Lions Elect Officers

At the general meeting of the Jamestown Lion’s Club on April 22, 2022 members elected their new officers.

Jeffrey Smith was re-elected President, also elected were First Vice-President Ang Cimo, Second Vice-President Jim Kress, and 3rd Vice President Laurie Marucci.

Linda DeJoseph will serve as Secretary, Chip Johnson will be the Treasurer of the General Fund, with Bruce Gleason as Treasurer of the Blind and Benevolent Fund.

Newly elected members of the Board of Directors are Don Nelson, and Karan Murray who are joining Ron Wilcox, Guy Ditonto, and Steve Maggio.

The Jamestown Lion’s Club mission is to assist individuals who are blind or visually impaired in the community, this year celebrates the 100th Anniversary of the Lions serving the city of Jamestown. A 100th anniversary celebration is being planned for October 2022, all are welcome.

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Lions Mints

Thank you for choosing Lion Mints to advance our club’s fundraising and promotional efforts. For more than 20 years, Lion and Lioness Clubs in the United States and around the world have depended on the extraordinary profits generated by the sale of Lion Mints to purchase eyeglasses and hearing aids for the needy; send kids to camp; assist the disabled; help school programs and provide support to the community.

Mints are available at the following locations.

  • AJ’s Texas Hots – Foote Ave
  • Allen Street Diner
  • Community Bank
  • Dean’s Restaurant
  • The Eatery –
  • Family Health Center
  • Fisher’s Restaurant – 3rd Street
  • Lakewood Golf Center
  • Lakewood Rod & Gun
  • Pace’s Pizza
  • Phil & Cindy’s Restaurant
  • Southern Chautauqua Credit Union
  • Spectrum Eye Center
  • Ziebart

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Lions Win Membership Satisfaction Award

Dear Officers and Members of the Jamestown Lions Club,


Once again your club has earned the Membership and Satisfaction Award because of your hard work during the Lions Year. We value the continued efforts that your club has demonstrated to recruit new members while providing exceptional value to the current ones.

The strength of your club supports your ability to help those in need. It is Clubs like yours that truly exemplify the Lions Mission Statement: To Empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs encourage peace and promote international understanding through Lions clubs.”

Again, I congratulate you and your club on your outstanding achievement.


Jung- Yul Choi

International President

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Lions recycle glasses for those in need

The Jamestown Lions Club has always collected used eyeglasses to be recycled and repurposed.  The organization found that the pickup committee was making multiple trips every month to various vision centers across the local area because the boxes were always full.   Past President, Steve Maggio suggested that the collection boxes get “supersized”.  Maggio enlisted the help of Shawn Carlson to build 6 boxes.

Vision Care Center

Lion Karan Murray

Dr. & Mrs. Hartnagel

With New Donation Box

If you have glasses to donate, boxes can be found at The Vision Care Center, Chautauqua Eye Care, Gateway Eye Care, Spectrum, Tops Supermarket (on Foote Ave) and the First Lutheran Church.  

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Lions Lose Distinguished Member

Obituary of Charles L. Telford

Charles L. Telford, 78, of Jamestown, NY, passed away peacefully Thursday, February 24, 2022, with his family by his side. A life-long resident, he was born April 21, 1943 in Buffalo, NY, a son of the late Charles L. Telford, Sr. and the late Beatrice Carlson Telford Angelo. He was a 1961 graduate of Jamestown High School and served in the U.S. Navy. Chuck was employed as a senior sales executive for Media One Radio Group in Jamestown. He worked in radio advertising in the Jamestown and surrounding area for over 55 years. Ever so proud, he would remind people that, “I got paid to sell air.” As an active member of the Jamestown community, Chuck was a member of the Jamestown Lions Club for over 50 years serving in many leadership capacities. He was a member and secretary of the Chautauqua Lake Region Antique Automobile Club and loved driving his 1950 Ford. He was also a member of the Lakewood Rod & Gun Club, the Viking Lodge. Chuck was a past member of the Jamestown Babe Ruth World Series Committee and played an instrumental role in the formation of the Jamestown Midget Football League where he was a past commissioner. He was also a member of the Veterans Memorial Park Commission. As a sports fan, Chuck was an avid Buffalo Bills and Cleveland Indians fan and enjoyed attending several games with his sons. Surviving is his wife of 57 years, Jerrilyn V. Bull Telford, whom married August 1, 1964, three sons; Robert C. Telford of Los Gatos, CA, Richard D. (Amanda) Telford of Sinclairville, NY, Ryan S. Telford of Norwich, CT, five grandchildren; Katelynn Telford of Fredonia, NY, Andrew Telford of Buffalo, NY, Nathaniel Telford, Benjamin Telford both of Norwich, CT, Alex Serrano of Sinclairville, NY, a sister: Cheryl Macey-Fugate of Corry, PA and a brother; Michael Telford of Kennedy, NY. He was preceded in death by his father Charles, Sr. who died January 9, 1971 and his mother Beatrice “Tillie” Angelo who died January 22, 2021 Friends will be received from 4-7 pm Tuesday, March 1, 2022, in the Lind Funeral Home where a Jamestown Lions Club memorial service will be led at 7 pm Tuesday. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Jamestown Lions Club, P.O. Box 3683, Jamestown, NY 14702-3683 or to the Chautauqua Lake Region Antique Automobile Club, P.O. Box 821, Jamestown, NY 14702-0821.

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