The Avalon Lions and the BSTREETBAND raise $15,000 for Family Promise of Cape May County!

ALC BSTREET 7MT Large Crowd Outside 2014AVALON NJ "So.......Who'd of thought that the Lions Club of Avalon Nj would be the rockinest spot on the Jersey Shore? Apparently, all of these folks! Thanks Avalon for the great night!" That's what the BSTREETBAND posted on their Facebook page (with video) right after their concert on July 26th at the Avalon Community Center in Avalon NJ!


With a sellout crowd of over 700 people, the Avalon Lions Club, with a ton of help from the Avalon Borough and the recreation center staff lead by Sue Ellenberg and many dedicated volunteers, threw the largest party Avalon has seen in quite a while! The result was over $15,000 raised for the Family Promise of Cape May County!


"We were thrilled with this first annual Avalon Lions summer Charity Concert, said Jim Collins ALC BSTREET Band Concert Prep 2014president of the Avalon Lions after the concert. The BSTREETBAND was great, the people really enjoyed themselves and best of all, we were able to raise a very large sum of money for Family Promise of CMC! We had terrific support from the community, businesses and volunteers. We look forward to seeing everyone again next year on Saturday, July 25, 2015 for the second concert in the annual series featuring the “Landsharks” the only authentic Jimmy Buffett tribute Band!


The Avalon Lions Club conducts fundraisers for the visually impaired and those with special needs in our area.  It provides funding for the Helen L. Diller Vacation Home for Blind Children in Avalon, Volunteers in Medicine, Holy Redeemer and United Way food banks, CASA, CARA, Family Promise, and eye banks.  For additional information on how you can support and jointhe Avalon Lions Club, please visit  We are also on Facebook:

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.


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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

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