KENILWORTH, NJ – The Kenilworth Rotary Club recently held a small dedication ceremony at DiMario Park to present two park benches to the Kenilworth Rec Center in honor and in memory of Saul Seltzer, Walt Stollen, and Robert Schlenker. The dedication was combined with a special plaque unveiling.
“Saul, Walt, and Robert contributed greatly to the Rotary Club. All men had businesses in town,” said Janet Henkel, President. Henkel continued, “Saul had 36 years of perfect attendance and Walt had 35 years of perfect attendance. They both went to other meetings while they were away. Robert my uncle, who passed away at an early age due to cancer, started the academic scholarship before his demise.” Seltzer, Stollen, and Schlenker, were all past presidents and Paul Harris recipients, which is a Rotary Club honor award.
The need for benches at the park was discussed a little over two years ago. Henkel stated, “Recreation Director Pat Boyle suggested benches at Di Mario Park. When Saul passed away, we proposed the plaque and then everything came together. The Club bought one bench and I bought the other in memory of my uncle.” Among those present for the ceremony were Rotary Officers, family and friends, Police Chief John Zimmerman, Borough Clerk Laura Reinertsen, Pat and Kristin Boyle, and Rev. Nova Villa Vitug Thomas.
The Rotary Club of Kenilworth has been serving the community since 1948. Established in 1905, the Rotary Club is an international service organization that has actively supported its efforts through various fundraising to help those in need, providing humanitarian service, encouraging high ethical standards in all vocations, and promoting goodwill and peace in the world.
The club meets every Wednesday at Riberto's Italian Seafood Bistro and Steakhouse at 12:15. 24 N. 20th Street. If you are interested in helping the community and would like to know more about membership please call Janet Henkel at 908-377-6420.