Latest News from the Millis Lions Club

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.

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

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

The Millis Lions Club is very sad to announce the passing of Past District Governor Bill Schoellkopf.  BILL was sponsored into the Millis Lions Club by MICHAEL HEALY in MARCH of 1971.  During his 47 years as a Lion, BILL served on many committees, and held the prestigious office of District Governor in 1981-1982.” BILL was a past president, a life member and received the highest form of recognition from Lions Clubs International in April of 2008, when he was inducted as a Melvin Jones Fellow. BILL was an outstanding member in our club and he will be missed. 

 “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

The Millis Lions welcome new member Bill Raymond at our costume meeting on October 3rd. Special guests included PDG Pat Kalicki, ZC Kristine Shanahan, Franklin Lions Club president, Shawn Sherry and Town of Millis Administrator Mike Guzinski.

 ​​'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.

June 20, 2017

The Millis Lions Club was honored by the American Legion Post 208 of Millis for their continuous support and friendship. 

The Millis Lions would also like to announce the following officers were installed for the 2018-2019 year: President - Lion Shefali Desai, 1VP - Lion Paul LeBel, 2VP - Lion Allison LeBel, Secretary - Lion Julio Fontecchio, Assistant Secretary - Lion Mike O’Shaughnessy, Treasurer - Lion Carol Baker, Assistant Treasurer - Lion Jeff Kinne, Tail Twister - Lion Keith Gagne, Lion Tamer - Lion Shelbe Doliner, One-year e-board, DGE Lion Debbie Hayes & Lion Dan White, Two-year E-board, Lion Lauree Ricciardelli & Lion Julie Ackley and Three-year E-board, Lion Ed Perry and IPKL Noreen Browne. 

​Millis Lions Club Congratulates Lion Bill Curley on being named the 34th Melvin Jones Fellow.

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

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Millis Lion, Debbie Hayes, named District 33K Governor for 2018-2019  (third from left)

The Millis Lions is very sad to announce that after a hard-fought and long battle with cancer, our friend, Steve Joseph passed away on June 20th. Steve joined the Millis Lions in April of 2001 and quickly ingrained himself as an integral part of our club. He served as Club president and became a Melvin Jones Fellow in 2013. Our deepest condolences, thoughts and prayers to Steve's family and friends. He will be sorely missed.

The Millis Lions Club is very sad to announce the passing of Lion Don Ackerman.  Don joined the Millis Lions 20 years ago. He was a very active member and held many positions within the club. He was honored with a Melvin Jones Fellowship in 2008 and was the Millis Lion of the Year 2013. Don is perhaps best known for his years of dedicated service to the Millis Food Pantry and for chairing the Bottle and Can drive each month for more than a decade. Our deepest condolences to Judie, Don's wife, and his family.

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

The Millis Lions welcome new member Joyce Boiardi  at our meeting on March 6th.

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

The Millis Lions is very sad to announce that after a hard-fought and long battle with cancer, our friend, Ed Quinlan passed away on July 21st. Ed joined the Millis Lions in October of 1988 and is best known as "Mr. Fried Dough."   Ed served as Club President in  1993-1994 and was very active in many our annual fundraisers and the Millis Theater Group.  Our deepest condolences, thoughts and prayers to Ed's family and friends. He will be  missed by all.

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

Sept 18, 2017: CONGRATULATIONS to the Millis Lions Club 2016-2017 and Julio Fontecchio on earing "BEST X-LARGE" Club — with Andrew Porter.

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

KUDOS LION JULIO!!  Millis Secretary, Lion Julio Fontecchio, receives the 3rd highest honor from Lions Clubs International, THE INTERNATIONAL PRESIDENTS AWARD for his unending support of the Millis Lions and District 33K

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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.