Chatham-Madison Kiwanis Recognition Reception – April 12, 2011
Nancy Holt, Chair of the Chatham-Madison Kiwanis Club Benevolence Committee welcomed everyone and announced that most of the club’s annual contributions to worthy organizations would be made tonight at the Recognition Reception. She said, “We honor you, our honored guests, and the organizations you represent”. The remaining part of the program consisted of presenting checks to organizations, whose representatives gave brief remarks about accomplishments and needs. Nancy introduced Kiwanis Club President Dick Plambeck to present some special awards.
Club President Dick Plambeck gave a brief overview of Kiwanis and described the new Kiwanis International ELIMINATE MNT project. He next gave the evening’s first check to Beth Anne Myarick, representing the Children’s Specialized Hospital (CSH). The NJ Kiwanis District supports CSH. He also presented a check to Nancy Boucher, member of the NJ District Foundation Board, to be sent to Kiwanis District Foundation. NJ Kiwanis District Governor Marc Litwack was present to accept the donation. Dick then introduced Doug Bryant, former Kiwanis President to give awards to Community Organizations.
Doug Bryant (right) presented a check to Bruce Johnson, Vice-President of Sage, located in Summit, NJ. Sage does many things but is widely known for “Meals on Wheels” delivered to people in need. They delivered 50,000 meals last year.
Doug Bryant presents a check to Mickey Caput, Director of the Senior Service Center of the Chathams.
Doug Bryant (right) presents a check to the Chatham Community Band, represented by Steve Johnson.
Karen Swartz presents a check to Rona Van Antwerp who accepted it on behalf of the local Girls Scouts.
Diane O’Brien, Director of the Library of the Chathams, was recognized for her leadership of the library. Kiwanis sponsors the Children’s Summer Reading Program Picnic held in August every year. The event rewards the children who read books as part of the program.
Diane Mann, CEO of the Madison Area YMCA was honored and given a check. Kiwanis is proud to help support the work of the YMCA.
Ann Goldschmidt accepted a check on behalf of the Chatham Education Foundation. This organization raises money to fund improved education in Chatham.
Karen Swartz (left) presented a check to Bridgett Kelly, Director of Project Community Pride.
Karen Swartz (left) presented a check to Marcy Wecker, who is a leader of the Chatham Community Garden. The contribution supports Kinderplots, which will help children grown vegetables in the garden.
Joan May presented a check to Griff Fielding for the Madison Little League. Chatham Kiwanis sponsors the Kiwanis Little League team. Griff Fielding then presented a plaque with the 2010 Kiwanis team photo to Joan May.
Karen Swartz (left) presented an award to “May Day in Madison” representative Marsha Ann Zimmerman. Kiwanis spruces up Cole Park as part of the annual public service project.
Kiwanis presents awards to all graduates at the annual ECLC graduation ceremony. The club also supports the PRIDE program at ECLC. Karen Swartz (left) acknowledged ECLC recipients Dot Libman (PRIDE Director, center) and Diane Gagliardi (ECLC Chatham School Principal, right).
Karen Swartz (left) presents a check to Evangeline Lee to be sent to “Save-a-Child”. The organization uses the funds to educate children in the Philippines.
Betty Anne Keat acknowledged the contributions made to Kiwanis-Sponsored Student Service Clubs. These include Builders Clubs at Chatham Middle School and St. Patrick’s School, Key Clubs at Chatham High School, Madison High School and ECLC, and Circle-K Club at Drew University.
Joan May (right) presented a check to Carolyn Lake, Assistant Director of the Interfaith Food Pantry. This organization is the recipient of the Kiwanis Community Aid Award
Nancy Boucher presented a special award to Diane Gagliardi, Principal of the Chatham ECLC School. This contribution is part of the proceeds from the annual Kiwanis Wine-Tasting event held in February.