The Millis Lions Club congratulates Debbie Hayes on becoming 1st Vice District Governor for 2017-2018


The members of the Millis Lions Club, along with their 1.4 million brothers and sisters, will be celebrating 100 Years of Service on June 7, 2017. In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Lions Clubs International, the Lions of Millis will be partnering with the Millis Garden Club to completely revamp the Millis/Medway Animal Shelter. 

Past President of the Millis Lions Club, Lauree Ricciardelli said, “Each year we try and find a civic project to work on that will allow the Lions and members of the community to work together and this year we are including the fury and fuzzy residents of Millis.” The group has been hard at work power washing, repairing and replacing broken and rotted wood, and landscaping the grounds in and around the shelter. “We are looking for individuals who have painting skills a to come give us a hand and,  on November 5th.  Please contact me at 508-667-5903 if you can donate your time and talents to this worthy cause,” said Ricciardelli.  

We make a living by what we do, but we make a life by what we give.
— Winston Churchill

The Millis Lions Club, Millis Leos Club and the Millis Garden Club partner on another successful and beautiful Millis Beautification Day!

Millis Lions Club       P.O. Box 247      Millis, MA 02054

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The Millis Lions Club is pleased and proud to announce that Club president, Debbie Hayes, has been elected to the office of 2nd Vice District Governor for the Massachusetts Lions District 33K. District 33K serves more than 50 Lions and Leo clubs from Stow to Boston, Marlboro to Blackstone and Plainville to Hull. She will be working alongside incoming District Governor, Andrew Porter from the Holliston Lions Club and 1st Vice District Governor, Margaret Menard from the Hyde Park Lions and Cabinet Secretary/Treasurer, Ivette Mesmar, Stow Lions Club. This trio will proudly lead the district as 1.4 million Lions who make up Lions Clubs International, celebrate 100 years of humanitarian service on June 7, 2017.

The Millis Lions is very sad to announce the passing of Life member and former club secretary, Roger McCann. Roger joined the Millis Lions in 1983 and quickly ingrained himself as an integral part of our club. He was a wonderful man with just a hint of shenanigans in his Irish eyes. Our deepest condolences, thoughts and prayers to Roger's family and friends. He will be sorely missed.

September 26, 2016:  2nd Vice District Governor and Immediate Past President, Debbie Hayes, receives the Massachusetts Lions Eye Research President's Visionary Service Award from MLERF President, Ned Merrick (l) and Lions Clubs International President, Chancellor Bob Corlew (r). 

 “We are thrilled to be working with the Millis Lions Club,” said Millis Garden Club member, June Murphy. “We partner with the Lions each spring for our annual Beautification Day, and we are so happy to be able to give them a hand with this wonderful project.”

Donations of Dry Cat food, non-scoop able clay litter, dog treats, bleach, dish detergent, Quart Ziploc bags, Gallon Ziploc Bags for the shelter would be greatly appreciated and can be dropped off on November 5th at the Transfer Station.

As an active group in Millis, the Lions have spent more than 70 years supporting those in need in their community, as well as the youth and elderly. From stocking the shelves at the food pantry, to eyeglasses for those less fortunate; building handicap ramps, decks and playgrounds, the members of the Millis Lions Club have spent many hours working to beautify the community of improve the lives of its citizens.

Lions Clubs International is the largest service club organization in the world. Its 1.4 million members in more than 46,000 clubs are serving communities in more than 200 countries and geographical areas around the globe. Since 1917, Lions clubs have aided the blind and visually impaired, championed youth initiatives and strengthened local communities through hands-on service and humanitarian projects.

If you would like more information on this project or the Millis Lions Club please visit, or please contact Debbie Hayes at 508-816-6732. For more information about Lions Clubs International and the Foundation please visit

                                                                   ​​'Field of Flags' offers place to honor veterans

Millis — Just outside the Town Hall there is a small moving sea of red, white and blue.

This “Field of Flags” has been created by the Millis Lions Club to honor all veterans in and around the community; those who are currently serving, retired and those who have passed away.

“Each one of these flags represents a veteran and was donated by an area resident to either remember a loved one who has passed, or family member or friend who is currently serving,” said Millis Lions Club vice president, Noreen Browne. “All of the money raised for this program will be going to Fisher House Boston, located in West Roxbury.”

For more than 25 years, the Fisher House program has provided a “home away from home” for families of patients receiving medical care at major military and VA medical centers. These homes offer free, temporary lodging to military and veterans’ families, allowing them to be close to their loved one during a medical crisis and focus on what’s important—the healing process. There are currently 71 Fisher Houses located in the US, Germany and United Kingdom.

“This is the first year the Millis Lions Club has been involved with Fisher House and the “Field of Flags.” We hope that we will be able to continue this going forward and that more individuals will help to support the amazing efforts of the Fisher House through this program,” said Millis Lions Club president, Carol Baker.The field is a quiet place where visitors can pause to reflect on the veterans who have fought for freedom and what the American flag represents. The patriotic display will be up until Nov 20th.

One of the winning designs (knight) by Millis Lion, Debbie Hayes, on our new eyemobile, along with Kevin Poirier and the Westwood Lions Club.

Latest News from the Millis Lions Club

The Millis Lions Club welcomes new member, Amy Swazye, owner of Eyeworks of Millis.  Amy was inducted on September 26, 2016 by Lions Clubs International President, Chancellor Bob Corlew. 

Congratulations to Lions Dave Kuphal on being named the 33rd Melvin Jones Fellow.

Welcome new member Paul Nadeau.  Paul was sponsored by Dan White.  

Millis Lions Club recieved 3rd place (Honorable Mention) for their Club's website, as voted on by Lions Clubs International at the 99th Annual International Convention in Fukawoka, Japan

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At the May 3rd meeting, the following officers were installed for the 2016-2017 year: President – Lion Carol Baker; 1st VP – Lion Noreen Browne; 2nd VP – Lion Jerry Bluhm; Secretary – Lion Julio Fontecchio; Assistant Secretary – Lion Bill Lawson; Treasurer – Lion Jeff Kinne; Assistant Treasurer – Shefali Desai; Tail Twister – Lion Dan White; Lion Tamer- Atul Desai. Directors: 3 Year Term: Lion Debbie Hayes & Lion Ed Perry; 2 Year Term: Lion Doug Hindmarsh & Lion Bob Morgan; 1 Year Term: Lion Lauree Ricciardelli & Lion Ron Paulo.

“Carol will be a wonderful president,” said current president, Debbie Hayes. “She is brilliant, well respected, dedicated and committed to the citizens of Millis and the mission of our Club and Lions Clubs International. I am proud to be working with her, and I wish her a very successful year.”