The membership roster of the Saddle River Valley Lions Club continues its recent expansion with the induction of twenty five year Mahwah resident Rena Rothman.
Assisted by her membership sponsor, S.R.V. Lions Club President Jerry Michota, Ms. Rothman underwent the club’s traditional initiation becoming its newest member. Officiated by Lions Past District Governor George Lesnik, the candlelight ceremony highlights Lions’ commitment to assisting those charities whose focus is on serving the visually impaired.
Upon completion of the Lions’ decades-old initiation rite, Lions Club President Michota welcomed Ms. Rothman stating that “Rena has a long history of service to the community and brings us closer to fulfilling our goal of diversifying our membership.” Lion Lesnik agreed and while adding his own congratulations stated that “efforts to bring women like Ms. Rothman into the club is in keeping with the Lions’ commitment to equity and equality.” He went on to say “that while very important, this is about much more than gender equity alone. It is about continuing to seek out people who share the Lions’ most cherished ideal: making the world a better place by helping those in need.”
Active in wide range of community-based volunteer activities, newly minted Lion Rothman serves on the Board of Directors for the Mahwah Regional Chamber of Commerce and was awarded the group’s ‘Outstanding Volunteerism Award.’ The owner of a residential cleaning company for the past eleven years, Rothman has participated in ‘Cleaning For A Reason,’ a non-profit organization that offers free house cleaning to women undergoing treatment for cancer.
Stated Rothman, “I believe that helping others is what it’s all about. That’s why I am both honored and excited about joining the Lions Club and becoming a part of a group of such caring, like-minded individuals.”
In addition to her many other activities, Rena Rothman continues to be involved in the arts programs at local high schools. Having majored in music performance at Florida Atlantic University, Rothman currently is the Musical Director for the Mahwah High School Drama Department and has previously served as a both pianist and conductor in their theatre programs. Speaking of her love of musical theatre, she stated “it provides me an opportunity to continue to work with young people.
Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service club organization with more than 1.3 million members in approximately 45,000 clubs in more than 208 countries and geographical areas around the world. Founded in 1917, membership is by invitation. And although the organization is best known for fighting blindness, the Club also performs volunteer work for many different kinds of community projects – including caring for the environment, feeding the hungry, and aiding seniors and the disabled.
Classified as a 501C(3) non-profit entity, the Saddle River Valley Lions Club has raised and distributed more than $2,000,000 during its fifty 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 the Saddle River Valley Lions Club, visit www.SRVLions.org.
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Saddle River Valley Lions Club President Jerry Michota (left), with inductee Rena Rothman (center), and Lions Past District Governor George Lesnik (right) at the conclusion of the initiation ceremony.