“You can’t get very far until you start doing something for somebody else.”
-Melvin Jones, Founder of Lions International
To create and foster a spirit of understanding among the peoples of the world. To promote the principles of good government and good citizenship. To take an active interest in the civic, cultural, social, and moral welfare of the community. To unite the members in the bonds of friendship, good fellowship and mutual understanding. To provide a forum for the open discussion of all matters of public interest; provided, however, that partisan politics and sectarian religion shall not be debated by Club members. To encourage service-minded people to
serve their community without personal financial reward, and to encourage efficiency and promote high ethical standards in commerce, industry, profession, public works, and private endeavors.
About the Berlin Lions
The Lion’s Club of Berlin, Connecticut, INC. was chartered in 1941 by and under the jurisdiction of the International Association of Lions Clubs and Incorporated under the laws of the State of Connecticut. The Berlin Lions club is recognized as one of the largest clubs in District 23-B. Annually, the Berlin Lions club sponsors The Berlin Fair and donates to numerous charities throughout the town (such as Berlin Up-Beat, Berlin First, American Legion Baseball, Scholarships, DARE, and the Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation). Since 1948, The Berlin Lions Club has operated the Berlin Fair and it has been the main event in town ever since. The Fair takes place the weekend of the third Sunday in September of every year. Each year brings new and exciting things to the Berlin Fair. We invite you to stop by and see one of Connecticut’s largest Agricultural Fairs.
The Fair boasts many fine food choices freshly prepared by the Berlin Lions Club and numerous local churches and non-profit organizations. Food choices range from favorites such as hot dogs, hamburgers and fried dough to pulled pork sandwiches, fried clams and steak and cheese. The many local non profit organizations utilize the fair as their main fund raiser. There are endless streets of commercial vendors as well as fundraising tables for local groups such as Boy Scouts, the Berlin High School Band and the Berlin High School Senior Class. The Berlin Fair proudly offers one of Connecticut’s largest midways provided by Dreamland Amusements who has a long standing tradition of offering Berlin fairgoers a world class amusement experience right in the heart of Connecticut.
Many of Connecticut’s charitable organizations benefit from the money raised at the fair (Including the Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation, the CT Lions Low Vision Centers, CCARC and numerous local centers) but money is also directed to the local DARE program as well as scholarships to Berlin High School students. Along with these monetary gifts, the Lions of Berlin also use money raised at the fair to feed and offer gifts to those less fortunate around the holiday season.