Springfield Township Lions

                          Defining Our Lions Club

SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP LIONS CLUB

Springfield Lions?  Who are we?

We are members of a club formed in 1946 with the purpose of raising funds for community and charitable causes and to have fun while doing it.

Our Name

Lions Clubs are named for the geographical location in which they meet; however, this does not restrict membership to that area.  The SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP LIONS CLUB has members from Durham, Lower Saucon, Milford, Nockamixon, & Springfield townships; as well as Quakertown, Hellertown, Coopersburg and Phillipsburg, NJ.

How do we “SERVE”?

The Lions contribute to over a dozen organizations that help those with sight and hearing impairment, kidney disease, and diabetes.  We provide for eye exams and glasses, and food baskets at Thanksgiving and Christmas to families in need in our surrounding area.  We sponsor local 4H clubs and scout troops.  Once a year, we host a luncheon for the “Busy Bees”, a sight-impaired social group.  It is estimated that since 1985, over $30,000 in scholarships have been awarded to Palisade High School Graduates -- three $1,500 scholarships were awarded in 2008.  We also provided over $10,000 in eye examinations and eyeglasses to Palisades’ students K-12 during this period. 

Where does the money come from?

Fund raising activities have evolved over the years.  Currently they are our annual Game Dinner, Breakfast at Applebee's, and various other events from time to time. 

More History

Chartered on April 25, 1946, Melvin G. Mack, former Superintendent of Palisades’ Schools, was the first President.  One of the earliest service projects conducted by the SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP LIONS CLUB occurred when it was discovered that the plans for the original Palisades High School Auditorium were approved with no provision for seats.  This project was one that concerned all residents of the community, culminating with the club holding a Country Fair & Carnival in June of 1949.  This raised $1,100 of the $8,000 needed, to which the Club added an additional $500 donation.  The Lions then organized teams of volunteers from each township in the School District to visit every family in order to solicit a contribution for the purchase of the chairs.  The goal was met.

Over the years, fund raising has included a country fair and carnival, minstrel shows, white elephant auctions, game dinners, car shows, and a food trailer. 

This year’s goal is to raise over $16,000 to be used strictly for charitable purposes. 

The Social Side

We have a monthly dinner meeting, usually at the Silver Creek A.A.  It’s a time to socialize, have fun, and spend a little time planning our activities.  We have an interesting program speaker to round out the evening.  Sometimes we meet with other local Lions Clubs either at Silver Creek or at their meeting location.

A short period of each meeting keeps everyone up to date on fund raising activities and assignments, but the main business activities are carried out at a separate Board of Directors Meeting prior to each dinner meeting.

We also have functions other than our monthly meeting including a Christmas outing, Steak Fry Dinner, "Breakfast at Applebee's", and an outing for The Busy Bees (an organization of blind or sight impaired individuals).

Cooperation and involvement of all Lions throughout the years has proven that the bonds of humanitarian efforts do run strongly through the men and women who have chosen to give of themselves in service.  Lion members believe that they can make a difference in the quality of life for our fellow human beings within the Palisades community and around the world.

Want To Know More About Lionism?

Membership is open to men and women who have reached their 18th Birthday.  If you ask Lion members why they joined, you will often get the answer, “I want to give something back to the community, and as a Lion I am part of a team that can accomplish things, that by myself would be impossible”.

 

If you would like to find out more about Lionism, please contact Lion Anita Morton or Lion Charles Morton at 610-346-6887.