Clubs Activities Brief - December 2014


Chester Lioness Club


IMG 3618 edited-1The Chester Lioness Club celebrated their annual Holiday Party at the Lamplighter Restaurant, 190 West Main Street at 6:30 PM on December 4th. The highlight of the evening was the 8:00 PM drawing of the six lucky winners of the Club's bi-annual fund raising event, Culinary Adventures 2014. Each winner received a gift bag with more than $600.00 worth of dining certificates to local and surrounding area restaurants. More than 80 restaurants participated by donating Lunch or Dinner for Two , or an equal monetary amount.. The $10.00 raffle tickets were sold from September 1st thru December 4th, and provided the club with the necessary funds to continue assisting with serving the needs of the community and surrounding areas.

The Winners of Culinary Adventures 2014 are as follows:

Culinary Adventure #I: Leona Harrington from Long Valley

Culinary Adventure #2: Lucille Pierson from Chester

Culinary Adventure #3: Larry Martin from Chester

Culinary Adventure #4: Sharon Gibson from Chester

Culinary Adventure #5 : Michael Palumbo from Long Valley

Culinary Adventure #6: Darren Hrobuchik, Morris Plains

In the true spirit of fellowship, The Chester Lioness Club strives to enrich the community through service and donations. The Club has recently supported support the following: Camp Marcella for the Blind, Chester Area Senior Housing, The Chester Food Pantry, The Chester Lions Club Oktoberfest, The Chester Theater Group, Community Hope, Creative Heartwork Inc, Donations for "We Care" packages for the Armed Forces, Homeless Solutions Inc., Jersey Battered Women's Service, Lions Charitable Foundation, Matheney Medical and Educational Center, Operation Chill Out - packages for homeless veterans, Operation Jersey Cares - packages for Armed Forces stationed in Afghanistan, Scholarships for local high school graduates, Senior Resource Center - Festival of Trees, The Market Street Mission, The NJ Foundation for the Blind, and participation in community events and the Chester Lions Club initiatives.

The Chester Lioness Club membership is open to surrounding community residents who are service oriented. For more information about The Chester Lioness Club contact Holly Simmenroth at 907-879-5932.

Turnersville Washington Twp


PC040424King Lion Ryan Citrino and Secretary Nancy Citrino from the TWT Lions Club presented a check for $1000.00 to President Mary Ellen Mauro of the St Charles Borromeo SVdP Food Bank… Others in the picture are part of the St Charles group and also the Lions Club… These funds will go towards helping feed over 100 families… Thank you very much 16C Charitable Foundation for the Food Bank Matching Funds Grant Project…


1The Hammonton Lions Club has been widely recognized for its community service over the years and now, it has taken roots in providing eye care services to children. 


The Little Eyes Program is part of Lions KidSight USA, a newly formed National program of Lions Club International spearheaded by MaryAnn Ragone, MAS, MPH, Hammonton Lions Club member, Past District Governor and Program Coordinator for New Jersey Lions District “L”.  “The program has been in existence since 1996 with local Lions club members in South Jersey taking the lead.  The number of children seen through this program has been staggering reaching nearly 35,000 children since its inception”, Ragone stated.  She further added, “This program has changed the lives of many children and now the children of this town will have the opportunity to participate thanks to the members of the Hammonton Lions Club.”


The purpose of the Little Eyes Program is to provide vision screening to children as early as 6 months of age to as late as 7 years of age.  The Spot Vision Screener is a handheld, portable device designed to help users quickly and easily detect vision issues such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, anisometropia, and Amblyopia (lazy eye). The screening is easy, fast, and provides very accurate results in a nonthreatening way and the children are seen in the classroom environment of which they are used to.    


The Hammonton Lions Club through the direction of current club President Salvatore Velardi, began its inaugural eye screening in November at the Hammonton Early Childhood Education Center led by Mrs. Teresa Christopher, the facility’s nurse.  According to Mr. Velardi, “Volunteer members have seen over 100 children to date.”  After the children are screened, parents are provided with a pass or fail notice, and a suggested completed eye examination is recommended for those who have failed.   “We are reaching children who otherwise might not get the services they need and we are once again making a difference”, Mr. Velardi stated.  Mrs. Christopher has invited the Lions to return after the first of the year to continue vision testing all Pre-K children which means more children will benefit from this service.   It is hoped that this program will expand throughout the town benefiting children with eye care needs.


The screening device used by the Hammonton Lions was purchased by the South Jersey Eye Center (SJEC). Part of a larger grant awarded to the SJEC through Lions Clubs International Foundation was used to purchase five screeners each valued at $7,200.00.  Ragone stated, “They are mini-computers making a big difference”.     

Saddle River Valley Lions Membership Drive Success Recognized by Lions International

2014-12-04 - SRVL Press Release Photo - New Member InductionThe Saddle River Valley Lions Club recently passed another milestone as it welcomed its two newest members and was recognized for its efforts by Lions International.

S.R.V. Lions President Christopher Reichert began the initiation of Reverend Dawn Corlew of Upper Saddle River and Richard “Richie” Spincola of Mahwah by reading from a letter sent by Barry J. Palmer, the immediate Past President of Lions International. In congratulating the local club for its success in meeting its membership recruitment target, Palmer stated that “your club has demonstrated its ability to work together to achieve important goals.” The letter went on to add that “it is clubs like yours that exemplify the Lions Mission Statement: To empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding through Lions clubs.

This theme was continued by Lions Past District Governor George Lesnik who officiated over the club’s traditional candlelight ceremony. Lesnik read a historical summary of the organization which emphasized Lions’ commitment to aiding the blind and visually impaired as well as supporting charities serving individuals with health-related issues.

After Corlew and Spincola completed the decades-old initiation rite, President Reichert offered his congratulations and spoke about the growing diversity of the Lions Club. “The number of women in our club has grown five-fold in just the last few years. We are doing our best to make sure that our membership truly reflects the world in which we live.”

The occupational backgrounds of the membership has also continued to broaden. In addition to members whose professional paths include such varied fields as law, educational administration, construction, and finance, to name just a few, the careers of Corlew and Spincola offer the club some new perspectives. Corlew, who holds a Master of Divinity degree as well as an M.B.A., is the pastor at Bergen Highlands United Methodist Church while Spincola’s career brings an understanding of the retail food industry gained from his longtime association a major national supermarket chain.

In addition to increasing the ranks of the local club’s membership roster to forty two active members, both bring an extensive background in service to others. Among her many other social service experiences, Corlew once spent six month’s in Ethiopia working with the families of HIV/AIDS victims, an undertaking that her sponsor, Lion May McDermott said “speaks volumes to her level of dedication and caring.” Likewise, albeit closer to home, Spincola has been a longtime ‘Friend of the Lions,’ as non-member frequent volunteers are affectionately known, and has worked at the annual Lions Carnival as well as various other club projects. His sponsor, Lion Jim Murphy, described Spincola a “genuinely kind human being who just enjoys serving others.” Both new Lions spoke enthusiastically about their futures in the club. Spincola seemed to summarize their feelings by saying how happy he was “to be part of an organization that is doing something important: helping people.”

Lions Clubs International is the world's largest service club organization with more than 1.3 million members in approximately 45,000 clubs across more than 208 countries and geographical areas around the world. Founded in 1917, the organization is best known for fighting blindness, the Club also performs volunteer work for many different kinds of community projects – including caring for the environment, feeding the hungry, and aiding seniors and the disabled.

Locally, the Saddle River Valley Lions Club was chartered in 1958. For 56 years the club has been an integral part of the communities from which its members are drawn: Allendale, Mahwah, Ramsey, Saddle River, and Upper Saddle River. Membership is by invitation and is open to men and women of legal majority and good reputation within the community.

Classified as a 501C(3) non-profit entity, the Saddle River Valley Lions Club has raised and distributed more than $2,000,000 since its inception. 100% of its net proceeds go directly to the charities that the Club supports with none of the funds raised being used to meet administrative expenses, a cost borne by the Lions themselves.

For more information about the Saddle River Valley Lions Club and its many worthwhile programs and activities, please visit the clubs website at

West New York Cubans Lions Club celebrated his annual visit to Concordia Learning Center

12-29-2007-29The West New York Cubans Lions Club celebrated his annual visit for Christmas to Concordia Learning Center at Saint Joseph School for the Blind en Jersey City for The Giving Tree. This Tree had decorations with the names of the student and their wishes that they choose two months ago of toys, cloths etc. and our Members pick a name and buy the present for him or her.

This event will be on December 12-2014 at the new School auditorium, and Manny Reyes as Santa Claus and other members as 3 Kings, various Santa’s Helpers, Organizer Director Eduardo Vesga, President Marie Nieto and others Voluntaries presented the gifts to each vision impaired or Blind students with lots of love from our Club.

The new School is State of the Art building with capacity for 100 more Special needed children is open to teach for free.

Thank you
Manny Reyes,
Past President and Public Relations.
(201) 424-1201 Cell

Clubs Activities Brief - November 2014





Santa Claus has come early from the North Pole to welcome diners to the Eatontown Lions Club Holiday Pancake Breakfast on Sunday December 7th at the Meadowbrook School, Wyckoff Road near Broad Street (State Hwy 71), Eatontown. Breakfast will be served from 9:00 AM till 12:00 PM featuring “All the Pancakes You Can Eat”. In addition to pancakes the breakfast includes sausage, orange juice, and coffee, tea or milk. The cost is Adults $5.00 and children under 12 $3.00. Santa will be available to hear the holiday wishes of the children (and the "big kids" too!). Photos with Santa will be available ($5.00). Proceeds from this event will support the Eatontown Lions community service projects and Lions sight related projects and charities. Bring your old eyeglasses and sunglasses for recycling.

Frank Cutler
Eatontown Lions Club



We're doing the same fundraiser we did last year with Christmas greenery so I've attached the flyer for you to share with your members and friends....This year's profits will go mostly to needy families in our school and the rest to support our community service projects...The deadline says Nov. 25 but that is flexible..just trying to get the bulk of orders in ASAP before people go elsewhere!

LEO members have been busy as usual....September and October we had our organizational meetings and attended the 8th grade parent nights here and in Millstone. October was our Beach Cleanup in Belmar (almost 30 kids from LEO went), volunteered at the Susan G. Komen walk (again about 30 kids participated), had a successful 3-day bake sale here after school during Spirit Week, did a successful lunchtime Coin Harvest for CROP, and had a speaker from Child Watch...
So far in November we've collected donations and packed Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts, started sending volunteers to work at Child Watch again (individuals or partners sign up, plan an activity, and run it with two groups of K-2 and 3rd-4th graders with staff present), wrote letters to American Ebola workers in Monrovia, Liberia (the Nat'l Guard unit our tech director is in has people there), are collecting food for Thanksgiving baskets, and raked leaves in town. This week we also had another speaker (middle school teacher Dee Burek) come describing ways members can help her husband, Chris Burek, with individual or partner visits to help with simple exercise or therapy (if kids are interested in pursuing that in the future, they can get a taste and practice simple OT, PT, etc. tasks), games, art, music, etc. at their home to help him recovering for massive stroke last Thanksgiving OR help with yardwork, etc...In addition we started signing people up to volunteer as judges at the debates the middle school team participates in.
We just started the attached fundraiser and will be going to a Sandy Recovery Work Day on Dec. 6 in Sea Bright. We've had a student attending Cinderella's Closet meetings to get involved in that in December through March and have been contacted by a local rescue animal group that we might help. We'll be collecting gowns but also suits and tuxes and men's and women's dress shoes, belts, ties in excellent condition in January and very early February so needy boys and girls from all over NJ (including our school) can go to get promwear for free that day, where we'll again be helping!
Not a week goes by when I don't have someone else asking to join, and we are quickly building a list of students who will be inducted in January so will be needing membership kits for the new year...the number is up in the air as usual. A lot of freshmen and sophomores have joined and jumped right into activities as well as some upper classmen who never joined before....The officers are working on collating the attendance sheets from the different activities to get an idea of the numbers.
On another note, we'd like to do the eyeglass sorting with you again...They are allowing our students to drive themselves to community service this year so I'm hoping there would be more kids signing up for that and assume it would be better for them to caravan as I did if so...Let me know some dates that might work for you as well as any other projects you might be doing that we can support or participate in....We've also been asked if we have students who would like to work with senior citizens learning to use computers at Four Seasons nearby so will be recruiting for that next month...

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