|Just for fun, we thought it would be nice to list some of the accomplishments of this club through the years. This is very incomplete but is a small reflection of our commitment throughout the years.
1945 - 1949:
Celebrated Charter Night. Held drawing on two $50.00 War Bonds, proceeds to go for the purchase of a hospital bed. Presented hospital bed and wheelchair for town use. Sponsored Minstrel Show. Arranged to obtain musical instruments for schools. Raised $556.00 from Minstrel show. Conducted Safety Drive. Transported 46 boys to Red Sox/Saint Louis game at Boston. Sponsored High School Band and secured 25 instruments with funds from Minstrel Show. Held Soap Box Derby and raised $84.00. Sponsored Children’s Halloween Party. Sponsored Waste Paper Drive and raised $211.00. Raised $130.00 on Smoker for benefit of semi-professional Baseball Champion Team. Bought wheelchair for paralyzed boy and bough five pair of crutches for emergencies. Held Minstrel Show. Donated Table Radio for invalid. Conducted Paper Drive. Held Halloween Party for children. Entertained High School Football Team at Banquet. Staged two performances of Minstrel Show and gave proceeds for purchase of Oxygen Tent for the town. Held Soap Box Derby. Took 200 boys to Big League Baseball Game in Boston. Played Softball with another service club and raised $175.00 for boy who broke his leg. Sponsored Halloween Party for children. Raised $400.00 from Penny Sale. Held Auction which raised $400.00. Held Children’s Christmas Party and gave presents. Held Banquet for High School Football Team. Raised $200.00 from Amateur Show.
1954 - 1955:
Bulb Drive. Halloween Party for the children of the town. Held District Governor’s Night. Christmas Party, Turkey Raffle. Lions Club Band played Christmas Carols throughout the Town. Paper Drive. Tombolo Raffle held in local theatre. Halloween Party for town children. Turkey Raffle raised $47.00.
1964 - 1965:
donated $200 to Massachusetts Lions Eye Research for blind girl to acquire a seeing eye dog. Purchased glasses for 4 needy children. Donated $10.00 to Boston Association for the Blind. Entered Float in the Annual Fireman’s Parade. Outing and Ladies Night. Donated typewriter to blind woman. Aided blind woman in transportation to get a seeing eye dog. Honored outstanding Citizen for his public service. Aided needy family in medical bills. Paid for girl’s eye surgery. Fundraising Drive.
1974 - 1975:
Bicycle raffle with proceeds going to Charitable Fund. Annual Christmas Party. Night of Magic. Las Vegas Night. Holiday Raffle raised $335.00. Eye Care Program. Tree Sale, Membership Drive.
1984 - 1985:
Sold soda as a fundraiser at the 4th of July Celebration. Las Vegas Night. Delivered Christmas Baskets to the needy. Donated $50.00 to Institute for the visually impaired, $500 to sponsor Miss Massachusetts, $350.00 to buy teletype for communicating from school to handicapped student. Donated van for handicapped person and to High School Sports Booster Program. Held Raffle at Home and Trade Show. Held Banquet for twenty-five week Club Fundraiser. Donated to District and State Charities totaling $2250.00. Sold Soda at Annual 4th of July Celebration as a fundraiser. Sponsored Drug Prevention Show for all of Franklin High School Students. Donated $100 to Journey for Sight. Donated a scholarship to the Jr. Miss Pageant. Participated in District Lottery for Journey for Sight. Christmas Party.
1994 - 1995:
Carnival raised $3390.00 Donated $1000.00 to Franklin 4th of July Committee, $1000.00 to Franklin Dare Program. 50th Anniversary Celebration. July 4th Fundraiser netted $5881.00. Purchased two pair of eyeglasses for the needy. Christmas Party. Wrestling fundraiser netted $4592.00. Donated $2300.00 to Franklin Fire Department for equipment. $100.00 to Franklin High School for Grad Party, $40.00 to Eyemobile. Carnival Raised $3563.00. Supplied needy family with glasses. Donated $500.00 for Eyemobile repairs, $500 to Mass Eye Research. Purchased glasses for mother in danger of losing 2 small children due to her visual inability. Donated Hydraulic Assist Mechanism for Franklin Fire Department’s Jaws of Life, Optelec to Franklin Library for visually impaired. Donated $1000.00 each scholarships to Franklin High School and Tri-County Vocational. $330.00 to Franklin Junior Miss Pageant, $250.00 to Franklin Food Pantry, $100.00 to Franklin Girls Softball, $100.00 to Molly Malone Hearing Dog Program. Star Market Sales Rebate Program raised $18.00 Members donated $55.00 for Franklin Food Pantry. $250 to Salvation Army.
1997 - 1998:
Donated $100.00 to Lazarus Fund, $100.00 to VOSH, $50.00 to Boston Aid for the Blind Program, $50.00 to YMCA. Sponsored Franklin Youth Baseball. Donated $50.00 to Boston Aid for the Blind, $50.00 to Youth Program. Purchased glasses for Youth. Picadilly Circus raised $3400.00 to go to Mass Lions Eye Research (after expenses). Donated $250.00 to Franklin Chargers, $1000.00 to Franklin Fouth of July Committee. Sold soda at 4th of July Celebration. Purchased glasses for Franklin Resident. Donated $2000.00 to Mass Lions Eye Research. Conducted Eyeglass Collection. Kettle Drive for Salvation Army. Rang Bells for Salvation Army. Donated $500.00 to Secret Santa, $100.00 to Salvation Army Christmas Party. Raffled off donated gifts and raised $82.00 plus an additional $11.25 collected by individual Lion plus club donation added to make an additional $100.00 donated to Salvation Army. Donated to Library and Food Pantry. Held 4th of July Fundraiser.
1998 - 1999:
Fourth of July Fundraiser netted over $5,000.00. Held Youth Speech Contest, Youth Peace Poster Contest, one member hosted Youth Exchange Student, gave away Horace Mann Academic Awards to 6 students, one member served as Zone Chair for D33K, sponsored Youth Baseball Team, Sponsored Junior Miss Scholarship, gave scholarships at Franklin High School and Tri-County High School each in the amount of $1,000.00. Sponsored the “Legends Style Concert” (1st Annual) raised $3,500.00. Donated Large Print Books to Library, Donated Zoom Reader to Library. Donated $1000.000 to “Secret Santa” Fund. Donated $250.00 to Toys for Tots. Donated Food and $250.00 to Franklin Food Pantry.
2000 - 2002:
4th of July Fundraiser 2001 raised $6,200.00 (app.), held Legends Style Concert, donated $2000.00 to Massachusetts Lions Eye Reasearch, Donated $500.00 to Lazarus Program, sponsored D33K Eyemobile 4 times through year; Donated $350.00 to D33K Eyemobile; Sponsored Peace Poster Contest, Youth Speech Contest. Provided 3 scholarships, one at Franklin High School (Horace Mann Scholarship); one at Tri-County School (John Monteratti Scholarship) and one at Norfolk Aggie (Dominic DePoto Scholarship). Member of club served as Region Chair for D33K. Member sponsored Youth Exchange Student. Club Nominated for Best Small Club in State. Club awarded 1) Best Small Club in District 33K; 2) Best Club Bulletin in District 33K; 3) Best Club Public Relations in District 33K; 4) International Best Club Bulletin Award. Member also awarded Lion of the Year for District 33K. Purchased Japan International Flag. Second Member of Club served first as Zone Chair then Region Chair for District 33K Governor. Brought a six year old boy from Guyana for restorative surgery on eyes (successful). Sponsored Eyemobile 4 times through year; donated $500.00 to District 33K Eyemobile, donated $1367.00 to Massachusetts Lions Eye Research; donated $250.00 to Lazarus Fund; worked on sponsoring new club in Sudbury/Wayland. Club awarded Best Medium Club in District; member selected to be speaker at USA/Canada Forum; member awarded Melvin Jones; Awarded LCI Presidents Appreciation Award & Governors Service Award. Club instituted new Community Service Award and honored: 1999 - 2000 Charles Oteri; 2000 - 2001 Debbie Pellegri and 2001 - 2002 J Daddario Sr.. The club also started an annual Senior Holiday Luncheon in concert with the Bellingham and Blackstone Lions Club and conducted it successfully for 3 years. The club also started Toys 4 Tots sponsoring at the holiday season. July 4, 2002 Fundraiser raised $4700.00. Donated $2002.00 to Massachusetts Lions Eye Research. Legends Concert
Fourth of July raised just over $4,000.00; purchased hearing machine, purchased 8 pairs of eyeglasses, Sponsored Franklin Community LEO Club, collected nearly 5,000 pairs of eyeglasses ; donated $2036 to Massachusetts Lions Eye Research Fund; Presented 2nd Melvin Jones Award; Presented 1st MLERF Sight Award; hosted 3rd Annual Community Service Award; member served as Cabinet Secretary Treasurer for District 33K; member awarded International President’s Certificate of Appreciation. 17 LEO Members Awarded Young Leaders in Service Award by DG Charles Menard, Hyde Park Lions Club.
We were fortunate to have our last living Charter Member join us. This year we were also fortunate to have good participation at the District Level, with members attending all District functions. We continued with our usual projects and ran our soda booth at the 4th of July, funded some new projects and also participated with the Bellingham Lions & the Franklin Leos to serve a holiday dinner to nearly 200 people. We sponsored the Adopt A Lion program as well, sending nearly 13 dozen stuffed Lions to children who were in the hospital.
The Franklin Lions Club celebrated their 65th Anniversary of service and were proud to have our last living Charter Member join us. Lions from all over District 33K joined us for a fun evening of rememberances. In January we ran a very successful "Elvis" concert, and we wrapped up the year with taking over the annual 4th of July celebration. No mean feat for a Club of our size! We increased our donations this year by 69% over the 2003-2004 year.