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The International Association of Lions Clubs
District 16-N
Jack Romano District Governor 2015-2016
15 Crest Drive, Midland Park N.J. 07432-1312
Home: 201-444-8601   Cell 551-804-1054




Dear Fellow Lions of District 16-N,

As today is May 1, 2016, the month of May is designated as EYEGLASS RECYCLING MONTH.  Lions Clubs of District 16-N and MD-16 are encouraged to continue their efforts to collect used eyeglasses  to be redistributed in developing nations throughout the world giving the gift of sight to those who cannot afford corrective lenses.  Lions are dedicated to the elimination of preventable blindness and the preservation of sight.  Our efforts at eyeglass collection though the Lions Eyeglass Recycling Program have benefited many who are now able to see clearly because of collected, donated eyeglasses.

Attached is a Proclamation from Governor Chris Christie and Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno proclaiming May as Eyeglass Recycling Month.

Yours in Service,

Lion Jack Romano
District Governor, 16-N

Wayne Lions Club  Receives Donation and Recognizes Two Strong Advocates

At the April 26th meeting of the Wayne Township Lions Club, Barbara Shroeder, VP Columbia Bank, Wayne NJ presented Lion Marty Bookman, Chair of the Wayne Lions SEE program with an $800 donation from Columbia Bank. The funds will be used to purchase "I See The World Books" for visually challenged children in the Wayne area.

Lion Marty also presented Barbara with a plaque in recognition for her years of support for the Wayne Lions through Columbia Bank and the Wayne Rotary.


Lions Club Awards Members of Wayne Leos the Medal of Honor


Members of the Wayne Leos were recently honored for their charitable work by receiving the Leo Medal of Honor, the highest award a Leo can receive. They each committed to 200 hours of community service that included beach cleanup, Spring and Fall clean up at Camp Marcella for Blind Children, gardening at Concordia St Joseph's School for the Blind among other projects.

The four Wayne area High Schools comprise 256 Leo members, the largest number of Leo's for a town in the nation. They are under the guidance of Lion Al Ruffini, a retired Wayne teacher and Lion David Belgard. Pictured left to right (King Lion Paul Ciavarella, Rachel Alvarez, Michelle Lampariello, Ally Watson, Lion Al Ruffini, Lions District 16N Govenor Jack Romano. Jenna Horbatuck, Shannon Plunkett, Tyler Andreas).

Membership this year forward is gearing up to include a specail outreach to Women, Military and Veterans. We are in the process of doing this special outreach to these folks and want to invite them to join us as members of the Wayne Lions.  Details of this effort are forthcoming, but anyone interested now can contact us at

Lions meet the needs of local communities and the world every day because they share a core belief - to serve their community.

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Lion Al Ruffini is one amazing guy.  He has been instrumental in the success of the Leos and currently has about 250 young people involved. God Bless you Lion Al.

Camp Marcella fall cleanup on Sunday, November 22, 2015 was great success.  We had a full bus of our Wayne Loes there with rakes and cleaning gear ready to work. By the time lunch was served, we had a bunch of tired folks to feed.  It was great.

Young Lions Roaring again in 2015 -2016

The Leo Club, which includes students from Wayne Hills High School and Wayne Valley High School, has a membership of 250 students.  Throughout the year, the many projects they are involved with in include The New Jersey Camp for Blind Children, Asbury Park Clean-up, St. Joseph's School for the Blind and The Foundation for the Handicapped. ~more~


Lions Clubs International is the world's largest service club organization. We have 1.35 million members in more than 45,000 clubs in more than 206 countries and geographic areas.

Lions have a dynamic history. Founded in 1917, we are best known for fighting blindness, but we also volunteer for many different kinds of community projects - including caring for the environment, feeding the hungry and aiding seniors and the disabled.

Lions give sight. By conducting vision screenings, equipping hospitals and clinics, distributing medicine and raising awareness of eye disease, Lions work toward their mission of providing vision for all. We have extended our commitment to sight conservation through countless local efforts and through our international SightFirst Program, which works to eradicate blindness.

Lions serve youth. Our community projects often support local children and schools through scholarships, recreation and mentoring. Internationally, we offer many programs, including the Peace Poster Contest, Youth Camps and Exchange and Lions Quest.

Our Leo Program provides the youth of the world with an opportunity for personal development through volunteering. There are approximately 144,000 Leos and 5,700 Leo clubs in more than 140 countries worldwide.

Lions award grants. Since 1968, the Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) has awarded more than US$700 million in grants to support Lions humanitarian projects around the world. LCIF was also ranked the number one nongovernmental organization in a 2007 study by The Financial Times.

Lions help during disasters. Together, our Foundation and Lions are helping communities following natural disasters by providing for immediate needs such as food, water, clothing and medical supplies – and aiding in long-term reconstruction.

Lions are active. Our motto is "We Serve." Lions are part of a global service network, doing whatever is necessary to help our local communities.

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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.

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