Stafford Leader

Stafford Township Lions Club Marks 70th Anniversary

By Maria Scandale | Sep 13, 2019

Manahawkin — Stafford Township Lions Club recently celebrated its 70th anniversary at Sea Oaks Country Club in Little Egg Harbor. The club is active in many projects, the main one being sight preservation in children. But the Lions are “visible” all over the area.

A vision screening outreach has grown from seven local pre-schools to now 30 public and private schools from Waretown south to Bass River. In the school year 2018-19 alone, 3,000 students were screened. In addition, Lions provide free eye exams and glasses where there is a financial need.

The club uses the SPOT camera manufactured by Welch Allyn to detect six different vision problems in school-age students.

Stafford Lions continue their most visible and well-known project of collecting and recycling used glasses, along with cell phones and hearing aids. Drop-off locations can be found on the club’s website; search for Stafford Township Lions Club.

At the anniversary dinner and program, Stafford Township Mayor Gregory Myher, joined by his wife, Amber, congratulated the club on its milestone and many accomplishments.

Drivers notice the “Welcome to Stafford” highway sign as they enter Stafford Township on Route 72 – the Stafford Lions have been maintaining it for the past 19 years and have added decals for the five other service organizations: Loyal Order of Moose, Lodge 1575; Rotary International; Kiwanis; Knights of Columbus; and American Legion.

The Lions’ newest service activities that members of the club volunteer in are Special Olympics, and Hearts of Mercy in Barnegat. This past year, another new aid areawide was providing three CCTV magnifiers, on loan, to help adult recipients with reading and everyday writing needs.

Many of the club members volunteer monthly at local nursing homes.

In order to continue service, the club conducts two fundraisers: “White Cane” and “Food and Fun.” “White Cane Days” are Sept. 14 and 15 at Walmart in Manahawkin and outside at Bageleddi’s in Ship Bottom. It is the club’s main source of income for its projects.

The “Food and Fun” fundraiser in the spring is held at the Eagleswood Inn on Route 9 in West Creek, to raise money for childhood cancer research, as well as for those suffering with cancer, and their families.

The Lions Club of Stafford Township invites new members from Lacey to Little Egg Harbor the first Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Eagleswood Inn.

Students from the Southern Regional School District can join the Leo Club and participate in many of the Lions Clubs International activities and community projects. Over 80 middle school students have been installed.

To follow on Facebook, find the club page “Stafford Township Lions Club.” —M.S.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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