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Clubs Activities Brief – December 2013

Lions Pancake Breakfast 2013



The Chester Lions Club continues to support Creative Heartworks, Inc. Formed to improve the lives of children and adolescents suffering from the painful challenges of trauma, loss, separation, mistreatment, illness, or disability by providing healing programs that utilize the performing, visual, media, literary, and culinary arts or other creative means.

To aid Creative Heartworks, Inc. towards their goal, $1000 has been donated. The men and women of the Chester Lions Club aware of the affects radical changes can have on youngsters is happy to offer funds that will be used to provide needed services.

Those interested in contacting Creative Heartworks may visit or call Karen Carbonello at (973) 889 0809. For information on Lionism visit or call Phil Savell at 908 879 6543




120 youngsters enjoyed a visit by Saint Nick on December 14th at the Chester Fire House, in Chester, New Jersey.

The Chester Lions Club played host supplying Lunch to the beaming children.

After the free lunch, the children were entertained by a magician that held them mesmerized with the slight of hand on display. Many participated in the show.

The highlight of the day was the appearance of Santa himself, he even brought along two elves in training. He took the time to speak to everyone noting their list of gifts and present every child with a gift to remember the occasion.

For additional information on Lionism please contact Phil Savell at 908 879 6543 or visit our website at

Caption for Photo: Children are entertained by a magician at the Chester Lions Club “Lunch with Santa”





“Operation Chill Out”, an organization that provides critical support for homeless veterans is the recipient of a $1000 donation from the Chester Lions Club.

The growing number of veterans who are disabled and have been living in tent cities, under bridges and in abandoned buildings have not been forgotten by Operation Chill Out.

Manned by caring individuals who supply necessities to veteran, the group is conducting a much needed service.

Those interested in contacting Operation Chill Out may visit e-mail: or call (908) 509-1462. To learn more about Lionism visit our website at or call Phil Savell at 908 879 6543




Covenant House holds a special place in the hearts of the Chester Lions Club. Before her death, Sister Mary Rose visited the club and participated in the shenanigans that the members enjoy every dinner meeting. At that time we donated $50,000.00 towards establishment of a Covenant House facility in Newark.

Since that memorable day the club has continued to support the organization that strives to make life-changing, life saving differences to the many youngsters caught in a downward spiral of abuse and abandonment.

This year the Chester Lions Club is sending $500.00 to Covenant House which will be matched with funds from a friend of the organization.

For further information regarding Chester Lions Club charitable donations please contact our website at





Eatontown – On Sunday December 8th the Lions Club hosted their annual Pancake breakfast with Santa. 370 Adults and Children walked through the doors. A record attendance for the club since the inception in 2011. The funds that the Lions raised during the event are to help the local community with projects around town. “We are happy to have such a great attendance today. This isn’t only for the kids but it helps the town as a whole, we are happy to serve.” Stated Toby Stark chair of the pancake breakfast event. Special thanks to the Eatontown Fire Department and Mark Woloshin for the fire truck display. As well as Ed Smith and At Home Recreation who donated the Christmas tree for the event. The club also has their annual Christmas tree sales located at the Monmouth Mall through Christmas Eve.

L To R Back Row Charles Taylor, Toby Stark, Bill Thonack, Chad Aretino, Grant Thonack, Joe Aretino, Dave Krueger Carl Lillvik, John Xenakis, Joe Freeman, Edwin Palenzuela, John Demaree, Tim Mattson, Tom Smock, Vito Ruffino and Lewis Sasaki

Sitting L to R: Frank Cutler, President Ken East, Joel Stark, Santa Tiny Jenson, Carl Sohl and Ralph Anderson.

Front Row: Cody Krueger, Bailey Furrugia, Noah Krueger, Lydia Ruffino







Last ballThe Hammonton Lions held their 29th Great Cash Giveaway on Tuesday, December 10th at M.B. Taylor Lodge.

This event is the largest fundraiser for the club and monies raised are donated to Lions’ sight and community projects.

Pictured l to r : Lions Bob Bauers and Joe Giralo hold the $10,000 winning ball #205 in the reverse drawing.

Other winning numbers: #173 – $2000 and numbers 78, 239 and 43 – $1000.

The Lions held their Annual Family Christmas Party after the Great Cash Giveaway Drawing on December 10th.covrenant House


Over 70 Lions, their families and guests attended. In the Christmas spirit, the club donates $200 to Covenant House and members donate personal items and gifts to help homeless teens and young adults who live in the facility located in Atlantic City. Pictured l to r with the donations Lions Frank Johnson, Carl Mortellite, Loretta Rehmann and Carol Orsi






DSCN0065Two Fair Lawn Middle School students awarded Lions Club Peace Poster Contest Certificates

Fair Lawn students, Navie Kim, from Memorial School , and Shannon Zhang from Thomas Jefferson School were recently honored by the Fair Lawn Lions Club for their submissions in the Lions International 2013 Peace Poster Contest. They were awarded recognition certificates at a club luncheon meeting. The theme of the contest this year is “Our World, Our Future”.


Pictured in this photo (L to R) are Lions District Governor Winster D. Ceballos Fair Lawn Lions President Nick Fornaro, Ms. Shannon Zhang, Ms. Navie Kim, and Fair Lawn Lion Dennis Frame – Poster Contest Chairman.

For further discussion, contact Past President Ed Gruber at 201-791-3734 or via this email.





Thirty members of the Linden Lions and Kiwanis Club met for a Thanksgiving Luncheon held at the Roselle Gold Club on November 26th. The Linden based groups meet every year for a luncheon. The featured guest speaker was Warren Murray who is with the Corrections Department. He spoke about recycled eyeglasses, how they are processed by inmates and distributed to needy people around the world. He praised the Linden Lions Club for doing an excellent job of collecting used eyeglasses and asked everyone to consider donating their used eyeglasses as there is a tremendous need and is so greatly appreciated by so many.





December 5th marks the 65th International Leo Day and the Chester Lions Club is proud to join Lions and Leos everywhere in celebrating and recognizing Leo clubs for their service in the community.  Recently the club helped charter a Leo Club at Daytop Village in Mendham, NJ.  Primary to the goals of an established Leo Club are LEADERSHIP, EXPERIENCE, and OPPORTUNITY.  These are just a few of the rewards young people gain from participating in Leos.  They also happen to be the values that create the acronym of the club name.

More than 150,000 young people in 139 countries are proud volunteers, serving local communities and calling themselves Leos.  Youth who join Alpha clubs (ages 12-18) have fun, make new friends and experience the rewards of serving others.


Leo clubs provide young people with volunteer opportunities and are also a place to grow and have fun.  Although only recently established, the Daytop Leos have already experienced success in their volunteerism.  For their first project the club collected pet food and supplies to donate to a local animal shelter.  The Leos planned and executed the project from start to finish.  They were rewarded with over 4 car loads of donations which they dropped off at the Denville Animal Shelter.  “It felt so great to be able to do something for these animals” said Skyler Labinsky.  Skyler assured us that the Leos don’t plan to stop anytime soon.  “We already have some ideas for new projects to work on”.


For more information on Leo Clubs or on Lionism please visit our website at





As the holidays approach, the Chester Lions Club recognizes those who do not have the means to fully experience the joy and goodwill that permeates the season.


Seniors who occupy the Chester Area Senior Housing complex will be surprised with a gift from the Chester Lions Club, something that will brighten their holidays and will stimulate their taste buds.


In addition, several churches and synagogues in the area will be the recipients of funds to be used to allow those less fortunate to enjoy the holiday season.


The Chester Lions Club will also provide funds to the Chester Area Children’s fund “The Nurses Fund” which has been in existence for many years.  The fund was established to ensure that youngsters in the school system have proper attire and various other essentials. 

Additional information regarding Lionism please visit our website at     





Operation Jersey Cares, is an all volunteer organization that collects and sends products (necessities and tasty treats) to our military personnel overseas, financially helps combat wounded Marines and Soldiers and supports our veterans in Veteran Homes and Military Facilities.


The Chester Lions Club supports their effort and recently donated $1,000 to help them in their mission.


One recipient wrote “I have never in 15 years of service felt so much love as I did yesterday from the American people”.


For more information on Operation Jersey Cares please visit their website at or learn more about Lionism at