International President Chancellor Robert Corlew visits NJ



International President Chancellor Robert Corlew visits NJ


corlew bigOur 2016-2017 International President, Chancellor Robert "Bob" Corlew, from Milton, Tennessee, started on February 2016 a Centennial Bus Tour (visiting 9 state in the south - ) to help promote the Lions Centennial Celebration, and meet with community and club leaders. This month, President Corlew will be having the Centennial Bus Tour visit the northeast states and will be passing thru New Jersey.


The PCCC Lions Club has been asked to host a small meeting on Saturday September 24th, 2016 from 1:00p-3:00pm, at the Cafeteria, Passaic Campus. President Corlew would like to chat with the Students Leaders and few other community Lions members about community's needs, and how we can work together. His focus will be on what is the future of service and the importance of young people being involve in Service. The PCCC Lions has prepared a discussion panel titled: "The Future of Service: Enhancing Communities and Individuals!" (Click on the text to download the flyer).


There is a very limited space for Lions of New Jersey to join us at the event. We are asking you to please RSVP by visiting .


Space is limited and will be assigned as a first come, first serve basics.


For any question, please contact me.


Yours in Lionism,


Winster D. Ceballos, PCC

Chester Lions 18th Annual Oktoberfest Weekend






The Chester Lions Club is having its 18th annual Oktoberfest Weekend on September 24 and 25, 2016 from noon to 8 p.m., rain or shine.  


Live music, traditional dancers, activities for children, and authentic German food and beer.

State Council meeting for 2016-2017 dates

The State Council Meetings will take place on the following dates:


- September 10

- November 12

- January 14

- April 8


All meetings will be held at the Station Bar and Grill, 2625 Us 130, Cranbury, New Jersey 08512.


All meetings will begin at 12:30 PM. Luncheon will be served. We expect the cost to be the same as last year.


Pre meetings for issues to be addressed in executive session will begin at 10:00 AM. Notices will be provided to those having business to be conducted in executive session.


Reports for the executive and open session will be required in advance and in writing.

Saddle River Valley Lions Membership Roster Still Growing!

SRVLion Mark StephanBucking the national trend of declining membership in service organizations, the Saddle River Valley Lions Club continues to attract individuals seeking to improve the quality of life of those in need. Upper Saddle River resident Mark Stephan became the latest example of this trend when he was welcomed into the club as the newest member of the fifty-eight year old organization. Stephan's membership brings the club's roster to forty individuals residing in communities throughout the Saddle River Valley.

Stephan was recently inducted into the club by undergoing the organization's traditional initiation ceremony, on this occasion led by Lions District Governor, John Romano. It began with Stephan's sponsor, Lion Gene Leporiere, placing a blindfold on the candidate for membership and handing him a lighted candle. Romano then explained the significance of this act stating that "in spending a few moments in darkness you are experiencing something the sightless live with every day of their lives."

Romano went on to describe "Lionism as a cooperative effort in which every member shares the load so that the burden of the less fortunate will not be so heavy." After hearing the District Governor describe something of the Club's history, Stephan then recited his membership oath. Afterwards the newest Lion responded to a warm welcome of applause by thanking the "Saddle River Valley Lions Club for accepting me. I'm truly looking forward to working with my new friends to help those in need."

Professionally, Stephan has spent the past thirty years of his career in the fields of banking, public accounting, and healthcare. Currently the senior vice president and chief internal auditor at Columbia Bank, Stephan's previous positions include serving as the chief financial officer for Community Bank, as a mortgage company controller, a regional auditor for a large healthcare organization, and as a senior manager for a well known consulting firm.

A graduate of Clemson University with a Bachelor of Science in Financial Management, Stephan also holds a Master of Business Administration in Accounting from Fairleigh Dickinson University along with numerous other professional certifications. He and his wife, Victoria, have four children who attend local schools.

Lions Clubs International is the world's largest service club organization with more than 1.4 million members in approximately 46,000 clubs across more than 210 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 58 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 $2,260,000 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, membership opportunities, and its many worthwhile programs and activities, check out the club's Facebook page and visit their website at

Avalon Lions Hold Annual Golf Tournament “Fore” Diller Home

avalon2016Blue skies, warm weather and a golf course in perfect condition welcomed 135 golfers at the Avalon Golf Club on Sunday morning for the 8th Annual Avalon Lions Charities Foundation Charity Golf Classic.

Before teeing off, the golfers enjoyed a barbecue lunch and did a little "shopping", placing bids on dozens of silent auction items and raffle gifts that included sports souvenirs,jewelry and gift certificates to spas,restaurants and Atlantic City and local hotels.

The proceeds of the day go to help support the Helen L. Diller Vacation Home for Blind Children. Last year the tournament raised $40,000 dollars and this year the Lions were confident they could beat that number. Avalon Lions President , Jim Lutz said, "Thanks to dozens of generous donors and attendees who carded great golf scores and engaged in enthusiastic and competitive bidding the tournament remains our largest and most successful fund raiser".

This year the dinner was followed by a live auction hosted by retired CBS3 Eyewitness News personalities, long time anchor Pat Ciarrocchi and reporter, Robin Mackintosh.

The live auction included a basketball signed by NCAA Men's Championship coach, Jay Wright and the entire team. CBS3 donated not one, but two tours of its broadcast facility in Philadelphia to the two highest bidders. The tours personally conducted by Pat Ciarrocchi and Robin Mackintosh.

The Avalon club is the largest Lions organization in New Jersey with over 150 members.

Summer is the busiest time of year for Lions fundraising as they look forward to the B-STREET concert at Avalon Community Hall on July 23rd and the annual Pasta Night set for October 16th.

The Avalon Lions Club supports more than a dozen charities in Cape May County including, CARA, CASA, Habitat for Humanity, Lazarus House, Holy Redeemer Food Bank and Toys for Tots.


Robin Mackintosh
Public Relations Director
Avalon Lions Club
Contact: 215-688-6015

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