CHATHAM,  NJ - The Woman's Club of Chatham, which will be closing down in 2019 after more than 100 years of existence, continued its good-will tour by donating $25,000 to the Chatham Township Volunteer Fire Department on Wednesday night at the firehouse on River Road.

"We made the money by selling the house the woman's club owned on Main Street," Terry Kandalaft, co-president of the Woman's Club of Chatham, said. "Valley Bank wanted a presence in Chatham and they gave us our asking price. The most important thing is that the money stays in Chatham."

Terry Kandalaft and Carol Anne McBride - co-presidents of the Woman's Club of Chatham present $25,000 check to Chatham Township Fire Chief Matt Lemons

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The $25K donation will be put toward the purchase of an Incident Command Vehicle (ICV). Chatham Township Fire Chief Matt Lemons said the ICV will be a very important addition that will help him coordinate the firefighters as the first to arrive on the scene. 

Vital to the successful and safe operations on the ground, the ICV is used to transport the chief directly to the incident and contains mobile radios, a mobile data terminal, command whiteboard, accountability board and structural preplans for various larger buildings. 

The Woman's Club previously made substantial donations to the Chatham Emergency Squad, the Chatham Borough fire and police departments and the Chatham Township Police Department.

In May, the Woman's Club of Chatham plans to make the second of its two-part donation to the Library of the Chathams, which will be put toward the formation of a teen room.

CTFD President John Robertson and Chief Lemons noted, "As one of the largest donations in CTFD history, this generous gift will greatly improve our department's ability to respond to and manage significant or simultaneous emergencies in Chatham Township and its Mutual Aid partners.

"The vehicle will also enhance our ability to better protect and preserve life and property.”

On behalf of the entire department, Robertson and Lemons extend CTFD's deep appreciation to the Woman's Club of Chatham.

Additional money is still needed for the purchase of the vehicle. The CTFD is a 501(c) 3 and relies on donations to fund its operations and to purchase equipment. If would like to make a donation, become a member or assist the department in another way, please call 973-635-2828, visit the website at or email for more info. Public support is greatly appreciated.

About The Chatham Township Volunteer Fire Department

Established in 1925, the Department is comprised entirely of volunteer members including 25 active firefighters, junior firefighters and associate members. It operates its headquarters on River Road and a second station on Southern Boulevard and responds to approximately 400 calls each year, both within Chatham Township and in the form of mutual aid to departments in neighboring communities.