76 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.
Lions at work in Middletown Twp. & Northern Monmouth County
VISION PROGRAM - Middletown Lions Vision Screening Program (Lions Kidsight Program) - in 2009 we began working with local schools ensuring each student has their vision evaluated. The Lions “Knights of Sight” donate their time performing free vision screenings, and confirm with the school nurse that all students referred for a full vision exam receive the proper care and corrective actions. This program has grown exponentially, and in the latest school year, we have screened over 10,000 students in the Middletown area since 2009. We the follow up with the school nurses to confirm that all students that are referred for eye problems receive a full vision exam and corrective lenses. The schools screened include Middletown, Hazlet, Union Breach, Keansburg, Holmdel, Red Bank, and Rumson. The Lions sight program has expanded to other district outside of the area resulting in over 25,000 students tested/
HUNGER ALLEVIATION PROGRAM - Lions Tamer Fourth Friday Lunch - Since 2008 the Middletown Lions Club has Donated, Prepared, and Served an average of 70 hot lunches each month. For many this is the only meal they will have that day. Visit the Bayshore Lunch Program at the Community Church of Keyport on the fourth Friday of the month, and you will find it filled with Lions preparing and serving at hot lunch for some of the most vulnerable in our community.
YOUTH & COMMUNITY PROGRAMS -The Middletown Lions have supported Middletown Township for since 1946. Each year we award Scholarships to 2 college-bound students who live in Middletown. We raise funds and donate to numerous local charities including Jason’s Dreams, Middletown Helps Its Own, Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski, II Memorial Fund, No Limits Café .
THE ENVIRONMENT - In 2016 we raised $1,100 to help build Middletown High School North’s Greenhouse project. The Middletown High School North Green Team celebrated the opening of the school’s new greenhouse. Made possible by a grant from the Sustainability Jersey for Schools, the Middletown Lions Club and the generosity of dozens of local businesses, the on-site greenhouse will offer the students a more personalized learning experience to develop future college, career and life skills. Middletown High School North is committed to practices that protect the environment and promote sustainability. The staff and students will be able to create outdoor projects that focus on unique horticultural, environmental and plant-biology experiments
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