Chester Lioness Club

Chester Lioness Club Chester Lioness Club is a volunteer women's organization serving the Chesters, Mendhams, Long Valley and Flanders areas since October 11, 1985.
In the true spirit of fellowship the Chester Lioness Club strives to enrich the community through service and donations.

The Lioness Club .fosters a spirit of understanding among the people of the community .promotes the principles of good citizenship .takes and active interest in the welfare of the community .encourages service minded persons to serve their community without personal financial reward

Mission: To Serve

Operating as usual

Help those in need of help, help themselves...

Help those in need of help, help themselves...

Have an adult bike to donate? Our shelter guests have limited transportation options and riding a bike to work is often the best option. We are in need of a few bikes for the adults in our program, ideally women’s bikes.

If you have a bike in good condition that is ready to ride please contact [email protected] or call 973-993-0900 x221. Thank you! 🚲

Lionesses having a business meeting on August 5, 2020 at Redwoods.

Lionesses having a business meeting on August 5, 2020 at Redwoods.

Chester Lionesses scoring applications for our yearly scholarships. We social distanced and wore masks.

Chester Lionesses scoring applications for our yearly scholarships. We social distanced and wore masks.

Is this one for You?

Is this one for You?

A unique opportunity to join our HSI family!
Homeless Solutions is hiring for the Chief Financial Officer/Director of Finance position. This role will be responsible for managing the finance department and driving financial results, engaging in forward-thinking analysis, and providing fiduciary oversight for this non-profit organization focused on fighting homelessness in our community.

Find the full job description and apply directly here:

Vision Loss Alliance of New Jersey

An very interesting event. Well worth attending.

We're excited to share more about our first ever VIRTUAL Dining in the Dark event, set for October 29th, 2020. This event will be accessible to everyone who registers via Zoom. Mark your calendars and stay tuned for more information!

MOVING IMAGE DESCRIPTION: A dark purple background takes up most of the image. Bold gold text that reads "Save The Date!" rests above an image of a place setting with two forks, a dark sleeping mask with the VLANJ logo on it, a typed message that asks "How would you eat in a restaurant?" and a menu. Below, white text says "DINING IN THE DARK: A VIRTUAL EVENT," and below this in gold text are the details: "October 29, 2020. STAY TUNED FOR DETAILS!" All the bottom text is featured in a white circle that repeatedly circles around as a moving image to emphasize the text. A narrow picture of a fork on a white background takes up part of the right side of the image.

Kudos to these “Kids”. Well done!

Kudos to these “Kids”. Well done!

The Sharing Project has once again delivered fresh veggies for us to distribute. If you don't know them, take a look. Two young men we call "The Matthews" (Matthew Borinshteyn and Matthew Goldgirsh) have started this project and solicited help from some of their friends. They raise money and have planted gardens in several places in Chester and Mendham which they all tend. They purchase and grow great veggies, etc that people who use food pantries do not normally get. They could have been doing anything in their last couple of years in high school but this is what they chose. These kids are all great and we could not be more thankful

Good to know. Pass it on ...

Good to know. Pass it on ...

Despite their extreme cuteness, dog guides should not be pet or distracted while they're working - they need to focus to keep their owners safe!

For more information, resources, and programs, visit or send us an email at [email protected]. Follow us for weekly courtesy tips!

IMAGE DESCRIPTION: At the top of the image is the text "VLANJ Courtesy Tips" in dark purple over a gold rectangle. Below this to the right is an image of a guide dog with gold fur in a gold, vertical rectangle. On the left, in dark purple text atop a white background, is the text: "Do NOT Pet a dog guide, offer a dog guide food, or distract a dog guide in any way while the dog guide is working. They are NOT pets - dog guides are highly trained mobility tools and work to keep their owners safe!"

Morris County Sheriff's Office

Morris County Sheriff's Office

A Long Valley couple who created the non-profit advocacy organization Joshua's Peace Inc in memory of their beloved son who died by an accidental overdose have volunteered to donate $10 to the Long Valley Food Pantry and the Long Valley Community Assistance Program for every resident who completes free Narcan training on July 13 provided by the Morris County Sheriff’s Office Hope One team.
PLEASE STOP BY AND TELL OTHERS YOU KNOW that the Hope One team and Maria and Mark Broadhurst will be at the Long Valley Pharmacy, 62 E. Mill Road, Long Valley, on Monday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The effort is in memory of the Broadhurst's late son Joshua and to help others recover from substance use disorders.
Please click on the story link to read more:
Morris County Sheriff’s Office Corporal Erica Valvano, coordinator of the Hope One mobile substance use and mental health disorder outreach program, will be with a Hope One team at the Long Valley Pharmacy.
The Broadhursts visited Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon and the Hope One team on February 28 during the team’s stop outside Trinity Lutheran Church in Dover, where Faith Kitchen, a community soup kitchen is based. The Broadhursts on that day underwent the Narcan training.
The Broadhursts started “Joshua’s Peace” to honor their son, “shed a loving light on the disease of addiction,” and support advocacy and treatment services. Their son, who loved his family, nutrition, body-building and the beach, had been sober for four years before he relapsed and overdosed on heroin laced with fentanyl in December 2020.
Joshua’s Peace website can be found at
The pictures depict the Broadhurst's with the Hope One team and Sheriff Gannon in February.

Here’s your chance to do something good for others with just a little bit of effort. Like the saying goes, Just Do It!

Here’s your chance to do something good for others with just a little bit of effort. Like the saying goes,
Just Do It!


Come visit Main Street this weekend and bring a donation for the Chester Mendham Food Pantry! A Borough Department of Public Works truck will be parked on the Municipal Field on Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Please bring your donations in a bag or a box and place them in the truck bed.

The Food Pantry specifically needs:
Pancake Mix
Dessert Mixes
Instant Potatoes
Mac & Cheese Boxes
Boxed sides (pasta, rice, Knorrs)
BBQ Sauce
Sald Dressings
Pasta Sauce
Baked Beans

While you are on Main Street, please visit the shops and restaurants. And don't forget the Chester Farmer's Market on Sunday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. See you there!!!



People have been asking "what do you need?" I was at the pantry this morning and got some answers. We are currently low on salad dressing and condiments such as bbq sauce, ketchup and mustard; salt, pepper, flour, sugar and baking mixes; protein bars, granola bar and cereal bars; canned black beans; vinegar and oil; rice; cereal; baby wipes, diaper cream and smaller size diapers; coffee; rice; shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and deoderant for men and women. Donations can be dropped off at the bins at Hoffman's Supply, at 24 Ranney Road, or at the food pantry on Thursdays from 9am - 11am. Thank you.

Homeless Solutions, Inc.

Homeless Solutions, Inc.

Its time to clean out your closets!

Looking to get rid of some unwanted or unused items in your home? Our 'Clothing for a Cause' program is the perfect way to clear up some space while helping a homeless neighbor in need.

For a full list of items that we can and cannot accept, head over to our website:

Morris Family Justice Center

Morris Family Justice Center

Vision Loss Alliance of New Jersey

Vision Loss Alliance of New Jersey

Is it safe to wear contact lenses during the COVID-19 pandemic? The short answer is yes, but there are some considerations. Click the link below to find out more!

Image description: A person is inserting a contact lens into their eye.

Enjoy the warm Spring sunshine ... Be in the know ...
Vision Loss Alliance of New Jersey

Enjoy the warm Spring sunshine ... Be in the know ...

What a gorgeous weekend we are having! ☀️🤩

Most of us remember to wear SPF and socially distance from others, but it is important to also keep in mind the safety of your eyes while out in the sun. 😎 Did you know you don’t feel the damage to your eyes that happens from UV rays for up to 12 hours, yet you can lose a significant amount of eye sight from it?

Find out more here:

Please keep us in mind for #givingtuesdaynow on Tuesday, May 5th so we can continue helping people with vision loss!

#vlanj #visionloss #sunblindness #blindness #blind #notallvisionis2020 #beyondsight

Homeless Solutions, Inc.

Good deeds for good people

"I'm here because my volunteers show up. I can't imagine myself being home knowing that they're here on the front lines helping our shelter guests. The guests need food, comfort, and safety, and that's what we do here and I want to be a part of that."

We are in need of PPE supplies to ensure the safety of our frontline staff and shelter guests. The need is not only for today, but for the future as we face the ongoing fight of this health crisis. We operate an 85 bed shelter and it’s critical for everyone’s safety that we are prepared.


#GivingTuesdayNow #MyWhyStory

Thank you for all your efforts.

Thank you for all your efforts.

And the outreach continues TODAY! Jonas Gold of 55 Main really knows how to do it right!!! Delicious meals, compassionate heart and a charitable way!!! We are so proud to be partnered with such a community leader like him! Because of his efforts we will continue to feed our Veterans, frontline essential workers and our military! If you would like to donate, please call him at 55 Main, (908) 284-1551.

We received a call today from Vito Marinelli, another pillar in our community, who wants to join Jonas' efforts. Hence, welcome Vito Marinelli to "Team OJC." Vito has an incredible Italian restaurant, Marinelli's, (on Route 12 in Flemington) where he will be preparing meals to feed our Veterans and military! Please reach Vito at the restaurant, if you would like to make a donation, by calling (908) 806-7562.

When COVID is a thing of the past, I hope we can remember to frequent those businesses that did so much for so many during this time of need.

We are very grateful to both Jonas and Vito. Thank you for your support and charitable outreach!

Anthem Lights

Anthem Lights

"How Great Thou Art” was written by a Swedish poet who was caught in the middle of a thunderstorm. In the stillness that followed, he wrote the words to this now beloved hymn.

Our prayer is that the words of this hymn would bring you comfort in the storms of life…and that we would remember that our God is greater than every trial we face.

Get this song and our new album “Hymn-capella” here:

Please share this information.

Please share this information.

Tragically, NJ lost another victim to domestic violence. On March 26th it was reported that an East Hanover man fatally shot and killed his wife, Lilia Jacobs.

This should serve as a wake-up call to everyone. “Stay Home, Stay Safe” doesn’t work when you’re trapped with an abusive partner. The lack of social support, resources, and privacy to call for help, put victims in greater danger.

The scarcity of goods, possible loss of income from lost wages, fear of getting sick, responsibility for 24/7 parenting and home schooling add to the stress levels and anxiety in the home. Perpetrators of violence are now facing an onslaught of triggers with less support.

Add a gun to the home and a victim is FIVE times more likely to be killed in a domestic violence situation.

We must all do our part to prevent what experts predict will be a spike in domestic violence cases during the pandemic.

Tell everyone you know that JBWS and domestic violence safe houses and counseling services throughout the country are still open! Locally, call 1-877-R-U-ABUSED 24/7. You can also chat or text with an advocate by going to the National Domestic Violence Hotline, click on “Chat Now”; or text LOVEIS to 22522. Counselors are waiting to help you and your family members. ----Diane Williams (pictured)


People helping people 👍

Washington Township you never cease to amaze me! Tracy Johnson-Knorr and Bill Knorr we distributed ALL of the breakfast and lunch bags you donated! (They filled the back of my Kia Sorrento, with the seats down) They went to food pantry clients, senior citizens in Chester and Heath Village, and inviduals in Long Valley brought to our attention by friends and neighbors. What a blessing you are! Our food pantry was pretty empty after Monday's distribution, but already we're receiving additional donations. Many of you have offered to deliver food to our clients and others we know of who are unable to leave their homes. I cannot thank you all enough. You bless not only those in need, but my life as well. Thank you.


Lend a hand if you can ...

Below is a list of items which are needed to stock the food pantry:

White and brown rice
Canned black beans
Shelf stable milk
Toilet paper
Jarred spaghetti sauce
Bisquick or pancake mix
Maple syrup
Jarred/canned fruit
Kid friendly snack
Cereal – both kid “friendly” and “healthy” brands such Kashi, Special K, etc.
Kid friendly snacks such as chips, granola and cereal bars, etc.

Thank you to our community! Stay safe and healthy. Our thoughts are with each of you.

Join the Chester Lioness Club for dinner on March 5 ...
Can Hungry Children Succeed?

Join the Chester Lioness Club for dinner on March 5 ...

Check out the latest community post from one of your neighbors. (The views expressed in this post are the author’s own.)

Calling Local Graduating High School Seniors
Calling Local Graduating High School Seniors

Calling Local Graduating High School Seniors

One of your neighbors posted in Neighbor Posts. Click through to read what they have to say. (The views expressed in this post are the author’s own.)


Do you know a graduating High School Senior in the Chester, Mendham, Washington Twp area?

The Chester Lioness Club annually offers two scholarships to students in the Class of 2020 residing in Chester, Mendham or Washington Township in Morris County. Each scholarship may be up to $1,500. Criteria for selection of candidates for these scholarships include academic record, classroom and extracurricular activities, community activities, individual interests and hobbies and outstanding accomplishments in activities that demonstrate leadership and service. Financial need is also a consideration.
Applications may be obtained in the College Resource Center at both West Morris Mendham and West Morris Central High Schools as of March 4. The completed form must be returned to the College Resource Center no later than April 6, 2020.
These scholarships are available not only to public high school students, but those attending private schools or those having home tutoring as well. A letter requesting an application may be sent to the Chester Lioness Club in care of Anne MacMillan, 15 Cora Lane, Chester, NJ 07930, 908-879-7621. Completed applications must be forwarded to the Lioness Club by April 10th 2020.
The Chester Lioness Club is a service club that takes an active interest in the civic, cultural and social welfare of the community. For more information about the Chester Lioness Club, contact Holly Simmenroth, Publicity Chairperson at 908-879-5932.


Are you able to help?

Volunteers needed to work with children and on local crisis response teams. Visit for more info or
email [email protected].

Did YOU know this?

Did YOU know this?

Ever fallen asleep with your contact lenses in? 👁️👁️

The Center for Disease Control reports that this is the most common offense for contact lens users. But what's so bad about it anyway?

Eyes, like the rest of our bodies, need oxygen to survive, and if you have lenses in for an extended period of time, your cornea – the outer surface of your eye – doesn't get to breathe. Without oxygen, your corneas will get larger and swell up. This is called keratitis, which means your eyes' physiology is being damaged or altered.

This inflammation causes small gaps to start to appear across the surface of the eyes and bacteria will start to make its way through those gaps to invade the cornea.

In most cases, this leads to eye infections. In worst case scenario, it can rob you of your eye sight.

Moreover, you can damage your cornea by trying to pick out dried out lenses, and develop other long-term problems that can eventually lead to loss of sight.

Why risk it? Keep your eyes safe & take those contacts out at night. 🌙✨

Vision Loss Alliance of New Jersey cares about your eye sight – we are a non-profit organization helping people who have experienced vision loss or become blind, and we want to spread awareness on ways to avoid vision loss! Help us by sharing this message and following our page.

#VLANJ #visionloss #lowvision #blind #blindness #eyesight #contacts #notallvisionis2020 #2020vision

Image description: An eye that is red and swollen, indicating eye infection.


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The Lioness Club is a women’s service organization that .fosters a spirit of understanding among the people of the community .promotes the principles of good citizenship .takes and active interest in the welfare of the community .encourages service minded persons to serve their community without personal financial reward

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The Chester Lioness Club will meet for dinner at 6:30 PM on Thursday, April 4th, 2019 in the Lamplighter Restaurant, 180 West Main Street, Chester, NJ 07930. Michelle Smith, a Biologist with the NJ Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Fish and Wildlife, will present a "Know the Bear Facts" program. She has worked full-time for the Department since 2004. Black bears have now been confirmed in all 21 of New Jersey’s counties. Consequently, residents are encouraged to become better educated about this important component of the state’s natural heritage. The “Know the Bear Facts” program offers the general public information about living with black bears in New Jersey. The program covers the natural history and biology of bears in the Garden State and the results of past and current black bear research. It also includes practical information on coexisting with black bears, such as steps one should follow in order to ensure that bears do not become a nuisance animal in the neighborhood. Community members are invited to attend by registering in advance with Holly Simmenroth at 908-879-5932. The Chester Lioness Club welcomes new members, for more information about the club, call Holly Simmenroth.
To the Chester, NJ, Lionesses organization, my younger brother is severely mentally ill and resides at the Community Hope home on Oakdale Road in Chester. Kindly allow me the privilege of thanking you all for embracing the severely mentally ill in our community as you do each holiday season. Surely there is a harsh stigma associated with the mentally ill who cannot help themselves, yet you ladies (ladies, used herein in the literal sense of the word) step up an support an element of our local society that is not favored and is even branded as deleterious. My hat is off to you all!, Bravo!, and God bless!