A meeting of the Chester Lions Club Board of Directors took place on February 5, 2015. Highlights of the meeting included funds distributed to Chester and Long Valley Fire Companies and First Aid Squads. Donations that have become a tradition ensuring that first responders have sufficient funds to carry out their mission effectively. In addition to the continuing support offered the fire and first aid squads, the Chester Lions Club will provide funding to the Alice Rich Northrop free camp for inner city children. The $1050.00 donated by the Club will be matched bringing the total to $2100.00 providing a chance for 7th and 8th graders a much needed time away from the rigors of city life.
Alice Rich Northrop, a renowned naturalist established the camp in the early 1920’s. Throughout her adult life she endeavored to make the joys of nature available to youngsters confined to cities. The Northrop Memorial Nature Camp is located in Mt. Washington, Mass.
Additionally, the Chester Lions Club has approved the support for several Lions Designated Charities. The charities designated by Lionism have been investigated to determine that they are meeting their goals. Central to Lionism has always been eyesight conservation, helping the sightless and contributing to ophthalmological research.
At a recent meeting, the Chester Lions Club has contributed $1,000.00 each to the following Lions Designated Charities:
Association of Blind Athletes of NJ
Concordia learning Center (St. Joseph’s School for Blind)
John D. Young Memorial Lions Blind Center
Lions Eye Bank of Delaware Valley
Lions Eye Bank of New Jersey
NJ Blind Citizens Assoc., Inc. (Camp Happiness)
NJ Camp for Blind Children (Camp Marcella)
NJ Foundation for the Blind (Diamond Spring Lodge)
The NJ Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center
NJ Training School for Boys
Learning Ally – The NJ Unit
Lions Eye Research Foundation of NJ (LERF)