NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – The Borough Council honored Lions Club International for the organization’s 100 year anniversary at its Monday, Jan. 23 meeting. Mayor Al Morgan read a proclamation recognizing the New Providence Lions Club which is celebrating its 47th year of serving the community.

Lions Club International was formed in 1917 by a Chicago insurance salesman, Melvin Jones, “to improve the lives of vulnerable people around the world.” The Lions Club International has grown into the largest volunteer organization in the world with 1.7 million members in 210 countries, said John Everitt, President of the New Providence Lions Club.

New Providence Lions Club is a diverse group of approximately 66 active members, Everitt said. Morgan noted that the organization ihas both men and women volunteers. In fact “both men and women, young adults to retirees, all from different backgrounds and professions” are serving the New Providence community. All donations received by the organization are used to help those in need. The active members and “generous sponsors” have enabled the organization to assist individuals with special needs, especially the visually impaired.  

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The organization also helps other small non-profit organizations such as the Drive for Autism, Community Service Association of New Providence, Soup Kitchen 411, and Bonds of Courage. The Lions also support the following local entities: New Providence Recreation Department, New Providence Fire Department, EMS Rescue Squad, Senior Citizen Center PBA, New Providence High School Scholarships, Historical Society, Health Fair, and New Providence Public Library among others.

The club’s major fund raisers are The Frank M. Pizzi Memorial Golf Outing, Holiday 50/50 Raffle, and the Annual Pancake Breakfast. This year the Golf Outing will take place on June 5 at the Fox Hollow Golf Club. Player and Sponsor sign-up sheets are now available at the organization’s website www.nplions.org. Last year all proceeds from the Pancake Breakfast went to the Drive for Autism Foundation.

The Lions also organize the annual Easter Egg Hunt, which will take place on April 8 this year at Oakwood Park. Morgan noted that the hunt begins at 9:30 and it is over at 9:40 with all 3,000 colored eggs found. Morgan did not forget to mention that it is the Lions who serve hotdogs at the summer concerts.

Everitt, who has led the local Lions for the past six years, said that the organization is always looking for new members. Everitt extended his appreciation to the Mayor and Council for their recognition of the organization and thanked those who “help us to help others.” Those who would like to donate can mail a check to: New Providence Lions Club, PO Box 854, New Providence, NJ 07974.