SADDLE RIVER VALLEY LIONS CLUB
P.O. Box 333, Saddle River, NJ 07458, or
Victor C. Heineman at 201-327-3091, or
email: email@example.comServing the communities of: Mahwah, Ramsey, Allendale, Saddle River and Upper Saddle River.
The Saddle River Valley Lions Club
S.R.V. Lions' Charitable Grants Near $2.5 Million Mark
The Saddle River Valley Lions Cub this week distributed its 2017 charitable grants to more than seventy community organizations dedicated to helping those in need. More than $90,900 was given away, bringing the lifetime grand total amount of charitable donations made by the local Lions to just under two and half million dollars.
The occasion for the financial giveaway was S.R.V. Lions' recent 'Annual Night of Giving.' Themed a 'Celebration of Fifty Nine Years of Giving and Serving,' the checks presented to representatives of local charitable and civic organizations at the event were the culmination of the club's fundraising efforts for the prior twelve months.
Welcoming the more than seventy members and quests present for the occasion, S.R.V. Lions President Vic Heinemann said, "these organizations are groups of individuals who are providing the direct services needed by people in our local communities. They are helping to make it possible for individuals who suffer illness or physical impairment to achieve a quality of life that might be otherwise unattainable." He went on to "thank all three major fundraisers," activities which include the Lions' annual car raffle, its Spring carnival, and Herb Bodensiek Golf Classic which is held each September.
The Saddle River Valley is home to four Leo Clubs, the school-based student service organizations which are chartered by Lions International. In presenting the awards, Gene Baskayan, chairman of the Lions' Leo Committee, noted that "these three young people epitomize the meaning of services to others as they help to inculcate the values of Lionism in their fellow students." David Verducci, the Lions incoming president and himself a past chairman of the Leo Committee enthusiastically agreed, adding that "through the many service projects undertaken by their clubs, these Leos not only help to improve their communities but they also serve as role models for their peers."
S.R.V. Lions Hold Annual Easter Egg Hunt
On Saturday, April 8, 2017, nearly 200 adults and children attended the local Lions' Club Easter Egg Hunt. Sponsored by the S.R.V. Lions Club as one of its many community activities, the event is held annually at Lions' Field located in Upper Saddle River. Participants ranged from toddlers to children up to ten years of age.
Especially enjoyed by the participants, family, and friends was this year's visit by the club's loveable mascot, a six foot Lion who greeted guests and posed for pictures.
NJ Lion's News Letter
Below is the first page of the NJ Lion News Letter for February, 2017(37 pages). Those who wish to read the entire news letter, please click here.
S. R. V. Lions Welcomes Its Newest Member
(2-26-17) The Saddle River Valley Lions Club continues its recent growth spurt when it welcomed local banker Rick Jorge as its newest member. Bucking the declining membership trend seen among many service-oriented organizations, Jorge is the eighth person to be inducted into the Lions in the past two years.
(From Left to Right) Lions president Victor Heineman, Past District Governor George Lesnik, Rick Jorge, Jorge's sponsor Lion Paul Beck
Jorge's recent induction into the fifty-nine year old local organization took the form of the Lions' traditional initiation ritual, conducted on this occasion by Lions Past District Governor, George Lesnik, and assisted by Jorge's sponsor, Lion Paul Beck.
'Leo Night IV' Showcases Students' Community Service
(1/19/2017) The community service activities of students at three area schools were showcased recently at the Saddle River Valley Lions Club's fourth annual 'Leo Night.' Presenting information about service projects were student leaders of Leo Clubs from Northern Highlands Regional High School and Broodside Middle School, both in Allendale, and the Cavallini Middle School in Upper Saddle River. Leo Clubs are school-based service organizations modeled after and chartered by Lions International since 1967. Now constituting an international network of over 6,500 clubs in over 40 countries, the 'LEO' name is an acronym for its motto: Leadership, Equality and Opportunity.
(From left) SRV Lions president Vic Heineman; Northern Highlands Leo members Lauren Covello, Olivia Covello, Ayaka Uehara and Jenna Squasoni; faculty advisor Ms. Kim Kender; Lions Leo Committee chairman Dr. David Veducci; and Lions District Governor Brad Day.
(From left) Lions District Governor Brad Day; SRV Lions president Vic Heineman; Leo Club co-presidents Alexandra Betsy and Melissa Reifman; club vice presidents Michelle Bchtel and Lucas Bottini; faculty advisor, Mr. Jonathan Harvey; and Leo Committee chairman, Lion Dr. David Verducci.
Shown left in the presentation of Brookside's official Leo Club charter are (left to right) Dr. David Verducci, the Lions' Leo Committee chairman; Ms. Barbara Hernandez; Brookside faculty advisor; Shoda Taylor, Leo Club co-president; and Leo Club members Sidney Schildiner and Ashley Suh.
Lions Club Peace Poster Contest Local Winners Announced
(12/31/2016) Cavallini Middle School student Michelle Bechtel of Upper Saddle River and Haelin Kim of Mahwah's Ramapo Ridge School have been named by S.R.V. Lions Club as the local winners in the club's annual Peace Poster Contest.
The posters created by Bechtel and Kim will be among the 450,000 entries estimated to be submitted worldwide in the annual competition sponsored by Lions International. The program was designed to emphasize the importance of world peace to young people everywhere.
According to S.R.V. Lion Artie Keyes, "the two local winning posters were selected for their originality, artistic merit, and portrayal of the contest theme."
Lions International Awards
Northern Highlands Leo Club Top Honors
The Northern Highlands Regional High School Leo Club has been named a winner of Lions International "Award of Excellence." Presented at the most recent meeting of the Northern Highlands Board of Education, the award is the highest award in its category bestowed by the international service organization.
Leo Clubs are school or community-based clubs organized and operating for the purpose of providing middle and high school students the opportunity to experience the rewards of serving others. In addition to helping young people learn the meaning of leadership and service, the clubs assist members to develop their own skill set and to prepare young men and women for a lifetime of community involvement and contribution to society.
Established in 2012, the Northern Highlands Leo Club was the first of the four local school-based clubs sponsored by the S.R.V. Lions.
S.R.V. Lions Membership Roster Still Growing!
(7-12-16)Bucking the national trend of declining membership in service organizations, the S.R.V. Lions Club continues to attract individuals seeking to improve the quality of life of those in need. Upper Saddle River resident Mark Stephan became the newest member of the fifty-eight old organization. Stephan's membership brings the club's roster to forty individuals residing throughout the Saddle River Valley.
Stephan was recently inducted into the club undergoing the organization's traditional initiation ceremony, on this occasion led by Lions District Governor, John Romano. It began with Stephan's sponsor, Lion Gene Leporiere, placing a blindfold on the candidate for membership and handing him a lighted candle. Romano then explained the significance of this act stating that "in spending a few moments in darkness you are experiencing something the sightless live with every day of their lives"
Three S.R.V. Lions Recognized for Service
(6-28-16) At the recently held S.R.V. Lions Club Installation Dinner, three of its members, David C. Verducci, Richie Spincola, and Gene Leporiere were recognized for their distinguished service.
Lions District Governor Jack Romano announced that at the organization's state convention held last month, "an 'International President's Certificate of Appreciation' was awarded to Lion David Verducci." In presenting the award, one of the highest accolades given by Lions International, Romano referenced Verducci's "tireless work in starting Leo Clubs in the Saddle River Valley region."
Also announced the same evening were two 'President's Outstanding Service Awards' which are given to individuals who, according to Jim Murphy, the club's immediate past president, "exemplify the meaning of the Lions' motto, 'I Serve'."
Murphy presented the first of the two awards to Lion Gene Leporiere, for his "continual outstanding service to the club." Leporiere's successes in chairing the club's annual raffle and is efforts in the area of member recruitment were cited by Murphy as the basis of the award.
"I am very grateful for this recognition," said Leporiere, "especially as it comes from my fellow Lions." Similar sentiments were expressed by Lion Richie Spincola who was recognized by the club for his many years of volunteering at the annual Lions carnival, even prior to his 2014 formal induction as a full-fledged member. Typical of his self-reticence, Spincola's reaction to receiving the award was to offer a simple thank you. "I am deeply appreciative of this," the Mahwah resident Spincola said, "but I just want to help people."
Lions Clubs International is the world's largest service club organization with more than 1.4 million members in approximately 46,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas around the world.