Litchfield Lions Club member Sue Smith coordinated the acquisition of 60 carbon monoxide detectors for the town’s fire companies. With Smith are, from left, Fire Marshal and Lions Club member Sam Kinkade, Litchfield Fire Chief David Rogers, Northfield Fire Chief Ryan Crichton, former Bantam Fire Chief Dan McPhee and East Litchfield Fire Chief Mark Cattey. Colleen Kinkade photos

Seventy years of giving to the community were observed by the Litchfield Lions Club with an anniversary brunch at the Litchfield Inn on Sunday.

Honored during the brunch was Selectman Jon Torrant, who received Lions International’s Melvin Jones Fellow award, which is the highest recognition given by the Lions. Melvin Jones was the founder of Lions International.

Torrant has been a member of the club for 27 years and has been dutiful in assisting with club projects and services, club President John Bongiorno said in presenting the award (top photo).

In another presentation, Bongiorno awarded former First Selectman Leo Paul Jr. and Gary Zeller Silver Centennial Pins marking their 25 years of membership in the club.

The club demonstrated its community spirit by donating 60 carbon monoxide detectors to Litchfield’s four fire companies. Receiving the detectors were Litchfield Fire Chief David Rogers, former Bantam Fire Chief Dan McPhee, East Litchfield Fire Chief Mark Cattey and Northfield Fire Chief Ryan Crichton. The fire companies will be able to distribute the detectors to residents.

Sue Smith of the Lions Club orchestrated a deal to purchase 50 of the detectors at a discount from True Value Hardware of Litchfield. True Value donated 10 more.

The Lions Club was founded in 1950.

Lions President John Bongiorno, center, with 25-year members Leo Paul Jr., left, and Gary Zeller.

Lions Club members and their guests gathered for a group photo. Contributed photo