Awards and Honors

Melvin Jones Fellows

The Melvin Jones Fellowship was established in 1973 in response to Lions’ requests for a way to extend their commitment to Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) and to honor Melvin Jones, one of it’s founder.  In 1917, Melvin Jones, a 38-year-old Chicago business leader, told members of his local business club they should reach beyond business issues and address the betterment of their communities and the world. Jones’ group, the Business Circle of Chicago, agreed and the Lions Club was born.

A donation made, in the name of the Easton Lions Club to the Lions Clubs International Foundation in the amount of $1000- will benefit the recognition of the individual. LCIF/Fellowship donations are largely responsible for the successful launching the Lions’ aggressive global attack on preventable and curable blindness—the LCIF Sight First programs. Fellowship donations help fund long term reconstruction and relief projects following major disasters, such as the Haiti, Australia and Japan earthquakes as well as support for the tornado victims in the southern and mid-western sections of our country.    Donations also support vocational assistance programs that teach skills to disabled persons, giving them an opportunity to live productively and independently.

The Easton Lions club honors our most dedicated and generous members and friends of the Lions through the Melvin Jones Fellowship each year. Designated as Lions Clubs International Foundation’s highest honor, the fellowship symbolizes the characteristics of individuals who are dedicated to humanitarian service. Those attributes are generosity, compassion, and concern for others. Below is a list of Easton Lions members and Friends of the Lions honored to date.

§ Past District Gov. & Honorary Member,   † Deceased Member

  • Donald Anderson-1994 †
  • Augustus “Gus” Arns-2019 †
  • Harold Boone-1989 †
  • Stanley Borgeson-2019
  • Tyler Bourne-2011
  • George Brodie-1987 †
  • Abraham Brooks-1987 †
  • Antonio Cabral-2013
  • Ruth Calvagne-2015
  • Matthew Cioffi-2018
  • Marilyn J. Cyr-2016
  • Larry Paul Dahlgren-2005
  • Clifford “Skip” Davis-2006 †
  • Robert Davis-2007
  • Gerry Deneault-2003
  • Norbert “Duke” Duhamel-1990 †
  • Robert Farrand-2014 †
  • Manuel Femandes-2001 †
  • John B. Foye-1998
  • Louis F. Freitas-2007 †
  • Richard Freitas-1998
  • Robert Govey-2006 †
  • Dennis Gutman-2018
  • Charles Hammond, Jr.-2005
  • Thomas Hedrick-1992 †
  • Marilyn Henderson-2013
  • Mark Ingalls-2017
  • Carl Johannesen-(    )
  • Amos Keddem-2009
  • William Kempf-2000 †
  • Dale Kerester-2011
  • Leo Kobs-1993
  • Scot Kudcey-2020
  • Veronica Lamb-2020 †
  • James Lee-2012
  • Kenneth Love-2017
  • John Mallers-2014
  • Kevin McIntyre-2014
  • Jon Morgan-2008
  • Raymen Morrell-2004
  • Henry Narsasian-2003
  • Richard Norton-2008
  • William Palmer-2012
  • Bert Patenaude-2001 §
  • Frank Paul-2004
  • Louis Piantoni-2002 †
  • Ed Pires-2016
  • William Richardson 1999 & 2002 †
  • Alan Siegel-1996
  • Matthew Soeldner-2015
  • Pattie Somers-2020
  • Allen F. Soucia-1995 †
  • Nancy Sullivan-2009
  • Paul H. Tanner-1999 †
  • Donald Tuck-2010
  • Irving Vose, III-1997 †
  • Avery Lee Williams-1991
  • Kenneth Wood-2006

Club Awards


Melvin Jones Fellows

  • Scot Kudcey

  • Veronica Lamb

  • Pattie Somers


Melvin Jones Fellows

  • Augustus “Gus” Arns

  • Stanley Borgeson

Lions of the Year

  • Jim Howarth

  • Veronica Lamb

Rookies of the Year

  • Jim Baker

  • John Tracy


Melvin Jones Fellows

  • Matthew Cioffi

  • Dennis Gutman

Lion of the Year –  Stan Borgeson

Rookie of the Year –  Dan Guerin

Lions of the Month

  • September 2017:  Scot Kudcey
  • October 2017:  Stan Borgeson
  • November 2017: Jim Abate
  • December 2017:  Rob Goodrich
  • January 2018:  Matthew Cioffi
  • February 2018: John Mallers
  • March 2018: Jon Morgan
  • April 2018: Dale Kerester
  • May 2018: Ruth Calvagne
  • June 2018: TBA

District 33S Year-End Awards

  • Best Extra Large Club
  • Best Club Website
  • President Award to Pattie Somers
  • Secretary Award to Matt Soeldner


Melvin Jones Fellows

  • Ken Love

  • Mark Ingalls

Lion of the Year – Gus Arns

Our club works because we have a mix of old-timers with know-how, members who make our events fun, and younger members with lots of energy.  There is one member that I feel fills all these attributes. This Lion has been with us for more than 15 years.  Is multi-talented, has a love for animals, be it dogs, cats, or turkeys, has the strength of an ox, plays a mean trombone, has organized and co-chaired our annual Rein-Dog Parade for, I think, at least 14 years and has been a fixture at the Thrift Store since I can remember.  No matter what comes his way, Gus Arns always has a “we can get this done” attitude.  At the Thrift, he always shows up from set-up to take-down and makes sure things get to where they need to be.  He’s also great chatting with customers, as he always has a story to tell.  I’d also like to Thank Nancy for letting us have Gus along for the ride.  Thank you, Gus, for your service to our Club and the community. As an added token of my appreciation, I’d also like to honor Gus with a Lions Clubs Centennial Commemorative silver dollar proof coin.  This coin has a picture of Melvin Jones and the Lions Clubs logo on the front and a family of lions with a globe behind them on the back-side.

Rookie of the Year – Andrew Parker

So many of our new members have been active this year it was a challenge to just pick 1 rookie. But there is one Lion that I felt went above and beyond this year. Even before becoming a Lion, you’d see him with Kevin McIntyre helping-out at the Thrift Store. In October, he became a regular fixture at set-up and take-down, lugging the heavy stuff always with a smile on his face. He was also a huge help Auction weekend and especially efficient at getting the thank you letters out in short order. Most of all, he’s become our voice on Twitter, sharing our six-word stories and promoting our events as they happen. Since taking over in December we’ve averaged from 3 to 7,000 impressions per month and have over 550 followers. With all that, I’d like to thank Andrew Parker for his work both as a Lion and a fellow alternative track Librarian. To help keep the twitter feed fed, I also found a thrift store treasure for Andrew. The book titled “The Tao of Pooh” which explores the principles of philosophical Taoism.

Lions Family of the Year: John, Tammy, Julie, J.C., and Jared

Almost weekly, you can find John Mallers driving down Main Street with his truck loaded to the brim going to the Thrift Store. Along with him you’ll almost always find 1 or 2 other Mallers along for the ride, most likely Jared or J.C. ready to move the heavy stuff in. On the weekdays, and some Saturdays, you’ll find his daughter Julie helping Ruthy to get the 2nd-floor ready for customers. You’ll also find them at our many events helping move tables and set-up equipment for the day. His wife Tammy is always on call, especially for those big house clean-outs and most importantly, Tammy supplies us with the delicious coffee cake at our auction each year. For these reasons, I want to thank John and his family for being a part of our Lions family.

Lions of the Month

August 2016 – Cathy Ferrone and Greg Murphy

Cathy and Greg joined the Lions in 2015.  They were recognized for their dedicated work at the Easton Lions Thrift Store, and the creation of new signage to let folks know we are open and have 3 floors open to the public.

September 2016 – Michael Pietrowski

Mike joined the lions in 2011.  He was recognized for his work with Stonehill College and the Auction Committee to find a new home for our Club’s 31st Annual Charity Auction to be held March 5, 2017. Mike has been key to laying the groundwork for our new location.

October 2016 – George Mussari

George has been a longtime member since 1999.  He was awarded and recognized for his 12+ years of service with the Lions District 33S Eyemobile at all of our events.

November 2016 – Catherine Sutton

Catherine joined the Lions in 2016.  Catherine has jumped in giving her endless efforts and participation in all our Lions events this fall, and for donating funds for the Thrift Store tent. She took on each task with exuberance and a smile and showed the true heart of a Lion!

December 2016 – Jim Abate

Jim joined the Lions in 2016. He jumped in to lead the subcommittee for the Holiday Festival program book and ad sponsorships on very short notice and for providing his expertise to make it better.

December 2016 – Lynn Kingsbury

Lynn joined the Lions in 2014. She took our raffle baskets to the next level at the Holiday Festival and for her drive to get sponsors and raffles at all our events.  Thank you for being an outstanding Lion.

January 2017 – Andrew Parker

Andrew joined the Lions in 2016.  As our new Chief Lion Tweeter Andrew increased our monthly impressions by 20 fold, garnering over 4,000 in two short months. He also has been a welcoming new lugger and tugger at the Thrift Store!!

February 2017 – Marilyn Henderson

Marilyn joined the Lions in 2007 and has always been an outstanding solicitor in getting great items for our annual Charity Auction. This year she is our Auction Solicitor Extraordinaire, reaching a personal best in total donations, over $8,000, and for her service as a Lion at all our events and in our community.

March 2017 – Dale Kerester

Dale joined the Lions in 2005 and has been a member of the Auction team for many years.  This year Dale took the reins of our Auction Team! He lead us by example, listened to our ideas, and was not afraid to embrace change and inspire us to do more!

April 2017 – Ed Hands

Ed joined the Lions in 2013 and was honored for being instrumental in bringing new ideas to our Club like our new Fishing Derby, being our Club historian and for making the Thrift and Grange a safe & welcoming place to work. Thank you, Ed, for making our 85th year a memorable one!!

May 2017 – Ruth Calvagne

Ruth joined the Lions in 2009 and received the Melvin Jones Fellowship in 2015. Ruthie was honored for her endless days she spends, week-in and week-out at the thrift store, rolling with the changes, organizing and moving stuff again & again. She also our prolific Can Lady and honorary Tail Twister when ever we need her and for being generous to others in need in our community throughout the year!

Special Award – Easton Lions Chief Recruiter Extraordinaire

May 2017 – Avery Lee Williams

Lee joined the Easton Lions in 1979, when Joe Carvalho first recruited him. Since then, Lee has invited over 275 new members into the Easton Lions, with 227 members serving more than a year. In the last two years, Lee sponsored over 40 new members and is well on his way to getting the Lions International Global Key. Thank you Lee for your perseverance!!

Other Awards

  • Best Extra Large Club in District 33S
  • President Award to Matthew Cioffi
  • Secretary Award to Matthew Soeldner
  • Highest Donation to MLERF for year: $41,782
    • Total all-time donations crossed a half-million dollar: $501,060


Melvin Jones Fellows

  • Ed Pires
  • Marilyn Cyr

End of Year Awards

District 33S
  • Best Club in the District – Easton Lions
  • Most Outstanding Club Secretary – Matthew Soeldner
    (3 years in a row! 2014-2016)
Rookie of the Year
  • Pratima Penumarthy
Lions of the Year
  • Jack Cummings
  • Matthew Cioffi

Highest Donation to MLERF for year: $50,572

Presidential Honor Roll

Easton Lions Club presidents and the list of higher offices held at the district and other LCI levels.

* Zone Chairman      g Deputy District Governor/Regional Chairman      § District Governor

1930s to the 1960s

Years President
1931-33 William A. Fenwick
1933-35 John Mason g
1935-36 Herbert O’Neill §
1936-37 Elmer C. Harrold
1937-38 Gilman H. Campbell
1938-39 Horace Brown
1939-40 Harris A. DeWitt g
1940-41 Norman Durfee
1941-42 John S. Ames Jr.
1942-43 Gilbert C. Mann
1943-44 George DeWitt
1944-45 Frank Tufts
1945-46 Robert Chanberlain
1946-47 Robert DeWitt
1947-48 Stanley Randall
1948-49 Rev. Harry Lowd
1949-50 Abraham Brooks
1950-51 John Shepard
1951-52 William Ladd
1952-53 Russ Eason
1953-54 Richard Payzant
1954-55 Robert Rollins
1955-56 William Valente
1956-57 William Kutcher
1957-58 ArthurYardley * g
1958-59 Harold “Ike” Boone
1959-60 Russell Thomas
1960-61 Ewin Ozelius *
1961-62 Norbert “Duke” Duhamel * g
1962-63 Arthur Tufts
1963-64 Paul H. Tanner
1964-65 Edward LaCouture
1965-66 Alexander Pires
1966-67 Joseph Techiera *
1967-68 Alan Hilliard
1968-69 Frank Sahl
1969-70 Joseph Freitas

1970s to the 2000s

Years President
1970-71 Robert Govey
1971-72 Louis Freitas * d
1972-73 William Kempf
1973-74 George Brodie
1974-75 Paul Sullivan
1975-76 Joseph Techiera *
1976-77 Joseph Kempf
1977-78 Charles Hammond
1978-79 Robert Kane
1979-80 Louis Piantoni
1980-81 Edward Marcheselli
1981-82 William Kempf
1982-83 Charles Barboza
1983-84 Joesph Walton
1984-85 Gerald Deneault
1985-86 Leo Kobs *
1986-87 Joseph Carvalho
1987-88 Thomas Hedrick
1988-89 Daniel W. Churchill
1989-90 Sherm Caswell
1990-91 Moses Mendez
1991-92 Peter Dost
1992-93 Jack Finning
1993-94 Irving B. Vose III * d
1994-95 Allen F. Soucia
1995-96 Paul S. Tanner
1996-97 John B. Foye
1997-98 William P. Richardson * d §
1998-99 Richard Freitas
1999-00 Francis “Tim” Meyer
2000-01 Carl Johannesen * d
2001-02 Richard Norton
2002-03 William Habig, Jr.
2003-04 Skip Davis, Jr. *
2004-05 Ken Wood
2005-06 Leon Monnin
2006-07 Amos Keddem
2007-08 Nancy Sullivan
2008-09 Mike Melley
2009-10 Bill Palmer

2010s to the Present

Years President
2010-11 Jan Melley
2011-12 Bill Palmer
2012-13 Kevin McIntyre
2013-14 Cynthia Rodham Tuck
2014-15 Dennis Gutman
2015-16 Nancy Sullivan
2016-17 Matthew Cioffi
2017-18 Pattie Somers
2018-19 Ram Penumarthy
2019-21 Lori Maver
2021-22 Andrew Parker
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