MD-16 Official Japan International Convention Shirt Available NOW!

MD16 2016 LCI Shirt Order Form 112015


MD-16 Shirt Sales is underway!!!!! The MD16 International Convention Committee announces that shirt orders for MD-16 shirts will underway.


The Committee thanks all of our fellow Lions who will purchase one of these official Convention Parade shirts.  This year the OFFICIAL color will be MAROON.


Shirts will be available for purchase through PDG Hector Gonzalez, PDG Mahesh Chitnis, and 2VDG Clarence Brown. Shirts will be manufactured again by Elmwood Industries, The Arc.


To order please download the form below and follow the instructions.


To Download the form, Click here --> MD-16 2016 Shirts Order Form


cap JapanAlso, Caps will be available at District Meetings and the State Convention (supplies are limited, so don’t be left out!)


For other information regarding the 2016 Japan International Convention, see the documents below:

- MD-16 Caps Info Sheet

- LCICon 2016 Japan Registration Form

- LCICon 2016 Japan Hotel Information Sheet



You're Invited - January 16, 2016 NJ Lions State Council Meeting

Dear Fellow Lions of New Jersey,
You are cordially invited to attend the third State Council Meeting of Multiple District 16 onSaturday, January 16, 2016 at the Station Bar & Grill, 2625 US-130, Cranbury, NJ 08512.  The pre-council meeting will begin at 10:00 am.  The regular Council meeting for general attendance will begin at ~ 12:45 pm.  Lunch will be served at a cost of $20.00 per person, including tax and gratuity.
This should be an informative and entertaining meeting.  We will have presentations on various Lions activities, including updates from the Finance & Operations Committee, and State Convention and International Convention Committees for 2016, as well as GMT and GLT updates/ initiatives.  Our keynote speaker will be Mr. Don MacGowan, volunteer program coordinator at The Seeing Eye in Morristown, NJ.  Accompanying Mr. MacGowan will be his able canine assistant, George, from The Seeing Eye.
I look forward to seeing many of you at this exciting State Council meeting on Saturday, January 16, 2016 at 12:45 pm.  Feel free to arrive earlier for social interaction with Lions from across New Jersey.  As a courtesy to therestaurant and the Council, RSVPs should be emailed to the State Office at
or you may call the Office at 732-747-9440.

Lion John Kobland
Council Chairperson, MD-16, 2015-2016

NJ Lion Newsletter is available NOW!!!


The first issue of the New Jersey Lion Newsletter is available now..


To download a copy, please CLICK HERE!

11th Annual S.R.V. Lions Herb Bodensiek Golf Classic a Sellout!

AGolfers assemble for the start of a day on the links. lthough initially overcast in the early morning, the sun fought its way through the clouds in time for the start of the Saddle River Valley Lions Club’s 11th Annual SRV Lions Herb Bodensiek Golf Classic. Commenting on the sellout crowd, S.R.V. Lion and event chairperson, Jerry Michota declared the outing to be its most successful yet. Citing attendance at the event at 130 individuals, Michota stated that this year had “set a record” for the number of participating golfers. He went on to say that the event “has developed into one of the club’s major fundraisers.”

Named to honor Upper Saddle River resident and longtime S.R.V. Lion Herb Bodensiek, the yearly golf outing was first held in 2005 and has continually grown in popularity since then. Held this year for the first time at the Ramsey Golf and Country Club in Ramsey, New Jersey, Michota added that “this year’s event also had the a higher number of businesses and organizations supporting the annual outing than ever before.”

Enjoying the exclusive use of the club and its facilities, golfers participating in the all-inclusive event received the use of a motorized golf cart, fully paid greens’ fees, a full American breakfast, and a barbeque lunch with beer and other beverages. A majority of the golfers participating were returnees who gave the event rave reviews saying that “they looked forward to returning next year.”

During lunch S.R.V. Lion Ed Lucas, author of the recently published book, Safe at Home, praised the work of the Lions Club. Blind since a teenager, Lucas is the founder of the Ed Lucas Foundation for the Blind, an organization devoted to assisting both the blind and the visually impaired. Lucas, himself an S.R.V. Lions Club, closed his remarks by thanking the event’s namesake, Herb Bodensiek, for his leadership in supporting the Lions Club over several decades. Lucas and Bodensiek were the recipients of a loud and sustained round of applaud from the appreciative audience.

Numerous raffle prizes were awarded with Lady luck favoring John Galvin of Saddle Brook, New Jersey who won a 48” HD color television set donated by the Sony Corporation. The best performance on the links was achieved by a foursome led by golfer Mike Kennedy. For achieving the ‘Lowest Team Net Score,’ each member of Kennedy’s quartet was awarded a specially designed trophy donated by Trophy King of Ramsey.

According to Michota, the event, “in addition to raising money for charity, was also designed to bring people together for fun and fellowship.” The club’s current president, Jim Murphy, enthusiastically agreed and added that an important goal of Lionism is to “bring people together by helping to create a greater sense of community” among the residents of the Saddle River Valley.”

The Saddle River Valley Lions Club is a regional club supporting the communities of Mahwah, Ramsey, Upper Saddle River, and Allendale. Classified as a 501C(3) non-profit entity, the Saddle River Valley Lions Club has raised and distributed more than $2,200,000 during its fifty eight year history. 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 membership in or any of the many other activities and events sponsored by the Saddle River Valley Lions Club, visit

NJ Lion newsletter in digital format

Fellow Lions of New Jersey Multiple District 16,

NJ Lions headerThe Council of Governors of MD-16 is proud and excited to announce that the New Jersey Lion newspaper has been resurrected after the retirement of its able editor, PDG Rich Zimmermann. We have worked hard to retool it and hopefully improve it even more.

The NJ Lion will now be called a newsletter, to make it somewhat more personalized, including possible occasional messages from the new International Director, Council Chair, District Governors, etc. But the main difference is that it will be issued by New Jersey Lions to New Jersey Lions in a digital format. And it will of course continue to highlight your Lions activities throughout the state from articles and photos you submit.


The newsletter will be issued on a seasonal quarterly basis, with added special editions as desired, to all Lions in MD-16 who have an email address listed in MyLCI. It is therefore important that your email address is in MyLCI; if it is not, please provide your email address to your club secretary and ask that he/she enter it into MyLCI ASAP.


Using a digital format will save the multiple district a significant amount of money in copying and mailing fees since those charges will disappear. And the digital images in the new NJ Lion will be clearer and crisper than ever. The digital version will also be posted on the MD-16 website. For those Lions who do not have a computer or email, each club is requested to print hardcopies of the newsletter for them.

Here is how it will work: Any Lion in any district will submit photographs with captions/ articles by email to the ‘Contributing Editor’ in their respective district. Please include your contact information. Text can be formatted in MS Word or PDF, or in an email. Photographs must be taken in digital format, either with a standalone digital camera or a smartphone. The Contributing Editors are as follows:


- District 16-N: Lion Ruth Molenaar, Newark Borinquen Lions Club; Email:

- District 16-J: Lion Jennifer Yu, Edison Metro Lions Club; Email:

- District 16-L: Lion Lois Kelly, Berlin Lions Club; Email:

The contributing editors will review submissions and select corresponding pictures for publishing. Articles and photographs will be forwarded by the contributing editors to the Editor, who will review, edit and format the articles and photos as needed for the newsletter.

The Editor of the NJ Lion is Lion Susan McHugh, Toms River Lions Club; Email:

Lion Sue has a wealth of experience in publishing digital newsletters and is an accomplished editor. We are lucky to have her. Her only remuneration is a smile from you if you happen to meet her.

When the newsletter is ready, the Council of Governors will give final review, then it will be distributed by a designated individual in each district, using an appropriate email delivery system like Mail Chimp. There will be no incurred cost for doing the newsletter, other than the possible infrequent purchase of new software.

However, the success of the digital NJ Lion is dependent on you! Photos with captions or full-fledged articles with photos must be submitted frequently by Lions from across New Jersey. You are encouraged to submit them to your contributing editor, now and throughout the year. No story is too small or too large in content or length to be considered. The editors want to highlight events at the club, zone, region, district, and state levels. You have to submit it to be in it – please do so often to make the digital NJ Lion a success!

Yours in Lions Service,


New Jersey MD-16 Council of Governors 2015-2016
September 14, 2015

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