Lunch with Santa Huge Success!

IMG_3883Children from the community enjoyed an afternoon full of magic and merriment at the Chester Lions Club’s annual Lunch with Santa on December 5th! This year’s event, held free at the Community Presbyterian Church on Main St. in Chester, was attended by 151 children and their families. The children were treated to a hot dog lunch, complete with chips, cookies, and drinks. After that, magician Matt Cadabra was on hand to entertain the children with his dazzling holiday magic show. The magic show was followed by the main attraction and pictures with Santa and his elves, taken and distributed by the Chester Lions. Everyone had a wonderful time.

The Chester Lions would like to extend a special thank you to everyone who brought donations for the Chester Food Pantry. Because of their generosity we were able to send 34 bags and boxes full of food to support those in need.

The Chester Lions Club continues to support local, national and international efforts to help those in need.  For further information please contact Jaime Goodrich at chesterlionsclub@gmail.com or visit our web site at chesterlionsclubnj.com.Chester Lions Lunch with Santa Food donation

Thank you again to our sponsors

We would like to take a moment to thank our sponsors once again. Oktoberfest was tremendously successful this year, and as usual we could not have done it with out the support from all of you!

Sponsor
Alstede Farms
AmeriGas
Branded Screen Printing
Centenary Stage Company
Chester Barber Shop
Chester Lioness
Chester Meat Market
Chester Collision and Auto Body
Chester Township Police Department
Chester Volunteer Fire Company
Chester Volunteer First Aid Company
Communications Service Integrators
Die Spitzbuam German-American Dance Band
Fairchild Gas and Service
Fifty Plus Club
Flanders Chiropractic Center
FUNTOBER
Fulton Bank of New Jersey
FRENCH’S Mustard, Catch-up etc.
A. Guidone Landscaping
J.A. Hall Plumbing & Heating
Harrington & Sons Construction
HCBA Chester Business Association
High Grade Beverage
Honeywell
Hudson City Savings Bank
Innovative Electrical Contracting
J. Velocci  CPA
James LoSapio Paving
Jersey Mortgage Company
Johnson Automotive Group
Holmquest Team-Keller Williams Realtor 
Lamplighter Restaurant
Ort Farms
Peapack-Gladstone Bank
Pelzar Services
PNC Bank
Power Portal
POWER Home Remodeling Group
R & R Construction
Seeing Eye
Somerset Turf Landscape Contractor
Staples
State Farm Insurance
Stony Hill Farms
Super Stuff Tent Rental
Team Welch Jeep-Chrysler
The Regular Guy Barber Shop
TriOrganics
Two Kids Foundation
WEICHERT Realtor
WEISS-AUG
WOLTERS, Luke,  Tax Consultants

Community Hope Receives Annual Getaway

Community Hope, founded almost 30 years ago, has created a brighter future for those in our community 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.
Community Hope community hopecreates 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.

Chester Lions Support the NFBNJ

In July, $500.00 was donated to the National Federation of the Blind of New Jersey by the Chester Lions N.J. Charitable Foundation Inc.  The money is to be used by the foundations braille enrichment in library and learning programs.
National Federation of the Blind New jersey
The National Federation of the Blind of New Jersey helps to raise the expectation of blind people. Often, low expectations create obstacles between blind people and their dreams. The National Federation of the Blind knows that blindness is not the characteristic that defines you, you can have the life you want, blindness is not what holds people back. The NJBNJ believes that together with love, hope and determination dreams are transferred into reality.

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l. to r. Lions Phil Guidone, Gerri LoSapio, and our newest member Geri Minter

The Chester Lions Club is dedicated to helping those in need.  Through various fund raisers the club has been able to donate money to numerous worthy causes.  To aid in that endeavor it is very important to grow the club with individuals who contribute new ideas and energy to reach our goal.

At a recent event the Chester Lions Club was very pleased to welcome a new member.
Jeri Minter, a resident of Chester was inducted into the Chester Lions Club.  She has started her involvement in very positive ways by participating in our Scholarship program even before she was inducted.  The Club gives $20,000 worth of scholarships to local high school scholars every year and Jeri was instrumental in their distribution this year.
The many club members look forward to a long and rewarding relationship.

$30,000 in Scholarships Awarded!

80 student scholars submitted applications from a number of schools, both public and private.  This year’s applicants were of outstanding quality, and the Chester Lions Club felt it necessary to raise the number of scholarships this year to 6– giving out an unprecedented $30,000, for this year only. Scholarships are given out based on academic success, school and community activities and leadership skills, and the awards are available for use in pursuing further education in college or trade schools.
This year 2015, two students from West Morris Mendham High School and four students from West Morris Central High School received $5,000 each.
Congratulations to:
Julie Lee, of West Morris Mendham High School, who received the Ray Cosgrove Award, memorializing a former member of the Chester Lions Club.
Ryan Vinh, of West Morris Central High School, who received the Joe Youngman Award, memorializing a long time member of the Chester Lions Club.
Nicklaus M. Green of West Morris Mendham High School
Kailene Brobst of West Morris Central High School
Angelina Pagano of West Morris Central High School
Valerie Jaretsky of West Morris Central High School
It is with great pleasure that the Chester Lions Club provides scholarships to our brightest and most accomplished students.  The Club has provided financial aid to worthy scholars for more than 40 years and with the support of the community will continue to follow our motto “WE SERVE”

2015 Officers Are In!

2015 Installation
The Chester Lions Club installed its new slate of officers at the Madison Hotel, Madison Avenue, Convent Station on June 25th, 2015.
This year Warren Weinstein was installed as the new president of the Chester Lions Club.
A resident of Randolph, Warren plans to continue the edict of Lionism, to empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding .  He pledges to live by the Lions Slogan, “Liberty, Intelligence, Our Nations Safety”.
Jointed on the executive committee by Secretary Richard Lucy of Plainsboro and Elizabeth Anger of Chester, the Lions in attendance roared their approval for the new officers.
Overseeing the clubs major activity, Warren, Richard and Elizabeth will take part in the Chester Lions Clubs Oktoberfest.  The event which will take place on September 26th and 27th this year at Chubb Park in Chester will be the 17th installment of a very successful fundraiser.  Monies raised will be distributed to local, national and international charities.

Local and International Causes Supported by The Chester Lions

At a recent meeting of the Chester Lion Club numerous donations were authorized.
Ranging from local to international, the donations will be directed to worthwhile charities that are, like the Chester Lions Club, dedicated to helping those in need. The following organizations will receive funds:
  • Jersey Battered Women Services (JBWS), who provide assistance to women in domestic violence situations.
  • Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), who serves children who  have been abused and placed under foster care.  Volunteers represent children in Family Court, advocating for safe, loving, permanent homes.
  • The Seeing Eye of Morristown, who’s mission is to raise and train dogs for the blind and to instruct visually impaired individuals in their use and care.
  • The Black River Middle School Language Arts Award, in Chester, will be presented with two gift certificates.
  • Lions Club International Foundation will receive a donation to improve measles vaccine distribution worldwide, which will be matched, generously dollar for dollar, by the GAVI Alliance.
At a recent meeting of the Chester Lion Club numerous donations were authorized.
Ranging from local to international, the donations will be directed to worthwhile charities that are, like the Chester Lions Club, dedicated to helping those in need. The following organizations will receive funds:
  • Jersey Battered Women Services (JBWS), who provide assistance to women in domestic violence situations.
  • Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), who serves children who  have been abused and placed under foster care.  Volunteers represent children in Family Court, advocating for safe, loving, permanent homes.
  • The Seeing Eye of Morristown, who’s mission is to raise and train dogs for the blind and to instruct visually impaired individuals in their use and care.
  • The Black River Middle School Language Arts Award, in Chester, will be presented with two gift certificates.
  • Lions Club International Foundation will receive a donation to improve measles vaccine distribution worldwide, which will be matched, generously dollar for dollar, by the GAVI Alliance.

Chester Lions Attend Visionary of the Year Award Ceremony

Members of the Chester Lions Club recently attended the Visionary of the Year Award ceremony, held at L’ffaire restaurant in Mountainside, NJ.  Eversight New Jersey (formally “The New Jersey Lions Eye Bank”) used the occasion to celebrate 45 years of preserving and restoring sight for hundreds of people in need.  In addition, several individuals and organizations were honored for their unwavering commitment and dedication to the “Eversight New Jersey” mission.
Elspeth Moore was singled out as “2015 Visionary of the Year” for her selfless support, without hesitation, restoring sight to countless people.
The Chester Lions Club received several awards including the “Four Star Patch Award” having assigned an ambassador to Eversight New Jersey, participated in a Eversight New Jersey community event, and made a contribution.  The Chester Lions Club also received the “Ken Mattfield Award” recognizing those who donated $1,000 or more in this fiscal year.  Among those involved with the Eversight New Jersey organization was Chester’s own Gerry LoSapio a respected member of the Chester Lions Club.