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April 2024

The Chester Lioness are proud to volunteer monthly at the Second Chance Thrift Shop, Gladstone/Peapack. The Thrift Shop benefits Matheny Medical and Educational Center. Matheny is a special hospital and school for severely disabled children and adults. Get involved email us at chesternjlioness@gmail.com
For an entertaining evening join the Chester Lioness Club, fundraiser "Ms Holmes and Ms Watson -Apt 2B" at the Black River Playhouse Friday, May 3, 2024, 8:00pm. "This fast paced romp of a show celebrates everything you love about the classic tales of Sherlock Homes and Dr. Watson with one glaring twist".
Tickets $25 each, request tickets at chesternjlioness@gmail.com or
use the link below to purchase tickets.
March 2024
An assortment of delicious spring/Easter themed holiday treats were baked by members of the Chester Lioness on March 27.  The goodies included beautifully decorated Tulip and bunny cookies, Peep Kiss Cookies, Easter basket cupcakes and spring decorated chocolate chip bars for the residents of Homeless Solutions to enjoy. Pictured are members and a representative from Homeless Solutions. 
Join us and help those in need, email us at chesternjlioness@gmail.com visit us at : chesterlioness.org
Delicious St. Patty's Day treats were baked by members of the Chester Lioness for Homeless Solutions residents for their holiday party.  An assortments of shamrock cookies, rainbow cupcakes and orange cranberry loaf were enjoyed by the residents

Congratulations to the winners of the Chester Science Fair on March 16, 2024. The Chester Lioness Club sponsored the category “Visual Health” and members served as judges. We were excited to award First prize to a 6th grader for the project on “What is the Effect of Color Blindness” and Second prize to a 4th grader for “Anatomy of the Eye”.
We extend our best to all the students who prepared and displayed the research on their chosen topic and findings. 

The young residents of JBWS, Jersey Battered Women's Service, were excited to receive goody bags with crafts, puzzles, crayons, games, and books that were assembled by the Chester Lioness members. It’s a wonderful feeling when you can help someone in need. Email us at chesternjlioness@gmail.com Visit us at http://www.chesterlioness.org

 
Members of the Chester Lioness baked delicious Irish Soda Bread, cookies and cupcakes for the Chester Library presentation of "Famine Irish" with excerpts from the book Ragged Dick by author  
Horatio Alger. Visit our website www.chesterlioness.org
 

 

Kudos Emoji to members of the Chester Lioness who packaged 985 meals at Nourish NJ for those in need. Want to help your community, email us at chesternjlioness@gmail.com and join us in April.
 
 
 

 

February 2024

Members of the Chester Lioness Club were busy baking delicious treats for the residents of Homeless Solutions. Like to bake, join us on March 13, at Homeless Solutions.  Email us at chesternjlioness@gmail.com

 

To show appreciation to our deployed servicemen and women, the Chester Lioness Club members 
donated and packed care packages to support our troops with Operation Jersey Cares on February 19. OJC gave each member present, a star from a flag that has flown over the US but is now too tattered  to fly. The Chester Lioness has partnered with OJC a nonprofit, all volunteer organization that honor the men and women who serve oversees with care packages and support military families in need and Veterans. We welcome you to join us for our next volunteer opportunity, reach us at chesternjlioness@gmail.com

 
 
 
 
 

 

 

January 2024

Chester Lioness members baked delicious treats for the residents of Homeless Solutions to enjoy and provided needed supplies.  Homeless Solutions provides temporary shelter and the tools to successfully return to independent living. Like to help your community? Contact us to join this event at chesternjlionessclub@gmail.com

 

 

The Chester Lioness Club members assisted at the Jersey Battered Women’s Service, sorting new and gently used clothing for the residential clients. Contact us at chesternjlioness@gmail.com
 

The Chester Lioness Club members assisted at the Jersey Battered Women’s Service, sorting new and gently used clothing for the residential clients. Contact us at chesternjlioness@gmail.com

On January 24, 2024 Chester Lioness members went to Homeless Solutions   to bake an assortment of baked goods which include cupcakes and biscotti plus more. The residents continue to look forward to the homemade treats. Here are pictures of the members with their delicious products!

On January 3rd., Lioness Club volunteers assisted in preparing and stocking 700  pre-cooked meals for the soup kitchen run by Nourish.NJ, a non-profit organization that creates lasting solutions to the problems of hunger, homelessness and poverty. Here is a picture of the Lionesses in the kitchen.

December 2023

Once again this month, on the 27th., Lioness Club members baked an assortment of baked goods at Homeless Solutions Inc., including raspberry linger bars, oatmeal chocolate chip bars, cookies and Christmas bark for the enjoyment of the residents. Two of the member’s children joined in the activity, learning to help your neighbors at an early age.

Each Christmas, the club purchases, wraps and presents special gifts to the residents of Community Hope in Chester, a non-profit organization located in Chester that provides housing and essential services to developmentally disabled individuals. The picture below shows the gifts all ready for presentation on December 21st.

The Chester Lioness Lions Club volunteers each month for JBWS performing tasks that need to be done for their clients. In December members went multiple times to sort and organize donations of toys, clothing, personal care items, and other items for the next holiday and distribution day. The picture below was taken on the December 19th.

Each Christmas, the club purchases, wraps and presents gifts to the residents of Chester Area Senior Housing. Pictured are club members on December 15th., with the gifts ready for presentation.

The Chester Lioness Lions Club volunteers each month for Jersey Battered Women’s Service, performing tasks that need to be done for their clients. On December 5th., club members worked to set up the holiday boutique, a “shopping” day for clients (moms, dads & children) to select holiday gifts for their family.

On December 11th., members of the club worked with the chaplaincy of the Morris County Correctional Facility and local churches to unwrap and organize holiday gifts for inmates. Here are pictures of members hard at work.

As is done twice a month, club members volunteered at the Matheny Second Chance Thrift Shop to support Matheny’s fund raising efforts. A member staffed a shift on Wednesday, November 22 and Wednesday, December 13. Matheny Medical and Educational Center is a special hospital and school for children and adults with medically complex developmental disabilities and a comprehensive outpatient center located in Peapack, NJ.

Nourish.NJ offers food and other services 365 days a year in a warm, safe and caring environment, free of charge, no questions asked. On December 14th., seven Lioness member volunteers assisted in preparing 700 meals pre-cooked and 120 quarts of soup for the nourish soup kitchen. The picture shows Lionesses at the nourish kitchen.

The Chester Lioness Lions Club partners with the Chester Library to provide home baked refreshments for key events hosted by the library. This was the case at the Holiday Extravaganza held on December 17th

 

Family Promise supports families experiencing homelessness and housing insecurity in Morris County.  Lioness members volunteered on December 4th., to organize donations to allow family clients to select their choice of goods for their families for Christmas. This picture shows Lioness members hard at work and enjoying it.

November 2023

Chester Lioness members went to Homeless Solutions on November 15, 2023 to bake an assortment of baked goods which included muffins, biscotti and congo bars.  The residents are always happy to have a little something sweet.

 

Chester Lioness Club members beautifully decorated  2 Christmas trees, Gingerbread Christmas and Sparkling White for the Festival of Trees held at the Barn in  Chester, December 2nd - 9th, 2023.  Visit the Festival of Trees to support the Senior Resource Center fundraiser. 

The club was delighted to present a check to Lion Barbara Corsaro, the Lions State Officer who oversees the program for support of Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). Chester Lioness Lions Club members hold an annual walk to collect funds for JDRF. The picture below show the presentation of the check.

On November 9 and November 14, club members were at Jersey Battered Women’s Service (JBWS),
working on their mailings, unpacking and storing blankets and plush toys, and prepping gifts for the children’s holiday shopping day when children who are residents at the shelter, choose gifts for their parents.  

The Chester Lioness Lions Club welcomed a new member into the club at their lunch meeting on November 2nd.  The pictures show the induction ceremony conducted by the membership team.

Chester Lioness members went to Homeless Solutions on November 15, 2023 to bake an assortment of baked goods which included muffins, biscotti and congo bars.  The residents are always happy to have a little something sweet. 

Chester Lioness Lions volunteer twice a month at the Second Chance Thrift Shop in Gladstone, which is a fundraiser for Matheny Hospital and School.  1 Lioness volunteer will assist an experienced volunteer to staff the Thrift store on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month. We were there like clockwork on October 11, October 25, and November 8.

 

October 2023

On October 26, 2023, Chester Lioness Lions Club volunteered at the Vision Loss Alliance of New Jersey (VLANJ) “Tasting in the Dark” fundraiser gala held at the Park Avenue Club in Florham Park, NJ. Lioness members staffed the reception desk and silent auction tables, helped serve hors d’oeuvres to vision-impaired guests, worked the buffet dinner tables and helped winners of the silent auction pay and collect their awards.  The annual fundraiser helps fund VLANJ in their work to empower the vision impaired to lead independent lives.

The pictures show some of the members who volunteered.

The Chester Lioness Lions Club Inc has partnered with Chester Library to provide refreshments for key library events, including presentations and in-person author book launches. Members baked fresh goods for the book launch of “Always Orchid” by well-known author Carol Van Den Hende on October 25th. The pictures show Lioness members enjoying organizing the refreshment table with a Halloween theme!

On October 19th., the Club was delighted to welcome a new member – Jayne Murphy Morris, who is the Volunteer Coordinator for Jersey Battered Women’s Service (JBWS), an organization the club partners with already. October is observed as Domestic Violence Awareness Month by wearing purple, and members came to the business meeting and new member induction wearing purple.

September 2023

Chester Lioness members went to Homeless Solutions on September 28 to bake an assortment of baked goods which included cookies, congo bars and pumpkin breads for the enjoyment of the shelter residents. Here are some pictures of the members enjoying their work! The Chester Lioness Lions bake once a month at Homeless Solutions, which is one of the signature organizations the club partners with.

Members of the Chester Lioness Lions Club volunteer each month at Jersey Battered Women’s Service (JBWS), performing tasks needed for their shelter residents. This month the Lionesses filled toiletry bags with shampoo, conditioner, balm and cosmetic face masks for adults and filled bags with water bottles and assorted snacks for the children. Over the last several months, one of the Lionesses painstakingly painted/dyed 90 toiletry bags for JBWS. Members are pictured holding a JBWS banner in purple for October, which is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Supporting P. G. Chambers School 5K Fundraiser!
 
Members of the Chester Lioness Lions Club volunteered at the 5K Walk/Run Fundraiser held by P. G. Chambers School on October 1, 2023. Lionesses were stationed at various posts to direct walkers / runners to stay on course through a circuitous route. The picture shows a happy group of Lioness Club members, eager to get to work! P.G. Chambers School is a private, non-profit school which provides special education and therapy programs for children with disabilities and developmental delays.

September 2023

The Chester Lioness Lions Club partnered with Chester Library to provide refreshments at the library hosting of the talk, “AI - From Emails to Epics”  on September 27, 2023. Club members served the home baked goods by members of the club and got an opportunity to talk about the club’s service programs with members of the community. The pictures show the Lionesses organizing for the event.

Members of the Chester Lioness Lions Club volunteered at the Oktoberfest event held on September 23 and 24 by the Chester Lions Club. Lionesses ran the coffee stall, sold raffle tickets, helped with food service .

Here are pictures of the members hard at work.


 

August 2023

Back to School pictures are the best. We want to thank our members Gigi and Eileen for packing back packs for the kids at Family Promise.

July 2023

July, 2023

  • Members of the Lioness Club Volunteered at the Second Hand Thrift shop run by Matheny Medical & Educational Center on July 7, July 12 and July 26. This is an ongoing program for the club where we volunteer on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month. Matheny Medical & Educational Center is a special hospital and school for children and adults with medically complex developmental disabilities and a comprehensive outpatient center located in Peapack, NJ.
  • Chester Lionesses volunteered at Jersey Battered Women’s Service (JBWS), sorting backpacks for elementary, middle & high school students and filled them with appropriate school supplies.  Pictured are Lioness Members & JBWS Volunteer Organizer, Jayne. JBWS is a private, nonprofit agency that provides safety, support and solutions for abuse for anyone who lives or works in Morris County, NJ.

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 24, 2023
Members of the Chester Lioness Lions Club made a delivery of needed items to the Long Valley Food Pantry. The delivery was made up various snacks for the school children which are always needed and are expensive to buy. This is one of the regular activities of the club. The pictures show our Lioness member with the President of the LV Food Pantry and the items donated.
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 chesternjlionessclub@gmail.com

 
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 chesternjlionessclub@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

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