Three New Jerseyans will be honored as the Lions Eye Bank of New Jersey’s 2014 Visionaries of the Year at an awards dinner at L’Affaire Fine Catering in Mountainside on Thursday, April 9, 2014 at 6:30pm.
“The Visionary of the Year Awards Dinner is a celebration of our long standing partnership with Lions across the state. It is a time to recognize individual Lions and Clubs for their hard work in supporting the Eye Bank’s mission – the restoration of sight. This is the only event apart for the State convention that brings Lions from all Districts together for a time of celebration,” states Margaret Chaplin, Executive Director.
Charles “Chuck” H. Wiemer of Hi-Nella is a Past International Director on the International Board of Lions Clubs and has been an active dedicated Lion since 1960 when he joined the Interboro Lions Club. He has worked diligently serving as an Impact Leader for Membership Growth and Development, as District Coordinator for Campaign Sight First, and on the World Trade Center Committee after 911.
Doug Schembs of Westfield has served in many capacities in his 28-year tenure as a Lion. He is the past president of the Westfield Lions, has served as Cabinet District Secretary, and as State Council Chair. He has received several honors including Lion of the Year and the International President’s Medal.
Richard “Rick” Chitum Bergenfield currently serves as the Board Secretary for the Lions Eye Bank of New Jersey. He has been a Lion for 28-years and is a past President of the Bergenfield Lions Club and has been honored as a Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow.
The Lions Eye Bank of New Jersey is a subsidiary of Midwest Eye-Banks, a charitable not- for-profit organization dedicated to the restoration of sight. It recovers, evaluates and distributes human eye tissue for transplantation. It also supports research into the causes and cures of blinding eye conditions, promotes donation awareness through public and professional education, and provides humanitarian aid to people in need of corneal transplantation throughout the world.