILITATION CENTER

Despite the heat and humidity, the Fairhaven Lions Club and Alden Court had a fantastic Family Fun Day!  There was live music and entertainment, games, face painting, inflatable house, popcorn, our own therapy dog, Kate, plenty of drinks, most enjoyable food and so much more.  The Lions worked hard yet found time to enjoy all the fun with the residents.  This community project was funded in part by the United Way of Greater New Bedford Community Building Mini-Grants Program.



MOVIE NIGHT 2016

It was a wet ending but Movie Night 2016 brought a lot of fun to many families and those who came early to enjoy all the events. The Fairhaven Lions had trouble keeping up with all the popcorn sales. What's a movie without hot fresh popcorn!

Thanks to all our Lions Club volunteers, Bill Moniz, Diane Brodeur, Armand Pinard, Bob Espindola, Gary Fleurent, Sue Fleurent, John Medeiros, Bob Parent, Bob Kenworthy, Jackie Kenworthy and an extra special thank you to Gary Fleurent III who work hard making popcorn!


Fairhaven Lions Club in conjunction with Gifts to Give delivered approximately 70 bikes to Mass in Motion.  On Wednesday, July 13th, the bikes were given on a first come basis to those in need.  Thanks to Gifts to Give, Mass in Motion, and Lions, Bob Parent, Bob Espindola, John Medeiros and Bill Moniz.


 

HOMECOMING 2016

A beautifully perfect day for Homecoming.  The Fairhaven Lions, once again, did a great job raising money for Massachusetts Lions Eye Research selling the famous Quahogs and Favas.

Thanks to all who volunteered to make this such a successful day.  Thanks also, to all who came to our booth helping to support us with purchases and donations.  Thanks, thanks, thanks!

 

 

 

 




HAM AND BEAN DINNER SUCCESS

Another great Ham and Bean Dinner by the Fairhaven Village Militia and the Fairhaven Lions Club! There was a Vintage Car Show, 50's Music by DJ Johnny Angel, great raffles and of course, the best dinner ever! Thanks Fairhaven Village Militia and Fairhaven Lions for another great event!

Lions Bob Kenworthy and Diane Brodeur 

Members of the Fairhaven Village Militia


Two new members, Gail Denzer and Bob Kenworthy, were inducted to the Fairhaven Lions Club by PDG Skip Becotte.



Fairhaven Lions Club 2016 Scholarship recipients, Hayleigh Aubut and Kayla Koczera.

Hayleigh attends Fairhaven High School and will attend Endicott College in the fall. Kayla also attends Fairhaven High School and will be attending UMass Dartmouth in September.

2016 Scholarship recipients, fathers and scholarship committee



The Fairhaven Lions Club deeply regrets the passing of Lion, Angelo Puente. Angelo will always be remembered and very missed.

                                   

 



 

FAIRHAVEN LIONS CLUB PANCAKE BREAKFAST 2016

Barry and Pauline Parker with Bob Cormier and Oxford Terrace resident

Lion Bob Parent and sponsor Rockland Trust banner

Stacey Hartman, Miss Bristol County's Outstanding Teen, and Cub Scouts from Pack 52 

Lion Diane Brodeur with Stacy Hartman, Miss Bristol County's Outstanding Teen who volunteered to help. Stacey will be competing in the Miss Massachusetts's Outstanding Teen Pageant April 3rd at Keith Middle School.

Lion John Babb from Somerset Lions, King Lion Bill Moniz, 1st Vice DG Sharon Audette, Lion Diane Brodeur, Lion Gail Denzer, and Lion Gary Fleurent

1st Vice DG Sharon Audette, Lucille Thompson, DG Roland Grenier, Jr. and John Babb of Somerset Lions

 



FAIRHAVEN'S TIES TO HELEN KELLER

From 1893 on, Fairhaven's Henry Huttleston Rogers and Mark Twain were on increasing their bonds of friendship. Twain being a frequent guest at Rogers’ New York home, or aboard Rogers’ yacht, Kanawha, or a familiar visitor to Rogers’ Fairhaven mansion. It was Twain who interested Rogers in furthering the education of Helen Keller at Radcliffe.

            



PEACE POSTER WINNER

Angiolina Chessa, from St. Joseph’s School, was the winner of the Fairhaven Lions Peace Poster Contest.  Her winning poster will be submitted to the District for judging. All 16 contestants  will be receiving a certificate of participation.                 

                                                          Congratulations Angiolina!

Angiolina receiving certificate and award from King Lion Bill Moniz

Angiolina with all Fairhaven Lions present

Angiolina with proud Mom and Brother

 


WITH APPRECIATION

With great appreciation the Fairhaven Lions Club presented mementos to GNBVT & GNB Marine Corp Detachment # 1399. We had the idea, but they made it come true. Special thanks to Ron, Alan, Tom, Pat, Del and Bret.





Sadly, not all the Fairhaven Lions were able to attend the Distric 33-S Mid-Winter Conference, but King Lion Bill Moniz and Lion Diane Brodeur were able to attend and had a great time leaning and meeting other Lions from the District.

 

Lion Diane Brodeur, DG Roland Grenier (the Big Kahuna) and King Lion Bill Moniz

King Lion Bill Moniz and Lion Diane Brodeur at Tiki Hut during District 33-S Mid Winter Conference

King Lion Bill Moniz and Lion Diane Brodeur



Check out the left column for a link to your 2015 year in review!



OLD TIME HOLIDAY

The Old Time Holiday Shops were held at Fairhaven Town Hall.  The Fairhaven Lions sold Christmas Arrangements, had a Raffle with donations from Market Basket and Capeway Veterinary Hospital and Lions Mugs sold to benefit our Scholarship Fund.  All proceeds are donated back to the community and the LCIF for blindness prevention, diabetes and hearing.

 

Lion Bill Kligel

Lion Gary Fleurent

Lion Robert Parent

Christmas Arrangements by Lion Brodeur with help from King Lion Bill Moniz

 


Last official photo of our  human replica of the flag raising at Iwo Jima.

 



LEROY WOOD SCHOOL PRESENTATION

After spending a year in an interim school, the staff of the new Leroy Wood School left a few articles behind. The Fairhaven Lions were able to save these items, one of which was a rug from the 5th grade graduating class of 2001.  The Lions had it restored to it new condition and now it proudly sits and the entrance of the Wood School.

Pictured: King Lion Bill Moniz, Lion John Medeiros, Lion Bob Parent, teacher Jackie LaSalle, Class of 2001 student Justine Canastra with neice Phoebe Yorston and parent of PTO in 2001 Nancy Green.

 

Thanks to Richard O’Rourke of Service Master Clean for  the cleaning of the rug.

 



~~~~~~~~~~EVENTS 2015~~~~~~~~~~



VETERANS DAY PARADE

Veterans Day Parades Nov.11th, will be the final viewing of the Iwo Jima Float, beginning with the Fairhaven parade and ending with the New Bedford parade the float will be retired.

Our gratitude to Fairhaven, New Bedford, Madeira Feast and Freetown parade committees for allowing us the honor of participating in their ceremony. Thank You to the students of GNBVT who designed and constructed the float, Boy Scout Troop 52 and a Special Thank You to the men of New Bedford Marine Corps League Detachment # 1399, you were the float. "Thanks for the memories". Bill Moniz. President Fairhaven Lions Club



"IT'S SCARY TO BE HUNGRY" FLOAT AT HALLOWEEN PARADE

Boy Scout Troop 52 and Cub Scout Pack 52 along with the Fairhaven Lions Club had Float in the North Fairhaven Improvement Association Halloween Parade. The theme was "It's Scary to be Hungry." Canned and non-perishable food items were collected to fill up the Float for the needy. The boys, parents and Scout leaders worked very hard to have a very frightfully great event!

Halloween Float getting prepared by Scouts, parents Scout Leaders

Lions Gary and Sue Fleurent bring their non-perishable foods for the Halloween Float.



Fairhaven Lions President, Bill Moniz, and Past President, John Medeiros, met with the Tosashimizu Lions delegation at the Manjior Festival on October 3, 2015

Bill presented Lion Takamitsu Isowaki, Deputy Mayor of Tosashimizu, and Mrs. Hiromi Tanaka. wife of club's President, a desk clock depicting the whaling ship "John Howland" captained by William Whitfield.

The clock was a creation of Arthur Moniz, a local artist and resident of Fairhaven. Mrs.Tanaka and Lion Isowaki presented Bill and John with mementos from our sister city's Tosashimizu Loins Club. It was an honor and pleasure meeting members of our sister city and will be long remembered.

Thanks to James Mahaney for the great photos.





Here is a link to our local newspaper on the Paul Revere Bell removal:

http://www.southcoasttoday.com/article/20151010/NEWS/151019900#st_refDomain=&st_refQuery=



The Fairhaven Lions had a busy day at the old Oxford School and at the Fairhaven Harvest Fun Day.  Below are pictures of the Fairhaven Lions at their booth with the best, absolute best, apple crisp.


PREPARATIONS ARE UNDERWAY TO REMOVE

HISTORIC PAUL REVERE BELL FROM

OLD OXFORD SCHOOL

Ceremonies on October 10th 11:00 am to 2:00 pm

For a slide show of the bell removal, please visit the North Fairhaven Improvement Site at: http://northfairhavenimprovementassoc.weebly.com/

 

A1 Crane operaters ready to begin preparations

 

 

 

View from bell tower

Weather vane from top of cupola at old Oxford School

 


 


9/11 FLAG RETIREMENT CEREMONY

It was truly a memorable Fire Retirement Ceremony hosted by the Fairhaven Lions Club and Fairhaven Boys Scouts Troop 52 in the memory of 9/11. 
It was an honor to have Fairhaven Selectman Haworth attend the Ceremony and give sincere congratulations to Keegan Fike for his accomplishments as a Scout, student, and upstanding citizen in Fairhaven.



LABOR DAY 2015 HAPPENINGS WITH

THE FAIRHAVEN LIONS

The Fairhaven Lions held a water and rest stop during the Our Lady of Angels Procession held annually in the Town of Fairhaven.  Along with the North Fairhaven Improvement Association, many of the community came out to help volunteer.  The Fairhaven Lions thank all who braved the heat and sun to volunteer.

LABOR DAY CEREMONIES AT FAIRHAVEN HIGH SCHOOL

RAISING OF LARGE FLAG

 

Special thanks to Kennedy Ryan, daughter of Bill & Kristen Ryan of North Fairhaven who sang the National Anthem, and to 11 year old Emma Whynacht who sang God Bless America to close the ceremony out. She is the daughter of Janet & Attorney Russell Whynacht. Both girls are members of The Show Stoppers. 

LOWERING OF LARGE FLAG IN PM AND RAISING DAILY FLAG

Special thanks to Meghan and Karina Blais and Emma Whynacht for their help in raising the daily flag.



 

DIGNITY WEEK

AUGUST 30TH - SEPTEMBER 5TH

This is the time of year children are returning to school. With over 40,000 children in southeastern Massachusetts living in poverty this is overwhelming for many families.

 As Fairhaven Lions, we can step up and help these families ease their burden. International President Dr. Yamada has declared August 30 - September 5 "Children's Dignity Week". This is a great opportunity to help children and support the Lions Club Centennial goal.

 We would like to collect the following items:

 School supplies for all ages

 New underwear

New socks

 New toothbrushes and toothpaste

 New or gently used children’ clothing

 New or gently used books

All donated items will be sorted and brought to “GIFTS TO GIVE” for distribution to needy children in our district. Items will be collected all year long for this cause.

If you would like me to pick these items up please contact

Bill at 508-996-3420.

 

                              



FREETOWN JULY 4TH PARADE TROPHY

The pictured trophy is from the Freetown Parade and Fireworks Committee to Fairhaven Lions Club for Most Patriotically/Historically Themed Float in their July 4th Parade.  Gratitude was extended to the Lions Club and New Bedford Marine Corps League Detachment #1399 for their participation and recognition to the individuals aboard the float for their stamina and the entire breath-taking display. Recognition was also given to Greater New Bedford Vocational Technical High School students and teachers for engineering and construction and to Boy Scout Troop 52.

Thank you, Freetown Parade and Fireworks Committee!

 



The Fairhaven Lions Club's Iwo Jima Float along with The Greater New Bedford Marine Corps League Det. #1399, marched in the Freetown 4th of July Parade.
Thanks again to Greater New Bedford Voc/Tech High School for their help in preparing the float.

John, Bill M., Bill K, Sue, Gary, Bob, and Armand

Greater New Bedford Marine Corps League Det. #1399

Marines portraying Iwo Jima Photo

Freetown, Massachusetts Lions Club Float



THANKS

All Fairhaven Lions wish to thank John Medeiros for his dedication and hard work to bring about the great Lions Club we have become.  With this past King Lion’s persistence and positive out look our club has grown and gone beyond expectations. Thank you John, you have been our backbone.

 WELCOME

Welcome to our new President, Bill Moniz, 2015 Fairhaven Lions Melvin Jones Fellowship Recipient.  Bill is a great example to our members and we look forward to his future leadership.

We also welcome our new Officers; Secretary, Diane Brodeur, and Treasurer, Gary Fleurent.  Welcome back Jay Simmons as our Membership Officer.

 

 



HOMECOMING 2015

It was a perfect day for Homecoming.  

Thanks to all who came to enjoy our quahogs and favas and made donations to Lions Club Eye Research.  Thanks, also, to the volunteers who worked hard to make today a great success!

Bill Moniz, Bill Kligel, and Bob Parent

Dan D. Lion at Fairhaven Town Hall

 

Dan D. Lion, Eye Mobile, and Food Tent

Eye Mobile and Food Tend 

Fairhaven Lion Volunteers 

Gary and Sue Fleurent preparing quahogs

 

 



If you will be going to the Homecoming tomorrow, stop by the Fairhaven Lions Club booth. Great Quahogs, Favas and see the new Spot Camera during Eye screening

STOP BY AND SAY HELLO

 Bill



JUNE 27TH IS HELEN KELLERS BIRTHDAY

DID YOU KNOW ABOUT HELEN KELLER

THE LIONS CLUB AND 

HENRY HUTTLESTON ROGERS?



ROCKLAND TRUST IN FAIRHAVEN

The Fairhaven Lions has once again put up a display for the entire month of June at the Fairhaven Branch of Rockland Trust.  Thank you Rockland Trust for our proud display!



FLAG RETIREMENT CEREMONY JUNE 14TH, 2015

Fairhaven Boy Scout Troop 52 and the Fairhaven Lions joined together on Flag Day for their ceremonial Flag Retirement Ceremony.  It was a very moving and professional ceremony.

 



CLEAN UP PROJECT

Fairhaven Lions Club teamed up with the North Fairhaven Improvement Association to clean-up around the Oxford School area.  Thanks to all who helped and to Ted Silva for the great pictures.

King Lion John Medeiros surveys the scene before clean-up

Lion Bill Moniz cleaning debris away from parking lot and shiney white car

All work, as always, for Lion Armand Pinard

Lion Bob Espindola is raking it in!  :)

Lion Bob Parent sports his Lion Club and NFIA apparal!

 



FAIRHAVEN LIONS CLUB

WELCOMES OUR NEW MEMBERS

William Kligel and Robert Espindola



MEMORIAL DAY PARADE 

Greater New Bedford Marine League Detachment 1399

70th Anniversary Iwo Jima Float and Fairhaven Lions and GNB Marine League 

All above photos courtesy of Robert Hughes

Please check our Project Page on left for more Memorial Day 2015 pictures!

 



NEW FAIRHAVEN HIGH SCHOOL MARCHING BAND BANNER

Donated by the 2015 Marching Band

Fairhaven Lions Club

and Brewer Banner

Banner design by sophomore Amelia Ostiguy

Fairhaven Lion President with new banner at presentation

Lion President, John Medeiros, Mary Jane Muello, Assistant Principal, and Bryan Young with members of FHS Marching Band

Marching Band Members proudly marching with new banner

Back of new banner with names of donors, Fairhaven Lions Club, Marching Band of 2015 and Brewer Banner

 



Fairhaven Lions wish to congratulate their scholarship recipients for 2015. Hannah Abrantes, Samantha Correira, Jacob Costa, and Allison Espindola. Besides being great students from Fairhaven High School, they all believe in and do, Community Service.

 

 

 



MELVIN JONES AWARD

CONGRATULATIONS, LION BILL MONIZ

“It is not given to a great many individual in

the ordinary conduct of their lives to exercise

leadership within a group, yet every member of 

Lions club has this opportunity.”

                                                Melvin Jones

 


PANCAKE BREAKFAST SUCCESS!

Diane Brodeur and Sue Fleurent our chefs!

Lion President, John Medeiros and Treasurer, Bill Moniz before the crowd came.

Bill making sure all was the best it could be!

Bob Espindola serving pancakes with a smile.

Lion Armand Pinard serving fruit, also with a smile.

Lions Bill Moniz and John Medeiros with Sponsor Rockland Trust Manager.

One of Lion Diane Brodeur's flower arrangements that were at every table.


COMMUNITY SERVICE PATCHES AWARDED TO

FAIRHAVEN TROOP 52 SCOUTS

Lion Sue Fleurent and Lion Robert Parent presented Lions Service Patches to Scouts James Dent and Ian Costa. 

Other Scouts receiving patches for their community service to the Fairhaven Lions and their ceremonial US Flag retirement were Eagan Cabral, Keegan Fike, Paul Katan, Donovan Murphy, Cory Vieira, Ray Vargas, Sam Vieira, Eric Harrison, and Max Leonard.

 

 


Please let us know if you have interest in joining the Fairhaven Lions Club. We will be happy to explain what we do, how we operate, and when we meet. Membership is available for those interested in supporting and working for our causes. As Lions - we serve (the local community, those in need, Massachusetts and International Lions causes). A short application and a meeting with other club members will be part of the process. We look forward to your interest.

Contact: John Medeiros at johnj.medeiros@yahoo.com
Bill Moniz at lc1914bb@aol.com
Jay Simmons at Mortgagebrokerman2004@Yahoo.com

Thank you Somerset Lions and John Babb for ideas we are quick to borrow!


If you read the March issue of Lion Magazine, you were sure to see our Club the featured Digital Club.  Pictured in Fairhaven's Memorial Day Parade are Bill Moniz and Diane Brodeur.


January 13th

 


We made it to the Mid-Winter Conference sporting our 60's attire to fit in with the Conference theme! It was truly a great time with so much caring and sharing from Lions in District 33-S. We learned a lot from other Lions. We hope we were some inspiration to others, also. It is great to be a Lion and super great to be a Fairhaven Lion!






~~~~~~~~~~EVENTS 2014~~~~~~~~~~



FAIRHAVEN OLD-TIME HOLIDAY

What a great day at the Old-Time Holidays in Fairhaven! We were at the Holiday shops at Town Hall. The arrangements and wreaths were a big hit. We must thank Sue Fleurent for the wreaths and Diane Brodeur for the arrangements. What fantastic work! You gals are the best!


THANK YOU!

    Thank you to everyone who helped make our annual Spaghetti Dinner a huge success. Thanks to all who attended, thanks to Southern Mass Credit Union for sponsoring the dinner, thanks to all who donated items for the drawing, thanks to the Fairhaven Boy Scouts Troop 52 who helped with the serving and cleaning up, thanks to Wayne, Fran and Skip from the Dartmouth Lions for their help, and thanks to all the Fairhaven Lions,John, Bill, Armand, Diane, Bobby, and one big thanks to Sue and Gary Fleurent for preparing and serving the best spaghetti dinner around!
Thanks to anyone who helped in anyway!


 

A COUPLE OF ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM OUR FELLOW LIONS CLUBS

The Lions Club of Bridgewater is having a drawing for a 4 foot tall lighthouse with an estimated value of $400. A great decoration for your yard or garden.
Tickets: $2.00 each or 3 for $5.00
The winner will be drawn during the Lions Club District 33-S Mid-Winter Conference.
If you are interested, please contact Fairhaven Lion, Bill Moniz at 508-996-3420.

The Provincetown Lions Club is pleased to announce the 19th Memory Park to be located at Lopes Square during the Holiday Season. The trees located in the square will be decorated with 1000 lights memorializing a relative or friend. Each individual light is being offered at $10.00. Contact Fairhaven Lion, Bill Moniz at 508-996-3420, for  information and to purchase a light.

 


 

The Fairhaven Lions Club wish to thank all who donated to Operation Shoebox for our Troops.

 


NEW MEMBERS

It was a very impressive ceremony when the 3 new members were induction into the the Fairhaven Lions Club. PDG Joyce Middleton ceremoniously inducted Armand Pinard, Susan Fleurent, and Gary Fleurent. Bill Moniz, Club Treasurer, proudly presented the Lions Club pins and certificates.


70th ANNIVERSARY AND

INDUCTION CEREMONY

On October 8th we celebrated our 70th anniversary of our Charter for Lions Club International.  The official day will be October 24th.  Along with this celebration was the induction of our newest Lions, Armand Pinard, Susan Fleurent, and Gary Fleurent.  District Governor, Bev Dillion was present along with many past District Governors.  Please see pictures in our Gallery here on the website.


 

TOWN BEAUTIFICATION PROJECT

Before their September meeting the Fairhaven Lions got together to clean up an area long neglected along a main street and pedestrian walkway in town. As you can see below, they worked hard and did a great job to improve the area! Hard working Lions included, John Medeiros, Bill Moniz, Bob Parent, Diane Brodeur, Sue Fleurent, Gary Fleurent and Armand Pinard.

 

 

 

 


The Fairhaven Lions Club manned the District 33-S Eyemobile for a Health Fair held at the Fairhaven Senior Center. It was a great event and Fairhaven Lions were able to meet some wonderful residents of the town.

Eyemobile outside the Fairhaven Senior Center

Fairhaven resident having her hearing screened

Waiting her turn

Lion Bill Moniz administring hearing screen test

Lion President, John Medeiros getting ready to administer hearing screening

John Medeiros setting up displays for EyeMobile at Health Fair 


The Fairhaven Lions Club has been CHALLENGED!!!! The Massachusetts Lions Eye Research Fund has challenged us to collect a mile of pennies. We will need your help to answer this challenge! If you see one of our collection canisters, please drop in your pennies! Better yet, come to the Fairhaven Lions Club booth at the Harvest Fun Fair on October 8th and deposit your pennies. We feel we can surely meet the Challenge and collect a mile of pennies for Massachusetts Eye Research!

 


 

FLAG RETIREMENT CEREMONY BY FAIRHAVEN

BOY SCOUTS TROOP 52

SPONSORED BY THE FAIRHAVEN LIONS CLUB

Scouts explaining flag and meaning of stars and stripes

Cutting stripes from Flag

Retiring white stripes

Retiring Flag

Cubs Scouts doing their part

Retiring more Flags

Raising Flag to Full Staff at end of day, September 11th after Flag Ceremony


OUR LADY OF ANGELS PROCESSION

It was a typical 3 H  (hazy, hot, and humid) day for the Our Lady of Angels Procession down Main Street in Fairhaven.  The Fairhaven Lions Club were there to offer chairs, rest facilities and water to procession viewers and participants.  Sincerest thanks to the North Fairhaven Improvement Association for providing the water which was appreciated by all.

Thanks to Bob Cormier for some great pictures!

One of our newest Lions, Armand Pinard, working hard distributing water.  Thanks Armand!


LIONS CLUB EYEMOBILE

Members of the Fairhaven Lions Club met Saturday morning with District 33-S Eyemobile Committee to learn about the Eyemobile and train for eye and hearing screening.

On September 22nd the Eyemobile will be at the Fairhaven Senior Center during the Health Fair.  Look for us again at the 2015 Homecoming! 

 

John, Bill, Diane, and Lion to be, Anne St. Gelais learning basics of Eyemobile

Diane learning to give eye screening with Ann

Bill with some members of Distict 33-S Eyemobile Committee


 

 

100th ANNIVERSARY OF THE

MADEIRA FEAST

NEW BEDFORD, MA

The Lions Pride was never more evident than the rainy Sunday of August 3rd. The Fairhaven Lions marched in the 100th Anniversary of the local Madeira Feast.  Volunteers handed out Lions Mints to the large crowd gathered along the parade route.  Also present were Mattapoisett Lions Club President, Mariane DeCosta and Arthur Blackburnm, Lakeville Old Colony Lions Club President Michael Rioux and Treasurer Jean Galonska, and Brittany Fernandes, Miss Apple Peach of Acushnet. We were especially proud to have 3 visually impaired individuals all supporting the Fairhaven Lions.  A special thank you to all who attended!

Fairhaven Lion Diane Brodeur helping set up for Parade

Fairhaven Lion, Diane Brodeur helping set up for Parade.

Fairhaven Lions and Volunteers preparing Dan D. Lions for his Madeira Parade Debut. 

Pictured: Sue Fleurent, Gary Fleurent, John Medeiros, Armand Pinard, Arthur Blackburn, Marianne DeCosta, Bob Parent, Bill Moniz and Diane Brodeur

Mattapoisett Lions Club President, Marianne DeCosta and Arthur Blackburn 

         

Grandsons of Fairhaven Lion Treasurer, Bill Moniz, still smiling after volunteering in the rain.

                                     

Young volunteer and smiling Fairhaven Lions Club President, John Medeiros


NEW MEMBERS

The Fairhaven Lions Club has three new members, Armand Pinard, Sue Fleurent, and Gary Fleurent.  Sue is our 4th female member!  This is the first family joining our Club.  They have already begun participating and volunteering.  Their induction ceremony will be held in the near future.  Welcome Armand, Sue, and Gary! 

Remember the Fairhaven Lions always welcomes new members…...Our cause…...Eye Research and Service to our Community.  Our next meeting is Wednesday, August 13th.  Please come to our next meeting and bring a friend.  Get updated on all that we are doing!


MOVIE NIGHT 2014

The Movie Night held at Livesey Park was a great success. The Fairhaven Lions Club booth and Dan D. Lion drew a lot of visitors including many interested in our organization.  Free popcorn was handed out in memory of Vic Oliveira, the Club past President .

 

Pictured: Popcorn bag in memory of Vic Oliveira

Carol and Sonny DeTerra with great grandson, making donation for Eye Research

 


HOMECOMING 2014 

Gary Fleurent, Lion Bill Moniz, Armand Pinard, and Lion Bob Parent.

Homecoming 2014 was a picture perfect day!  The Fairhaven Lions were kept busy selling drinks, stuffed quahogs and Bill's famous favas. Thanks to all who volunteered to help make today a success for eye research. Missing in the picture are Lions John Medeiros and Diane Brodeur.


CONGRATULATION TO DELANEY CORCORAN

FAIRHAVEN LIONS CLUB SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT 2014

Delaney is a 2014 graduate of Fairhaven High School and is pursuing a Doctor of Pharmacy at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy.  Her strength in the sciences has motivated her career choice.  Delaney has shown to balance both her academic and extracurricular activities.  


UPDATE ON OUR WHITE CANE SAFETY DAY

DONATION TO MASSACHUSETTS LIONS RESEARCH

As a result of the May 24th, White Cane Safety Day, the Fairhaven Lions were able to present a check of  $1,282.52 to District Governor, Ray Morrow, for  the Massachusetts Lions Research Fund to help eradicate blindness.  Sincerest thanks go to all who stopped their car, and even stopped by, to donate to the Fund.  Thanks also to all the volunteers who took time out of their day to collect funds.  A job well done!


FLAG DAY CEREMONIES 2014

New Flag donated by Fairhaven High School's Class of 2014

was raised at Fairhaven High School 

 

 

Ted Silva, Selectman Espindola, and Fairhaven Boy Scouts

Ted Silva, Selectman Espindola, and Boy Scout Troop 52 of Fairhaven

 

Lions John Medeiros and Diane Brodeur with Flag and container signed by Fairhaven High School Class of 2014 who donated new flag.

Lions John Medeiros and Diane Brodeur with new US Flag and Container signed by Fairhaven High School's Class of 2014 who donated the Flag.

 

Raising of Flag by Fairhaven Boy Scouts

Thank you to Pauline Parker for the pictures of the Flag Raising

 


FLAG RETIREMENT CEREMONY 2014

CUSHMAN PARK, FAIRHAVEN

 

 

 

Thank you to Beth David of Neighborhood News for use of the pictures.


DONATE OLD EYE GLASSES

Have you seen our new eye glass donation box?  It is an eye catcher and a good one for its purpose.  We also appreciate donations of hearing aids. You can find it in front of the Old Fairhaven Fire Station #3, presently the North Fairhaven Improvement Association Building.  It’s other use is to collect old USA flags that are no long in useable condition.


 

 

LET'S INVOLVE A U.S. VETERAN IN OUR CLUB

U.S. veterans have made so many great contributions and sacrificed so much to serve our country. With many service members being honorably discharged from the military, this is a good time to provide them with an opportunity to get involved in their communities. The Involve a U.S. Veteran Program provides qualifying veterans the opportunity to continue serving in a different way as Lions.

Benefits of Involving Veterans

Many veterans want to find a way to give back, and they have a lot to offer your Lions club, including:

  • The ability to turn plans into action and get the job done

  • Practical skills and leadership skills

  • Innovative ideas

  • Dedication, loyalty and commitment

  • Understanding the importance of teamwork

Involve a U.S. Veteran Program Qualifications

Ask now! The program is available to the first 5,000 certified U.S. veterans and runs from July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2015.

Qualifying veterans receive an entrance or charter fee waiver when joining a Lions club. Eligible veterans include retired U.S. military personnel (i.e. Air Force, Army, Coast Guard Services, Marines, National Guard, Navy or Reserves) or those honorably-discharged from these services. Eligible persons may still be enlisted in the National Guard or Reserves. Veterans can be certified by completion of the Involve a U.S. Veteran Program Certification Form. Contact our President, John Medeiros for more info and forms.

 


 

 


 

 

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