Club Events


Eyeglass Recycling: Under the leadership of Lion Russ Snow, we have boxes in East Longmeadow for recycling of eyeglasses at:

  • Eyewear Specialists, Associates In Opticianry, 37 Maple St. 
  • East Longmeadow Public Library, 60 Center Sq.
  • East Longmeadow Post Office, 119 Industrial Dr.
  • East Longmeadow Senior Center, 328 N. Main St.
  • Hafey's Funeral Home, 120 Shaker Rd.
  • Optometrist Belisa A. Basile, 8 Center Sq.
  • Ken's Eyewear, Inc. 426 N. Main St.
  • UPS, Heritage Plaza, North Main St.

Journey For Sight Canisters - We maintain plastic canisters for your spare change at the following locations. All this money goes to Massachusetts Lions Eye Research Fund, Inc. When added together, it really can add up! Run by Lion Wally Clune 

  • Tudor House Discount Liquors, 161 Shaker Rd.
  • 4C's Auto Body, 353 Shaker Rd.
  • The UPS Store, Heritage Plaza, 444A North Main St.

East Longmeadow Lions Annual Pancake Breakfast
- Every Spring at the East Longmeadow High School.
With the help of our family & friends, we serve fresh hot pancakes, sausage, juice, coffee, tea, and cider, with proceeds going to benefit a club or organization at East Longmeadow High School. Lion Mark Beglane is in charge.

U.S.P.S./NALC Letter Carriers National Food Drive and Lions Eyeglass Drive Covering the areas of East Longmeadow Longmeadow and parts of Springfield and working with the Longmeadow and Springfield 16 Acres Lions Clubs, we assist  with the loading, sorting of food and eyeglasses for food distribution to local food banks and eyeglasses for recycling. Lion Al Grimaldi in charge.

East Longmeadow Lions Group Blood Donor Program   Our club participates every 8 weeks in this blood drive at Baystate Medical Blood Donor Center and at the Baystate Blood Mobile .  Lion Lloyd Oakes in charge. The East Longmeadow Lions Club was among the first groups to join in 1990 and have remained among the most reliable. Over the years, the East Longmeadow Lions have provided over 1,000 donations, either holding or vying for first place every year within the Group Blood Donor Program. 

 Annual Town Christmas Tree Lighting & Nativity Scene Display Every December, our club sponsors the huge spruce in the Town center rotary. On the night the lights are first turned on, Santa arrives in grand style on the Town's fire truck and the Congregational church has a living nativity scene and offers the general public hot chocolate and cookies while the little ones give Santa their Christmas lists. Christmas Tree lighting under the direction of Co-Chairpersons Lions Paul Cunningham, Bill Dixon and Wally Clune.

4th of July Parade - Our club has a float in the parade, which has an average attendance of 60,000 people. Our club also sponsors a band every year.

4th of July Fireworks -  Our club made a donation in support of the E.L. fireworks display.

4th of July Carnival -  Veteran's Field on Maple St.  We have a large LIONS booth having a "radar gun" which measures the speed of the softballs thrown {3 balls for a dollar}for a donation to the Lions. We have one score for the men and another for the women.  Under the leadership of Lion Scott Grabowski.

 Children's Halloween Costume Party -  For Kindergarten through Grade 5. Lion Judges award prizes to the top 3 costume in each grade category. Refreshments are served, and entertainment is provided.  Lion Jim Calabrese is in charge of this event.

 Annual Memorial Golf Tournament Every Summer-  A great event in memory of to beloved members. Annually held at The Country Club of Wilbraham. The day includes, lunch, golf, dinner and a raffle. All proceeds from the tournament benefit Eye Research here in Massachusetts. If you would be interested in playing in and or sponsoring this event, please see the club contact info.

Beer Dinner - Twice a year the Lions hold a beer dinner consisting of a five course meal, with a different beer for every course.  There is also entertainment and a raffle.