Lions International Awards Northern Highlands Leo Club Top Honors

LeoHighlandsThe Northern Highlands Regional High School Leo Club has been named a winner of Lions International “Award of Excellence.” Presented at the most recent meeting of the Northern Highlands Board of Education, the award is the highest award in its category bestowed by the international service organization.


Leo Clubs are school or community-based clubs organized and operating for the purpose of providing middle and high school students the opportunity to experience the rewards of serving others. In addition to helping young people learn the meaning of leadership and service, the clubs assist members to develop their own skill set and to prepare young men and women for a lifetime of community involvement and contribution to society.



Established in 2012, the Northern Highlands Leo Club was the first of the four local school-based clubs sponsored by the Saddle River Valley Lions. Explaining the reason for establishing the Leo Clubs, Lions Past District Governor, John Romano, said that “in a day and age service to self has, for many, replaced the idea of service to others. Leo Clubs are helping to inculcate important values, particularly those about helping others who are less fortunate.”


Dr. David Verducci, chairman of the Lions’ Leo Committee, agreed, adding that “the Northern Highlands Leos have learned these lessons extremely well. In the past four years their service projects have included eyeglass collection drives, visits to hospital pediatric wards, participation in Relay for Life, book drives, spending days off from school working with Habitat for Humanity, and much, much more.”


While the Leos’ service is not done to gain recognition for themselves, their good works have not gone unnoticed. Unbeknownst to the Leos or their advisors, this past August, the S.R.V. Lions nominated Northern Highlands for the Lions International Leo Award of Excellence. The award recognizes outstanding achievement by Leos in the areas of humanitarian service, fundraising, leadership, public relations, and club administration. It is the highest distinction a Leo Club can achieve.


The award is definitely not given lightly. Each application is first reviewed locally and then, if found to be worthy, the nomination goes to the District Governor for further consideration. Only after the ‘green light’ is given at the local and district levels, does the application then move on to receive a third thorough review by the awards committee of Lions International.


In describing the significance of the award, Verducci attempted to put it into perspective. “Since first being established in 1957, there are now more than 6,500 Leo Clubs in approximately 140 countries whose members are connected to the 1.3 millions Lions worldwide. During the Lions’ year 2014-2015, only 66 Awards of Excellence were given worldwide. Of these, only 18 were awarded in the United States, with only one given in New Jersey.”


After the actual presentation of the award, Kimberly Kender, the current Northern Highlands faculty advisor to the Leo Club, seemed to sum up the feelings of her student Leos. She thanked the Lions Club saying that “it is so encouraging to have this much support for what the Leos have accomplished as well as all we aspire to do.”


The Saddle River Valley Lions Club is a regional club that also sponsors Leo Clubs in the Cavallini Middle School in Upper Saddle River, Mahwah High School, and the Brookside School in Allendale.


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 membership opportunities and the many worthwhile programs and activities of either the Saddle River Valley Lions Club, or the Leo Clubs, check out the club’s Facebook page and visit their website at

St. Joseph's School for the Blind's 125th Anniversary Honoree announcement

SJSFTB125St. Joseph's School for the Blind's 125th Anniversary Honoree announcement


St. Joseph's School for the Blind is proud to announce that the New Jersey Lions MD-16 has been named an official 125th Anniversary Honoree, along with the School's founders, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace.


This prestigious honor will be awarded at the School's Anniversary Gala event which will be held at Liberty House Restaurant, Jersey City on Thursday, October 13, 2016.


Since 2016 marks St. Joseph's School for the Blind's 125th Anniversary. As a partner St. Joseph's School for the Blind's our mission, St. Joseph's School for the Blind invites you to share in their upcoming celebration and join them in the key events they have planned throughout the year. To capture all the festivities and provide the greatest support to continue and grow our mission, St. Joseph's School for the Blind is offering the following sponsorship opportunities.  You can buy sponsorship packages or tickets at:


To download the Invitation and Sponsorship Package, CLICK HERE!




 St  Josephs Gala Invitation and RSVP Card 1  

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JDRF One Walk 2016 with Miracle for Matthew

Fellow Lions,


Every October, Lions of New Jersey support the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) One Walk.  Lions join Team "Miracle for Matthew" for this event.  This is event will be held on Saturday October 22, 2016, Liberty State Park, 5 Audrey Zapp Drive, Jersey City, NJ 07306.  Check-in starts at 8:30am, with the walk starting at 10:00am.


Here is the message for Team "Miracle for Matthew:"


Miracle for Matthew

Welcome to our JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes Team Page! We are taking the steps to help achieve JDRF?s mission: to find a cure, better treat, and prevent Type 1 Diabetes through the support of research.


The money our JDRF Walk Team raises will go directly to support this life-changing research.


The JDRF Walk is a fantastic way to make a difference in the millions of lives of people affected by type 1 diabetes, like our Matthew. For at least that one day, they will look around and see all the support they have from their friends, family and community. On Walk Day, everyone can have fun and celebrate how much closer to a cure we are because of their efforts.


Each member of our team is already hard at work in their fundraising. If you have taken time to visit our team page today, we ask that you consider making a donation or joining our team. To make a team donation, click on the "Donate" button at the top of this page or if you would like to make your gift to one of the team members please click on their name below. To join our team, click the join team link below.


Thank you. Together, we will cure type 1 diabetes and its complications!


To donate, please visit


Please watch the 2016 video for "Miracle for Matthew" here: 



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.

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