SUMMIT, NJ - Joe Steiner was honored as Rotary's Citizen of the Year by The Rotary Club of Summit and New Providence on Thursday night at the Grand Summit Hotel. 

More than 100 community leaders, friends and relatives gathered to celebrate Steiner's long history of service to the community and to raise funds for the Rotary Club's scholarship program. For the past 40 years, Steiner has been actively involved in the Suburban Chamber of Commerce where he currently serves as president; the Rotary; the YMCA; the Jaycees, and in many other local initiatives. 

During the last nine decades, The Rotary Club of Summit and New Providence has awarded more than 400 scholarships amounting to nearly $1.5 million, adjusted for inflation. Proceeds from Thursday evening's event, over $10,000, will be used by the Rotary Club to help fund the college scholarships. 

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Steiner was presented with a proclamations by Summit Mayor Ellen Dickson, Bob Davies from the Rotary and Kassandra Romas from the Suburban Chamber of Commerce, also presented him with proclamations and recognition from Senator Tom Kean, Assemblyman Jon Bramnick, Assemblywoman Nancy Munoz, Congressman Leonard Lance, as well as the Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club.

Dickson said, "Joe Steiner worked behind the scenes for many years making sure that things always ran smoothly. He has friends all over Union County. He was the go to person to get things done. We all owe a debt of gratitude to him."

Marcella Gencarelli who sits on the Board of the Suburban Chamber of Commerce with Steiner, said, "It was an honor to be part of this evening's event celebrating and giving thanks and recognition to Joe for all that he has given from his heart. He exemplifies the distinction of being Citizen of the year."

"On January 15 the Summit/New Providence Rotary club honored Joseph (Joe) Steiner for over 40 years of  strong commitment to our local community," Davies said. "Joe has unassumingly and tirelessly served the community with little fanfare or recognition making our community a better place to live in. Joe is an inspiration to all of us setting the bar on what a good “business and citizen” in a local community should aspire to.

"Using Joe Steiner’s good name the Summit/New Providence Rotary club raised over $10,000 for the scholarship program as well as philanthropic activities.

"A special thanks to all of the sponsors as well as those who attend in making the evening a success."

For his part, Steiner told, "I'm very honored to have so many special friends, neighbors colleagues and family on hand. The recognitions are much more than I deserve. Thanks to all."