2017 Scholarships Awarded

The Chester Lions Club received numerous applications for its annual scholarship initiative. High school seniors residing in Chester, Mendham and Washington Township, Morris County, New Jersey, applied for five $5,000 scholarships offered by the Lions Club. This year the awards were presented to one student from West Morris Mendham High School and four students from West Morris Central High School. Candidates were selected based upon criteria including scholastic achievement, community service, extracurricular activities, financial need and accomplishments that exhibited exceptional leadership. Following its motto, “We Serve,” the Chester Lions Club has provided scholarships for the community’s students for over forty years.

Lions Celebrate New Year with Installation of New Officers

At La Strada Ristorante, Randolph, the Chester Lions Club recently installed its new slate of officers that will carry on the traditions of Lionism. This year Casper J. Meijer, a long standing member, was installed as the new president of the Chester Lions Club.

A resident of Long Valley, Casper plans to continue the credo 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, “We Serve”.

Casper is joined on the executive committee by Secretary Richard Lucy, Treasurer Ron Minardi, and three Vice-Presidents. During the ceremony, the Chester Lions Club also inducted new member Judy Irwin. The Lions in attendance roared with approval for the new member and officers. Overseeing the clubs major activity, Casper, Richard, Ron and the full executive committee will take part in the Chester Lions Clubs Oktoberfest.  The event, which will take place on September 23rd and 24th this year at Chubb Park in Chester, will be the 19th installment of a very successful fundraiser.  Monies raised will be distributed to local, national and international charities.

Appraisals Event Held

The Chester Lions Club held their second annual Appraisals & Hors d’oeuvres fundraiser in early May at the American Legion Hall in Chester, New Jersey.  Marilyn Visakay, A.M., ASA, of M. Visakay Appraisals was on hand to provide verbal appraisals.  Many historic items were appraised throughout the event including art work, an antique jewelry box, fine china, a historic military item and much more.  The Chester Lions thank the community for making this event a great success.  

Eye-Ear Screenings Continue

On May 10 and 20, 2017 the Chester Lions Club coordinated free vision and hearing screenings at the Marian Manor Retirement Home in Caldwell and House of Prayer Health Fair in Newark. During the Caldwell event, nineteen senior citizens were screened by representatives of the NJ Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired, and another twenty one participants were screened for hearing.  During the Newark screening, thirty-eight people received vision testing, and another fifteen received hearing tests. These efforts are part of the original mission of Lionism, eyesight conservation, and the Club works to help the members of the community protect against the loss or reduction of eyesight and hearing.

The Chester Lions Club will be pleased to coordinate free vision and hearing screenings for organizations in New Jersey. Please contact us at 908-879-6591. For more information about the Chester Lions Club and other special events or projects please visit www.chesterlionsclubnj.com.

  

Chester Lions Club Distributes $9,000 to Local First Responders

Providing assistance to local organizations has always been a key objective of the members of the Chester Lions Club. This tradition continued during a recent meeting of the Chester Lions Club Board of Directors where the Lions designated $9,000.00 for distribution to local fire departments, including the Chester Fire Department, Washington Valley Fire Department, Fairmount Fire Department and Schooley’s Mountain Fire Department, as well as to the Long Valley First Aid Squad. We are thankful for the hard work and sacrifice of our first responders. The Chester Lions Club, whose motto is “We Serve” continues through its Charitable Foundation its commitment to the community with these donations.

Santa visits with local children

Chester Lions Club Lunch with Santa 2016 was a success! Earlier this month, children from the community enjoyed an afternoon full of merriment and magic at the Chester Lions Club’s annual Lunch with Santa. Over seventy-five children and their families attended this year’s free event at the Community Presbyterian Church on Main St. in Chester. The children were treated to a hot dog lunch, complete with chips, cookies, and drinks. After that, those in attendance were entertained by a magician with his entertaining 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 and Operation Jersey Cares. Because of their generosity we were able to provide numerous 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.

Over $15000 distributed to Charitable Organizations

Various charities will share a total of over $15,000 donated in November by the Chester Lions Club. The funds will be divided among area churches and synagogues for those in need, the Chester School Nurses Fund which administers the Chester Area Children’s Fund, Community Soup Kitchen, Chester Food Pantry, SAFE in Hunterdon County aiding those suffering from domestic violence and neglect and the Beth Israel Hospital hemophilia branch. The Chester Lions Club whose motto is “We Serve” continues through its Charitable Foundation its commitment to the community with these donations. For more information about the Chester Lions Club and the club’s community service efforts please visit www.chesterlionsclubnj.com.

Chester and Linden Lions Work Together to Achieve Goals

On October 30, 2016 the Chester Lions Club, in conjunction with the Linden Lions Club, sponsored a free eye and ear screening at the Reformed Church of Linden. During the four hour event, forty community members were screened by a trained vision technician, and another fourteen participants were screened for hearing. The two Lions Clubs worked together to help the members of the community protect against the loss or reduction of eyesight and hearing.

These efforts are part of the original mission of Lionism, eyesight conservation. The Chester Lions Club will be happy to coordinate free vision and hearing screenings for organizations in New Jersey. Please contact us at 908-879- 6591.

For more information about the Chester Lions Club and other special events or projects please visit www.chesterlionsclubnj.com.

Thank you to all who helped us!

skyhigh-picsThe Chester Lions Club 18th Annual Oktoberfest and Car Show was recently held at Chubb Park in Chester. The event was a resounding success by combining great family fun, community involvement and charitable fundraising.

The food was authentic German fare including bratwurst, smoked pork chops, and potato salad. Marvelous desserts; plum cake, beehive cake and apple strudel topped off foods enjoyed by the hungry crowd. Of course, a favorite of the event was the specially brewed Oktoberfest beers.  Attending families also enjoyed the many activities for young and old alike, including live music by Die Spitzbaum, a Car Show, rides and games.

The community was instrumental in the event’s success. Numerous volunteers were involved from civic-minded individuals, the Harrington Family, R&R Construction, the Chester Township Police Department, the Chester Volunteer Fire Department, local Boy and Girl Scouts, the service clubs at West Morris Mendham High School and West Morris Central High School, Daytop Leos, the Chester Lionesses, and others.  It was very heartening to see the enthusiasm exhibited by the volunteers. Everyone helped the Lions in their quest to fulfill their motto “We Serve”.

The Chester Lions Club also gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the sponsors and suppliers of our Oktoberfest.  Special thanks go out to all of them – we could not have done it without you!

With your support the Chester Lions Club will continue its mission to help others.  In previous years the proceeds from the Oktoberfest have been donated to numerous charities including sixteen different charities related to sight conservation, the Seeing Eye, NJ Battered Women’s Shelter, Community Hope natural disaster relief as well as local organizations such as local food banks, Fire Departments and First Aid Squads.