Clubs Activities Brief - January 2015




DSC00400Avalon Lions contribute $1,500 dollars and 100's of toys to the Marine Corps Reserve "Toys for Tots" program of Cape May County.

The Cape May County Toys for Tots program distributed toys to over 1,100 families, 2,500 children this past Christmas season. Per David Burton, program coordinator, this year the Avalon Lions made the difference which allowed them to reach their goals.

From L to R: Lions - Jim Collins, Alex Shalaway, Carmen Catanese, David Burton (USMCR Toys Coordinator), Lion Russ Migeot




West Windsor Member Initiation 1-7-15 004WEST WINDSOR LIONS CLUB:


West Windsor Lions Club New Members Induction.

On January 7, 2015 District Governor Mahesh Chitnis inducted three new members into the West Windsor Lions Club at the Bog Restaurant at the Cranbury Golf Club, in West Windsor Township.

From left to right in photos 1 & 2 are: District Governor Mahesh Chitnis, new members Janet Greenman, Vineet Argawal and his wife Geetanjali Argawal, Art Mackler, President and Kashmiri Delory sponsor.




Middletown Lions Club Super Bowl Sunday Pancake Breakfast




The Middletown Lions Club will host a Pancake Breakfast on Super Bowl Sunday, February 1, at Applebee’s Restaurant, Middletown (Route 35 northbound at New Monmouth Road) from 8 to 10 am to benefit Jason’s Dreams for Kids, a local non-profit group founded in 1992 to honor the memory of Jason Douglas Creager who passed away after losing his battle with cancer. Their mission is to fulfill the wishes of children diagnosed with life-threatening illnesses.

Score a touchdown for a $10 donation: enjoy pancakes, sausage, coffee and juice while helping to grant wishes for kids with life threatening illnesses! Donations may be mailed to Middletown Lions Club PO Box 75 Middletown New Jersey 07748 For additional information contact: John Giordano 732-996-7495 or go to




ON SALE NOW! New Jersey Lions - International Convention Items (Shirts, pins, bags and raffle)

?ON SALE NOW!  New Jersey Lions - International Convention Items


Even if you are not planning to attend the International Lions Convention in Hawaii in June - you may be interested in the following items that the MD 16 Convention Committee is making available for purchase by all New Jersey Lions. Money raised helps supports the NJ Delegation’s participation in the International Parade and other convention events. Please share this information with your club members at a meeting.


Official New Jersey Lions “Hawaiian” Shirts - $39.95 +

Shirt orders are due March 1, 2015. Please see the attached order form. You can also print more order forms by following the link These shirts are custom designed and the fabric is made especially for us. The printing is a onetime operation so this will be your only chance to order this unique shirt. The shirts are comfortable and light weight and perfect for any of your club’s summer events or parades.


Travel “Lion’s Style” Raffle Tickets - $5.00

We’ve put together a terrific prize package of travel related items worth $500 that you can use no matter where you travel - including a Spinner Carryon,Camera and a Kindle Fire. See the attached flyer for list of prizes. The winning ticket will be drawn at the Grand Ball at the NJ Lions Convention at Bally’s on May 16th. You don’t have to be present to win. 4 raffle tickets will be mailed to your club for members to purchase. Checks/Completed Entry Stubs for purchased tickets can be mailed to Karen Ressler, 48 Jefferson Avenue, Haddonfield, NJ 08033 by May 10th, or delivered to her at the convention. Checks for raffle tickets only, should be made out to the Toms River Lions Club. 


NJ Lions Convention Pin - $3.00

Each year a pin is designed that NJ Lions can collect, or trade with Lions from other states/countries for their commemorative pins. At present, we have a series depicting “New Jersey Firsts”. This year’s first is the incandescent Light bulb and the pin features the Memorial Tower in Menlo Park. (Previous pins showed the first dinosaur discovery, baseball game and Miss America pageant. A limited number of pins from the 2013 and 2014 conventions are also available to purchase if you missed one for your collection.) 


Lions Centennial Drawstring Bag - $5.00

We’re celebrating our 100th birthday in 2017. We plan to wear these bags in the International Parade in Hawaii but we ordered extra so NJ Lions can help advertise this important anniversary. Increase Lions awareness by wearing one around town, or give them as a speaker gift, or treat your LEOs to a special gift when they join. Biodegradable with reflective stripes. 



Raffle Tickets, Bags and Pins are available to purchase at MD-16 State Council meetings and District Cabinet meetings, as well as at the NJ Lions State Convention, while supplies last.



Lions District 16 J Charitable Foundation Sweetheart Charity Dinner Dance FUNdraiser


Lions District 16 J Charitable Foundation

Sweetheart Charity Dinner Dance FUNdraiser


Saturday, February 14, 2015

6:00PM- 10:00PM

Knights of Columbus 2061

Victorian Hall

775 Washington Road

Parlin NJ 08859

$50 per person

$90 per couple early reservation  

if received & paid prior to January 8th, 2015


Buffet Style Dinner, Music with Dancing,

Cash Bar, 50/50 Raffle, Wine Raffle, Tricky Tray


For more information or questions please contact Chairperson Lion Dawn Marie Myatt at 732-234-3932 or email (Charity Dinner/Dance in subject line)


To download the FUNraiser Forms and other information, CLICK HERE!

Thank you for continued support of the Lions District 16-J Charitable Foundation


Lions Eye Bank of Delaware Valley - Annual Appeal Request

The following is sent on behalf of Lion Jim Quirk, President/CEO of Lions Eye Bank of Delaware Valley:

Dear Lions and Lionesses:


Enclosed with this email is our 2014-2015 Annual Appeal request and a digital copy of our  57th Annual Report and Business Meeting program book.


Please note:


1. This is the first year we have sent the report by email.

2. Sending the report by email to hundreds of Clubs in the tri-state area results in a cost savings of over $1,000.00.

3. In the past, printed copies of the Annual Report were forwarded to Club Secretaries. We have increased distribution to other Club officials to ensure that every Club with an email address receives a copy. If you are not the Club Secretary or President, please forward our Annual Appeal request to the appropriate person in your Club.

4. If you require a printed copy, please contact Max Rice at the Eye Bank with your contact information.


Of course, please contact me directly with any questions regarding the above.


Thank you for your support and understanding.


Lion Jim Quirk



Help a fellow Lion

desarnoOn December 29, 2014, the DeSarno family of Sayreville lost their home after being rescued by local first responders. The structure fire caused all six family members to be rushed to the hospital. As of today, 3 still remain hospitalized.

As the family is recovering from their serious injuries we know they will need a lot of help getting their lives back together. Right now, their needs are financial as they have lost everything in the fire and now go through an extensive effort of finding housing and replacing clothing, etc.


We know their church (Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in South River) and the Boy Scouts and the Girl Scouts have begun to raise funds for the family.

Paul is a member of the Sayreville Lions Club and we are joining with their efforts to assist the family as well.


In addition to contributions from the Club itself, donations may be made through its members directly or by mailing them to Sayreville Lions Club, PO Box 1075, Sayreville NJ 08872. Please mark all checks in the memo line “DeSarno family”. Any Donations will be held in a separate account and sent to the family directly by the Sayreville Lions Club. Your support will be much appreciated.


Updates are available at Sayreville lions club facebook page or Contact Lion Kevin Kosobucki (president Sayreville) 732-234-3932 or

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