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Doreen Martel

1. Calling Young Artists in Holliston

by Doreen Martel 8/28/19

The Holliston Lions Club announced they will host a contest this year for the Lions Clubs International Peace Poster Contest. The contest is open to all students who will be age 11, 12 or 13 years old on November 15, 2019. Students must live in Holliston but need not attend school in Holliston. The contest is open to every child who meets the age guidelines including those students who are home-schooled.

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2. Holliston Lions Club: Fighting Preventable Blindness

by Doreen Martel 6/23/19

When Lions were issued a challenge by Helen Keller to pick up her mantle and become “Knights of the Blind”, the Holliston Lions Club was not even a thought. In fact, at that time in 1925, Lions in Massachusetts were part of District 33, which contained seven clubs in Massachusetts, one in Maine. Massachusetts Lions had no specific eye programs, they typically handled issues with blindness within their own Clubs, or District. That changed in 1950.

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3. Holliston Lions Club 57th Annual Carnival

by Doreen Martel 6/22/19

The Holliston Lions Club will be hosting their 57th Annual Carnival at Holliston High School beginning on Wednesday June 26th. Here are the details: Holliston Lions 57th Annual Carnival Holliston High School – Hollis Street June 26 – June 29 Hours of Operation Rides & Food Tent Wednesday June 26 – Thursday June 27 5pm to 10pm Friday June 27 – 5pm to 11pm Saturday June 29 – 1pm to 11pm

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4. Holliston Lions to End Year with a Bang!

by Doreen Martel 6/1/19

The Holliston Lions Club’s year will come to an end on June 30th. This is perfect timing since their annual carnival is going to be in town from June 26 to June 29th with the carnival ending as it has for many years with a firework display on June 29th at 9:30pm. More details can be found on the Holliston Lions website. Thanks for Ongoing Support The Holliston Lions Club is fortunate to have annual sponsors at different levels who provide us with funding that is desperately needed to continue serving our community. In addition to our annual sponsors, we would also like to thank those who have helped us on single events like the Winning o’ the Green raffle. Businesses from across Holliston help make this event one of the largest fundraising events of the year. The proceeds from this event help us provide scholarships, support the Holliston Pantry Shelf and more. Without your donations of money, services and items, we could not continue to do the work we do.

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5. Holliston Lions: Identifying Risk Factors for Blindness

by Doreen Martel 4/9/19

Since Helen Keller laid down her challenge for Lions to become Knights of the Blind, we have done just that. Through education, financially supporting research efforts and through our well-known Eyemobile, Lions across Massachusetts have taken steps to identify those at the highest risk of blindness.

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6. Holliston Lions - Service With a Mission

by Doreen Martel 3/27/19

The Holliston Lions Club performs many service projects and fundraising events. Annual events like our $10,000 raffle go to support many important programs not only in Holliston but across Massachusetts and internationally. On a state-wide basis, the majority of our “out-of-Holliston” donations go to support Massachusetts Lions Eye Research Fund, Inc. This is no accident, in fact, it is part of our overall mission which was a result of a challenge issued by Massachusetts native Helen Keller.

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7. In Celebration of Women's History Month: History of Women in Lions Clubs

by Doreen Martel 3/20/19

Amy Porter, Pam Zicko, Linda Ahronian, Louise Kirkpatrick and Lisa Zais. Residents of Holliston will recognize these women’s names because they have all been recognized as Citizen of the Year for Holliston. But there’s something you may not know. These women also are part of the world’s largest service organization, Lions Clubs International (LCI). The Holliston Lions Club became part of LCI in 1941. At that time, women were not allowed to be part of Lions, despite the fact Lions obtained their mission — eradicating blindness — from a woman, specifically, Helen Keller. It is also worth noting that the “Lions Toast,” which is unique to Massachusetts and reads simply “Not above you, not beneath you but with you” was written by the wife of a Lions Club member in Lynn, Massachusetts.

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8. The Lucky 13th Winning of the Green

by Doreen Martel 3/13/19

There are still tickets (perhaps the winning ticket) available for this Lions' Club fund raiser.

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9. Holliston Lions Members to Participate in State-wide Conference

by Doreen Martel 3/9/19

This year, Lions Clubs International is celebrating the Year of Women. This is because after 100 years, they have their first women President, Lion Gudrun Yngvadottir from Iceland. Towards that end, the Lions have put together a Women's Leadership Forum and Holliston Lions Club members Carolyn Dykema and Doreen Martel have been invited to participate.

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10. Holliston Lions Club: Join Us for a Meet & Greet

by Doreen Martel 3/3/19

Volunteers: They are the lifeblood of every fraternal organization, many civic groups, and others. Lions are no different: Without people who are willing to commit time to the Club's pursuits, we could not be successful raising funds - and as importantly, we would have "fewer" voices deciding how those funds we do raise are spent. The Lions "year" runs from July 1 to June 30 every year. Each year, we like to reach out to folks in the community to meet with us and see how the Club operates and functions. We've done this at various venues and using different formats for several years. Over the years, we've added valuable members to our Club by inviting people who may not otherwise know much about what we do to participate. This year, we are issuing an invitation to members of the community to join the members of the Holliston Lions Club for dinner on March 20, 2019.

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11. February 14: Organ Donor Awareness Day

by Doreen Martel 2/14/19

Anyone who watched Channel 5 on Tuesday February 12th couldn't have missed the piece “The Race Against Time” on the Boston police officer who was on the organ donor list waiting for a lung transplant. Fortunately, he was one of the lucky ones. This year, like those in the past, Valentine’s Day is National Donor Day. There are hundreds of myths about organ donation and the Holliston Lions Club feels it’s important to dispel some of those myths. Lions have, for many years, supported efforts to educate the public about organ donation.

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12. Holliston Lions Club – Driven to Serve

by Doreen Martel 2/2/19

At the heart of Lionism is a drive to serve the community in which a Club is chartered. The Holliston Lions Club takes this mandate very seriously and as a result, participates in numerous service projects throughout each year.

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13. Holliston Lions & Holliston Athletic Boosters Team Up for Super Bowl

by Doreen Martel 1/27/19

The Patriots are going to the Super Bowl! After a near heart-stopping game, the Patriots defeated the Kansas City Chiefs in a breathtaking overtime win. As they have in the past, the Holliston Lions Club and the Holliston Athletics Boosters Association (HABA) are teaming up for their annual fundraising event, Super Bowl Squares.

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14. Holliston Lions Club to Celebrate 79 Years of Service

by Doreen Martel 1/17/19

The Holliston Lions Club was founded on January 23, 1941 under the sponsorship of the Medford Lions Club. The Medford President that year was Elmer Tefler. His brother Walter was a charter member of the new club. Charter night occurred on March 11, 1941 at the Odd Fellows Hall in Holliston.

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15. Holliston Lions Kick Off the Holiday Season

by Doreen Martel 11/17/18

It’s that time of year again when the kids are preparing their lists, there is a definite chill in the air, and parents are despairing over the shopping season getting started! Before all of these things get the best of you, the Holliston Lions Club announces they are all set for their Annual Breakfast With Santa. The breakfast will be held on Sunday, December 2, 2018.

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16. School Committee Meeting Overview

by Doreen Martel 11/17/18

Members of the Holliston School Committee were hard at work on November 15, despite the horrible weather outside. There were several items on the agenda including a proposal discussing professional development days, a school calendar and of course, the budget. Photos by Ken Robinson

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17. Honor Society Food Pantry Collection

by Doreen Martel 10/30/18

We seldom hear about the good work done by young people in our community. In Holliston, we are fortunate to have several groups of volunteers who give of their time selflessly to make Holliston a better place for everyone. One of those groups of volunteers are the students who participate in the Honor Society. Not only do these young people make their parents proud, they make everyone in town proud! On October 29, 2018, we had an opportunity to see what a difference these students make in our community.

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18. Holliston Lions Welcome International Guest

by Doreen Martel 10/25/18

At their October dinner meeting, the Holliston Lions Club was honored to welcome 2nd Vice District Governor Dr. Deb Wayne from the Malden Lions Club. However, while 2nd VDG Wayne traveled across Massachusetts to visit, it was an international visitor who stole the show. Second Vice District Governor Strong Lu is a member of the China Shenzhen Huang Gang Lions Club.

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19. Holliston Senior Center News

by Doreen Martel 10/24/18

The Senior Support Foundation is holding a "Christmas in October" sale, Monday and Tuesday, October 22nd and 23rd from 2:00-5:00 PM. They have lots of brand new holiday decorations, collectables, gift wrap, ribbon, and hand made bows. Everything is at great prices! Stop by and check it out!

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