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 or visit our web site at 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!

Alstede Farms
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
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
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
State Farm Insurance
Stony Hill Farms
Super Stuff Tent Rental
Team Welch Jeep-Chrysler
The Regular Guy Barber Shop
Two Kids Foundation
WOLTERS, Luke,  Tax Consultants
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.

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District 16N Lions Walk for Juvenile Diabetes

Members of Lions District 16N will be walking together at the JDRF “Walk to Cure Diabetes” at Liberty State Park in Jersey City, NJ on October 25, 2014.
Type 1, or juvenile diabetes, is a devastating disease that affects millions of people, a large and growing percentage of them children.

There is some good news, though. JDRF is our best hope for finding a cure. It funds more type 1 diabetes research than any other charity worldwide and it’s making progress along many promising paths toward better treatments and a cure.

Now, more than ever, you can make a crucial difference. Won’t you please give to JDRF as generously as possible? Together, we can make the cure a reality!

Please click on this link to make a donation: “Donate” to make an online donation. 

Oktoberfest 2014 Best Yet!

Oktoberfest 2014, the 16th anniversary of the event, sponsored by the Chester Lions Club, was held recently at Chubb Park in Chester.  The event was a resounding success by combining great family fun, community involvement and serious 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 were inhaled by the hungry crowd.  A favorite at the event was the specially brewed Oktoberfest beers available for a short period of time.

Attending families enjoyed the many games and rides offered.  The Obstacle Course was the most popular with giggles from energetic youngsters throughout the weekend.  The Pony rides, Photo Booth, Face Painting and the Sand Art were also popular.  There was something for everyone including a wide variety of Classic Cars.  Entertainment was supplied by the popular Adler’s Band who offered a wide selection of German music for dancing and listening.

The community was instrumental in the event’s success.  Numerous volunteers were involved, from civic-minded individuals to the service clubs at West Morris Central High School and West Morris Mendham High School.  Chester’s 50+ Club participated, as well as the very active Chester Lionesses.  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”.

In previous years the proceeds from the Oktoberfest have been donated to numerous charities including Morristown Memorial Hospital, NJ Battered Women, Tsunami and Katrina relief and Hurricane Sandy relief, as well as local organization such as Fire Departments and First Aid Squads.

Oktoberfest 2014 turned into a happening and was a record breaker, the most successful event in the Chester Lions Club’s history.  Thanks go out to all of our sponsors and suppliers who helped make it possible, and to the community for their support.

With your support the Chester Lions Club will continue its effort to help others.

“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.*