On Friday, April 24th Senior Services of the Chathams celebrated it’s 25th anniversary with a cocktail party at Fish and Game Club.
More than 170 people attended the event including the Mayors of Chatham Borough and Chatham Township, current and former staff, business supporters, members of clergy and numerous friends of the organization.
Honored that evening were three local residents who made significant contributions for the past 25 or more years. Terry Berry of Chatham Borough saw the benefits of a senior center on her own mother in Binghamton, NY and wanted to start a similar organization in Chatham. Terry helped hire staff, sought funds and establish many of the services the organization provides today. She remains a trusted advisor to the staff. Alice Lundt, who had recently retired as Chatham Township Town Clerk, helped the organization find space at the Chatham Township Municipal Building on Meyersville Road and became a trustee of the organization for the entire 25 years. Gordon Granger, served as a trustee for 25 years providing financial management and human resources oversight. “Saying that these are volunteers doesn’t do them justice,” said Pam Mansfield current executive director. “These three people had the vision, the persistence and the connections to get our organization started and to help it flourish. We thank them from the bottom of our hearts.” The NJ State Legislature issued a resolution honoring the three individuals for their service to the community, which was framed and given as a keepsake to the honorees.
In addition, Micki Chaput, longtime executive director, now retired, was given the title of Executive Director Emeritus.
Vocal and instrumental entertainment was provided by Chatham High School musicians. Twelve local businesses agreed to serve as sponsors for the event, including gold level sponsors Juniper Village, Lantern Hill and the Harbor Group/Merrill Lynch.
Senior Services of the Chathams is a not-for-profit organization serving the needs of our senior community and their families through an enrichment center, transportation and referral services. Last year the organization had more than 10,000 visits to its senior center, provided 2,200 rides and answered 2,000 calls for information.