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.

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.

How to ALWAYS get Facebook Posts from the Chester Lions

How to ALSWAYS get Facebook Posts from


Facebook is at it again! If you feel like you’re just not seeing our posts like you used to, you’re probably right!

Try these two simple steps to make sure you don’t miss any of our announcements and posts.

Step One:
Go to the Chester Lions Facebook page by searching Facebook or clicking on this link:

Once you are there, be sure that you have “Liked” our page. If you “Like” it, the grey thumbs-up next to the word “LIKE” will turn light blue.

Step Two:

Hover your mouse over that “Like” button and a drop down menu will appear. Click where it says “Get Notifications.” A check mark will appear. Do the same for “Following.”
Once “Get Notifications” and “Following” are checked, you will see all of the updates made to the page right in your own Newsfeed. It’s that easy!

You will be missed, Dear Friend

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The Chester Lions Club is deeply saddened by the passing of lifetime member, Joe Youngman. Joe was a kind and generous spirit who touched so many lives within our community, and he will be missed greatly.

Joe’s family and friends will be celebrating his life this Sunday (11/16) from 3:00-6:00 PM at William J. Leber Funeral Home in Chester, NJ. The burial service will be at Our Lady of the Mountain Church in Schooley’s Mountain, NJ on Monday (11/17) at 10:30 AM. In lieu of sending flowers, we ask that you make a donation to the American Cancer Society or the American Diabetes Association in his memory.

Thank you to our sponsors!

The Chester Lions Club Oktoberfest 2014 was the most successful in the last 16 years.  The community enjoyed the festivities that have morphed into a tradition that brings families together .  The Chester Lions Club gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the following sponsors of our Oktoberfest. WE COULDN’T HAVE DONE IT WITHOUT YOU.

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Alstede Farms                         
Andrea’s Dining Room
APH Mechanical Inc.
Branded Screen Printing
Calaremi Cadillac
Centenary College                       
Chester Barber Shop
Chester Diner                         
Chester Collision and Auto Body
Chester Lioness                       
Chester Meat Market
Chester First Aid Squad
Chester Township Police
Chester Volunteer Fire Co.
Communications Service Integrators
Fairchild Gas and Service
French’s Consumer Products
Fulton Bank of New Jersey
Henderson and Newburg, LLC
Harrington & Sons Constructions
High Grade Beverage
Hudson City Savings Bank
Innovative Electrical Contracting
J.A. Hall Plumbing and Heating
J. Velocci and Associates
Johnson Dodge                         
James LoSapio Paving
Jersey Mortgage Company
Lamplighter Restaurant
Luke Wolters, Tax Consultants Ort Farms                         
Peapack-Gladstore Bank
Pelzer Services
Pleasant Pools                         
PNC Bank
R & R Construction                  
Seeing Eye
Somerset Turf                          
State Farm Insurance
Stony Hill Farms
Super Stuff Party Rentals Inc.
Team Welch Jeep-Chrysler
The Herridge Group
The Holmquest Team
The Regular Guy Barber Shop
Trend Motors                        
Two Kids Foundation
Willie McBrides Irish Pub
We appreciate all of our sponsors as well as the support from the community.  Because of an all out effort the Chester Lions Club will continue to serve those in need.

Vision Screenings for Over 350 Children This Month

Sept92014In early September, the Chester Lions Club, on behalf of the Lions Eye/Earmobile Foundation of New Jersey, helped to coordinate vision screenings for a number of urban schools, operated by the “Leaguers, Inc.” The Leaguers provide free pre-school/ Head Start programs for local families in Newark and Irvington, New Jersey.

The screenings, which were conducted by the Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CBVI), began on September 9th and were completed on September 23, 2014. Over the course of 6 sessions, 355 children were screened, most of whom were in the 3 to 4 year old range. Additionally, it is important to note that no costs were incurred by either the Leaguers or the Lions. The CBVI does the work gratis as a state agency, and encourages organizations to contact them for such screenings.

Both the NJ Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired and the Leaguers were very pleased with the outcome of the screenings and send their thanks to the Chester Lions Club and the Eye/ Earmobile Foundation.

The Chester Lions Club would like to thank member Lions Jaime Goodrich, Harry Gorman, Jack Wolfe, Arline Rossi, and Dennis Rossi for volunteering their time. And a big thank you to Stan Pukash for working with the Leagures and the CBVI to not only organize the visits but for attending all the sessions and making sure the experience went smoothly.

Lions clubs or schools looking to get involved by setting up screenings are encouraged to contact the Lions Eye/Earmobile Foundation of New Jersey or contacting the Chester Lions Club.

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

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.