Stafford Lions Donate Park Benches

May 24, 2017

In celebrating the 100th anniversary of Lions Club International, the Stafford chapter has donated six park benches throughout Southern Ocean County. The group has set them up in Barnegat, Stafford, Little Egg Harbor, Eagleswood and the borough of Tuckerton and also in the Burlington County community of Bass River Township.

James Leta, chapter vice president, said the concrete benches are 5 feet long and cost $300 each.

“Because of the anniversary, we wanted to do some special projects in the area we serve, and to thank the communities that have supported us,” said Leta. “We’re glad we can donate the benches in time for the summer.”

Last fall, the Stafford Lions Club celebrated its 67th anniversary.

Barnegat officials recently gathered with Lions Club representatives to dedicate the bench there, located in the downtown gazebo park on Route 9 and East Bay Avenue.

“It’s a nice new addition to the park,” said Mayor Albert Bille. “The Lions Club is a great organization which does so much for the children. We really appreciate this bench, and with the many people walking around town, I’m sure it will get plenty of use.”

The club’s main project is free eye screening for preschool children, in which it uses a state-of-the-art Spot Camera, which quickly detects problems with a child’s eyes that may occur and can be corrected.

Calloways Restaurant and Bar serves as a home base for the organization, as it holds meetings there on the first Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m.

“The Lions Club is the largest international service organization in the world,” said Past President Bob Skrable. “We are in 208 countries and have 1.4 million members worldwide.”

Men and women 21 years of age and older are welcome to join.

“We can sure use more,” said Skrable. “We want people who are interested in joining and working with us. People are welcome to stop by at our meeting to learn who we are and what we are about.” E.E.


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