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Dr. David C. Verducci 201-390-7702, or


Serving the communities of: Mahwah, Ramsey, Allendale, Saddle River and Upper Saddle River. 


The Saddle River Valley Lions Club

S.R.V. Lions 2018 Car Raffle Winner Announced

"Stunned! Absolutely stunned!" That was how MIke Cookson described his recent phone call from a representative of the Saddle River Valley Lions Club.

"I was watching a movie with my wife, Sandy, son Tyler, and daughter Mikayla, when the phone rang," the Sloatburg, New York resident said, adding "so I let the answering machine pick up. When I listened to the message a few minutes later, I just couldn't believe my ears!" To Cookson's surprise and delight, the caller was his co-worker and friend, Lion Paula turrin, who message said "Mike, I have great news for you! You won this year's Lions Club car raffle!" "I just couldn't believe my ears; a brand new car!" said a still surprised Cookson.

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S.R.V. Lions 'Night of Giving' Continues Decades Long Tradition

Continuing its yearlong celebration of the Diamond Anniversary of its founding, the Saddle River Valley Lions Club recently distributed its 2018 charitable grants to more than seventy community organizations dedicated to helping those in need. More than $88,500 was given away, bringing the lifetime grand total amount of charitable donations made by the local Lions to just under two and half million dollars.

The occasion for the financial giveaway was the Saddle River Valley Lions' recent 'Annual Night of Giving.' Themed a 'Celebration of Sixty Years of Giving and Serving,' checks presented to representatives of local charitable and civic organizations at the event were the culmination of the club's fundraising efforts for the prior twelve months.

     Shown above are Lions' Club members and representatives from the various organizations receiving grants and donations from the Saddle River Valley Lions Club.

Shown below (left to right) are Saddle River Valley Lions Club member Jim Murphy, Community Partner Award recipient Ken Montick, and club president David Verducci.


The main event of the evening was the distribution of grant and donation checks by the chairpersons of five of the club's standing committees. Accepting these grants were representatives from each of the recipient organizations which include the Center for Food Action, Rebuilding Together of Bergen County, St. Joseph's School for the Blind, and the Lions 16N Foundation to name just a few.

Among the other highlights of the evening was the announcement of the Lions' 2018 Community Partner Award. The award was presented to Ken Montick of the Ridgewood Vehicle Company for their work in rehabilitating the Lions' eyeglass collection boxes.

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'Leo Night V' Showcases Students' Community Service

(Jan. 22, 2018) The community service activities of students at three area schools were showcased recently at the Saddle River Valley Lions Club's fifth annual 'Leo Night.' Presenting information about service projects were student leaders of Leo Clubs from the Northern Highlands regional High School in Allendale, the Cavallini Middle School in Upper Saddle River, and Mahwah High School. Leo Clubs are school-based service organizations modeled after and chartered by Lions International since 1967. Now constituting an international network of over 6,500 clubs in over 140 countries, the 'Leo' name is an acronym for its motto: Leadership, Equality and Opportunity.
















The Leo Night program, originally created to give Lions a chance to meet and interact with the Leo Club members and their faculty advisors, has already become an annual Lions Club tradition. Wearing tee-shirts bearing the official Leo Club logo, student representatives from each school addressed the Lions members and gave PowerPoint presentations. In addition to giving information about their current and complete projections, students also shared their plans for the coming months. Examples of the Lions' own efforts as well as fundraising efforts on behalf of various causes relating to health and vision.

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Community Service 'A Family Affair'

Newly inducted Saddle River Valley Lion Jeff Smyrychynski is no stranger to community service. As the fifth generation of his family to work and volunteer in Upper Saddle River it is certainly a 'family affair.'

Acquiring his formal education at Rutgers University and Ramapo College, Smyrychynski developed his interest in local history as a child listening to stories told by his relatives. "I learned so much about Upper Saddle River," Smyrychynski explained, "from observing how much a part of the community my parents and grandparents were. I share their sense of service to others so becoming a Lion was just a natural step for me."       

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S.R.V.L. Lion 'Extends a Paw' at U.S.R.'s Oktober Fest









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13th Annual S.R.V. Lions Herb Bodensiek Classic "Close to a Record!"

Sunshine was the watchword of the day as golfers teed off at the Saddle River Valley Lions Club’s Annual Herb Bodensiek Golf Classic. Commenting on the sellout crowd, S.R.V. Lion past president and event chairperson, Chris Reichert, declared the outing to be among the most successful the club has held. Citing attendance at the event at more than one hundred individuals, Reichert stated that this year “probably came close to a record” for the number of participating golfers, adding that “the Bodensiek Classic has developed into one of the club’s major fundraisers.”

In its thirteenth year, the annual event began as a social gathering and has grown into one of the Club’s most important fundraising activities. Named to honor Lion Herb Bodensiek, a fifty-two year member of the Saddle River Valley Lions and a former resident of Upper Saddle River, the yearly golf outing was first held in 2005 and has continually grown in popularity since then. According to Reichert, “the ‘Classic’ has become an important means of helping Lions to fulfill its core mission. The Lions Club provides needed funds to charities that serve the blind and visually impaired as well as those volunteer organizations assisting people with other health-related issues.”

Held again at the Ramsey Golf and Country Club in Ramsey, New Jersey, past committee chairman Roger Barr said that “this year’s event attracted more support from local businesses and other charitable organizations than the annual outing has ever had.”  

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Camp Marcella Changes Lives of Visually Impaired Teens

For blind and visually impaired teenagers, it is literally a life-changing experience.” Those were the words Paula Tarantino-Maione used in an recent address to the Saddle River Valley Lions Club to describe Camp Marcella, a residential summer campground designed specifically for children and teens with blindness, visual-impairments, and special needs.

Tarantino-Maione, herself a member of Lions Clubs International, has been a volunteer at the camp for over 30 years and has served as a member of its Board of Directors since 2006. She explained that “the objective of Camp Marcella is to provide its campers with a top notch recreational, educational, and rehabilitative camp experience, that is both fun and memorable.”

Located in Rockaway, NJ, Camp Marcella is owned and operated by the NJ Camp for Blind Children, Incorporated, a non-profit organization started in 1947. Since the camp’s inception, Lions Clubs across New Jersey have helped to financially support and maintain the Camp’s operations and facilities.

The camp itself comprises over 200 acres of woodland surroundings, including a clean, fish-laden lake, and a modern in-ground swimming pool with all of its facilities designed for the best possible care of visually impaired children. Over the past 60 years Camp Marcella's facilities have grown from a handful of buildings to a thoroughly modern, state-of-the-art, 23 building facility specially adapted for persons with special needs. 

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Verducci Awarded Prestigious Lions Club Fellowship

Upper Saddle River resident David C. Verducci has been named the 2017 winner of the prestigious Melvin Jones Fellowship Award by the S.R.V. Lions Club. Established in 1973 by Lions International, the Melvin Jones Fellowship was created in remembrance of the organization's founder and is considered to be the highest honor the club can bestow upon one of its members.














A Lion since 2012, 'Dr. Dave', as he is known in the club, currently serves as the club's 2017-2018 president. Verducci has served on a wide variety of Lions' committees so far in his tenure but the award was given largely in recognition of his work in establishing four thriving Leo Clubs in area schools. Leo Clubs are parts of a world-wide network of school-based service organizations for middle and high school age students.

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Installation of New Officers Opens S.R.V. Lions Diamond Jubilee Year















The Saddle River Lions recently wrote chapter of its long history by celebrating the start of its Diamond Jubilee year at the club's Annual Installation Dinner. The organization began its sixtieth year with the installation of the 2017 - 2018 officers.

Sworn in by Lion's State Committee Chairman, John "Jack" Romano, the incoming Lions Club president, Dr. David C. Verducci of Upper Saddle River, said that he is "deeply honored" to have been elected to lead the well-known and respected service organization and expressed "appreciation for the confidence the membership has shown in me." After taking his oath of office, Verducci accepted the presidential gavel from outgoing president Vic Heineman, the last official act of what was Heineman's own second term of service in the top spot. In his final comments as president, Heineman praised and thanked the club members for "an amazingly successful year of charitable fundraising and community events."

In his initial remarks as the new president, Verducci pledged to "do all that I can to help the club continue to succeed in its traditional mission of service." He went on to say that "Welcome!" would be his theme for the coming year "in recognition of just how welcoming this club has always been to me." Verducci then presented the past president plaque to Heinean and offered "the Lions' appreciation for Heineman's outstanding service."

Joining Verducci as club officers for the coming year are George Lesnik (1st Vice President), Eugene Baskayan (2nd Vice President), Mark Stephan (3rd Vice President), Bob May (Secretary), Paul Beck (Charities Treasurer), Andy Calcara (Club Treasurer) and Directors Dennis Schubert, Wilfredo Gonzales, Jim Murphy, Paula Turrin, and Christopher Reichert. 

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Bergen County Commemorates 100 Years of Lions Clubs

The Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders has commemorated the 100th anniversary of the founding of Lions Clubs with a resolution proclaiming June 2017 as Lions Club International Centennial Celebration month. The announcement was made at a recent meeting of the Freeholder Board in the presence of more than a dozen Lions Club representatives from across northern New Jersey. 









Speaking on behalf of the full Board, Freeholder Chairwoman Tracy Zur cited the Lions for their century-long "support of many worthy causes and charitable organizations" and for being "particularly focused on the needs of the visually impaired." Zur also noted that in "Bergen County the organization includes a county-wide club as well as 26 local clubs whose members give thousands of hours of their time in service to their communities."

The Lions were also honored with a proclamation presented by County Executive Jim Tedesco. Recognized for their "100 years of service to communities here and across the globe," Tedesco spoke of his family's long association with the organization. He went on to congratulate Bergen County's Lions "for empowering volunteers to serve their communities."

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Newest SRV Lions Pledge Service to the Blind

(May 20, 2017) The three newest members of the Saddle River Valley Lions Club recently pledged themselves to "serve to the blind and visually impaired" as part of the club's traditional candlelight induction ceremony. Past Lions District Governor George Lesnik administered the club's membership oath to local residents Frank DiPierro and brothers Eric and Lucas Baskayan.










When asked about why he wanted to become a Lion, DiPierro quickly responded that "improving one's community starts with becoming active and helping those in need." DiPierro's sentiments were quickly seconded by other inductees, the twin Baskayan brothers. Speaking for them both, Eric said that "we each wanted to become Lions because of our desire to take on a greater role in the community." His brother, Lucas, agreed adding that "we want to help others who are less fortunate than us to achieve a better life."

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S.R.V. Lions' Charitable Grants Near $2.5 Million Mark

The Saddle River Valley Lions Cub this week distributed its 2017 charitable grants to more than seventy community organizations dedicated to helping those in need. More than $90,900 was given away, bringing the lifetime grand total amount of charitable donations made by the local Lions to just under two and half million dollars.














The occasion for the financial giveaway was S.R.V. Lions' recent 'Annual Night of Giving.' Themed a 'Celebration of Fifty Nine Years of Giving and Serving,' the checks presented to representatives of local charitable and civic organizations at the event were the culmination of the club's fundraising efforts for the prior twelve months.

Welcoming the more than seventy members and quests present for the occasion, S.R.V. Lions President Vic Heinemann said, "these organizations are groups of individuals who are providing the direct services needed by people in our local communities. They are helping to make it possible for individuals who suffer illness or physical impairment to achieve a quality of life that might be otherwise unattainable." He went on to "thank all three major fundraisers," activities which include the Lions' annual car raffle, its Spring carnival, and Herb Bodensiek Golf Classic which is held each September.













The Saddle River Valley is home to four Leo Clubs, the school-based student service organizations which are chartered by Lions International. In presenting the awards, Gene Baskayan, chairman of the Lions' Leo Committee, noted that "these three young people epitomize the meaning of services to others as they help to inculcate the values of Lionism in their fellow students." David Verducci, the Lions incoming president and himself a past chairman of the Leo Committee enthusiastically agreed, adding that "through the many service projects undertaken by their clubs, these Leos not only help to improve their communities but they also serve as role models for their peers."

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NJ Lion's News Letter 

Below is the first page of the NJ Lion News Letter for February, 2017(37 pages). Those who wish to read the entire news letter, please click here.



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