Saddle River Valley Lions Growth Spurt Continues
Roger DeBerardine Inducted as Newest S.R.V. Lion
The Saddle River Valley Lions Club has continued its recent growth spurt by inducting Roger DeBerardine as its newest member. DeBerardine’s initiation makes him the eighth individual to be added to the club’s membership roster in the past year, an achievement recently recognized by Lions International.
After being introduced to the membership by S.R.V. Lions President Christopher Reichert, DeBerardine underwent the club’s decades-old initiation rite which was conducted by Lions Past District Governor George Lesnik. Officiating over the club’s traditional candlelight ceremony, Lesnik read a historical summary of the organization which emphasized Lions’ commitment to aiding the blind and visually impaired as well as supporting charities serving individuals with health-related issues.
Completing the induction ritual was the presentation of a Lions membership pin to DeBerardine by his sponsor, Membership Committee Chairman Gene Leporiere. Himself a past president of the club, Leporiere spoke in warm terms of his long friendship and professional association with the newest Lion. “Roger has lived in Upper Saddle River for more than forty-four years and is a man dedicated to helping his community. He is a fine human being who will be a real asset to the Lions Club.”
DeBerardine brings a wealth of experience in public service to his new club. Recently re-elected the president of the Upper Saddle River Town Council, he has also served as a liaison to the Police Department and the Shade Tree Commission in addition to several terms of leadership service on the local Planning Board, the Parent Teacher Organization, and the Board of Education.
An attorney by profession, DeBerardine has used his legal knowledge and training to support his work on behalf of environmental causes. Nicknamed by the U.S.R. Town Council as “Mr. Environment,” DeBerardine was instrumental in the recent win in the borough’s Clean Water Act litigation against the Rockland Sewer Authority. Describing his background as an community volunteer and activist, DeBerardine said that “being actively involved public service has always been a part of my life. To me it is a personal value in which I strongly believe, so becoming a Lion seemed an especially good way to continue helping others and, of course, to protect the environment.”
Classified as a 501C(3) non-profit entity, the Saddle River Valley Lions Club has raised and distributed more than $2,000,000 since its inception. 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 and its many worthwhile programs and activities, please visit the club’s website at www.SRVLions.org or ‘Follow’ the Lions on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/SRVLions.