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Wayne Lions' Mission

“We are a group of service-minded people who take an active interest in the civic, cultural, social and moral welfare of our community.  We wish to work together to serve our community without thought of personal financial reward. With this common purpose in mind, we also create and strengthen the bonds of friendship, good fellowship and mutual understanding of our members. Finally, we aspire to the highest ethical standards both within our group and as we conduct our daily business.”

Upcoming Events


On October 17 and 18 (next Tuesday and Wednesday), visit California Pizza Kitchen and give them this flyer.  Twenty percent (20%) of your bill will be donated to the Wayne Lions. 

Go out to dinner with the Family and provide a charitable donation AT THE SAME TIME!

Download this flyer by clicking here.

Flyer for FUNraiser at California Pizza Kitchen

You can download and print out the flyer by clicking here.

Past Events


2017 Annual Golf Outing

On Monday, October 2, we held our Annual Golf Outing!

Thank you to all the golfers, sponsors and support staff that helped make our outing a great success yesterday. The weather was PERFECT... We raised an estimated $4,200 (exact number to come). 100% of these funds will be sent back to the community to help the less fortunate.




VideoEye Machine Donated to Wayne Public Library

On November 15, the Wayne Lions Club presented the Wayne Public Library with the donation of a VideoEye Machine. This machine relays the image of any item (book, small objtect, etc.) to an LCD screen.  This enables people with visual impairments the ability to view the image with greater ease, representing an improvement in quality of life.The device was made available to the Wayne Lions by Wayne resident Ms.Fran Juchniewicz.  Her late husband Leon used the device to help him read.

Wayne Lions Donate a VideoEye Machine to Wayne Public Library















2016 Charity Golf Outing

Thanks to all of the sponsors, golfers and volunteers who help make this our 23rd annual charity golf outing a great success.  100% of funds raised will go directly to help children with vision problems.

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Wayne Lions Make a Donation to

St. Joseph's School for the Blind


Dave Feinhals, St. Josephs School for the Blind, Paul Ciavarella Wayne Lions President


The Wayne Lions presented Saint Joseph's School for the Blind with a $1,500 donation. The funds will be used to support specialized services to individuals with visual impairments across New Jersey. Pictured left to right below are David Feinhals, Executive Director, Saint Joseph's School for the Blind and Wayne Lions President, Paul Ciavarella.

Find out more about St Joseph's here:


Lions Donate Golf Carts to Laurelwood Arboretum

Wayne Lions and Lions District 16N donate Golf Carts to Laurelwood

The Wayne Lions and Lions District 16N recently had a dedication for the carts that they donated to Laurelwood Arboretum, Wayne Nj. The carts allow people to enjoy a tour of the 34 acres that are meticulously maintained mostly by dedicated volunteers. The newer cart was named "Francis" because the Lions purchases it from Pope Francis after his US tour. Pictured from left to right are Wayne Lions , Paul Ciavarella, Lions Rich Chitum, Mario Rosellini, Laurelwood Gardens VP Jim McQue, Lion Joe Csentsits, Lions District Govenor Jack Romano, Lions Dennis Brubaker and Joe Hallock.

Annual Youth Peace Poster Contest

Sabrina Shah wins Lions Sponsored Youth Peace Poster Contest

Lions International holds an annual Peace Poster contest for students ages 11-13.

The Wayne Lions Club sponsors the contest for the Wayne area schools. Sabrina Shah, representing George Washington Middle School, won 3rd place for the Lions District 16L.

Sabrina will be attending Wayne Valley High School in the fall. She was presented with her certificate and plaque by King Lion Paul Ciavarella (r) and Lion Mario Rosellini (l).

Wayne Lions Officers and Directors Installation


District Govener Jack Romano swearing in our Directors

On June 14th the Wayne Lions held their Installation Dinner at the Vila Verde Restaurant. Great food and a fun time! Lions District Govenor Jack Romano presided over the ceremonies.

We look forward to  continuing to serve the community and helping those in need.


At Camp Marcella for Blind Children, a fun time was had by all!  In addition Wayne Lions presented Camp Marcella with a $2500 donation to support their efforts.  Pictures are available in the Gallery!


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The Wayne Lions made a presentation of donations to local charities at the Wayne Township Council meeting on June 1, 2016. Below is a complete list of donations made this month. These funds represent 100% of the monies that were raised in 2015 through fund raising events and generous contributions from members and the local community. Wayne Lions have donated over $1,000,000 to charitable organizations and persons in need since their inception in 1960. All members freely donate their time, talent and treasures to give back to their community.

Foundation for the Handicapped $2,500.00
New Jersey Camp for Blind Children (Camp Marcella) 2,500.00
St. Joseph’s School for the Blind 1,500.00
Wayne First Aid Squad 1,500.00
Wayne Volunteer Fire Departments 1,500.00
Wayne Public Library (for large print books and audio material) 1,500.00
Wayne Day Committee 1,500.00
Wayne Food Pantry 500.00
Laurelwood Arboretum 500.00

Six District 16N Charities, as follows:

  • Camp Happiness 200.00
  • Lions Eye Bank 200.00
  • New Jersey Foundation for the Blind 200.00
  • Juvenile Diabetes Foundation 200.00
  • Lions Eye Research Foundation 200.00
  • New Jersey Association for Blind Athletes 200.00

Grand Total $14,700.00

Wayne Lions President Paul Ciavarella presenting $1,500 check to Paul Margiotta, Wayne Township Clerk on behalf of Wayne Volunteer First Aid Squad  

See more pictures of this event in the photo gallery!






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The International Association of Lions Clubs
District 16-N
Jack Romano District Governor 2015-2016
15 Crest Drive, Midland Park N.J. 07432-1312
Home: 201-444-8601   Cell 551-804-1054




Dear Fellow Lions of District 16-N,

As today is May 1, 2016, the month of May is designated as EYEGLASS RECYCLING MONTH.  Lions Clubs of District 16-N and MD-16 are encouraged to continue their efforts to collect used eyeglasses  to be redistributed in developing nations throughout the world giving the gift of sight to those who cannot afford corrective lenses.  Lions are dedicated to the elimination of preventable blindness and the preservation of sight.  Our efforts at eyeglass collection though the Lions Eyeglass Recycling Program have benefited many who are now able to see clearly because of collected, donated eyeglasses.

Attached is a Proclamation from Governor Chris Christie and Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno proclaiming May as Eyeglass Recycling Month.

Yours in Service,

Lion Jack Romano
District Governor, 16-N

Wayne Lions Club  Receives Donation and Recognizes Two Strong Advocates

At the April 26th meeting of the Wayne Township Lions Club, Barbara Shroeder, VP Columbia Bank, Wayne NJ presented Lion Marty Bookman, Chair of the Wayne Lions SEE program with an $800 donation from Columbia Bank. The funds will be used to purchase "I See The World Books" for visually challenged children in the Wayne area.

Lion Marty also presented Barbara with a plaque in recognition for her years of support for the Wayne Lions through Columbia Bank and the Wayne Rotary.


Lions Club Awards Members of Wayne Leos the Medal of Honor


Members of the Wayne Leos were recently honored for their charitable work by receiving the Leo Medal of Honor, the highest award a Leo can receive. They each committed to 200 hours of community service that included beach cleanup, Spring and Fall clean up at Camp Marcella for Blind Children, gardening at Concordia St Joseph's School for the Blind among other projects.

The four Wayne area High Schools comprise 256 Leo members, the largest number of Leo's for a town in the nation. They are under the guidance of Lion Al Ruffini, a retired Wayne teacher and Lion David Belgard. Pictured left to right (King Lion Paul Ciavarella, Rachel Alvarez, Michelle Lampariello, Ally Watson, Lion Al Ruffini, Lions District 16N Govenor Jack Romano. Jenna Horbatuck, Shannon Plunkett, Tyler Andreas).

Membership this year forward is gearing up to include a specail outreach to Women, Military and Veterans. We are in the process of doing this special outreach to these folks and want to invite them to join us as members of the Wayne Lions.  Details of this effort are forthcoming, but anyone interested now can contact us at

Lions meet the needs of local communities and the world every day because they share a core belief - to serve their community.

Leo Club:

Lion Al Ruffini is one amazing guy.  He has been instrumental in the success of the Leos and currently has about 250 young people involved. God Bless you Lion Al.

Camp Marcella fall cleanup on Sunday, November 22, 2015 was great success.  We had a full bus of our Wayne Loes there with rakes and cleaning gear ready to work. By the time lunch was served, we had a bunch of tired folks to feed.  It was great.

Young Lions Roaring again in 2015 -2016

The Leo Club, which includes students from Wayne Hills High School and Wayne Valley High School, has a membership of 250 students.  Throughout the year, the many projects they are involved with in include The New Jersey Camp for Blind Children, Asbury Park Clean-up, St. Joseph's School for the Blind and The Foundation for the Handicapped. ~more~


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Lions have a dynamic history. Founded in 1917, we are best known for fighting blindness, but we also volunteer for many different kinds of community projects - including caring for the environment, feeding the hungry and aiding seniors and the disabled.

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