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District Administration

District Administration Personnel
Position Lion(s)/Club
District Governor Melissa A. Smith [Seymour]
1st Vice District Governor Richard Zappone [Waterbury]
2nd Vice District Governor Susan (Sue) Hurlburt [Bethany]
District Secretary Danielle Lutz [Wallingford]
District Treasurer Janet Brunwin [Bethany]
Immediate Past District Governor Lori-Ann Beninson, CC [New Fairfield]
Past District Governor Association Chair Alan J. Sturtz [North Haven]
Chaplain James Bennett, PCC[North Haven]
Sunshine Committee Lyn Lyon [Brookfield]

Zone Chairs

Zone Chair Personnel
Position Lion(s)/Club
Zone 1 Chair
Darien, New Canaan, Stamford
Toni Riordan
Zone 2 Chair
Easton, Fairfield, Georgetown, Norwalk, Ridgefield
Michael Liberta [Ridgefield]
Zone 3 Chair
Bridgeport Host, Monroe, Stratford, Trumbull, Trumbull Center
Mark Beninson [New Fairfield]
Zone 4 Chair
Beacon Falls, Bethany, Derby, Naugatuck, Oxford, Seymour, Southbury Community
Barbara Fredericks [Seymour]
Zone 5 Chair
Bethel, Brookfield, Danbury, New Fairfield, New Fairfield Candlewood, Newtown
Shaun McColgan [Danbury]
Zone 6 Chair
Cheshire, Meriden, Middlebury, Prospect, South Meriden, Waterbury, Wolcott, Wallingford
Marianne Russo-Arrigone [Cheshire]
Zone 7 Chair
Devon, Milford, New Haven, Orange, West Haven, Woodbridge
Marianne Miller [Orange]
Zone 8 Chair
Branford, East Haven, Guilford, Hamden, Madison, North Haven
Jay Farrell [New Haven]

The Global Action Team helps the district achieve its goals by creating a unified approach to action in Leadership, Membership, Service, and LCIF.

Global Leadership Team

Global Leadership Team Personnel
Position Lion(s)/Club
Global Leadership Team Personnel Sue Hurlburt, SVDG [Bethany]
PSTMZ/New Member Training Sue Hurlburt, SVDG [Bethany]
Constitution & By-Laws/Policy & Protocol Richard Peck [Brookfield] and James Bennett, PCC [North Haven]
Convention Liaisons: District, State, International James Bennett, PCC [North Haven]
Global Membership Team Approach William Manthey, PDG [Cheshire]
Global Membership Team Richard Zappone, FVDG [Waterbury]
Global Service Team Ken Post [Meriden]
Global Kindness Team Liz Farinella [Bridgeport Host]
Lions Clubs International Foundation Collette Anderson, PDG [Cheshire], Ed Haberli, PDG [Meriden]

LCI Global Causes

LCI Global Causes Personnel
Position Lion(s)/Club
Childhood Cancer
Mission: Help those affected by childhood cancer survive and thrive.
Patty Neil-Petrillo [New Fairfield]
Diabetes Awareness
Mission: Reduce the prevalence of diabetes and improve the quality of life for those diagnosed
Candace & Alan Smith [Brookfield]
Mission: Improve the lives of the visually impaired and prevent avoidable blindness.
Mission: Ensure all community members have access to nutritious foods.
“Richard Zappone, FVDG [Waterbury], Colette Anderson, PDG [Cheshire]”
Mission: Sustainably protect and restore our environment to improve the well-being of all communities.
Alan Peck [Brookfield]
Lions Eye Health Program Janet Brunwin [Bethany]
Opening Eyes/Special Olympics Joan Bennett, PDG [North Haven]
Services for the Blind/Sight Saver Day Anne Fortunato [Branford]

Humanitarian Assistance

Humanitarian Assistance Personnel
Resource Lion(s)/Club
Blood Drives Pam Mainiero [New Haven]
Camp Hemlocks Ted Bresky [Bridgeport Host]
CT Radio Information Service Keith Beaver [Danbury], Alan O’Farrell, PDG {Greenwich]
Disaster Relief/Alert Team Clark Hurlburt [Bethany], Mark Beninson [New Fairfield]
Fidelco/Service Dogs Marianne Miller [Orange], Dan DiVirgillo, PCC [Wolcott]
Soldiers/Veterans Services, Ceterans Stand Down Kamor Olaosebikan [New Haven]
Speech and Hearing Marianne Russo-Arrigone [Cheshire], Tom Sullivan, PCC [Brookfield], Colleen Lieder [Seymour]

Youth Programs

Youth Program Personnel
Programs Lion(s)/Club
Leo Clubs Sally Markiewicz [Brookfield]
Lions Quest/Opportunities for Youth/Services for Chldren Jamene (Jay) Farrell [New Haven], Lisa Cerbone-Montalto {Danbury]
Peace Poster Contest Sue Vigorito [East Haven]

CT Lions Eye Research Foundation (CLERF) MD-23

CT Lions Eye Research Foundation (CLERF) MD-23 Personnel
Position Lion(s)/Club
District Chair Denise Dudek, PDG
DG Melissa A. Smith
IPDG Lori-Ann Beninson, CC
Past Club President Mark Beninson
Past Foundation President James Bennett, PCC
Past District Governor [ Lori-Ann Beninson, PCC
Club Member [until 2023] Peter Pfau

Lions Low Vision Centers

Lions Low Vision Centers Personnel
Position Lion(s)/Club
President Ronald Ruotolo
Vice President Jamene (Jay) Farrell
Secretary Colleen Lieder
Treasurer Richard Groski
Past President Michael Liberta
District Governor Melissa A. Smith
Zone1 Kammi Mehta
Zone2 Barry Rickert
Zone3 Mark Beninson
Zone 4 Colleen Lieder
Zone 5 Lisa Anne Cerbone-Montalto
Zone 6 Open
Zone 7 Ronald Ruotolo
Zone 8 Jamene (Jay) Farrell

Note:  Contact info and cabinet members are in the directory.

Cabinet meeting locations/times are announced before each scheduled date:

  • 7/24/2022
  • 10/2/2022
  • 1/8/2023
  • 3/5/2023
  • 6/4/2023