FLORHAM PARK, NJ- Longtime resident of Florham Park, Viginia Arnold, was honored at the recent Florham Park Borough Council meeting with the Cissy Laureys Senior Volunteer Award.
Cecilia G. Laureys, known as “Cissy” to her loved ones, was the first woman ever to be elected to the Netcong Borough Council. She then went on to serve as a Morris County Freeholder for four terms where she spoke out adamantly for legislation to protect the environment. If this was not quite impressive enough, Laureys did all this with a family of 10 children.
She was renowned for her volunteerism with non-profit organizations and was a flag bearer for conservative efforts. It was her indomitable spirit of Philanthropy that people honored her most for, and for which the award in her name is presented. Laureys died in 2013 leaving behind a long history of serving her community, and the Cissy Laureys Senior Volunteer Award caries that legacy onward.
Arnold was nominated for this award by Borough Clerk, Shiela Williams earlier this year. Arnold has served Florham Park for many years, sporting many achievements with “The Seniors Helping Seniors” group, a group dedicated to providing for the various needs of seniors throughout the community. Arnold also chaired the committee that oversaw the building of Florham Park’s Senior Center and has been recently fighting for increased transportation options for seniors in the borough.
Municipal Clerks throughout the county each nominate their choice for the Cissy Laureys Award to County Clerk, Ann Grossi. Of all the nominees that were put forward to Grossi, the panel of judges chose Arnold as the one who most upholds Laureys’s ideals of service. The award includes a Congressional Citation from Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen.
“I have known Virginia for a very long time,” Mayor Mark Taylor said. “I am very honored to present her with this award.”