Lions Club celebrates 60 years of service in Falmouth

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FALMOUTH — The Falmouth Lions Club celebrated its 60th anniversary on May 27 at the Portland Country Club, with 87 people attending, including some international Lions Club members.

“We wanted to make it big and special,” Club member Polly Burke said. “We had a lot of past presidents there. The people who were international members all came in tuxedos. It was a nice, nice event.”

The club presented awards to several members, including Susan Shorey, who received the Melvin Jones Award for her commitment and service.

“She’s a hard, undercover worker,” Burke said.

Jim Mullin received an award for his three-year effort to get non-profit status for the club, which it now has.

Beth Fuller, whose late husband, Robert Fuller, was a founding member of the club, was honored, too.

Burke said the Lions Club is a vital part of the community. “Basically, we give away money,” she said.

The club has scholarships for Falmouth and Cumberland students, purchased a truck chassis and Jaws of Life for the Fire Department, repaired the tennis courts, hosts blood pressure clinics and blood drives and is part of the international Lions Club effort to provide eye care and corrective lenses to those who cannot afford them.

“We got a phone call from a lady the other day who needed insulation in her home, so the guys went over there and installed it for her,” Burke said.

The club is hosting its annual auction to raise the money it uses to provide these services on Saturday, June 5, beginning at 8 a.m. at the Falmouth Salt Bar on 100 Woods Road. There will be a silent and live auctions with items such as cars and boats, as well as white elephant items.

Burke said the club is always open to new members to join the approximately 45 current members who donate their time and effort toward improving the community.

“It’s a good way to volunteer and to raise money for people in need,” she said.

Emily Parkhurst can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 125 or

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Beth Fuller, wife of the late Robert Fuller, one of the Falmouth Lions Club’s founding members, looks through some of the old photographs taken at events throughout the years. The Falmouth Lions celebrated its 60th anniversary at the Portland Country Club on May 27.