Club Projects

June 3, 2023

The Lioness Lions Club supported Miles for Matheny, a fund raising event for Matheny Medical and Educational Center located in Peapack. The event included a bike ride, 5K, wheelchair walk, petting zoo, refreshments, music and other entertainment. Our club members staffed the face painting and tattoo booths.

June 1, 2023

Chester Lioness Lions Club offers scholarships towards college costs……
The Chester Lioness Lions Club annually offers scholarships to graduating High School students residing in Chester, Mendham or Washington Township in Morris County. Each scholarship offers $1,000 to $1,500 towards college costs. Criteria for selection of candidates for these scholarships include academic record, community service and outstanding accomplishments in activities that demonstrate leadership. Financial need is also a key consideration. The scholarship committee reviews and approves applications in an unbiased manner, with no knowledge of a student's identity.
The annual scholarship application process begins in early April and ends in June with the awarding of the scholarship check during the schools’ awards ceremonies.
This year the club is delighted to have selected two worthy recipients, one from West Morris Central and one from West Morris Mendham.
Here are pictures of a Lioness Lions Club member making the award to the recipient at West Morris Central.

May 31, 2023

Another great Memorial Day Picnic for the residents and staff of Community Hope House was delivered Friday 5/26/2023 by the members of the Chester Lioness Club.  
For the past 20 years, the club has provided London Broil and Chicken and Corn for barbequing and fresh watermelon. In addition, members donate homemade appetizers, several varieties of pasta and veggie salads, fresh green salads, gelatin salads, dressings, condiments, pickles and relishes, fresh fruit, chips and dips, rolls and butter and ,a large variety of desserts, pies, cakes and cookies.   Enough food for the entire weekend. 
Community Hope is a nonprofit organization providing residential housing and essential services to developmentally disabled individuals. One of these homes is in Chester and the Chester Lioness Lions have been giving support throughout the year in many ways to the residents and staff.

The Chester Lioness Lions Club volunteers every second and fourth Wednesday of the month  at the Second Chance Thrift Shop run by Matheny Medical and Educational Center in Peapack. The pictures here show our Lioness member (far left, in white jacket) with other volunteers at the store on May 31st. The second picture includes John Elliott of CBS News, who had stopped by the store to take pictures.

May 30, 2023

On May 30th., several members of the Chester Lioness Lions Club went to Jersey Battered Women’s Service (JBWS) for our monthly service activity.  This time they organized the “toy room”, inventoried Covid supplies and linens,  and sorted various items for distribution day, when clients select and take items they need for their personal and household use.
The pictures below show some of the members with the JBWS Volunteer Coordinator and busy at work sorting items.

May 25, 2023

On May 25th., members of the Lioness Lions Club attended the Prom at Matheny Medical and Educational Center in Peapack. The club took long stemmed roses to congratulate the four graduating students. Twenty-one high school students attended the prom, along with family. It was a lovely evening, and the club is very appreciative of the invitation from the school. Here are pictures of the Lioness members with the Matheny volunteer coordinator, school nurse and principal and in front of beautiful art created by the students.

May 24, 2023

Members of the Chester Lioness Lions Club helped PG Chambers School with preparing a mailer.  

May 15, 2023
Members of the Lioness Lions Club worked at Family Promise of Morris County on May 15th. to move supplies from the basement to a display area for client selection at their upcoming distribution day when clients can select household and clothing items they need.
May 11, 2023
Here is a picture of Kathy and Michele representing our club at the Homeless Solutions Volunteer Appreciation Day celebration on Thursday, May 11th. They enjoyed it very much!
May 5, 2023
The Chester Lioness Lions Club held a successful fundraiser, “A Gala Evening at the Show” at the Black River Playhouse in Chester on May 5th. This was Opening Night of Chester Theater Group’s performance of Kate Hamill’s “Pride and Prejudice”, based on the famous Jane Austen novel. The play was enjoyed by the audience – it was a packed house – and, as the pictures indicate, audience members and cast members enjoyed the post-show wine and cheese party hosted by the club.
April 13, 2023
Members of the Lioness Lions Club organized and hosted a birthday party for children living at the shelter at Homeless Solutions Inc. on April 13th. 2023. The club supplied birthday cake, cupcakes, beverages, balloons, games, prizes, etc. for 10 children at the shelter and gave frisbees as a parting gift. They organized games and craft activities for the children to do.
April 8, 2023
Members of the Chester Lioness Lions Club prepared and served dinner to shelter residents at Homeless Solutions, Inc. on Saturday, April 8th. Several of the residents were away spending the holiday weekend with family, but those that remained were appreciative of the effort by the club. This is a monthly activity the Chester Lioness Lions Club undertakes in partnership with the Chester Lions Club.
Here are pictures of the club volunteers, busy at work!
March 22, 2023
The Chester Lioness lions Club participated in Chester Day 2023 (held on Saturday, March 22nd.), by hosting a table where local residents could learn about the club and enjoy tasty homemade treats made by club members. It was a beautiful day with clear  weather and was a great success with many people stopping at the Lioness tent to enquire about the club and its service activities.
March 16, 2023
The Chester Lioness Lions Club members made Easter baskets for donation to the children in the shelter at Family Promise of Morris County, a non-sectarian, not-for-profit organization dedicated to ending the crisis of homelessness faced by Morris County families and individuals by partnering with public and private agencies, religious congregations, and community volunteers to provide shelter, case management, and mentoring services leading to self-sufficiency. Each basket was created for a child in the shelter by age. Here is a picture of the contributing members, happy with their creations.
March 13, 2023
The Chester Lioness Lions Club donates food and other items needed by the Chester Mendham Food Pantry several times a year. Here are members of the club at the food pantry, with the items donated on March 13, 2023
March 11, 2023
Members of the Chester Lioness Lions Club joined the Chester Lions in preparing and serving dinner to shelter residents of Homeless Solutions Inc on Saturday, March 11, 2023. The dinner included pork chops, roasted potatoes, mixed vegetables and a variety of desserts. This is the fifth meal prepared and served this fiscal year. The pictures below show the members of both clubs busy at work, cooking and plating the food.
Februrary 21, 2023
Members of the  Chester Lioness Lions Club volunteered for Jersey Battered Women’s Services (JBWS), setting up toiletries, toys, kitchen essentials, clothing, belts, pocketbooks and jewelry for their Distribution Day, held every other month, enabling clients to select items they need.
January 12, 2023
Members of the Chester Lioness Lions Club worked at Jersey Battered Women’s Service (JBWS) on January 12th., 2023, sorting children’s clothes, toys and adult clothes to make ready for use by shelter residents. Supporting JBWS is a signature activity for the club and members of the club participate in various activities that require volunteers.
December 14, 2022
Members of the Chester Lioness Lions Club spent December 14th volunteering at Jersey Battered Women’s Service (JBWS), sorting groceries and organizing their pantry. In addition, they helped the organization set up their Holiday Boutique by sorting and hanging up clothes and moving toys into the “toy room”.  JBWS’ Holiday Boutique enables clients to get presents free of charge. Upon entering the boutique, each client is encouraged to take numerous gifts for each of their children and themselves
December 2022
The Lioness Lions continue their Holiday tradition of delivering Christmas gifts to the residents of Community Hope. Each gift is accompanied by a set of personal care products. Here are pictures of the gifts, ready for delivery. They will be placed under the Christmas tree by the staff of the facility on December 24th. Community Hope is a non-profit organization located in Chester that provides housing and essential services to developmentally disabled individuals.
December 12, 2022
The Chester Lioness Lions Club continued its annual activity of wrapping Christmas gifts for the inmates of the Morris County Correctional Facility in Morristown. The club works on this project (via the First Presbyterian Church of New Vernon) with the Chaplaincy Board of the jail. Members went to the Calvary Baptist Church in Morristown on December 12th. and spent several hours removing the packaging and organizing the clothing and other items to be gifted to the inmates. Here are some pictures of the team, happily at work on this project.
December 1, 2022
The Lioness Lions enjoyed their annual Holiday Party on December 1, with a special lunch at New York Pizza in Chester followed by a fun gift exchange game! The pictures tell the whole story!.
November 2022
Members of the Chester Lioness Lions Club purchased and donated women’s care products to be shipped to military women serving on the front lines around the world. We do this in partnership with Operation Jersey Cares, which packages and ships the packets. Members added a holiday touch by writing Holiday greetings to be included with the packets.
The Chester Lioness Lions decorated a Christmas Tree in support of the Senior Resource Center (SRC) fundraising event, Festival of Trees (FOT). The theme for the club tree this year was Silver Bells. The decoration is done by club members with decorations provided at no cost and the tree will be put up for sale. FOT runs from December 3rd through December 10th at the Highlands Ridge Barn, 100 North Road, Chester. The picture shows the club members posing proudly with their creation!
SRC provides programs, services and support that enhance the health and well-being of senior citizens and their caregivers in Chester and surrounding areas.


November 10, 2022

The Chester Lioness Lions worked on November 10th. (day 3) of a multi-day project, organizing the library at PG Chambers School. The library fell into disarray during the pandemic and is a vital resource to the students, who are children with disabilities and developmental delays in grades 1 through 8. The members of the club could not be more proud to be providing this valuable service to the school and its students. P. G. Chambers School is a private, non-profit school which provides special education and therapy programs for children with disabilities and developmental delays.

November 8, 2022

Members of the Chester Lioness Lions Club were at Jersey Battered Women’s Service (JBWS) on November 8th., to unpack, inventory and organize Covid supplies for the organization. This work will continue next week as more supplies arrive. Here are pictures of club members busy at work and happily posing with well stocked shelves! JBWS is a private, nonprofit agency that provides safety, support and solutions for abuse for anyone who lives or works in Morris County, NJ.

October 26, 2022

An evening of fun and enjoyment while serving a good cause! The Lioness Lions Club of Chester members spent the evening of October 26th. at Vision Loss Alliance of New Jersey’s (VLANJ) annual fundraising event, Dining in the Dark. They supported the event by staffing the registration table, assisting, and guiding visually impaired guests through the silent auction and cocktail hour. As you know, preventing vision loss is a key service area for Lions Clubs International.  Here is a picture of our team, happy to be there, helping.

October 22, 2022

e Chester Lioness Lions Club has participated in a walk for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation for the past 3 years. Our donation to this event, this year $550.00, is a free=will donation from club members. Great strides have been made in the treatment of Type 1 diabetes just in the past couple of years.

October 2nd 2022

Thank you to the Chester Lioness Lions members who volunteered at the PG Chambers school 5K Race fundraiser. Even with the cooler weather, Gigi Kana, Mary Weippert, Beth Jameson and Joyce Casillo were happy to hand out water to the participants at the 1 mile mark. If you would like to participate in the next event please contact

September 27th 2022
The Chester Lioness Lions members delivered laundry baskets filled with household cleaning items, dish towels, pot holders and other items that residents of Jersey Battered Womens Services will need when transistioning to other housing accommodations.  Thank you to Lion Gigi for delivering these baskets. 

September 10th 2022

The Chester Lioness Lions club members prepared and served a meal at Homeless Solutions in Morris County NJ.  The group had a wonderful time and plan to help Homeless Solutions in the future.  If you would like to participate in the next event please contact


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