Arlington Lions Club..Joseph V. Candura, James C. Fischer, David B. Garrity, Robert K. Garrity, Paul F. Gillis, Lyman G. Judd Jr., Mildred J. Kletjian, Thomisina Ann Nolan, Peter J. O’Reilly, John L. Pappas, James M. Reardon, Ronald D. Ruggiero, Michael B. Shooshan*, Benton S. Warren*...Ashland Lions Club..Rocco A. Annesi, Igidio J. Assenco, John F. Blake, Marsha Bornestein, Vern Breault, Emelie A. Breault, Wally Brewer, Sidney R. Buma, Edward J. Camille, Paul J. Capobianco, James Cerutti, Paul J. Ciccolo, Charles Dancause, Richard E. Dunn, Margaret L. Dunn*, Richard James Fahey, Vincent Ferraro, Jack Fetig, Robert F. Gonfrade, William G. Greenwood, Sherrill Hart, Thomas H. Heguy, Judy L. Hyotte, Steven J. Leacu, Eileen MacKeil, Charles T. Maloney, Wayne MacIntosh, Patricia E. Miller, Anthony Mincucci***, Robert W. Morrison, Francis R. Notturno, Carl Phillipo*, Walter M. Piasecki, Albert Porter, Richard Preservati, Cal A. Pucci, Jr.*, Paul Santoro, Donald Shaw*, David E. Sistrand*, Joann Sistrand, Andy Talvy, Jens Thoresen, Anthony Tieuli, John Tomasz, Warren Wales, John C. Wilson....Bellingham Lions Club...Stephen Aleksandrowicz, G. Normand Benoit, Donald Burlingame, Herbert Chaplin*, Florent M. Dalpe, John W. Fisher, Gerald Marchand, Paul John Primavera, Norman A. Remillard, Bruno Santini...Belmont Lions Club..Joseph P. Barrell, Jr., Robert J. Barrett, Anthony P. Bonanno, Charles J. Bushman, Thomas J. Ferraro, James Ferreira, Felix J. Firenze, Vincent F. Gardner, Joseph G. Griffin, Thomas J. Hevey, John R. Ivester, Charles R. Johnson, Edward Jones, Robert Manning, Dr. James R. Roth*, Richard Vallon...Blackstone Lions Club..Donald Cox, G. Robert Levitre, Donald J. Martin, Mary Mullaley...Boston Chinatown Lions Club..Eugene Cheng, Hung Goon, Eddie Y. Lee, Kwok-Fai Lui, Theresa L. So, Henry H. Szeto, Theresa Tsoi, Rosemary Yee...Boston Host Lions Club..Thomas Albert, Mary A. DiMasi, Richard A. L’Europa, Roy A. Noble, Matthew L. Richardson*, Robert Ryall, Sarah Warren...Boston Parkway Lions Club..Robert Augusta, Robert Beeton, Richard W. Blaney, Alfred Brothers, Mario Calisi, Robert A. Cecca, Gerald A. Giorgio, Erling A. Hanson Jr., John F. Kelly, Paul Lymneos, Stewart A. MacKenzie, Harry Malagodi...Braintree Lions Club..Joseph J. Genevich, Elmer T. Loring, William D. Rosa, Joseph P. Vella...Brighton Allston Brookline Lions Club..Doreen Fitzgibbon....Canton Lions Club..Leonard K. Barnett, Brewster Gifford, Robert A. Lash, John J. McHugh*, Robert P. Moritz, Charles Penders, Richard Stein, Paul S. Tilley...Charlestown Lions Club..Philip Carr, Francis J. Coleman, Margaret T. Coleman, John Duffy, Maurice Gillen, Florence Johnson, Theresa McLaughlin, Thomas McLaughlin, Harold R. Nutt, Albert E. Sullivan, Michael F. Venezia, William C. Wood...Dedham Lions Club..Lester M. Blumenthal, Calvin Colwell, Joseph DeFilippo, Sr., Dominic DiStefano, Kenneth Dietzel, Paul A. Marino...Everett Lions Club..Nicholas A. Covino, Craig A. Maser******, Maria Maser, Sydney S. Rosen, Michael F. Russo Sr.******, Jarrett C. Russo, Salvatore A. Russo, Fred Tavano...Foxboro Lions Club..Frank Cook, Richard M. Davis, Joseph DeGirolamo, Fred Green, Robert Manning, John Michelmore, Joseph Mordini Jr., Robert E. Motta, William H. Nelson, John Pawlak, Robert Russell, Michael Stanton, Robert Turenne...Framingham Lions Club..Mary Friel, Peter Friel, Clare Friel, Alan F. Harrington, Cope McAllister, William H. McMahon, John J. Sullivan, John J. Sullivan*...Franklin Lions Club..Charles F. Oteri...Hingham Lions Club..Charles O. Hicks, Richard Lamb, Eugene D. Shaw...Greater Ashland Lions Club..Barbara L. Camille, Sally Eldredge, Nadine Heaps, Rosalie Porter*, Barbara F. Thoresen, Eleanor E. Torelli ******...Holliston Lions Club..Linda Ahronian, Mark Ahronian, Steven M. Apesos, Peter R. Barbieri, Douglas W. Bloomquist, Herbert E. Brockert, William S. Drowne, Weston W. Eames, Richard L. Goguen, Betty J. Harris, Steven R. Hedrick, James A. Holland, Louise J. Kirkpatrick, Kenneth E. Lake, Alan Markovsky, Doreen Martel**, Gordon Maxfield, Thomas W. Merritt*, Daniel A. Miley, Dennis W. Murphy, Kevin L. O’Brien, George J. Pacitti, John J. Paltrineri*, Andrew M. Porter, Roger M. Rogers, Kenneth H. Rooney, Walter A. Rossini, John D. Shannahan, Henry T. Tamagno*, Walter D. Todd, Michael Tyman*, Patricia Woodworth...Hopkinton Lions Club..James J. Dumas, Leo P. Lavoie*, Charlotte Marquedant, Joseph Marquedant, Joseph M. Sullivan...Hull Lions Club..George J. Apostolu, Frederick Blesdell, Kathleen Conte, Joseph V. Elish, Barbara A. Lawlor, John A. Silva, James A. Yacobucci...Hyde Park Lions Club..Frank Bisceglia, Gerald G. Brolin, Elizabeth M. Hanson, Lawrence Kenney Sr., Louis D. Marotta, Margaret R. Menard, Charles R. Menard, Sr.*, Carol A. Shribnik, Seymour Shribnik**...Malden Lions Club..Jeffery A. Abber, Robert Louis Berman, Theresa Bigglestone, James H. Black, Francis K. Brown, William W. Cunha, James D. Fortenbacher, Ralph F. Greer, Robert M. Hayes, Ralph W. Kenty, Richard L. Knobloch, George Laskey, Philip F. Vacaro...Marlborough Lions Club..Robert P. Bird, William Fiske*, Frank F. Fortier, Marlene B. King, Charles F. Kulevich, George G. Neilsen, Ralph A. O’Coin, John “Dick” Oldham, Robert Page, Charles Painton, Richard P. Robinson, Elizabeth Ruane, Randall Scott, John W. Usinas, John A. Valerio Jr....Medfield Lions Club..Scott Colwell, Robert J. Dennehy, Clifford G. Doucette, John A. Fernandes, Russell J. Hallisey, John E. Hand, Donald H. Harding, Kenneth C. Heavey, Paul E. Hinkley, Richard D. Jordan, Thomas R. Kerr*, Steven E. Kramer, Barbara Lindelof, Edward J. MacDonald, Robert K. McCarthy, Paul D. McKechnie, Michael Medina, Jr., Harry T. Mitchell, James T. Moynihan, Thomas G. Scecina, Steven Small, Leo J. Surette, Thomas V. Sweeney Jr., Paul Viano, Jr.*********, William A. Wilson, Earl Wilson...Medford Lions Club..James V. Gaffey, Adolph Herrmann...Medway Lions Club..Peter Alconada, Peter Ciolek, Dennis P. Crowley, Diana Faust, Foster Grant Jr., Margaret H. Grant, Patricia A. Kalicki, James A. Lorenzen, Judith A. Manning, Ken Masterson, Linda Reynolds, Chris Russo, Sr., James A. Tremble...Millis Lions Club..Donald F. Ackerman, Daniel Adler, Albert J. Baima, E. Peter Bosse, Robert T. Braman, Mary E. Braman, Mark Chotkowski*, Michael Flaherty, Keith A. Gagne, Douglas Hindmarsh*, Stephen C. Joseph, Jeffrey S. Kinne, Roger McCann, Thomas F. McDonough, David W. Noon, Raymond C. Normandin, Michael P. O’Shaughnessy, Raymond Otis, John C. Pedalino, Edwin L. Perry, Dr. Dorman Picklesimer, Jr., Claudette M. Picklesimer, Edward J. Quinlan, Earl Rhyne, William R. Schollkopf, Charles J. Shepard, Richard Tarara, Frank Wallace, Robert Waters, Paul D. Winslow...Millville Lions Club..John Mullaly...Natick Lions Club..George H. Ames, Arthur W. Claridge, Rosemary Fandel, Deborah Hastings, Marjorie Hastings, John Jennings Jr., Donald P. Lunsford, Richard McPherson*, Rita G. Pierce**, Loucas Prodromou, Ellen J. Robbins, William H. Shepard, Jr....Needham Lions Club..Bernard F. Barrett, Foster S. Crook, Josephine J. Dube, Salvatore J. Esposito, Julio J. Farulla, Daniel W. Fitzgerald, Christian H. Fredericks, William J. Irwin, Kenneth B. Lorey, Norman C. Sabbey, George M. Shannon, Jr., Robert S. Winthrop...Newton Lions Club..Margie Carney*, Jack A. Cohen, John T. Evans, John N. Fraser, Norman Hartstone, Richard M. Oshry, Robert M. Schroder...Norfolk Lions Club..Paul W. Calnan*, George A. Carr, Scott Dittrich, Donald M. Hanssen, William Hawkins III, Todd A. Lindmark, Esq., Edward J. Melanson, PE, Frank N. Pelleteri, Russell J. Quist, Al Rao, Barbara M. Snead, Girard L. St. Amand, Paul H. Terrio, Jim Tomaszewski, John R. Wason, Frank Zolli...Norwood Lions Club..Paul Alberta*, Merrill S. Hohman, Cornelius J. Mahoney, Arthur Pfaelzer, Maurice C. Weiner...Plainville Lions Club..Milton Babbitt, Michael Czarnowski, Edwin Harrop, Donna Marie Merrick, Edward M. Merrick, Jr.**, Paul C. Nevins, Jr., Everett W. Skinner, Donald C. Soule...Quincy Lions Club..John F. Capavella, Ernest E. Falbo, Roger C. Hamel, Joyce M. Hogan*, Thomas Hogan, Jean Kenney, Steven R. Mansfield, Francis X. McCauley, Edmund W. O’Leary, David R. Sawyer, David H. Smith, Donald P. Uvanitte, James Will, Thomas Williams, Thomas Zukauskas...Randolph Lions Club..Gino I. Angelone, Margaret D. Cahill, Thomas J. Fisher, Bruce I. Fleischmann, Henry J. Rota, Donald Stewart, Jeannette C. Travaline...Sharon Lions Club..Jon Aliber, Evan Banks, Holly Dono, Norman Mayer, Susan Saunders, Steve Simons...Sherborn Lions Club..Paul Hirsch II, Eduard C. Huppi, Richard C. Husselbee, Elizabeth M. Itse, Glenn Kantoski, Barclay H. Morse, William Onorato, Shahid Uh And Sarah Qureshi, Alvin O. Ramsley, Faith Tiberio, Joseph M. Tiberio...Somerville Lions Club...Aram H. Boyadjian, Maurice F. Breen, Eugene Brune, Paul Carroll, Edward Ciampa, Charles D’Angelo, Ralph C. DeVitto, Anthony N. Fantasia, Martin A. Henry, John Henry, Virgil Iannacone, Edmund F. Lynch, Thomas F. Murphy, Thomas F. Murphy, John T. Netto, Timothy O’Malley, John J. Sullivan, Jr., Harold N. Zide...Stoughton Lions Club..Richard L. Batchelder, Richard C. Lindelof, John Pires...Stow Lions Club..Richard V. Bonetti*, Edward A. Brown, Roy A. Dudley, Jon French, Arnold Johnson, Jeanette Potter, Edmund C. Tarnuzzer, Jr....Walpole Lions Club..Duncan Campbell, Gene Cavallero, Jay Delaney, John Michael Fay, Tom Fisher, Robert J. Foote, Edward Forsberg, Charles E. Hobbs, Donald G. Irving, David J. Murphy, Alan Rockwood...Waltham Lions Club..Ronald Arsenault, Justin M. Barrett, Jr., Conrad Beaudoin, Paul Benjamin, David A. Bergeron, Wayne Brasco, Leonard J. Doucet, George Flemming, Charles F. Graceffa, Tom Hietsch, Otho Kerr, Joseph C. Lazaro, Lee Lerner, Robert Malone, James C. Martorilli, John Martorilli, A. Richard Monahan, Gary R. Parella, George D. Parello, Richard Pizzi, Robert F. Postizzi, James E. Regan, Ronald Romard, Michael Scichilone, James P. Silva, Stanley J. Zablocki...Westwood Lions Club..Eric A. Anderson*, William J. Carrabis*, Hubert C. Eaton, Herman A. Foster, Gerard P. Hogan, Daniel F. Lenzo, Robert T. Murphy, Robert J. Murphy, Robert E. Poirier, Austin W. Poirier, Walter L. Poirier, Louis J. Raffio, Marguerite A. Raffio, Paul J. Sheehan, Robert Smith...Weymouth Lions Club..William P. Donnellan*, Maureen F. Murphy, Diane M. Oliverio, Salvatore E. Tollo...Wrentham Lions Club..Eugene F. Brooks, Jr., Woodrow W. Brown, Wayne E. Burt, Samuel J. Carchidi, James V. Damato, Paul E. Gianetti, Jeffrey C. Hall, William E. Healey Jr., Thomas E. Ketchum, Keith Gordon Langer, Edward J. Lechak, Ross Palioca, Sam Petrosian, Eric Podolsky, Charles Rice, Everett W. Skinner Jr., Gregory Telsbow Stahl, Paul Strittmatter, Michael Wilbanks, Robert L. Wyler*

 

District 33K Melvin Jones Fellowships: Each* represents a progressive

2016- 2017 Calendar

Massachusetts Lions Eye Research Fund, Inc.

June 24-28, 2016

LC/ International Convention 2016

Fukuoka, Japan

July 21, 2016

Annual Meeting (Grants Distribution)

Tufts

July 16, 2016*

MLERF Executive Board Meeting

Lowell's Restaurant, Mendon MA

August 6, 2016

MLERF Installation /Awards Banquet

Holiday Inn, Mansfield

August 18, 2016

MLERF Board of Directors August (Orientation)

Prezo's Grille, Milford MA

September 8, 2016

MLERF Board of Directors- September

Prezo's Grille, Milford MA

September 15-17, 2016

USA/Canada Forum - 2016

Omaha, Nebraska

September 22, 2016

Children's Visitation

Confirmed

October 20, 2016

MLERF Board of Directors - October

33-Y - Blue Bonnet Diner Easthampton MA

November 3, 2016

Schepens Visitation

Confirmed

November 17, 2016

MLERF Board of Directors - November

Crystal Room 49 Cedar St. Milford

December 8, 2016

MLERF Board of Directors - December

33-S Tentative

January 13 - 15, 2017

District 33S Midwinter Conference

Doubletree Hotel, Hyannis

January 19, 2016

MLERF Board of Directors - January

Crystal Room 49 Cedar St. Milford

January 27 - 29, 2017

District 33Y Midwinter Conference

La Quinta, Springfield

February 3 - 5, 2017

District 33N Midwinter Conference

Crown Plaza Hotel, Woburn

February 10 - 12, 2017

District 33A Midwinter Conference

Holiday Inn, Boxboro

February 17 - 19, 2017

District 33K Midwinter Conference

Dedham Hilton, Dedham

March 16, 2017 MLERF Board of Directors Meeting - March 33-N Crowne Plaza, Woburn

April 6, 2017

Joslin Visitation

Confirmed

April 13, 2017

MEEI/ Visitation

Confirmed

April 20, 2017

MLERF Board of Directors - April

Crystal Room, 49 Cedar St. Milford MA

April 27, 2017 BU Visitation Confirmed
MLERF Board of Directors - May (Nominations) 33K

May 25, 2017

Tufts Visitation

Confirmed

June 15, 2016

MLERF Board of Directors - June (Election)

Crystal Room, 49 Cedar St. Milford MA

June 30-July 4, 2017

LC/ International Convention 2017

Chicago, Illinois

July 20, 2017

Annual Meeting (Grants Distribution) BU

Confirmed

NOTES: Bold print denotes expected attendance by all Directors

About Massachusetts Lions Eye Research

 

A Chance Meeting

In the summer of 1950, E. Daniel Johnson, who was serving as District Governor of Massachusetts Lions District 33N, had a visit from a friend at his farm in Lyndeboro, NH. This friend brought with him his 4-year old son who had been blind since birth. During the course of this visit, it was determined that Harry Hartford, who was serving as District Governor of District 33K, had a friend who also had a blind baby. That friend was Al Hirshberg, a sports writer for the Boston Post and a Trustee of the National Foundation for Eye Research.

In October of 1950, they and a small group of Lions had lunch with Dr. Edwin B. Dunphy, Professor of Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School and Chief of Staff at Mass. Eye & Ear Infirmary. They were told about the a disease, first reported in 1940 by Dr. Theodore L. Terry. The disease was called known as Retrolental Fibroplasia (also known as baby blindness) and it was affecting 4 out of 5 premature babies weighing less than 4 pounds. Overall, 2500 babies were losing their sight very year. The disease was not only baffling, it was discouraging because there were no funds available to discover its cause.  Read more at MLERF website