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Indian Orchard Lions Club Charter Night - Our newest Liosn Club is Chartered

Davinci Machine - Presented to Amherst Regional School System

Environmental Photo - District 33Y 2013-2014 Entry

Maroon Blazers - A source of State Uniform jackets

MLERFI - "Become a Partner for Pennies for Sight"

Orthoptic Clinic Records - Where former patients can obtain their records

Family Dues - Reduced dues available to family members

Multiple District Flags - contact if you need state and country flags

Media contacts - an Excel spreadsheet of Media contacts for your press releases

Y.A.N.K.S. - Ever wonder how our sub districts got their letter designations?

Indian Orchard Lions Club Charter Night

The Indian Orchard Lions Club held their Charter Night on Wednesday, November 5, 2014. There was a large attendance and a good time was had by all. We welcome these newest members to the Lions family.

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Added November 9, 2014

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Davinci Machine

The Amherst Lions, along with the Amherst Leos, UMASS Lions, Pelham Lions, and with a grant from ESH purchased a Davinci machine for the Amherst Regional School System. This was a joint effort of the Lions in the Amherst Pelham School District.

View the Channel 22 WWLP news link
Added Mar. 29, 2014

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2013-2014 Environmental Photo Contest

Every Year, Lions Clubs International sponsors an Environmental Photo Contest. A single entry from each sub-district is chosen by the District Governor and submitted to the Multiple District. At that level, an entry is selected and sent to Lions Clubs International to be displayed at the International Convention and voted on by the convention attendees.

For 2013-2014, District Governor Todd Cromack selected the entry made by Lion Ken Witeck of the Southwick Lions Club to present to Multiple District 33.

Lion Ken Witek Environmental Photo
(Added Mar. 10, 2014)

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Maroon Blazers
A source of maroon blazers, for the Masssachusett Lions State uniform, are available at the website of at The wesite has them as the color as burgundy. (Added Mar. 10, 2014)

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MLERFI - "Become a Partner for Pennies for Sight"

The Mass Lions Eye Research canister committee is once again offering prizes for donations to “Become A Partner for Pennies for Sight”

We will continue the Patch Program as we have since 2007 all clubs eligible for canister patches shall donate $100.00 or more to receive a banner patch and rocker for their banner.

This year (2013-2014) our new President Richard “Dick” Ferrucci wants every Lion and Club in the State involved in this wonderful program. What better way to help prevent blindness by putting your pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, and dollar bills into a canister and donating them to MLERF Lions Canister Program.

Lions Members:
For every $33.00 of canister money raised per lion, entitles them to be entered in a drawing to win ONE complete weekend package for TWO to their District Mid-Winter for 2015. (One Winner for the State) The drawing will take place at the Annual Meeting July, 2014. This prize is compliments of MLERF.

Lions Clubs:
For every $200.00 a Lions Club contributes to “A Partner for Pennies for Sight” canister project the clubs name will be placed into a drawing to be eligible to win a complete State Convention package for TWO for the 2015 convention. Drawing will take place at our Annual Meeting July, 2014. (One Winner for the State) This Prize is donated by Lion Betty and President Dick Ferrucci.

In order for you or your club to get credit for the donation all checks for Canister/Pennies should be made out to Massachusetts Lions Eye Research Fund, Inc. and in the memo section of the check write “Canisters Pennies for Sight” your club name and district number.

Checks can be mailed to PDG Louise J Wojtkiewicz, 11 Lillian Road, Acton, MA 01720-2609 so that she may enter the names and clubs for the drawings.

This information is available in letter form: http://www.lions- (Added Sep. 24, 2013)

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Lions Orthoptic Clinic Records

The District 33Y Lions Orthoptic Clinic closed its doors after serving Western Massachusetts for over 50 years.

Shelley Klein Weiss, our former Orthoptian, can be contacted at Tufts, New England Eye Center, 800 Washington Ave., Box 450, Boston, MA 02111, 617 -636-6769.

The records of former patients can be obtained by contacting PDG Jean W. Martin at 172 Hope St., Greenfield, MA 01301, 413-774-5925 or . Please download the authorization form , complete, and mail to the address indicated, or scan the signed document and email it to the email address indicated, to have your records transferred. Please allow 2 to 3 weeks for the records to be transferred. (Added Jan. 18, 2011)

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Family Dues Structure

The Lions Clubs International Family Dues Initiative started in January 2007. Read more about it on the Lions International Website.

Lions Clubs International has reduced the dues charged to clubs by 1/2 for the second through fourth Lions living at the same address. (This change does not effect the District 33Y or the Multiple District dues each club pays on behalf of its members. It's up to the club to decide what they will do with their own dues structure.) You can download the Certification Form there: (Added Jul. 25, 2010)

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State and Country Flags Location

Over the years, Multiple District 33 has purchased many flags of countries, states and geographical areas in which Lions are active. We also have some other flags relative to Lions. These flags are available to Lions, Lioness and Leo clubs for use in parades, at anniversary parties and other events the clubs wish to have them at. This is the source of the flags we use at the Big E Parade, at Midwinter and at the State Convention.

Bryan Murphy of the Woburn Host Lions Club has taken over the task of storing the flags. Any club that wishes to use the flags should contact him. His contact information is of the Woburn Host Lions Club, PO Box 316, Woburn MA 01801. Woburn Lions Tel: (781) 933-8297 weekdays 9 AM - 4 PM or answering machine 24/7, Fax (781_ 933-2099 (24/7). There is information on this on the WOburn Lions Club's web site:

There are many geographic areas for which we do not yet have the flags. For anyone wishing to purchase a flag for the Multiple District, the cost is $210.00 for an in-stock flag and $250.00 for a custom flag. (A stock flag means a flag that is in stock and standard design; a custom flag means the flag needs to be custom made due to color and design.)

Many 33Y clubs and persons have purchased flags in the past. The donor's name will be documented on the flag pole. When an International Director from that area is in office, that flag is displayed at our state convention and the name of the donor announced during the flag ceremony. (Updated May 29, 2011)

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Media Contact Information

PDG Pamela Hodgkins has provided us with an excel spreadsheet that is a very complete listing of all the media addresses for our area. Feel free to use them to get your club information out to the public. You can download the list by clicking on this link: (22 Kb) (Added Jul . 18, 2005)

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Y.A.N.K.S - How it came to be

PDG2 Jean W. Martin has gotten onto the trail of the naming of our sub districts after receiving the question: " How did our districts get the Y- A-N-K-S designations? Here is her answer, thanks to the help of PID John Hoyle and PID L. Doug Sime:

Prior to 1949 the state of Massachusetts had 3 districts: A, B, C.

At the 1949 State Convention, held in Magnolia, MA., June 17 - 19, a resolution proposing the division of District 33 into five sub districts, to be known as Y-A-N-K-S was adopted. YANKS was first used as a description for patriots in the revolution, then it became a sort of term of endearment. Since this change was just after World War II, the word YANKS was a popular slang word for American Troops serving in Europe, and since we now had 5 districts, we needed names for our districts, and Wendell Ring of Leicester, MA proposed the names Y-A-N-K-S.

And, it was voted that way. So that's the story, and we're sticking to it. (Added Jun. 23, 2004)

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Massachusetts Lions
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Last Updated Nov 9, 2014