Volunteer Spotlight: Enfield-Mascoma Lioness Club Looking for New Members

  • The women of the Enfield-Mascoma Lioness Club join in the monthly business meeting under the leadership of their President Stella Butterfield, back middle, at the Enfield Community Building in Enfield, N.H., Thursday October 27, 2016. The service organization raises money to distribute to local causes and to put on their annual Easter Bunny Breakfast and senior ice cream socials. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Valley News Correspondent
Sunday, September 09, 2018

Enfield — The Enfield-Mascoma Lioness Club, a group of women who support the community through volunteering and fundraising, is looking for new members to participate in service projects.

“Joining provides a sense of camaraderie, a chance to connect with women of all ages and learn from them,” said Stephanie Hill, vice president of the club. “It also provides an opportunity to belong something that’s bigger than one person, to work as a team and provide for your community. There’s a nostalgia in that, that isn’t experienced a lot in this day and age. And we have fun.”

The club organizes a number of ongoing volunteer opportunities, including cooking community meals for seniors and supporting school children with donations and scholarships. The club cooks meals for David’s House, has adopted a portion of highway, and organizes various community events, including the annual Roast Pork and Harvest Vegetable Dinner, coming up on Sept. 29.

“We are a busy club,” Hill said.

Because of that, the club is hoping to recruit new members of all ages.

“We would love for younger women to join the club and bring new perspective and ideas,” Hill said. The current club members range in age from 35 to 80, but Hill said that the Lioness Club can be a great fit for anyone.

“Unfortunately, I think that the thought on service clubs like these is that they aren’t cool or are time-consuming, so people don’t join,” she said. “It’s a shame because there if you give it a chance, it’s actually fun, and you can give as much or little of your own time as you want.”

Despite the fact that service clubs aren’t as popular as they once were, the Lioness Club has recently added a few new members, and would like to continue to expand, Hill said. She added that the club isn’t just about volunteering — it’s also a great social outlet.

“The monthly meetings always provide an opportunity to socialize with fellow club members, as well as working together on various projects,” she said.

Members meet on the fourth Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at the Enfield Community Building, 308 Route 4 in Enfield. The next meeting is on Sept. 27. Visitors are welcome to drop in, or can call club President Jan Kulig at 603-632-7580 for more information.