73 years after the Middletown Township Lions received their charter the club continues to serve the community. Changes have been made along the years. Which was once a men’s club primarly consisting of business men, today it is coed club with men and women serving side by side. The club in the past held a variety of events to raise funds for various charities. Today beside raising funds for certain Lions specific charities such as the Eye Bank, the club has morphed into a hands on club.
The Middletown Township Lions conduct eye screening exams for elementary students within the township and across the county at other school districts. Over 10,000 exams have been administered by the men and women from the club. A special camera called the Spot Vision Screener is used to detect eye problems for the young students. Over the past five years the screening found problems that if left undetected the child would have loss of vision. The members of the club are rewarded with knowing they have helped a child that otherwise would not be helped. Out newest program, which involves school nurses from other districts who have been trained to use one of our many cameras ,has resulted in over 25,000 students screened in a single school year!
The Fourth Friday Lunch program is a program that purchases the food , cooks the food and serves the food to approximately 60 men and women in need of a hot meal and fellowship. Next month the Lions will cross the 125 month in which they provide a meal to those in need.
You will find the Lions each year delivering packages of food and toys to those families who are supported by Middletown Helps its Own a local foundation. This program is held each year on the Saturday before Thanksgiving and Christmas.
The Middletown Township Lions were the lead club organizing the Stop Hunger Now food packaging in Monmouth County. The club working with other clubs and church groups packaged over 10,000 meals that will be sent around the world in times of need.
The vision program which provides screening and glasses to the less fortunate along with the Lions hearing aid program continue to support the Middletown Township Community.
Where there is a need the Middletown Township the Lions have responded. Whether it be Hurricane Sandy, Glasses, Hearing Aids or a Meal you will find the Lions in the lead.
Our Motto is: We Serve.
The Middletown Township Lions Club is a local organization that is part of an International group called Lions International.
The Charter Night was held on November 18, 1946 at 7:30 PM
The meeting was held at the Molly Pitcher Hotel.
The original membership was composed of 48 men.
The first President was Lawrence Scott