2016-2017 Slate of Officers
Art Mueller- President
Margaret Napier- 1st Vice President
Thomas Keaney- 2nd Vice President/Secretary
Robert Denesha – Treasurer
Dale Plummer, Immediate Past President
The Norwich Lions Club was founded in 1939 to serve the greater Norwich area.
The Norwich Lions Club was chartered on April 11, 1939 with seventeen members.
The Norwich Lions Club has been a sponsor for Lions Clubs in Willimantic, Pawcatuck and Montville.
The Norwich Lions Club holds meetings twice a month. During the meeting, the club discusses various committee work, listens to invited guests’ speaker topics and addresses issues that are important to the community and/or Lionism.
The Norwich Lions Club honors and is honored to be a club that has provided seven District Governors, far more than any other club in the district. The Past District Governors from Norwich are: T. Joseph Puza in 1951, Alexander Abraham in 1958, William F. O’Neil, Jr. in 1962, Alfio Urbinati in 1967, Mario Gualtieri in 1978, Joel Ragovin in 1995 and John J. Connor who served in 1999-2000. Past District Governor Alfio Urbinati went on to work with Lions International and was responsible in the forming of 226 clubs throughout New England.
The motto for Lions International is “WE SERVE”.
The Norwich Lions Club has ‘served’ our community in many ways, as you will see. On July 20, 1956, the Norwich Lions Club was instrumental in the foundation of the Connecticut Lions Eye Research Foundation, a research and development organization based at Yale.
In order to meet the financial demands of serving our community, we have sponsored a variety of fundraising activities. Annually, we sponsor Journey for Sight participants, pancake breakfasts, tag sales and currently a cocoa contest.
In the seven decades of our proud history, the Norwich Lions Club has striven to work for the betterment of the community and to assist those in need. Our success has been realized because of the hard work of our members and the generous support from the people of Norwich.
The International Association of Lions Clubs is a volunteer service organization. It is comprised of over 45,000 individual clubs grouped under a worldwide organization. Club members participate in local and international humanitarian service projects emphasizing health, community welfare and the promotion of international understanding.
Although the youngest major service club organization, Lions Clubs International has grown to be the world’s largest. Its more than 1.4 million members belong to clubs in over 200 countries and geographical locations.