The best kept secret
Brookfield Lions Club

What is the largest service organization in the world?  Do you know? Here’s a clue – this group has over 1.4 million members and has clubs in more than 200 countries.  There are over 47,000 clubs and the second largest one in Fairfield County, 77 members strong, is located here in Brookfield.  Give up?  It’s Lions Clubs International, more commonly known as The Lions Club. “We are the best kept secret and we are trying to change that,” said Pam Tanz, the President of the Brookfield Lions.   “The Brookfield club has a very strong local presence and we want the community to learn who the Lions are.”

Lions Clubs International’s mission is to empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding through Lions clubs.  Lions Clubs members join together to give their valuable time and effort to improving their communities and the world. 

The Lions are most often recognized for their service to people who are blind and visually impaired. This service began when Helen Keller challenged Lions to become “knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness” during the 1925 Lions Clubs International Convention.

Since then they have become so much more.  Internationally, clubs are uniting their global services around five areas of need: Vision, Hunger, Environment, Pediatric Cancer and Diabetes. These Global Causes present significant challenges to humanity, and the Lions believe it’s their obligation to meet them.

So what does our Brookfield Lions Club do?  Well, they conduct pediatric vision screening, sponsor food drives, organize road races, manage the Brookfield Community Garden, sponsor Red Cross blood drives, coordinate picnics and activities for Brookfield senior citizens, provide Thanksgiving baskets and holiday gifts to some citizens in need, host the annual potato bake at the first town summer concert, and champion the town’s annual Memorial Day parade to name a few.   And 100% of the money that is raised through the various fundraisers that they hold — Pancake Breakfast, Charity Breakfast, Golf Tournament, Shred Day and Summer Raffle — is donated to many local, regional and international causes.  Brookfield Social Services, Brookfield Cares, Brookfield Fire Departments, Connecticut Lions Eye Research Foundation, Guiding Eyes for the Blind, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and Regional Hospice are just some of the 25+ recipients.

Some donations are soft and cuddly.  Last year, the Brookfield Lions donated 75 stuffed teddy bears, “Cuddle”, to Yale Pediatric Cancer Center to bring comfort to children undergoing cancer treatment.   20 more were given to Ann’s Place to help with children’s grief counseling, and another 100 were sent to Connecticut Children’s Medical Center for the pediatric cancer ward.

And of course there is KidSight, the Lions pediatric vision screening program.  The WelchAllyn SPOT Camera that is used can detect conditions such as astigmatism, myopia, hyperopia, strabismus, anisometropia and anisocoria, all of which if caught in time, prior to 7 years old, might be corrected.  During the last school year, 20 Brookfield Lions and other local area club members conducted close to 10,000 screenings in 68 schools.  Of those screened, 1,515 students were referred to see eye professionals.  Cathy Nielsen, former president of the Brookfield Lions, really enjoys visiting the schools, “It is very satisfying to find a child that needs help.”

Marie Yapoujian and her husband Fraij feel the same way.  Last year they visited Armenia, their ancestral home, to screen over 2,000 children.  (If you want to help, there are eyeglass drop off boxes at Town Hall and ShopRite.  They also accept hearing aids).

One of their biggest fundraisers is coming up on August 16th, their 37th Annual Charity Golf Tournament.  Golfers, sponsors and raffle prize donations are welcomed!  More information about the Tournament can be found below.

Interested in becoming a member but don’t think you have enough time to be a Lion?  “Our members do as much as they can, when they can.  There are no participation requirements, but having fun while helping others is mandatory,” explained Pam.  Most people join the Lions Club because they feel the need to give something back, to do the “right” thing. Let’s face it, knowing you’ve helped someone feels good. Helping a neighbor or friend in your own community feels even better.

For further information about the Brookfield Lions contact Membership Co-Chair Jackie Kettunen jkettunen@earthlink.net, Co-Chair Amy Diezemann diezemann@sbcglobal.net, or visit their website — www.BrookfieldCTLionsClub.org.    “Where there’s a need, there’s a Lion.   We Serve

The best kept secret

What is the largest service organization in the world?  Do you know? Here’s a clue – this group has over 1.4 million members and has clubs in more than 200 countries.  There are over 47,000 clubs and the second largest one in Fairfield County, 77 members strong, is located here in Brookfield.  Give up?  It’s Lions Clubs International, more commonly known as The Lions Club. “We are the best kept secret and we are trying to change that,” said Pam Tanz, the President of the Brookfield Lions.   “The Brookfield club has a very strong local presence and we want the community to learn who the Lions are.”

Lions Clubs International’s mission is to empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding through Lions clubs.  Lions Clubs members join together to give their valuable time and effort to improving their communities and the world. 

The Lions are most often recognized for their service to people who are blind and visually impaired. This service began when Helen Keller challenged Lions to become “knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness” during the 1925 Lions Clubs International Convention.

Since then they have become so much more.  Internationally, clubs are uniting their global services around five areas of need: Vision, Hunger, Environment, Pediatric Cancer and Diabetes. These Global Causes present significant challenges to humanity, and the Lions believe it’s their obligation to meet them.

So what does our Brookfield Lions Club do?  Well, they conduct pediatric vision screening, sponsor food drives, organize road races, manage the Brookfield Community Garden, sponsor Red Cross blood drives, coordinate picnics and activities for Brookfield senior citizens, provide Thanksgiving baskets and holiday gifts to some citizens in need, host the annual potato bake at the first town summer concert, and champion the town’s annual Memorial Day parade to name a few.   And 100% of the money that is raised through the various fundraisers that they hold — Pancake Breakfast, Charity Breakfast, Golf Tournament, Shred Day and Summer Raffle — is donated to many local, regional and international causes.  Brookfield Social Services, Brookfield Cares, Brookfield Fire Departments, Connecticut Lions Eye Research Foundation, Guiding Eyes for the Blind, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and Regional Hospice are just some of the 25+ recipients.

Some donations are soft and cuddly.  Last year, the Brookfield Lions donated 75 stuffed teddy bears, “Cuddle”, to Yale Pediatric Cancer Center to bring comfort to children undergoing cancer treatment.   20 more were given to Ann’s Place to help with children’s grief counseling, and another 100 were sent to Connecticut Children’s Medical Center for the pediatric cancer ward.

And of course there is KidSight, the Lions pediatric vision screening program.  The WelchAllyn SPOT Camera that is used can detect conditions such as astigmatism, myopia, hyperopia, strabismus, anisometropia and anisocoria, all of which if caught in time, prior to 7 years old, might be corrected.  During the last school year, 20 Brookfield Lions and other local area club members conducted close to 10,000 screenings in 68 schools.  Of those screened, 1,515 students were referred to see eye professionals.  Cathy Nielsen, former president of the Brookfield Lions, really enjoys visiting the schools, “It is very satisfying to find a child that needs help.”

Marie Yapoujian and her husband Fraij feel the same way.  Last year they visited Armenia, their ancestral home, to screen over 2,000 children.  (If you want to help, there are eyeglass drop off boxes at Town Hall and ShopRite.  They also accept hearing aids).

One of their biggest fundraisers is coming up on August 16th, their 37th Annual Charity Golf Tournament.  Golfers, sponsors and raffle prize donations are welcomed!  More information about the Tournament can be found below.

Interested in becoming a member but don’t think you have enough time to be a Lion?  “Our members do as much as they can, when they can.  There are no participation requirements, but having fun while helping others is mandatory,” explained Pam.  Most people join the Lions Club because they feel the need to give something back, to do the "right" thing. Let's face it, knowing you've helped someone feels good. Helping a neighbor or friend in your own community feels even better.

For further information about the Brookfield Lions contact Membership Co-Chair Jackie Kettunen jkettunen@earthlink.net, Co-Chair Amy Diezemann diezemann@sbcglobal.net, or visit their website — www.BrookfieldCTLionsClub.org.    “Where there’s a need, there’s a Lion.   We Serve


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