The Lions Club Gives to Town
by Bill Tobin 6/23/12
The Holliston Lions Club is sponsoring their 50th annual Carnival this week which is a
major fund raiser for the Lions, but what do they do with the money they raise to help the Town of Holliston? The 2011-12 to date donations to local charities total $48,000.
The local Lions Club was established in 1941, and has served the community since then in many ways.
The club has over 100 members (one of the largest in District 33K) made up of people from around the Holliston area who enjoy giving back to the community, and do just that through the Lions. The members give their time as they are able, and are motivated by friendship and camaraderie for one another. And they do have a lot of fun.
Some of the events sponsored by the Lions, in addition to the carnival include Breakfast with Santa, Downtown Christmas Lighting, Operation Mitten, Senior Citizens Cookout, Toll Road White Cane Drive, Veteran's Day Luncheon, $10,000 Raffle, Adopt-a-Highway, Peace Poster Contest, Eye Mobile, and Triathlon.
As of this date, the Holliston Lions Club has donated $61,000 to charities and causes, with $48,000 dedicated to local community charities.
These are examples of the donations:
2012 Student Scholarships-$10,000
Holliston Fire Department-$1,700
Holliston America in Bloom-$3,850
Athletic Booster Association-$5,750
Police K-9 Unit-$2,000
Arts Council- $1,000
Holliston High and Sports,-$4,050
Miller School Playground-$2,500
Rails to Trails-$1,500
Friends of Library-$500
Ramp for Holliston resident-$600
Project Just Because-$1,000
And many more local causes.
In addition to financial support, Lions Club members donate their time to help where needed, such as Rail Trail clean-up, assisting resident with yard work, converting storm and screen sash, as well as staff events like the carnival, Santa's Breakfast, Celebrate Holliston and wherever their services are requested. Member also bring donations for the Food Pantry to the Lions monthly meeting. The motto "We Serve" is reality.
Membership in the Lions Club is by invitation. They are looking for civic-minded men and women who live in and around Holliston who are willing to give of themselves. The rewards of making a commitment are the great fellowship and satisfaction that come from helping others. Members pay dues as 100% of the funds raised go to the charities.
Interested in becoming a Lion? Contact any member of the Lions Club, or email