Clubs Activities Brief - July 2014




Community Hope, founded almost 30 years ago by Carmela Lunt and Eileen Griffith, has created a brighter future for those in our communities disabled by mental illness.


In support of their effort, the Chester Lions Club has donated $3,500 to subsidize Community Hope's Annual Getaway for the disabled in several Morris County residences. The three day trip is the only opportunity for many of them to experience a holiday. The organization creates a bright future for individuals recovering from mental illness and substance abuse by providing housing and services in a dignified, respectful and person-centered way. Emphasizing wellness and recovery, the programs focus on helping individuals set goals and strive to meet them. Residents attend rehabilitation programs, volunteer their time or secure employment.


Those interested in the Chester Lions Club's continuing effort to help others can contact Phil Savell at 908 879 6543 or visit our website at


Miss Cape ResortsDISTRICT 16-L:


District Governor Henry Harrison attended the Miss Cape May County pageant and discovered the winner, of the Crown for Miss Cape Resorts Outstanding Teen wanted to meet him. She presented her platform of Inspiring Volunteerism through Lions Clubs.

Grace Herdelin, 15, is a Leo at the Haddonfield Memorial High School. Her Grandfater is an associate at Bridgeton Lion Club. Governor Henry invited Grace and her family to be a guest at his Cabinet Meeting.



The Avalon Lions Charities Foundation is proud to announce the inaugural First Summer Charity Concert will feature the B-Street Band, the ultimate Bruce Springsteen tribute band. The B-Street Band has been the nation's ultimate Bruce Springsteen tribute band since 1980. The concert will be held at Avalon Community Hall at 30th Street and the beach in Avalon on Saturday, July 26th. Doors open at 5:30pm for dinner; the concert begins at7:00pm and runs until 10:30pm.


Tickets will cost $35 per person and includes a BBQ dinner and Ice Tea. Beer, wine and other refreshments will be available for purchase. Additional music by DJ Bobby G (Music for All Occasions From Then & Now). All proceeds of this effort will support Family Promise of Cape May County, helping families who experience homelessness.


Tickets are on Sale Now!


By Phone: call Bob Hoesly at (610) 999 1224, or Jim Collins at (215) 704-2123

By Location: Pudgie Pelican, 3258 Dune Drive Avalon, NJ

By Mail: Avalon Lions Charities Foundation, Inc., PO BOX 365 Avalon NJ 08202. $35 per ticket payable to Avalon Lions Foundation, Inc.


Additional information:




Neptune Lions Club will be holding their annual fundraiser, Night For Sight on September 27, 2014. The funraiser will be held at:


Jumping Brook Country Club

210 Jumping Brook RD

Neptune, NJ 07753


The night includes buffet dinner open bar consisting of beer and wine. Tickets are $65.00 each, please contact Lion Edith at (732) 92-4964.

S.R.V. Lions Club Officers Installed

2014-2015 S.R.V. Lions Club Officers Installed and Awards Presented


2014-06-17 - SRVL Installation Dinner - 1The Saddle River Valley Lions Club officially marked the beginning of its fifty seventh year at the Club's Annual Installation Dinner by celebrating the swearing-in of a new slate of officers and by honoring several of its members and supporters for their distinguished service.


Following the Club's long standing tradition, Lion President Jerry Michota welcomed members and guests with the 'Lion's Toast' – "Never above you. Never beneath you. Always with you" – and congratulated the assemblage for what he termed "a year of real accomplishment." In his final address as president, Michota noted that the Club had "achieved numerous noteworthy accomplishments" during the preceding year stating that a number of the Club's goals had been successfully attained.


The outgoing president spoke with pride of the Club's success in passing the $2 million mark in terms of funds raised and distributed to various charities and organizations during the course its long history. Michota went on to mention the almost 20% increase in the Club's membership and described the improved flow of information of Lion activities to the members of the public as very positive signs for the future. Michota also took the opportunity to thank Lion Al Kusada for his work in improving the Club's website.


Lion David Verducci was also recognized for his successful efforts to create two Leo Clubs which is the student arm of the Lions organization. Verducci then presented the first "Leo of the Year" Award to Alexandra Lesnik, the charter president of the Northern Highlands Regional High School Leo Club. Lesnik was cited for her "outstanding leadership in helping to launch the new club and for her dedication in service to others."


Acting in his capacity as a Lions Past District Governor, George Lesnik, Alexandra's Dad, then installed the Club's new officers for the coming year. Sworn in along with new President Chris Reichert was his new 'cabinet.' Included were 1st Vice President Jim Murphy, 2nd Vice President Vic Heineman, 3rd Vice President David Verducci, Secretary Bob May, Treasurer Paula Turrin, Membership Chairman Gene Leporiere, 'Lion Tamer' Wilfredo Gonzales, and Directors John Chambers, Art Keys, Paul Beck, and Dennis Schubert.


Named after the founder of Lions International, the Melvin Jones Fellowship consists of a donation made in the winner's name to the Lions Club International Fund. Presented with a plaque commemorating the award, the Fellowship is the highest honor bestowed by the local club. Including the 2014 awardees, Lion Al Kusada, Lion Wilfredo Gongales, and Lion Floyd Rafferty, only 32 members have been recognized in this way over the course of the Saddle River Valley Club's entire history.


The final award of the evening, the Community Partner Award went to Bottle King of Ramsey for "their ongoing support of the Lions in our effort to raise funds for those in need." The Club expressed its thanks and appreciation to Bottle King for its help, particularly during the annual car raffle.


The evening closed with the presentation of the Past President's Plaque to Michota and the President's Gavel to Chris Reichert. Reichert then added his thanks for the hard work of the membership during the past year while at the same expressing his optimism about the potential of his the upcoming Lions year, which traditionally begins on July 1st.

Closing the evening, Reichert summed up the concept of 'Lionism' for his audience. According to the newly installed president, "our members are all here because we believe in – and act on – the Lions' motto: 'We Serve.' That the reason we're Lions. It's not just what we do. It's who we are."


Classified as a 501C(3) non-profit entity, the Saddle River Valley Lions Club has raised and distributed more than $2,000,000 during its almost six decade 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 membership information about the Saddle River Valley Lions Club, or any of its events or activities, please visit the S.R.V. Lions website: .


In the picture: Outgoing President Jerry Michota (left) presents the President's Gavel to Chris Reichert (right).


Harrington Park Lions gives Scholarships

HarringtonPark1The Harrington Park Lions Club congratulates the students who are recipients of the 2014 Lions Scholarship program. Brad Bistritz and Nicole Potter each received $2,000.00 scholarships.


Brad and Nicole both attended Northern Valley Regional High School at Old Tappan. The scholarship is awarded on the basis of grades, leadership and community service.


Both Recipients are highly motivated, creative and dedicated students. Brad will be attending Ramapo College and Nicole will be attending The College of New Jersey.


Pictured from Left to right are Steve and Ann Bistritz, Brad Bistritz scholarship recipient, Lou Apa Scholarship Committee Chair, and Lions Club president Eric Brooks. Nicole Potter was not present.

Chester Lions gives out scholarships

Every year the Chester Lions Club offers numerous $1,000 scholarships to High School Seniors residing in Chester, Mendham and Washington Township in Morris County.


The awards are based on academic success, school and community service and leadership skills. Extenuating circumstances are also considered.


This year, 2014, after extensive deliberation, the following students have been chosen to receive a Chester Lions Club Scholarship to be used to further their education:




Megan C. Forziati

Marcia Beth Schleppy

Nicole Linn Carraher

Sophie Amelia Elmo



Lyndsey Grace Regis

Alexandria Taylor Boniakowski

Christina Lee Egan

Taylor Alexis Brown

Emily Grace Burger

Aaron Bao Vinh

Yun Ling




Joseph Lamberto

Ursula Widocki




Timothy Iverson

Gina Romano

Joseph Esposito


Those interested in further information regarding charitable causes, scholarships or Lionism please contact Phil Savell at 908 879 6543 or visit our website at

NJLERC report May 2014

NJLERC:  There are few programs that serve so many visually impaired people in need and at the same time allow children, adults, Lions Clubs, Scout Groups, schools, large and small corporate entities and other fine organizations  to  make the program work with simple acts of recycling generosity.

The New Jersey Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center continues to process an impressive number of recycled eyeglasses for distribution through medical and charity mission in other countries. Lions Clubs, schools, and companies – both large and small- participate in the eyeglass recycling program.

Between April 1, 2012 and March 31, 2013, NJLERC distributed 101,645 eyeglasses to medical missions and filled 65 Orders which went to those less fortunate in 22 Countries. Between April 1, 2013 and March 31, 2014, NJLERC distributed 81,691 eyeglasses to medical missions and filled 60 Orders which went to those less fortunate in 27 Countries.

NJCURE Lions in New Jersey have an impressive track record both in preventing vision loss and in helping people who are blind or visually impaired. Last year, NJLERC embarked upon a “grass roots” initiative, endorsed by Lions Clubs International, to provide free eye exams and a pair of custom eyeglasses to people with limited financial means and no vision/eyeglass insurance.

By working together, Lions across New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania can make an even greater impact on vision loss by participating in the NJCURE Pilot Program. Since the program’s inception, both funding and the participation of optometrists and local clubs, who continue to “Opt-in” to the program, has increased, and this in turn has enabled more financially needy people to receive both eye exams and new eyeglasses.  Grants from the 16A, 16C, 16D and 16E Charitable Foundations as well as donations from numerous Lion Clubs have made it possible to continue the program into next year.

 The NJCURE program administers the CURE services for the Brandel-Murphy Youth Foundation in New York as it serves its youth sight program in two New York Sub-Districts in conjunction with NJCURE.  In addition, both the Lions Eye Bank of Delaware Valley (LEBDV) and the Bucks County Commission for the Blind to work with NJCURE to phase these organizations into the NJCURE Pilot Program.  With this partnership, NJCURE would be able to help additional financially and visually challenged people.

The NJCURE partnership with our volunteer help, donated services, and contributions, is able to process the steady stream of direct referrals from our website ( as well as from community service based organizations, such as La Casa de Don Pedro with offices in East Orange and Newark, NJ. The South Jersey Eye Center has also chosen to participate in the NJCURE Program, giving South Jersey Eye Center access to the “Lions Lenses” for the duration of the pilot program so that they can assist more financially needy people. There are two forms available for use in obtaining eyeglasses through this program. 1.) There is a form to be used by Lions Clubs that have an existing relationship with an Eye Care Provider to refer a person for NJCURE eyeglasses.  2.) If a Lions Club does not have an existing relationship with an Eye Care Provider, NJLERC may be able to help identify one through the American Optometric Association’s Optometry Cares – Vision USA Network, and a  Vision USA form that can be used.  Both forms are available at the NJLERC website (, then just download the appropriate application form and fax it to (908)788-5467.

.  Through these referrals, last year the NJCURE program successfully processed 137 total referrals (76 Male and 61 Female) to receive free eye exams and new custom fitted eyeglasses.  You as Lions helped 137 financially needy people to receive new eyeglasses!

If your Lions Club needs assistance or if there are questions about this exciting program designed to reduce eye care cost to the indigent and increase the visibility of the important work Lions Clubs do, please contact us at 908-788-LION(5466) or by email at

Participating Eye Care Providers (ECP) by City:  Atlantic Highlands/Bayonne/Belleville/Belmar/

Broadway/Burlington/Camden/Caldwell/Clark/  East Orange/ Gloucester City/Hackensack/Hawthorne/Highland Park/Lawrenceville/Ledgewood/ Metuchen/ Millburn/North Haledon/Nutley/Orange/Parlin/ Plainsboro/ Pleasantville/ Red Bank/ Rutherford/Sea Girt/ Sicklesville/Somers Point/Somerset/Springfield/Stanhope/ Stratford/ Turnersville/Wall/Westwood/West Windsor               [Total 37]

Participant Referrals by City: Annandale/Asbury Park/Atlantic City/ Atlantic Highlands/Berlin/ Bridgeport/Camden/Clayton/Clifton/ Deptford/Edge Weight Park/East Brunswick/East Orange/Edison/Elizabeth/ Florence/Gloucester/ Hackensack /Hackettstown/ Irvington /Kendall Park/Lawrenceville/Little Falls/Lodi/Mahwah/ Metuchen /Middletown/Mount Ephraim/ Neptune/ New Brunswick/Newark/North Plainfield/  Old Tappan/Orange/ Palmyra/ Paterson/Pine Hill / Piscataway/ Rahway/ Sayreville/Sewell/ Sicklesville/Somerdale Spring Lake Heights/ Stanhope/Ridgefield  Park/ Trenton/Waterford /West Berlin/ West Windsor/ White/Williamstown/Willingboro/ Winslow/Woodlynn  [Total 55]


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