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2021 – 62nd Annual Bethany Lions Memorial Day Parade & Ceremony

The Bethany Lions extends a heartfelt thanks our Bethany Lions, local and state leaders, cars, Brownie troop #60130, antique Ford Model T, Flanagan ambulance and the farm tractor unit for coming out to honor the memory of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice – their lives – so that we can live in a free country based on democracy.

It’s not the size or type of the parade nor the grandeur, but more importantly, it is the giving of our time to show respect and remembrance – the true meaning of Memorial Day.

President Anne Dembski laid the wreaths at both Town Hall and Veteran’s Park Memorials along with Bethany Lions and many of who participated in the event to show their respect. What was so touching was having Brownie Troop #60130 participate in the ceremony at Veteran’s Memorial Park and who led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Their respect, willingness to participate and scout decorum was impressive to watch – Demonstrating the true meaning of Memorial Day and the sharing of the meaning of Memorial Day passed onto another generation.

Upcoming Events for the Bethany Lions Club

February 24th – Sponsored Blood Drive at Bethany Town Hall from 7:30 am – 12:30 pm

March 31 – April 9th – 35th Annual Goods & Services Auction Online for 2021

April 24th – Shredding Event at Bethany Recycling from 9 am – 12 pm

April 24th – Spring Food Drive at Bethany Recycling from 9 am – 12 pm

April 29th – Sponsored Blood Drive at Bethany Town Hall from 9 am – 1 pm

May 1st – Starts our Flea Market season.  Each Saturday from 7 am – 1 pm, from May 1 – October 20, 2021

May 1st – Deadline for Bethany residents high school seniors for our 2021 scholarship program

35th Annual Goods & Services Auction – Online for 2021!

Well…Spring is on its way and it time for our 35th Annual Bethany Lions Goods & Services Auction – Online for 2021! A new twist on an old favorite in our community! Save the date of March 31st – April 9th which is the online auction bidding period. You can bid from your home, work, car, cell phone, laptop and/or desktop 24 hours a day 7 days a week – We’re making it easy peasy! Pickup will be on Sunday, April 11th and will be following COVID safety protocols for safe pickup.

We’ll have a wide variety of goods and our ever popular services. If you’d like to donate goods or a service(s), please contact Lion Janet Brunwin at (203) 393-0598 or email:

Below is a donation chart of ideas for possible goods donations! If you have a service that you’d like to donate, let Lion Janet know.

Both the online auction house and the Bethany Lions will be doing extensive publicity for the event and your service will have wide exposure to the Greater New Haven area and beyond (you just have to tell us if your donated service is just for the BOW area – but you’ll still get the great exposure)!

Mark those calendars, keep your eye out on Facebook and our website for when we liven the link to start bidding on March 31st! We can’t wait!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Enjoy the day! A good day to stay simple, watch some TV, wrap up in your favorite blanket with a good book or movie, unplug for a day…Go ahead, its okay! For those of you who venture for shopping on Friday…May the shopping force be with you! For many of us, it will be a repeat of Thursday!

Oh, feel free to shop virtually at the Bethany Lions Club VIRTUAL Craft fair: No crowds and you can shop in your PJ’s! We have vendors sending in their Black Friday/Cyber Monday and Holiday Specials. Check back often!

Check out our craft fair Facebook page for this Friday/Saturday Vendor Meet & Greet: – masks not necessary!

Bethany Lions Club – Artisan, Crafter & Vendor Meet & Greet for 11/27 and 11/28 (Fri/Sat)

Here is our Friday only Vendor Meet & Greet Schedule:

Friday, November 27th

6:30 pm Lauren Van Bomel from Pampered Chef. Check out her website:

7:15 pm Bethany based Sue Marsh from Nurse to Farm Girl. You know her goats and goat milk products – She has great lotions and soaps plus more! Check out her website:

Saturday, November 21st

7:15 pm Sheila Ortiz from Custom Creations by Sheila will be joining us. She has super cool traveling mug designs! She’ll be showcasing her products and some great gift ideas! Check out her Facebook site – In the search engine type: @customcreationsbysheila

8:00 pm Christina Wall from Cloud2sunshine Designs will be showing us her handmade custom wire wrapped stone and glass jewelry. Check out her Facebook page at:

We hope you join us to see what Lauren, Sue, Sheila and Christina have to offer plus some great community social time – Lots of laughter – we promise! Link to meeting:

See you on Friday and Saturday! Go to our website to see all our artisans, crafters & vendors – You can also click on the zoom link on the home page of the website: