Oxford Lions Club Begins Membership Drive

The Oxford Lions Club is celebrating its 70th year, having been chartered in 1951. The club is initiating a major membership drive as part of the celebration to be more effective to growing needs. Shown are Lions (front row, left), Robert DeBisschop, Edward Hardy, Janice Cohen, Mark MacKinney and Neil Silberkleit; (back), Art Gentile, Thomas Biondi and Joseph Persico.

OXFORD — The Oxford Lions Club is celebrating its 70th year, having been chartered in 1951. The club is initiating a major membership drive as part of the celebration to be more effective to growing needs.

Those interested in joining this non-profit, civic minded group may call 860-921-7324 or go to  https://www.oxford-ct.gov.

The club meets on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month at outside locations.

The mission statement of the Lions’ Club is to empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace, promote good citizenship and international understanding.

The Oxford Lions’ Club constructed the pavilion at Jackson’s Cove Town Park complete with kitchen, restrooms, and a snack bar.

The club installed benches at Kirk’s Pond, along with other improvements.

Other contributions to the town include the annual holiday lighting of the town hall, yearly scholarships to two Oxford high school seniors, poster contests, citizenship awards and the club  intends to begin a Leo Club in Oxford schools.

The club’s projects benefit eye research, diabetes detection, and other sight related issues. Collection boxes for donated eyeglasses and hearing aids can be found at Ace Hardware, the Oxford Senior Center and the Oxford Town Hall. The Lions recycle them to the needy and uninsured. Recently more 500 glasses were  recycled by Oxford alone.

Other projects include donations to the Seymour-Oxford Food Bank, supporting Low Vision Centers and the Lions’ Club International. 

The Lions’ Club International is the world’s largest service club organization with more than 1.4 million members in approximately 46,000 clubs representing more than 200 countries.

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