84 Preschoolers Screened for Vision


On behalf of the NJ Eye Ear Foundation, the Chester Lions Club, NJ visited the Leaguers.Inc Preschool in Newark. With the help of the NJ Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 84 children had vision screenings today. Over the next few days, the Chester Lions Club will assist with 4 more screenings in Newark and Irvington at the Leaguers Inc. preschools. #LionsClub #WeServe

Several Donations Made in July

Several donations were recently approved by the Board of Directors of the Chester Lions Club.benefactors oktoberfest 2013 with tag
A long time relationship established with Covenant House continues with a $500 donation helping youngsters who are in distress.  In addition, $1000 has been designated for Operation Chill Out, an organization that provides for the needs of homeless veterans.  In keeping with the desire to help our hero’s in the military, the Chester Lions Club will provide $2000 to Cooking With The Troops who offer meals and events to members of the military and their care givers at hospitals and medical center around the country.
Please help us to continue making donations like these by joining us at Oktoberfest Weekend, Sept. 27 & 28 in Chester, NJ.

“Mark Twain Himself” Social Event – Join Us!


The Chester Lions Club Presents Richard Garey in An Evening with “Mark Twain Himself”

This wonderful performance will take place on Saturday, October 25, 2014, 7:30 PM. Join us at the Black River Playhouse,on Grove Street in beautiful Chester, NJ.

Tickets are $18.  Refreshments Will Be Served. Call the Chester Lions to reserve your tickets today!! 908-879-6591

*Please note, this performance is open to the general public, however only adults will be admitted.*




Chester Lions Subsidize Community Hope’s Annual Getaway

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.

For more information on Community Hope, please visit their website: http://www.communityhope-nj.org/

Chester Lions Support Roxbury Social Services

The Chester Lions Club is excited to contribute $1,000 towards a unique fund raiser supporting Roxbury Social Services.Chester Lions donate $1000 to Children's Carnival Fundraiser

The 13th Annual Children’s Carnival will take place at Horseshoe Lake this year, 72 Eyland Avenue, Roxbury, NJ, 07876 on Sunday August 3rd, 2014, 3:00pm to 6:30pm. Proceeds are used to purchase gift cards that are then distributed by Roxbury Social Services to financially needy families. The event was started by the Stellingwerf family of Chester.  According to Brian Stellingwerf who was instrumental in starting the carnival when he was 11, “in the past twelve years alone, we have successfully donated over $21,000″ making a difference in the lives of less fortunate children.

 Join the Chester Lions Club in donating any amount to provide vital services to needy families.  Gift cards will be purchased from the Ledgewood Wal-mart with the proceeds. Roxbury Social Services distributes the cards in conjunction with Operation Backpack.

48th Slate of Officers Inducted

IMG_0597The Chester Lions Club installed its new slate of officers at Primavera in Stirling, NJ. on June 26, 2014.

This year the new president of the club is John LeFand, a life member of the club who has received numerous awards of excellence including the highly prized Melvin Jones Fellowship Award for outstanding service.

A resident of Chester, John has been a member of the club for many years. He plans to continue the mission of Lionism, to serve the community, fostering a spirit of understanding among all people through community involvement and cooperation.

He will be joined on the executive committee by Secretary Richard Lucy of Plainsboro and Treasurer Elizabeth Anger of Chester.

During his administration, Mr. LeFand will participate in the Lions Club Oktoberfest, which will take place on September 27 and 28 this year at Chubb Park. The event allows the club to donate funds to individuals, and local, national and international organizations in need. In previous years, the club has donated to local Fire Departments, First Aid Squads, Churches and Synagogues, Police Departments and numerous charitable organizations.

May is Eyeglass Recycling Month!


One of the most important aspects of eyesight conservation is collecting used eyeglasses to help those in need.  The Chester Lions Club support all eyesight projects.  It is estimated that the eyesight of one-fourth of the worlds population can be improved by the use of corrective lenses.  In 2013, Governor Chris Christie designated the month of May as EYEGLASS RECYCLING MONTH.  The Governor indicated that the “New Jersey Lions Clubs have earned the respect and admiration of all who know of their efforts and have set the standard for community service that other organizations might emulate.”

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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 Lions 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.