Dedication to be held on September 12, 2018

Police/Fire safety facility flagpole and marker dedication


Submitted 5 months ago
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Demo sofronas

An informal dedication is happening soon

On September 12, 2018 at 6:00 pm There will be an informal dedication of the Flagpole and Marker at the Police/fire Safety facility  to honor James R. Southworth who was a charter member of the Norwich Lions Club. 

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Phil Wheeler, Past district Governor(PDG) State of Vermont-Lions District 45 will serve as the Master of Cermony for this event.

Honored Guests will be:

Peg Southworth and Tom Southworth

Herb Durfee III, Norwich Town manager,Miranda Bergmeier, Norwich Select Board members, John Pepper,John Langhus, Linda Cook, Mary layton, and Claudette Brochu, Douglas A. Robinson, Chief of Police, Alexander Northern, Fire Chief, First Responders, Police Officers and Fire Fighters, Norwich Lions Club members and , Norwich residents and general public.

Here is the agenda:

Pledge of Allegiance:

Chiefs Robinson and Northern

Musical Tribute (all):
“America the Beautiful” led by Lion Steve Flanders

Remarks by Norwich Town Manager:
Herbert A. Durfee, III

Presentation to Southworth family:
Gary De Gasta, Immediate Past President, Norwich Lions Club

Toast and Remembrances:
PDG Phil Wheeler and Southworth family

Closing remarks

A brief history of this project is below:

On January 8, 2017, Gary De Gasta, President of the Norwich Lions Club convened a meeting to discuss the Lions Centennial year 2017 – and to identify/undertake a significant and meaningful Legacy Project.

The Centennial Legacy project offers the club an opportunity for visibility in the community, educates citizens about Lionism, strengthen community relations, and serve as a club team building exercise. It also is a good tool to promote membership.

He invited key personnel/chairpersons and members of the newly formed Centennial and Public relations & communications committee to join him in a brainstorming session.

A smaller group was then selected to conduct follow up meetings in hopes of identifying some worthy projects that we could do to give back to the community.

The committee met on several occasions and identified some projects that could be done.

One that was proposed by Demo Sofronas ,selected and approved by the membership was for a flagpole for the new Public Safety facility.

As the public relations chairperson of the Norwich Lions Club, Demo was tasked with attending a Select board meeting to discuss the Lions Club International Centennial Project and to announce that we voted to donate $1,800 towards a flagpole for the Police/Fire public safety building.

Herb Durfee, the Town Manager attended our meeting and made a presentation on the new building that was starting to take shape. The building is now complete and the flagpole has been installed.

Lion Demo Sofronas introduced Warren Thayer and Gary De Gasta to the Select board and they made a joint presentation.

If you wish to see the presentation, click here. Then select the January 10 Norwich select board meeting from the video on demand screen. The presentation is near the start during Public Comments section.

King Lion Warren Thayer stated:

“It is my privilege as President of the Norwich Lions Club to present this Check for $ 1800.00 to the town to cover the purchase of a flagpole and flag at the new headquarters of the Police and Fire departments.

It is perhaps especially fitting that this presentation comes around the time of National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day.

Please accept this donation on behalf of your friends at the Lions Club, and join me in thanking the members of our police and fire departments for their tireless commitment to keep us all safe.”

Photos by Demo Sofronas

Flagpole donated by the Norwich Lions

Town manager Herb Durfee III, Sam Eaton and Bill Hammond  assist, and witness the delivery

Demo, Sam, and Bill were there to assist in the delivery


Monument was set in place by Jay van Arman and Brian McMillan  


A close-up of the monument in honor of James R. Southworth



A dedication  is planned for September 12, 2018

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