Petersham Lions Changing Annual Calendar Format

The Lions are changing the format of their annual town calendar after 28 years. After this year, the calendar listing local birthdays will be no more.

Past President and member Chip Bull said the calendar has been a "28 year huge project" that took a lot of effort and cost $1,600 to to print. Lions knocked on doors and collected information about birth dates to fill in the calendar.

The new format will be somewhat like a raffle with cash prizes from recognized donors. awarded each day in September. "It's a one-page calendar for the month of  September only. We will draw a name for every day and it will cost $10 for chance to win. The club will be seeking donations," Bull said.

The Lions are planning their annual curling club tournament in March.

The Petersham Lions Club is a service organization supporting local, state, national and international projects. Locally the club supports the town in a variety of ways.

Examples of the club’s many annual events are the summer Old Home Day, the children’s Halloween party, local disaster relief, decoration of the town bandstand for the winter holidays, the community calendar, town adopt-a-flag decoration program youth speech contest, youth scholarship program, and food drive for veterans.

Other programs the club supports through fundraising include; the Massachusetts Lions Eye Research Fund, The state and national diabetes foundations and programs, the American Cancer Association, Lions eye class and hearing aid recycling program, the state sight and hearing foundation, and the Lions Clubs International Relief Fund. The Petersham Lions club is fifty members strong; the largest per capita Lions Club based on town population in the state.

The club holds its monthly business meeting on the second Monday on each month at 7pm, September through June, in the lower town hall and a dinner meeting generally on the fourth Friday of September, October, January, February March and April at various locations. All members are encouraged to attend. Non-members are always welcome at any of the club’s meetings or events.

For more information on the Petersham Lions Club, contact any active Petersham Lions or drop a note to “The Petersham Lions Club, PO Box 457, Petersham, MA 01366” and someone will contact you.

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