Carolyn A. Messier, PID
Director, Lions Clubs International 2011- 2013
Board Appointee 2014-2015

Education:

  • Graduated from Griswold High School, 1965.
  • Graduated from Day Kimball Hospital School of Nursing, 1967
  • Completed a Graduate studies program in Low Vision Rehabilitation, sponsored by the Institute for the Visually Impaired, of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry, 1994-95.
  • Continuing Education credits through the Association for the Education and Rehabilitation of the Visually Impaired, 1994-2010.

Carolyn A. Messier, from Windsor Locks, Connecticut, USA, was elected to serve a two-year term as an International Director of Lions Clubs International at the association’s 94th International Convention held in Seattle, Washington, USA July 4-8, 2011.

During her term on the International Board, she served on the Leadership Development Committee in her first year and as Vice Chairperson of the Leadership Development committee in her second year.

In addition, she was an active member of the Women and Families Task Force, for two years, serving as its Chairperson in 2012-2013. As a part of her duties, PID Carolyn traveled to Kolkata, India and to Antofagasta, Chile for each of their Women’s Symposiums.

She continues to serve the Association, accepting the position of Board Appointee for President Joe Preston, 2014-2015, serving on the Membership Development Committee. She is an active member of the Lions KidSight USA committee. She continues to serve on the Families and Women’s Action Committee. She recently was a member of the Grand Rapids Forum Planning Committee.

A member of the Windsor Locks Lions Club, and a Lion since 1990, she has chaired many programs within the club, and was a member of its Board of Directors prior to becoming Vice President and then President in 1996. At the year’s end, she achieved 100% President’s Award.

On the District level, she chaired several positions, including Journey for Sight for three years, Lions Information, Cabinet Secretary, Zone and Region Chairperson, District Membership, Leadership Development, Vice District Governor 2003-2004, and District Governor, 2004-2005.

In the Multiple District, PID Messier served as a Board member of the Connecticut Lions Eye Research Foundation, and was for several years, a member of the New England Lions Advisory Council for the Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation. She and her husband have fostered three guide dogs for the Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation.

Having served on all of the MD 23 committees, in 2005-2006 PID Carolyn was elected as the Council Chairperson. Two years later, she was appointed Council Secretary/Treasurer, from 2007-2010. She has mentored the leadership of the Multiple for many years.

In 2010, she began her campaign for International Director winning the endorsement of her District and Multiple District to stand for election in Seattle, Washington.

PID Carolyn is a graduate of the Senior Lions Institute in Oak Brook and the Faculty Development Institute in Oklahoma City.

In keeping with her ability to connect with Lions, PID Carolyn has presented at numerous DG/VDG schools in CT and Massachusetts. She has been a seminar presenter at many District/State conventions. She has presented at Regional institutes in Connecticut and Massachusetts. PID Carolyn has been actively involved for many years in the New England Lions Council. She has mentored Lions from all over New England attending and participating in their Leadership Weekends

She has presented and moderated at several USA/Canada Forums and she also served as a member of the Memphis USA/Canada Forum planning Committee in 2009.

PID Carolyn has attended 17 International Conventions and 17 USA/Canada Forums. Since 1989, she has missed just two Lions Day at the United Nations due to her travel as a Director.

In recognition of her service to the association, she has received numerous awards, including the Club Lion of the Year, 100% Club President Award, a Membership Key award, District Membership Award, numerous District Governor recognitions, two LCIF Helping Hands awards, an International President’s Certificates of Appreciation, an International Leadership Medal, four International President’s Medals, the International Directors Recognition Award and the Ambassador of Goodwill Award, the highest honor the association bestows upon its members.

PID Messier is a Life Member of Lions Clubs International. She is also a Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow.

She is a Connecticut Ambassador of Sight, a Connecticut Knight of the Blind, and a Loyal Shepherd Fellow.

PID Carolyn has been honored in Indiana as a W.P. Woods Fellow and a Richard T. Miyamoto Fellow for exceptional dedication and service to others in accord with the mission of Lions speech and hearing.

Past Director Messier is the recently retired Executive Director of the Lions Low Vision Center in Connecticut and a low vision therapist. She has worked with the blind and visually impaired since 1994, overseeing the low vision centers in three districts for several years. In addition to her hands on work with the visually impaired, she spent much time developing new programs, fundraising, forming and facilitating several support groups and sharing her skills as a Low Vision Therapist, in community outreach workshops and speaking engagements.

In 2011, PID Carolyn authored a Lions Low Vision Center Resource/Guide book to assist the clients in their homes with activities of daily living.

In Connecticut, PID Carolyn has been honored by the Connecticut Board of Education Services for the Blind, for outstanding work with the visually impaired.

PID Carolyn has also been recognized for her outstanding community service and dedication to helping the visually impaired by Connecticut Governors John Rowland and M. Jodi Rell.

In 2012, she received the Volunteer Recognition Award from President Obama for her exceptional volunteer service in the United States and globally with our International Association.

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy, United States Senator Richard Blumenthal, Congressman Christopher Murphy, and State Representative Peg Sayers recently recognized PID Carolyn for her volunteerism and for her service to the International Association of Lions Clubs.

In addition to her Lions activities, Past Director Messier has been active in numerous professional and community organizations.

She served the community as the first woman cub master for Pack 261 for several years, taking a group of 8 scouts and growing the Pack to 125 cubs, within a short time, involving the entire family in the activities. She received several recognitions from Long Rivers Council, BSA.

When the State of Connecticut was embroiled in a massive education desegregation case, PID Carolyn was an active participant in the Windsor Locks town committee charged with formulating a plan for inter-district education, magnet/charter schools and viable open choice education for inner city and suburban youth.

She is a member of the professional Association for the Education and Rehabilitation of the Visually Impaired.

She currently sits on the Board of Directors for the EverSight Connecticut, formerly the Connecticut Eye Bank.

Past Director Messier and her husband, Normand, a 100% Past District Governor and a Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow, have two sons, Lion Jeffrey and Jason.