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1stVDG Bob Burlew swears in the new officers of the
Neptune Township Lions Club

Stafford Township Lions Club
Awards Scholarships to Local High School Seniors

Seniors, Brandon Lee, Victoria Danielle Fife, and Marina Jane Milia of Southern Regional High School were each awarded $500 scholarships from Stafford Township Lions Club in memory of Ken Blanz, Nelson E. Juszcak, and Gabe Scibetta. Tom Struble, Roz Armentano and Ken Welsh, Lion Club members presented the awards at the Southern Regional High School Class of 2013 Scholarship on June 5th.

92nd New Jersey State Convention notes

District 16-B Election results: District Governor  Clifford Kehley, 1st Vise District Governor Bob Burlew, and
2nd Vise District Governor  Joyce Palmer

Paula Tarantino was the recipient of the Harold Nutter Award. 

   International Guest Clem Kusiak announced that a Lions Commemorative  Coin will be struck by the US Mint for the 100th Anniversary for the International Association of Lions Clubs in 2017. The coins will be $40.00 each, $10.00 from each coin will go to LCIF. The striking of the coins will probably be concurrent to the Chicago Convention.

  LCIF gave each Governor $10,000( total $50,000) for disaster relief from Hurricane Sandy.

New Jersey is expected to get a $290,000 major disaster grant. It is budgeted as follows: $100,000 to Camp Marcella to provide two weeks of camp experience for children who lost their homes from Sandy and $190,000. For structural repairs in New Jersey.

  A second club is forming in Toms River.                

  The delegates to the state convention voted to increase dues by $6.00 pp a year. This is the first dues increase in 20 years. It keeps the Multiple District Financially stable.

  The delegates to the convention approved holding the 2014 convention at Bally’s in Atlantic City. Many Lions felt this was the first time in years, the convention had a convention feel rather than holding meetings in a hotel.

   South Jersey Eye Center received a $151,632 grant from LCIF This grant is expected to serve 8,400 underserved school aged children and 1.300 adults.

On April 6, 2013 a joint District 16B and 16C GLT Training session was held at the Maple Shade Lions Club house. Using the USA/Canada theme of the Wizard of Oz. District 16-B PDG Rosemarie Townend and District 16-C 1st Vice District Governor Karen Ressler put together a wonderful and informative program that was attended by over 70 Lions from MD16.  Also in attendance was Rowe Haywood the GLT Area Coordinator, his wife PDG Señora Haywood and MD16 GLT Coordinator Mary Devon O'Brien.

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Arbor Day Foundation Names Stafford Township, NJ Tree City USA Community
Lion members Chris Kaub, Pete Casamento and Bob Skrable installed "Tree City USA" over welcome to Stafford sign as a Lions club project.

Hurricane Sandy has destroyed scores of homes and business in Stafford Township, NJ, the most intense storm of the 2012 hurricane season. Stafford Township Lions Club has been serving the community for 64 years. The clubs latest and most difficult undertaking was to choose one family in the community to assist. The Philhower family has received $700 from the Stafford Township Lions Club. Criteria for the selection process were through Stafford Township and FEMA.

The Leo Club of Stafford Township under the supervision and advisor Susan Stinson, Skills for Life Teacher and Leo Club Advisor of Southern Regional Middle School, organized a holiday party for the seniors of Stafford by the Bay Senior Facility for Friday, December 14th. 22 Leo Club members enthusiastically made cards, decorations, several crumb apple pies, and an assortment of apple crisp after school this week!  Club Advisor Susan Stinson said the club in now growing last year they started with 9 members and are now 40 plus.

Lions Club member Susan Mueller, pictured right and Roz Armentano, pictured left assisted in the project.

It is with much sadness and a heavy
heart that I inform you of the passing
of our friend.
Lion Jim Fox, PCST.
Lion Jim was a Progressive
Melvin Jones Fellow.
He was also a former Trustee for
many years on the Board of the
District 16B Charitable Foundation.
He was Treasurer of Housing &
United Services, and actively involved
with the National Church Conference
of the Blind, the Blind Veterans Chapter
both Nationally and locally,
Lakehurst Naval Historical Society,
Toms River Eye Openers, Missions
Programs of First Baptist Church,
Toms River and provided taped
newsletters for the blind across the
country for many years. The list of
Lion Jim's activities to help others
goes on and on. He has been fighting
his illness for many months and now
is at peace. No viewing is being
scheduled at this time; however,
there will be a memorial service at
a later date. Details of that service
will follow after the family makes
arrangements and those plans will be
distributed when known. Please keep
his family in your thoughts
and prayers.

Mel Bray, PCC  
Toms River Lions Club


Oceanport Lions Club Life Members

At their meeting on September 4, 2012, the Oceanport Lions Club, New Jersey Lions District 16B, recognized Past President John DeRespiris- (right) and Past District Governor Norman Palmer (center) as Life Members of The International Association of Lions Clubs.  Pictured above is Past Council Chairman Mel Bray (left) presenting the awards to the lions for their meaningful years of service to the Clubs objectives and humanitarian assistance in their community.

News From the Stafford Lions

Susan Mueller Melvin Jones Award June, 2012

As of June, Stafford Lions have 3 new members.

White Cane chairman Lion Peter Casamento said the Club did very well.  This is our main source for our fund raiser.  This was done at Wal-Mart in Manahawkin and Bageleddi’s, Bagel Shop on Long Beach Island,

The Leo Club will pick up when they start school in Sept.  They have a lot planned says Lion Susan Mueller Lion advisor for the Leo Club along with Lion Ed Jones.

August 1st the club had a guest speaker, Councilman Henry Mancini of Stafford informing the members of what is going on in Stafford.                                                                                   Lion Bob Skrable Chairman of the fund raiser for Lunch at Attionettas Restaurant on August 29th & 30th from 12 noon to 3:00 pm Stafford Lions will get credit for anyone between those hours. Arrangements were made by Lion Mario Casone.

A dinner cruise on the River Lady will be on September 19th in Toms River, Lion Bob Skrable Chairman.

September 8, 2012 is Pirate’s Day in Barnegat, Lion Susan Mueller chairperson will have a booth there giving out information on the Lions Club and our activities in hopes of getting new members.

Eye Glass Collection, Lions Isabelle and Ed Sapanara took 907 glasses to Whiting Eye Glass Center to be recycled.   Lion Ros Armentano is chairperson for trips to the recycling center to read and sort out glasses.  This month Lions Ros Armentano, Alice Shovanec, Susan Mueller and Peter Casamento went to the recycling center and Ros would like to make this trip every other month.

This September Lion Tom Struble, chairman, will visit the Pre Schools to set up appointments for eye screening

Stamps for the Wounded, Lion Ruth Skrable chairperson, reported that 5400 stamps were collected and trimmed.

Our Annual Fall Picnic will be held at Lion Peter and Gladys Casamento’s home in September..

Housing and United Services,inc. 
Beatlemania Stage Show fund raiser

first photo: IPD Michael Marrazzo and the band - second photo: the sponsorship board

Marie Katzenbach School for the Deaf

2012 Senior Class of the Marie Katzenbach School for the Deaf.

Again this year, the Lions of MD16B have united to provide monetary and equipment gifts to the graduating students of the Marie Katzenbach School for the Deaf.    This year each student was provided with a monetary gift to help them transit to their life outside of the Katzenbach School as well as a Kindle Fire and a Sonic Boom alarm clock.  Lions clubs and individual Lions provided support for this project.  

The  MD16B Lions Katzenbach Committee coordinates this event each year and also hosts a party for the students and their parents on the last Sunday in September.  All Lions are invited to both the Senior Awards night on the first Monday in June and to the picnic on the last Sunday in September.   


Eatontown Lions Club

The Eatontown Lions Club hosted their 14th Annual Phil Wellington Memorial golf outing on June 14th.  A record 140 golfers attended the event. The club also had the biggest turnout of sponsors that they ever had with 33 Tee Sponsors. They introduced another sponsorship level, presenting sponsor that was graciously purchased by local company and defense contractor CACI a big supporter of the event. “I am very pleased with the outcome of the day. All the hard work paid off and we raised a record $16,000 for charity. Those charities include the Fisher House, the Capt. James M. Gurbisz foundation and also local community projects.” Explained Toby Stark chair of the event.  This is Stark’s 6th year chairing the event. Six years ago they raised just under $8,000. Toby said, “We are happy to report that even in this economy and in six short years we were able to double our profits. Many thanks go out to our sponsors and also our loyal golf followers.”

Photo L to R
Vito Ruffino, Edward Stominski, Joel Stark, Toby Stark, Joe Aretino and John Xenakis

Picture of the carts and also of players checking in


At the same meeting the clubs newest member George Preis was officaly inducted

Lion Bill Glackin being congratulated on 50 years of community Service through the Hightstown-East Windsor Lions Club.

At the April 25th meeting of the Hightstown East Windsor Lions Club, Lion First Vice President Linda Harris presented Lion Bill with an award to commemorate Lion Bill’s fiftieth year of Lion’s membership.  

Lion Bill spoke to the club of the progression of Lions over the years and the way the changing culture from small town to suburbia has changed Lions.  When Bill joined Lions and for much of his tenure, the then Hightstown Lions were a large group of local business men who worked together to improve the community- from getting fresh milk for the school kids for lunch to having a traffic light installed at the intersection of route 571 and route 130. 

The Hightstown-East Windsor Lions club carries on the proud tradition passed down to us by the founding club.  Although the great town wide broom sales are a thing of the past and most of the Lions projects are funded via smaller events we still carry on the tradition of the Easter Egg Hunt for the kids of Hightstown and the surrounding area.  The event has been going on from the first year the Hightstown Lions was chartered in 1936.  We had third generation participants at the Egg Hunt on March 14th of this year. 




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