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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.”

(left) The Saddle River Valley Lions Club incoming president, Dr. David Verducci, and Lions State Council Chairman Jack Romano accept a copy of a proclamation declaring June 2017 Lions Club International Centennial Celebration Month from Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco (right).

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.”

Accepting on behalf of the Lions was David Verducci, the incoming president of the Saddle River Valley Lions Club, and Jack Romano, a Lions Past District Governor. In addressing the group, Verducci spoke of the Lions’ appreciation “for this expression of support” from the county’s elected officials. Just as “you strive to provide important services to the county’s residents, our objective is to fulfill the goal of the Lions’ motto, ‘I Serve’ by helping those in need.” Verducci spoke about the breadth and scope of the organization’s efforts concluding his remarks by stating that “on behalf of Lions everywhere, we thank you all for recognizing the work of our organization and look forward to beginning our second century of service to others.”

The first Lions Club was founded on June 7, 1917 by Chicago businessman Melvin Jones to encourage humanitarian service. During the ensuing one hundred years the organization took on serving the blind and visually impaired as its primary mission. Today, Lions are the world’s largest service club organization in the world with over 1.4 million members in 210 countries around the world.

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