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The New Fairfield Lions Club was chartered March 12, 1952, the first service organization to be formed in New Fairfield.

Since it’s 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 eye glasses to be redistributed to the needy, and eye screenings. In addition, the Club Foundation account contributes to it’s local community through 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, which has grown from 30 children to a current enrollment in excess of 500 boys and girls each season. 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.

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 it’s 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.

Past Presidents
Charles Carlson 1952 – 1953
Frank Fuller 1953 – 1954
William Murphy 1954 – 1955
Augie Goetz 1955 – 1956
Sherman Farwell 1956 – 1957
Alfred Lobraico 1957 – 1958
Joseph Bates 1958 – 1959
John Hunneke 1959 – 1960
John Williams 1960 – 1961
William Berth 1961 – 1962
Harry Gambin 1962 - 1963
Louis Tanzella 1963 - 1964
Warren Sherrer 1964 - 1965
Herbert Krug 1965 - 1966
Arthur Weierch 1965 - 1967
Salvator Conciatore 1967 - 1968
Patrick Pisacreta 1968 - 1969
Anthony DiSalvo 1969 - 1970
Michael Gillotti 1970 - 1971
Russ Butera 1971 - 1972
John Rooney 1972 - 1973
Jack Pape 1973 - 1974
Charles Rankin 1974 - 1975
Louis Mandino 1975 - 1976
Edward Wickson 1976 - 1977
Frank Shea 1977 - 1978
Salvator Belfatto 1978 - 1979
Cline Propst 1979 - 1980
Frank Mizak 1980 - 1981
Mark Prince 1981 - 1982
Dave Redding 1982 - 1983
Eugene Arcery 1983 - 1984
Robert Brearton 1984 - 1985
Robert Gyle 1985 - 1986
Robert Anderson 1986 - 1987
Phillip Cammarano 1987 - 1988
Dominic DiSarro 1988 - 1989
Richard Grant 1989 - 1990
Wesley Marsh 1990 - 1991
Michael Brennan 1991 - 1992
Perry Nelson 1992 - 1993
Robert Flynn 1993 - 1994
Hillary Bassriel 1994 – 1994
Richard Smith 1994 - 1995
Robert Matarazzo 1995 – 1996
Robert Redenz 1996 – 1997
Steve Logan 1997 – 1998
Edward Okupski 1998 – 1999
George Tremblay 1999 - 2000
John Swanson 2000 - 2001
Lori Chamoures 2001 - 2002
Doug DiSarro 2002 - 2003
Don Cleary 2003 - 2004
John O’Connell 2004 - 2005
Gail Redenz 2005 – 2006

Doug Stram 2006-2007
Dave Meyers 2007-2008
Suzanne Kerner 2008-2009
Tim Haas 2009-2010
Joe Viola 2010-2011
Regine Lambrech 2011-2012
Don Blackwell 2012-2013

Regine Lambrech 2013-2014

Doug Dorsey 2014-2015

Lori Beninson 2015-2016

 

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
Walter Czudak
Gilton Evangelint
Sherman Farwell
Frank J. Feller
Carl Getler
August Goetz
John Kemble
Thomas H. Kane
William C. Lobraico
Alfred Lobraico
James McCrary
Charles C. Mullaly
William J. Murphy
James L. Perkins, Jr.
Rodman Price
William Raacke
George Rech
Soren C. Sorenson
Kenneth F. Taylor
John F. Taylor
John L. Williams
Joseph Weitler

 

 

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