P. O. Box 365, Avalon, NJ 08202

September 2023


  • Upcoming events and meetings
  • Opportunities for Members
  • Recap of the month's activities
  • Recap of month's Board Meeting and General Meeting


***Please note: The "Reply To" mailbox address has been changed. To provide feedback concerning the content of this Newsletter, please Reply. The message will go to Carol Hunsicker.

The summer season is over and on September 22 Autumn officially arrived! Hope that everyone had a wonderful summer and is looking forward to some beautiful fall weather.

October Meetings

The Avalon Lions Executive Board Meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 4, 2023, at 5:00 pm at the Senior Center in Avalon. All members are welcome to attend. The Charity Budget will be a topic at the meeting.

The General Membership meeting of the Avalon Lions Club will take place on Thursday, October 19, 2023, starting at 6:00 pm. See the article below for more information.

2023-2024 (Fiscal Year) Meetings
Board Meetings:

Board meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month. Members are welcome to attend.

General Membership Meetings

General Membership meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month.


October General Membership Meeting

The General Membership meeting for September will be held on Thursday, October 19, 2023. The location is to be determined. Further details will be provided in an announcement in early October.

Calendar Year 2023
As you plan your time in Avalon for 2023, please keep in mind the need for volunteers to help with organizing and participating in our fundraising and service events. A calendar has been created to help you plan ahead. Please click the button below to see a copy of the calendar for 2023. This calendar of events is also available on the website.
2023 Calendar
If you have an interest in helping with or have any questions about a specific event, please contact the event Chairperson or anyone on the Executive Board.

Spaghetti Dinner

Sunday, October 1

(Chairperson: Carol Hunsicker)

The annual Avalon Lions Spaghetti Dinner will be hosted again by the Whitebrier Restaurant this Sunday, October 1, 2023. The dinner will run this year from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Dinner includes salad, rolls and butter, spaghetti and meatballs, and delicious desserts made by the Avalon Lions. And ice cream donated by Sundae Best.


Presales of tickets are coming in and we are all looking forward to a delicious and fun dinner. Tickets are available at the door and takeout is available.


By now, members have been contacted and asked to contribute a dessert for our guests. If you volunteered to provide a dessert, please try to bring it to the Whitebrier by 4:00 pm on Sunday, October 1st.


If you have volunteered to help out with the dinner, please report to the Whitebrier between 3:00 and 3:30 pm. There are things to do before our guests start to arrive - fill butter cups, fill dressing cups, cut bread, make salad, etc. If you did not previously volunteer, but now are available, please join us. We can always use all the help we can get!


If you have any questions, please contact Carol Hunsicker (215-219-4217 or


And before we get too busy to say it:




50/50 Raffle

The Avalon Lions 50/50 Raffle is in full swing! Tickets are available! A $100 ticket WILL end up winning a $10,000 prize! And it could be yours!


Tickets may be acquired from Kelly McHugh. Contact her by phone (856-375-7666) or by email (


The drawing will be held at the Whitebrier on Wednesday, November 22, 2023, starting at 5:00 pm.

Avalon Art and

Seafood Festival

Saturday, October 7

at Surfside Park

(Rain date: Sunday, October 8)

The Avalon Arts and Seafood Festival is taking place on Saturday, October 7. The Festival is hosted by the Avalon Chamber of Commerce. They have asked the Avalon Lions to help out by selling and serving the beer and wine! And, we will get a donation to Avalon Lions of $20 per volunteer!!!!


If you want to have a fun day in the fall, come and volunteer to help out. Click the button below to access the SignUp for the Avalon Arts and Seafood Festival. If the slot you are available is already taken, don't hesitate! Just show up--all volunteers are welcome.

Seafood Festival

Turkey and Chicken Food Drive

It's time for our annual Turkey and Chicken Food Drive! A $20 donation will buy either turkey or chicken along with some extras for a need family in Cape May County. If you can help, please click on the button to sign up for any number of meals that you would like to sign up for. Then mail your check to the Avalon Lions, P.O. Box 365, Avalon, NJ 08202. Please mark your check or the envelope you send it in with "Turkey" so that it is clear what the donation is for.


Avalon Lions are working with Westside Meats to buy the turkeys and chickens needed. The food will be distributed by the Holy Redeemer Food Bank. Delivery will take place starting in November.

Turkey/Chicken SignUp

Thanks for thinking of those in need!

If you are an early shopper for the holiday season, please don't forget that we will be collecting toys at our November General Meeting to support

Toys for Tots!

Branches Outreach

One of our charities, the Branches Outreach, in Rio Grande is in need of items for their clients.

September Recap

Dance Party



September 23, 2023

In spite of Tropical Storm Ophelia and the tidal flooding late afternoon, this year's Dance Party was a great success! Music and dancing started at 6:00 pm and carried on until 10:30 pm! There was lots of food, drink and fun!

Summary of September Board Meeting


The September meeting of the Executive Board of the Avalon Lions was held on September 6, 2023, at the Senior Center in Avalon. The meeting was called to order at 5:00 pm; fourteen (14)members of the Board, and two(2) member were in attendance.


Reports were provided and approved by the Administrative Treasurer, the Charity Treasurer and the Secretary.


Second Vice President Loretta Finnegan reported that we presented our donation to the Diller Home at the August meeting. The donation to Cape Assist will be presented at their Gala on 9/21. Three (3)more donations are scheduled: Concerned Citizens of Whitesboro on 10/25; Volunteers in Medicine on 9/28; and Family Promise on 10/2.


Dan Donohoe reported on the Tim Kerr 7 Mile Island andTK5K Run Walk. We had twenty-three (23) volunteers participating. Also, feedback was given to Midge Kerr about the volunteer experiences.


It was reported that over the course of her duties as Sight Chair, Nancy Wolgemuth has collected over 33,000 pair of glasses.


Robin Mackintosh reported that our information cards were running low. Motions were made and the Board voted to have additional cards printed.

Reports were provided, either by Chairpersons of the events or based on information provided to President Bruce Loversidge on each of the upcoming events.


New Business:

The first New Business item was a request from the American Legion to the Avalon Lions for $1,000 to support the Coast Guard Home fo the Holidays program. Motions were made and the Board voted to fund this activity.


The second order of New Business was presentation by Carol Hunsicker of the revised Constitution and By-Laws for the Avalon Lions. The document was the result of work over the past year by the committee (Carol Hunsicker, Jim Hunsicker, Bruce Loversidge and Leon Wilk). Motions were made to accept the revised document and the Board voted to approve it. The next step is distribution and approval by the General Membership.


The meeting was adjourned at 6:42 pm.


NOTE: Members are invited to attend the scheduled Board meetings at any time.




The September General Meeting was held at the Whitebrier (Avalon). There were thirty-three (35) active members, one new member and one guest in attendance. The business meeting was called to order at 6:31 pm. The new member, Gunita Hickey, was inducted into the Avalon Lions. The meeting was over at 7:17 pm.

The minutes of the September meeting are available by clicking on the button.

September Minutes


New Member News!

At the September General meeting, one new member was inducted into the Avalon Lions - Gunita Hickey. Welcome to the club!

President Bruce Loversidge inducted new member Gunita Hickey (right). Gunita and her sponsor (husband Mike Hickey) are pictured here.

Donation Presentations

Cape Assist

Individuals and families in Cape May County caught up in dangerous addictions can find a helping hand to break free close to home.

    Since 1982 Cape Assist has been educating and counseling young people and adults about ways they can protect themselves and deal with habits that have gotten out of control. The non-profit organization is located in Wildwood and offers one -on-one counseling and group meetings aimed at preventing substance abuse.

    Recognizing the importance of Cape Assist, the Avalon Lions Club has been proudly supporting the program with annual donations. Recently the club gave a check for $6,000 to help continue Cape Assist’s efforts.


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