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October 2014 Newsletter


Next General Meeting
THURSDAY Nov 6, 7:00pm


Help needed for Rockery Clean-up
Saturday  Nov 8, 8:00am


Holiday Festival Sponsors needed! 

Call or e-mail
Jon Morgan 508-982-0990,
Matt Cioffi 508-897-9771,
Veronica Lamb 508-238-7110.

Details on Festival Sponsor pages.


Health & Welfare Updates

 

by Tina Souza

A person who performs or offers to perform a service voluntarily.

There are those individuals who enjoy volunteering. They enjoy the pride they feel when performing a voluntary service. They like to do for others and their reward is personal. There are those individuals who do not enjoy volunteering. They do not wish to participate in a volunteer capacity. They do not see a reward or even see the benefits.

In any large organization, with all walks of life, there will be those individuals who volunteer for most needs, others who pick and choose, and still others who will back into the shadows and avoid it at all costs.

Let's talk about those who will not volunteer at all......

Is it due to time? Work obligations? Family obligations? Could it be because details are scarce? Heard horror stories and refuse to be the next "one"? Not enough understanding of the job or situation? No ride to and from? Afraid you will get "stuck" there all day or longer than planned because back up didn't show?

There are a million reasons why people do not volunteer, and yet we continue to need, they continue to avoid.... And we go on. But does anyone ask the reason for not wanting to volunteer? 

And that one question alone can open the door to a new level of understanding. It gives us the opportunity to be proactive and fine tune volunteering and bring us to a point of "fixing what is broken", and hopefully watch as new volunteers start approaching old needs.

Those who do volunteer put personal commitments aside and give freely of their time. Those individuals enjoy helping and assisting and continue to do so. They are often the same individual or group. But in time, that also takes a toll.... Because those who volunteer freely and often end up being "expected". 

And after a time, this now becomes a chore for that individual, and volunteering loses its appeal.  They may start to resent, and soon they too will hide in the shadows.  

It's a fine line when asking and committing volunteers to do whatever it is that needs to be done because it gets very easy to assume and count on the same individuals. 

We all have stuff, other commitments, families and lives, but i believe that a better understanding of why people won't or can't volunteer will help us to, in time, change their minds. 

 

Coming Events

 

Nov 5 • Holiday Fest. Meeting • 7pm

Nov 6 • Next Club Meeting • 6:30pm

Nov 8 • Rockery Clean-up • 8am

Nov 17 • Holiday Fest. Meeting • 7pm

Nov 22 • Holiday Fest. Set-up • 8am

Dec 6 & 7 • Holiday Festival

 

We work with many local organizations to help support our mission and events. If you would like to become a sponsor, please e-mail our president, Dennis Gutman.

 

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Our Mission

We are dedicated to serving the Easton community, to stimulate community spirit, encourage personal development, to provide financial and material resources to benefit our community and the Massachusetts Lions Eye Research Fund's goal to fund research related to the prevention and cure of eye-related diseases.

 

 

President's Message

This has been an incredible period of activity for the Club starting with a Candy Drive (9/20, Tom Hedrick –Senior dinner 10/1, District Canal Walk 10/5, Golf Tournament 10/6, a Scare Crow Day (10/18) and of course continued management of the Thrift Store. The Lion’s District Speech contest, chaired by Ed Hands is a very intriguing and exciting ...

 

How to Become a Member

If you’re interested in volunteering, leading projects, networking and having fun – you can do all of this and more as a Lions club member. As a Lion, you’ll perform volunteer work to improve your community. For additional information you can e-mail one of our our Membership Committee leaders.

Thrift Store

The Easton Lions Club Thrift Store is located in the Grange Hall at the junction of Route 138 and Elm Street in North Easton. The store is a fantastic place to pick up items for your home or college dorm room.

New items arrive weekly, open year-round:

  • Sat 9:00am-3:00pm
  • Wed 10:00am-2:00pm