The Chester Lions Club recently contributed funds to two notable organizations.
The Association of Blind Athletes of New Jersey provides a vital service to active adults who participate in organized sports such as power lifting, archery, equestrian, swimming and skiing.  The ABANJ received $1,000 to carry on their mission.
The Chester Lion Club also donated $2,000 to the First Aid Squad of Chester.  Staffed by dedicated individuals who provide an important service to the community, the First Aid Squad volunteers sacrifice time and energy to make a difference in Chester Township and Borough.
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Antics Abound at Recent Dinner Meeting

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Last Thursday’s dinner meeting proved to be full of all kinds of shenanigans. We were joined by District Governor Nancy Jakubczyk who filled us in on some important Lions International news and information as well as installing three new members.

Members of the Chester Lions Club celebrated the induction of Monika Flaherty of Long Valley, Robert Couillard of Chester and Brian Molner of Morristown who were sworn in by the Lions District Governor herself.

Members of the club welcomed them with a great roar as they join others who are dedicated to helping those in need.

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January is National Braille Literacy Month!

Saturday, January 4, marks the 205th birthday of Louis Braille, the inventor of his eponymous code for people with vision loss. In celebration of his birthday, as well as National Braille Literacy Month, we’ve assembled a roundup of braille-centric content throughout AFB’s family of sites.

Read up, reflect, and appreciate what braille has meant to so many. Braille continues to be a driving force for people with vision loss. Throughout January, we will be sharing information relevant to braille—history, technology, and so forth.

Here’s a collection of articles to kick things off. We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

What Is Braille? A primer for the uninitiated. Then, move on to a more advanced overview, courtesy of VisionAware’s All About Braille section.

Touch and Read: Early Tools of Literacy for Your Child Who Is Blind or Visually Impaired. Presented via FamilyConnect, this article is an excerpt from the AFB Press text Reach Out and Teach: Helping Your Child Who is Visually Impaired Learn and Grow, by Kay Alicyn Ferrell.

Braille Literacy Awareness Month. From our partner site, VisionAware.

200 Years: The Life and Legacy of Louis Braille. This robust online museum celebrating Louis Braille’s Bicentennial traces his life through photographs, engravings, and illustrations from AFB’s rare books collection.

Literacy Resources for Parents. Also from FamilyConnect, a valuable roundup for families with children who are blind or visually impaired.

DOTS for Braille Literacy. The most recent issue of AFB’s newsletter covering the latest on braille technologies and teaching strategies.

Louis Braille Biography. A kid-friendly biography on the Braille Bug® site, which was created to help sighted children learn about braille through accessible games and activities.

Further, the forthcoming January issue of AccessWorld will include content on braille as it relates to technology—an annual focus each January.


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Chester Lions Continue to Support Covenant House

Covenant House holds a special place in the hearts of the Chester Lions Club.  Before her death, Sister Mary Rose visited the club and participated in the shenanigans that the members enjoy every dinner meeting.  At that time we donated $50,000.00 towards establishment of a Covenant House facility in Newark.
Since that memorable day the club has continued to support the organization that strives to make life-changing, life saving differences to the many youngsters caught in a downward spiral of abuse and abandonment. This year the Chester Lions Club is sending  $500.00 to Covenant House which will be matched with funds from a friend of the organization.
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Aid Given to Creative Heartworks, Inc.

The Chester Lions Club continues to support Creative Heartworks, Inc.

Formed to improve the lives of children and adolescents suffering from the painful challenges of trauma, loss, separation, mistreatment, illness, or disability by providing healing programs that utilize the performing, visual, media, literary, and culinary arts or other creative means.

To aid Creative Heartworks, Inc. towards their goal, $1000 has been donated. The men and women of the Chester Lions Club aware of the affects radical changes can have on youngsters is happy to offer funds that will be used to provide needed services.
Those interested in contacting Creative Heartworks may visit or call Karen Carbonello at (973) 889 0809.

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Operation Chill Out Finds Support with Chester Lions

Operation Chill Out, an organization that provides critical support for homeless veterans is the recipient of a $1000 donation from the Chester Lions Club.

The growing number of veterans who are disabled and have been living in tent
cities, under bridges and in abandoned buildings have not been forgotten by
Operation Chill Out.

Manned by caring individuals who supply necessities to veteran, the group is
conducting a much needed service.

Those interested in contacting Operation Chill Out may visit
e-mail: or call (908) 509-1462.

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