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Mahwah Residents Eligible For Service Award

Nominate residents for Rotary Club award by May 18

The Bergen Highlands-Ramsey Rotary Club invites local residents to nominate candidates for the Club’s annual Dr. William H. Kelley Community Service Award. 

Criteria for a candidate includes:

  1. Must be a resident of one of the five towns served by the Bergen Highlands-Ramsey Rotary Club (Allendale, Mahwah,  Ramsey,  Saddle River, and  Upper Saddle River). 
  2. Has participated in community service for a substantial period of time.
  3. Examples of community service that will be considered include local charitable work, coaching youth sports, taking part in town days, working on town activities or with religious groups, and serving on community committees or as a member of the ambulance corps, fire department, planning and zoning boards.

The deadline for nominations is May 18, 2012; the award will be presented on June 5, 2012. To nominate a worthy local citizen, send an email letter to Roy Polizzi at Roy@pscsecurity.net.  

Dr. William H. Kelley was a member of the Bergen Highlands –Ramsey Rotary Club for over 50 years with perfect attendance. He was chairman of the Club’s yearly Blood Drive and played Santa at local nursing homes. He held the Club’s highest Paul Harris award and served on many Rotary district committees, working with over 50 clubs in the regional Rotary district.

Dr. Kelley was a founding member of the Happy Heartbeats Clown Group, which brought laughter and magic to many children-in-need groups, including Tomorrows Children at Hackensack Hospital. He was a tireless worker for countless community groups and activities for decades.  

The Bergen Highlands-Ramsey Rotary Club has been supporting educational and charitable needs in Allendale, Mahwah, Ramsey, Saddle River and Upper Saddle River since 1952. The Club provides college scholarships for local students and funding for local causes such as The Center for Food Action. Members run the children's rides at Ramsey Day and Mahwah Day, with proceeds going toward the Club's charitable activities. As part of Rotary International, the Club also raises funds to support educational, medical and sanitary facilities in Nicaragua and Haiti.  

Rotary International is a worldwide organization of more than 1.2 million business, professional, and community leaders who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.  

The Bergen Highlands-Ramsey Rotary Club holds its weekly meetings on Mondays at 12:15 p.m. at Houlihan’s in Ramsey. For more information about Club activities or becoming a member, please call Bob Baron, Membership Chair, at 201-934-1222, email bob@baronpoolservice.com or visit www.bergenhighlandsrotary.org.

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