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Annual Breakfast Annual Charity Golf Tournament Blood Drives Community Garden
Diabetes Awareness Earth Day Food Drive & Shred Days Grad Party
KidSight Eye Screening Lions Day Memorial Day Parade MLK Book Drive
Pancake Breakfast Reading Action Plan Road Races STRIDES for JDRF

 


Brookfield Lions Club Annual Charity Golf Tournament

  • The Brookfield Lions Club has been serving the Brookfield community since 1966. In 2022, the club is proud to announce its 39th Annual Charity Golf Tournament.
  • This is event is the club's largest annual fundraising event.
  • The beneficiaries of this event are the Connecticut Lions Eye Research Foundation (supporting eye research projects at Yale-New Haven Hospital and the University of Connecticut Medical Center), Lions Low Vision Centers, diabetes awareness, and eye care, vision and health associations throughout the state.
  • Our club also supports many organizations and groups in our local community, namely Regional Hospice, Ability Beyond, Senior Center, Youth Outreach, Drug Awareness, Community Garden and many others.

CLICK HERE for the 2022 Golf Brochure - Registration Form & Sponsorship Opportunities

CLICK HERE for 2022 Golf Raffle Prize Donation Letter

CLICK HERE for 2022 Special Discount for League Golfers Letter

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15th Annual Brookfield Lions Strides to Cure Diabetes 5‐Miler 

  • The Brookfield Lions Club once again sponsored this event Sunday, June 5, 2022 at Cadigan Park, Candlewood Lake Road Brookfield, CT to promote diabetes awareness and research.
  • We had a beautiful day and a great group of enthusiastic runners who participated in this flat, fast and scenic 5‐mile run, generously supporting this charitable fundraising event.
  • A new women's record set for the event!
  • As always, a BIG THANK YOU to all our volunteers.

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Memorial Day Parade

  • Once again, the Brookfield Lions Club organized the annual Memorial Day Parade.
  • Many thanks to Lions Lori Peck, Sue Slater, and Robin Montgomery for organizing the Brookfield Memorial Day Parade.
  • Lion Lori reports that we had a large turnout of marchers and viewers.
  • Our club was well represented with our crew! Our float looked very patriotic.
  • Once again, our club did itself proud; the parade would not have been as successful without all of you.
  • The candy was a huge hit with both children and adults, so thank you for all of those that contributed!

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ANNUAL CHARITY BREAKFAST

  • The Charity Breakfast is a major fundraiser for the Brookfield Lions Club. 
  • More information coming soon.

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BLOOD DRIVES

  • The Brookfield Lions sponsor a number of community blood drives annually.
  • Jackie Kettunen, Brookfield Lions Blood Drive committee leader, has announced the following dates for our 2022 blood drives: April 20, June 15, August 10, October 5, and December 28.
  • All 2022 drives will be held aCongregational Church of Brookfield, 160 Whisconier Rd., Brookfield, CT 06804.
  • Please join Jackie and her team in this effort!
  • Contact Jackie Kettunen:  jkettunen604@gmail.com

NEXT BLOOD DRIVE:

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The June 15th Blood Drive was originally extended to include a second blood drive from 10 am - 1:30 pm in addition to the normal 1:30-6:30 pm drive. Jackie Kettunen and her team originally had 69 donors signed up for the day but the goal was lowered to 20 and that goal was surpassed with 23 donors. There were two first time donors and, despite the unforeseen changes, the Red Cross called it a “tremendous effort,” with the ability to help 60 people. Well done, Jackie & Team!
  • The April 20th blood drive collected 35 pints of blood which has the potential to help 105 people. 
  • Jackie Kettunen reported that the blood drive we sponsored on February 23 collected 47 units of blood surpassing the goal of 39 units. The blood collected at that drive alone will help 141 people in need.
  • Congratulations and thanks to Jackie and her team for a job well done!
  • Congratulations also to Brookfield Lions Lori Peck and Marty Carlin who were presented pins earlier this year recognizing they have donated two gallons of blood. Well done Lori and Marty!

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COMMUNITY GARDEN

Garden Clean-up Day 2022

  • Lions Kathi Hlavac and Dorie Cundari led a tremendous Community Garden Clean-up event on Saturday, April 30, 2022.
  • The event was led off by a presentation by two Master Gardeners discussing best strategies and do and don'ts for the community gardeners.
  • Lions Kathi, Dorie, Robin Montgomery, Louise Johnson, Dan Melillo, Sue Slater, Jim Diezemann, Jeff Tanz, and Jim Ondak joined together with a good number of Community Gardeners to do a great job getting the garden ready for the upcoming growing season.
  • We did an incredible amount of weed paper placing, garden path mulching, tree trimming, bush pruning, raking, weed pulling, and brush hauling to get the garden's 106 plots in great shape.

View the PHOTO GALLERY page for more Community Garden 2022 photos

The Community Garden is supported and managed by volunteer members of the Brookfield Lions Club in conjunction with the Town of Brookfield. It is located on the Gurski property along Route 133 in Brookfield, approximately one-quarter mile south of Route 25 (Whisconier Road).

There are currently 106 plots of varying sizes and participation is limited to Brookfield residents age 16 or older. The non-refundable registration fee (either $25 or $35 based on plot size) covers costs for the maintenance and upkeep of the property, shed, pathways, and fencing as well as basic gardening supplies. Plots are assigned based on availability.

Please click here for the 2022 Garden Guidelines and registration form, or send an email to BrkfldLionsGarden@gmail.com for more information.

 

A wonderful aerial view of the Community Garden (Thank you, Lion Kathi Hlavac!)

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DIABETES AWARENESS

Candy and Alan Smith from the Brookfield Lions are leading and coordinating Diabetes Awareness programs for our club and also for Connecticut Lions District 23a.

Here are several of the Diabetes awareness activities the Lions are involved with:

► Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Fundraiser - Saturday, May 21, 2022

  • JDRF held their ONE NIGHT IN CASABLANCA fundraiser to benefit TYPE 1 DIABETES.
  • The annual Promise Ball to raise funds for JDRF OF CT & Western MA was held on May 21 at the New England Air Museum in Windsor Locks.
  • The theme was AN EVENING IN CASABLANCA and over 425 guests attended. There were 18 Lions from all over CT who volunteered at the Gala to work as Ballroom Ushers.
  • The guests dined at food stations arranged under the wings of vintage aircraft.
  • The silent and live auctions raised over $1 Million for Type 1 Diabetes Research.
  • Candy, Alan Smith and Louise Johnson supported this event from our club.

► ​Connecticut Lions Pathfinder Camp - Month of August

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EARTH DAY PROJECT

  • Every April on Earth Day, Brookfield Lions volunteers clean up various locations throughout Brookfield, CT.
  • In 2022, we cleaned at Cadigan Park, Brookfield High School and the Still River Greenway area.
  • Many thanks to our Earth Day leader, Karl Noivadhana, and all of the volunteers who made this a successful event!

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SHRED DAY & FOOD DRIVES

  • Several times a year, the Brookfield Lions hold events which feature a Shred Day where the community can bring in materials to be shreded for $10 per banker's box and also drop off nonperishable food items and household supplies to help stock the Brookfield Pantry.
  • CLICK HERE for link to the Brookfield Pantry web page

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KIDSIGHT PROJECT

      

Between November 2021 and June 2022, the Kidsight program has been very active again and Brookfield Lions KidSighters have screened 3,207 students. Details below:

  • November 2021 - Klaus Nielsen along with Larry Chizak and Jim Ondak screened 493 students at Blackham Elementary school in Bridgeport, CT over a three day period of November 9-11.
  • January 2, 2022 - Cathy and Klaus  Nielsen held an eye screening training session at their home for a number of Brookfield Lions volunteers.
  • February 17, 2022 -  Cathy and Klaus Nielsen went to Cesar Batella school in Bridgeport to give eye screening camera refresher training to School Nurse Victoria Florentin Fernandez at Cesar Batella. Victoria, who is also a Lion, used an eye screener borrowed from the Brookfield Lions to screen approximately 650 children at her school. This is a great example of KidSight's evolving role where Lions not only do the eye screening but also provide schools with equipment, training, technical support and consulting on a as-needed basis
  • February 24 & March 11, 2022 - Klaus Nielsen along with Gordon Markiewicz, Susan Dodd and Jim Ondak screened 285 students at Bryant Elementary school inn Bridgeport, CT.
  • March 1-3, 2022 - School Nurse Victoria Florentin Fernandez screened 649 students at Cesar A. Batalla School in Bridgeport, CT. These screenings have been incorporated into the Brookfield KidSight screenings based on our training efforts and the excellent relationship Cathy and Klaus Nielsen have built with Lion Victoria.
  • March 24-25, 2022 - Candy and Alan Smith, Cathy and Klaus Nielsen, Dom Lombardo, and Robin Montgomery screened 259 students at Roosevelt School in Bridgeport, CT.
  • March 31- April 1 Cathy and Klaus Nielsen, Susan Dodd, and Jim Ondak screened 416 students at Luis Munoz Marin School in Bridgeport, CT. Klaus reported that the Brookfield Lions Club never had a better “Thank you” as after the 199th and final screening on Friday, April 1, Nurse Carmen spontaneously exclaimed “In two days, you have saved me a month of work”, while dancing around the room.  :-)
  • April 6, 2022 - Cathy Nielsen, Klaus Nielsen, and Susan Dodd screened 213 students at Black Rock School in Bridgeport, CT.
  • April 10, 2022 - Dick Cronin and Klaus Nielsen screened 21 children at the Brookfield Lions 3rd Annual Pancake Breakfast at Brookfield High School. Thanks to Klaus and Dick there were smiles all around with the children and parents.
  • April 20, 2022 Cathy and Klaus Nielsen screened 26 children at the Bethel School S.T.E.M. Expo.
  • April 20-21, 2022 - JoEllen Reynolds, Klaus Nielsen, Robin Montgomery, Mark Kettunen, and Gordon Markiewicz screened 337 students at Redding Elementary School.
  • April 26, 2022 JoEllen Reynolds, Linda McCaffrey, and Jim Ondak screened 91 students at John Read Middle School in Redding, CT.
  • April 27-28, 2022 - Mark Kettunen, Dom Lombardo, Marilyn Lombardo, Gordon Markiewicz, and Jim Ondak screened 293 students at Samuel Staples Elementary School, Easton, CT on Wed & Thu, April 27-28.
  • June 9, 2022 - Cathy and Klaus Nielsen screened 8 students at Franklin Elementary School in Stratford and another 9 students at Victoria Soto School in Stratford.

Thanks to everyone on our KidSight team for a job well done!

Members interested in learning more and volunteering to join the Kidsight eye screening team can contact Cathy and Klaus Nielsen at the emails below:

Contacts:

klausnielsen@earthlink.net

cathynielsen@earthlink.net

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Lions Day Event

Triple Header of Service and Fun - Saturday, May 21, 2022

  • On Saturday, May 21, our club partnered with Brookfield Parks and Recreation to present our first LIONS DAY event including:
    • Our Shred Day/Non-perishable Food Drive event from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
    • Food Truck Rally from 12:00 - 4:00 pm
    • Live Music on the Bandstand in the afternoon from 12:00 - 4:00 pm
  • There was a steady flow of traffic during the day. It was a wonderful day of service by our Lions club and fun for everyone.
  • This is an event we plan to hold in upcoming years and we hope it becomes a special day and event for the Brookfield and surrounding communities.
  • A BIG THANK YOU to all our Brookfield Lions volunteers!

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MLK Book Drive

  • Lion Mark Lyon told us that the Brookfield Library is buying 17 books and will be awaiting a check from the Lions Club.
  • The Library is planning a display of the books noting they have been contributed by the Brookfield Lions Club.
  • The Abbott Tech LEOs are making book plates to insert into the books. The WMS library has requested 3 books.
  • Thanks to Lion Lyn Lyon for all of her efforts.
  • JoEllen Reynolds will provide some brochures to Debbie Brooks to include in the book display.

Lyn Lyon presenting the MLK Book Drive check:

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Pancake Breakfast

  • Our 2022 Pancake Breakfast was a GREAT SUCCESS!
  • Our 3rd Annual Pancake Breakfast took place on Sunday, April 10 in the Brookfield High School cafeteria from 8:30 am until 12:30 pm.
  • Many thanks to Lion Karl Noivadhana and his team for a wonderful job as the breakfast returned after a two year hiatus.
  • The event had a very good turnout and Karl led the way to securing enough sponsor ads to fill two different placemats.
  • Many thanks also to the LEOs from Brookfield High School and Abbot Tech who did a wonderful job clearing tables
  • Dick Cronin and Klaus Nielsen did a great job performing eye screenings on 21 children to the delight of the children and parents.
  • Thanks to all of the volunteers whose efforts brought smiles to the faces of the attendees.

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Road Races

  • New Year's Day - Annual Run for Sight 
  • Saturday, January 1, 2022 rang in a New Year, and for the 35th consecutive year, Brookfield Lions served.   Despite a rainy forecast, we thankfully had a mostly dry, 50 degree day for the race.  Hard to believe on January 1st!  
  • The event went off uneventfully thanks to our club volunteers and through the organization of MC Mark Lyon and Amy Diezeman.
  • We had 105 finishers who were met with smiles and support throughout the course by Lions, provided water, fruit and bagels at the finish, along with cash prizes, gift certificates, medals, sweatshirts, and of course...New Year's Day pies!!
  • Great coordination and support from our sponsors was definitely appreciated by the runners who came from CT, NY, MA and OH.

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Brookfield High School Grad Party

  • Each year, our club supports the efforts of the Brookfield High School Grad Party, which provides the graduates one last safe night together having fun.
  • The Grad Party throws the graduates an all night party at the high school, which is transformed and decorated to portray the theme for that party.
  • At the party, the seniors get to be together having fun in a safe environment. They get to play a variety of games, dance, eat and win prizes. 
  • The Brookfield Lions Club donates both money and prizes for the seniors. Our prizes are usually things like dorm size refrigerators, microwaves, fans, printers and other small appliances. Then, at the early hour of 5 am, members go to the high school to assist in the cleanup.

Gifts for Brookfield High School Graduates - Thank you Lion Lori!

(Note: The Dog was not included; it was hired as security to guard the gifts) :-)

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Reading Action Plan (RAP) 

  • Lions everywhere are changing the lives of children who have little or no access to schools, libraries, educational materials and the Internet. 
  • Through the Lions Reading Action Program Campaign, our club is focused on bringing literacy and hope for a brighter, more fulfilling future to millions of children. 
  • The Brookfield Lions team has developed a strategy for distributing books to new parents locally.  In addition, we are working closely with the Brookfield Library to continue children's exposure to books and reading.  Helping parents and grandparents to identify and utlize resources that are available is an important step in preparing their children and grandchildren for school and learning.  
  • Reading readiness is an expectation in our educational environment.  Books will be available, free for the taking, at Brookfield's local food pantry.  All gently used children's books can be donated and are greatly appreciated.  

Please contact Lions Dorian Cundari or JoEllen Reynolds for more information on how you can help with this worthwhile program.

For information on the early learning resources available at the Brookfield Library and to learn about a gift to new Brookfield parents from the Brookfield Lions Club, click here.

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