History of the Medfield Lions Club

The Lions Club of Medfield was chartered on December 29, 1944 with forty-two members under the sponsorship of the Lions Club of Holliston.  Among the first members were Medfield citizens whose names we recognize today, such as Robert Larkin, Raymond Lord, Robert K. McCarthy, Sr., William Palumbo, Orlando Rossi, and Alfredo Zullo. Two charter members were in active military service during World War II at the time.  Some of our first members had some interesting occupations including:  blacksmith, musician, dairy owner, barber, inn owner, and horseman.
The Medfield Club is a large club with some 70 members.  Over the years, four of our members have served at the state level as District Governors, District 33K (greater Boston).  They are: Edward Barrett, active member Paul Viano, Jr., Bette Purvis, and active member Tom Kerr.
Lions have a reputation as the “Doers” in their community.  The Lions motto, “We Serve”, is exemplified in many tangible ways.  Lions help to make the world a better place, both at home and abroad.  Our resources are directed to the needs of our community, prevention and cure of eye disease and diabetes awareness.  Some of the Medfield programs we support with funds and our time include:  Home Committee, Food Cupboard, Public Library, Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, scholarships for high school graduates, Animal Shelter, Christmas luncheon for seniors, and the Lions Speech and Peace Poster contests for students.  Also, outside of the Medfield community, we support Massachusetts Lions Eye Research Fund (MLERF), Lions Organ Donor Awareness (LODA), Canines for Combat Veterans/NEADS, collection of eyeglasses for reuse, and Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF).
Funds are raised through Christmas tree sales, Medfield toll booth, Discover Medfield Day hamburger booth, and raffles. 100% of every net fundraising dollar goes to the charities and community projects we support.  No doubt you have seen us in our gold vests.  Lions are people who have decided to give something back to their community; people who believe that by working together they will accomplish far more than would be possible as individuals; people working toward a common goal who know they can make a difference. The Lions' reward is in their accomplishments and the enjoyment received in the process.  Lionism is not all work.  Our meetings and social events bring members and guests together in a relaxed environment for conversation and fun.
New members are always welcome in the Medfield Lions Club.   Membership is open to men and women who live or work in Medfield or the surrounding communities.  The Medfield Lions meet the first Wednesday of the month, September through June.  Our meetings are held at the Dover American Legion, 32 Dedham Street, Dover, starting at 7:00 PM.
For further information Contact:
Lion Lee Tredway, Membership Chairman
at 508-359-7014 or




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