Although initially overcast in the early morning, the sun fought its way through the clouds in time for the start of the Saddle River Valley Lions Club’s 11th Annual SRV Lions Herb Bodensiek Golf Classic. Commenting on the sellout crowd, S.R.V. Lion and event chairperson, Jerry Michota declared the outing to be its most successful yet. Citing attendance at the event at 130 individuals, Michota stated that this year had “set a record” for the number of participating golfers. He went on to say that the event “has developed into one of the club’s major fundraisers.”
Named to honor Upper Saddle River resident and longtime S.R.V. Lion Herb Bodensiek, the yearly golf outing was first held in 2005 and has continually grown in popularity since then. Held this year for the first time at the Ramsey Golf and Country Club in Ramsey, New Jersey, Michota added that “this year’s event also had the a higher number of businesses and organizations supporting the annual outing than ever before.”
Enjoying the exclusive use of the club and its facilities, golfers participating in the all-inclusive event received the use of a motorized golf cart, fully paid greens’ fees, a full American breakfast, and a barbeque lunch with beer and other beverages. A majority of the golfers participating were returnees who gave the event rave reviews saying that “they looked forward to returning next year.”
During lunch S.R.V. Lion Ed Lucas, author of the recently published book, Safe at Home, praised the work of the Lions Club. Blind since a teenager, Lucas is the founder of the Ed Lucas Foundation for the Blind, an organization devoted to assisting both the blind and the visually impaired. Lucas, himself an S.R.V. Lions Club, closed his remarks by thanking the event’s namesake, Herb Bodensiek, for his leadership in supporting the Lions Club over several decades. Lucas and Bodensiek were the recipients of a loud and sustained round of applaud from the appreciative audience.
Numerous raffle prizes were awarded with Lady luck favoring John Galvin of Saddle Brook, New Jersey who won a 48” HD color television set donated by the Sony Corporation. The best performance on the links was achieved by a foursome led by golfer Mike Kennedy. For achieving the ‘Lowest Team Net Score,’ each member of Kennedy’s quartet was awarded a specially designed trophy donated by Trophy King of Ramsey.
According to Michota, the event, “in addition to raising money for charity, was also designed to bring people together for fun and fellowship.” The club’s current president, Jim Murphy, enthusiastically agreed and added that an important goal of Lionism is to “bring people together by helping to create a greater sense of community” among the residents of the Saddle River Valley.”
The Saddle River Valley Lions Club is a regional club supporting the communities of Mahwah, Ramsey, Upper Saddle River, and Allendale. Classified as a 501C(3) non-profit entity, the Saddle River Valley Lions Club has raised and distributed more than $2,200,000 during its fifty eight year history. 100% of its net proceeds go directly to the charities that the Club supports with none of the funds raised being used to meet administrative expenses, a cost borne by the Lions themselves.
For more information about membership in or any of the many other activities and events sponsored by the Saddle River Valley Lions Club, visit www.SRVLions.org.