SADDLE RIVER VALLEY LIONS CLUB
P.O. Box 333, Saddle River, NJ 07458, or
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S.R.V. Lions Membership Roster Still Growing!
(7-12-16)Bucking the national trend of declining membership in service organizations, the S.R.V. Lions Club continues to attract individuals seeking to improve the quality of life of those in need. Upper Saddle River resident Mark Stephan became the newest member of the fifty-eight old organization. Stephan's membership brings the club's roster to forty individuals residing throughout the Saddle River Valley.
Stephan was recently inducted into the club undergoing the organization's traditional initiation ceremony, on this occasion led by Lions District Governor, John Romano. It began with Stephan's sponsor, Lion Gene Leporiere, placing a blindfold on the candidate for membership and handing him a lighted candle. Romano then explained the significance of this act stating that "in spending a few moments in darkness you are experiencing something the sightless live with every day of their lives"
Three S.R.V. Lions Recognized for Service
(6-28-16) At the recently held S.R.V. Lions Club Installation Dinner, three of its members, David C. Verducci, Richie Spincola, and Gene Leporiere were recognized for their distinguished service.
Lions District Governor Jack Romano announced that at the organization's state convention held last month, "an 'International President's Certificate of Appreciation' was awarded to Lion David Verducci." In presenting the award, one of the highest accolades given by Lions International, Romano referenced Verducci's "tireless work in starting Leo Clubs in the Saddle River Valley region."
Also announced the same evening were two 'President's Outstanding Service Awards' which are given to individuals who, according to Jim Murphy, the club's immediate past president, "exemplify the meaning of the Lions' motto, 'I Serve'."
Murphy presented the first of the two awards to Lion Gene Leporiere, for his "continual outstanding service to the club." Leporiere's successes in chairing the club's annual raffle and is efforts in the area of member recruitment were cited by Murphy as the basis of the award.
"I am very grateful for this recognition," said Leporiere, "especially as it comes from my fellow Lions." Similar sentiments were expressed by Lion Richie Spincola who was recognized by the club for his many years of volunteering at the annual Lions carnival, even prior to his 2014 formal induction as a full-fledged member. Typical of his self-reticence, Spincola's reaction to receiving the award was to offer a simple thank you. "I am deeply appreciative of this," the Mahwah resident Spincola said, "but I just want to help people."
S.R.V. Lions Holds Annual 'Night of Giving'
(4-23-16) 'Celebrating Fifty Eight Years of Giving and Serving' was the theme at the Saddle River Valley Lions Club's 'Annual Night of Giving' held this past week. Checks totaling $93,675 were presented to representatives of local charitable and civic organizations at the event, the culmination of the club's fundraising efforts for the prior twelve months.
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In his welcome to the more than sixty members and guests present for the occasion, S.R.V. Lions President Jim Murphy said "through the financial support we are providing tonight we celebrate the efforts of charitable and educational groups whose good works are essential to the well being of our local communities." He went on to say that "tonight's grants bring the total amount of donations made during the club's 58 year history to more than $2.2 million dollars," an announcement which generated sustained applause from his audience.
S.R.V. Lions President Jim Murphy Wins Prestigious Award
(3-15-16) S.R.V. Lions President James J. Murphy, III, was honored with United Van Lions' Masters Club Award at United's national sales and operations conference, held recently in St. Louis. Murphy, a Mahwah resident, is an employee of Wade Odell Wade, an affiliate of the worldwide household goods transportation company.
United's Master Club is a reward and recognition program for agency sales representatives for exceptional sales achievement during the past year in five business segment categories - corporate account household goods, residential household goods, logistics/special products (including special commodities, trade shows and electronics), international and total revenue. This year, 223 United agency sales representatives qualified for the Master Club.
Saddle River Valley Lions Club Welcomes 'Eversight New Jersey' Speaker
(3-18-16) "Every year more than 6,000 people receive a second chance at sight with the help of Eversight New Jersey," according to Bruce Moehler, Eversight's Community Relations Liaison. Speaking before a recent meeting of the S.R.V. Lions Club, Moehler thanked the membership for its ongoing financial supports and discussed Eversight's history and mission.
Established in 1970 as the New Hersey Eye Bank, in July 1988 the Lions of New Jersey assumed sole responsibility for the Eye Bank when it became the Lions Eye Bank of New Jersey. In 2005 the Lions Eye Bank of New Jersey became part of a growing network of community eye banks that, together, was able to provide the resources and expertise of a global organization. In March 2015, the organization changed its name to Eversight to inspire even more people to support its work and re-energize its mission to preserve and restore sight.
According to Moehler, "Eversight's vision for the future is to expand our reach, connect more effectively with our communities and provide a life full of sight to anyone in need." He went on to say that "last year Eversight helped 6971 people receive a second chance at sight through corneal transplantation, 461 of whom were New Jersey residents."
S.R.V. Lions Club Continues to Attract Women to its Membership
(Feb. 6, 2016) Recognizing the contributions women are making to modern society, the S.R.V. Lions Club recently welcomed long time Ramsey resident, Marjorie Brower, as the club's newest member. With Brower's initiation into the Lions, the club's roster now totals forty individuals with the number of women participating as active members of the club now reaching almost twenty percent of the total membership.
Brower, who attended Indian Hills High School in Oakland, began her career as a banker back in 1990 before moving into the mortgage business in 1995. In what she fondly recalls as a "wonderful time in my career," Brower spent the next fifteen years as a loan officer. Reacting to the many changes in the industry, Brower decided to again shift her career focus. Today Brower works as an agent with Liberty Mutual Insurance and is based in Ramsey.
Herb Bodensiek Becomes First 50 Year Member of the S.R.V. Lions Club
"Deeply honored" was how Herb Bodensiek described his feeling after the S.R.V. Lions Club made a surprise presentation in celebration of Bodensiek of becoming the club's first 50 year member. Jim Murphy, the current Lions Club president, commemorated Bodensiek's achievement by presenting him with a gold and diamond fifty year lapel pin on behalf of the mambership. Murphy said that "the devotion of Lion Herb and his late wife, Cathy, to helping the blind and visually impaired is legendary."
Since becoming a Lion in 1966, Bodensiek has held every leadership position in the Club, twice serving as its president and holding various offices in the Lions District 16N as well. For his continual service to the causes supported by the Lions Club, Bodensiek was in 1992 awarded a Melvin Jones Fellowship, named after founder of Lions International and the club's highest honor. Bodensiek was named as a 'Life Member' in 1996 and, more recently, had the club's annual golf outing named after him.
S.R.V. Lions Club Continues Membership 'Growth Spurt'
(December 6, 2015) While many national service organizations are experiencing a sharp decline in membership, the S.R.V. Lions Club is bucking this trend. With the initiation of Upper Saddle River resident Anatoly Burman, who is the latest individual to be welcomed into a group, the number of active members continue this past year's steady increase. The club's roster now boast of a total almost forty individuals from communities throughout the Saddle River Valley.
Burman, who was borne and raised in Kiev, Ukraine, emigrated to the United States at the age of sixteen along with the members of his family. Although possessing very little in the way of money upon his arrival, Burman finished high school and went on to receive his undergraduate degree in computer science and economics from Rutgers University. His passion for finance later led him to complete in M.B.A. at Fairfield University while simultaneously building a career on Wall Street.
Local Environmental Activists Share Outreach Plans with S.R.V. Lions
Eric J. Fuchs-Stengel, the Executive Director and founder of the Mahwah Environmental Volunteers Organization, Inc. was a recent quest at a meeting of the S.R.V. Lions Club at which the young activist enthusiastically shared information about his group's efforts on behalf of the environment.
MEVO, as the group is unofficially known, was begun in the summer of 2008 by a few nature-loving teenage friends who decided that they wanted to "make a difference" in the world. According to Fuchs-Stengel, "MEVO co-founders Samuel Berman, Shane Mitchell, and I envision a sustainable world with enough resources for everyone, where people don't live in toxic surroundings and where everybody considers their impact on the Earth." And so, for the past seven years the group has carried out volunteer work to promote environmental sustainability throughout local communities.
Local Winners Announced in Lions International Peace Poster Contest
Three local middle school students taken the first step to becoming an internationally recognized artist by winning a local competition sponsored by the S.R.V. Lions Club. The successful entries were created by Noelle Kim, a seventh grader from Mahwah's Ramapo Ridge Middle School, Laura Granada, a seventh grader in Upper Saddle River's Cavallini Middle School, and Alison Perino, a sixth grader enrolled in the Smith School in Ramsey. The posters were among more than 450,000 entries submitted worldwide in the annual Lions International Peace Poster Contest.
Students in the three schools were invited to create original works of art based on this year's theme 'Peace Brings the World Together.' Lion Art Keys, the chairman of the club's Peace Poster Committee said that "the winning posters were selected on the basis of originality, artistic merit and portrayal of the contest theme."
Kim, Granada, and Perino will now have their prize winning posters advance through the district, national, and international levels of competition, said Lion Keys.
Saddle River Valley Lions Club Supports Center for Food Action
The S.R.V. Lions Club recently made its annual donation to the Mahwah Center for Food Action in support of the Center's on-going efforts to feed hungry. In presenting a check from the Lions Club to CFA Regional Manager William 'Jim" James, Lions President Jim Murphy, who is also a Mahwah resident, emphasized the club's commitment to helping those in need. "Even in an area as affluent as northern Bergen County, there are many who go to bed each night with little or nothing to eat."
Jim James agreed, adding that "the holiday season is fast approaching and we again find ourselves preparing for our annual Thanksgiving distribution. We are therefore asking for the public's support to help us provide traditional holiday meals to local families faced with tough times and seeking help at our agency."
Lions Clubs International is the world's largest service club organization with more than 1.4 million members in approximately 46,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas around the world.