SHORT HILLS, NJ - Random Walk caught up with John Westfall-Kwong at the Greenwood Gardens' "Bees, Birds and Butterflies" event on Sunday.  The annual event introduces members and guests to the world of bees, raptors and butterflies with discussions provided by experts, along with displays and activities for all to enjoy.  About 100 folks braved the hot weather to attend.  Organizers held the event under the shade of trees below the main house, the former Blanchard Estate.

Westfall-Kowng was there with his beautiful daughters, sans hubby and real estate broker Simon who had to work that day.  

The Short Hills resident recently announced his resignation as the Director of Development for Lambda Legal, a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, and transgender people.  After almost 13 years at LL and having raised an impressive $200 million with his development team in the advancement of cvili rights, he decided to spend more time with his growing children.  No longer commuting to Lower Manhattan, Westfall-Kwong may join his husband in help growing his already successful real estate business.

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Many folks in the Township may also recognize Westfall-Kwong from his service on Millburn School's Board of Education.  The former president of the BOE and current board member has served Millburn Township students and families for three years.  Unfortunately, he will not run for re-election this November when his term is over.  

Perhaps his husband Simon, who currently serves as the Deerfield School's co-president, will take a make a run for elected office.  If so, he'd better hurry since the deadline to be on the November 2016 ballot is 4 p.m. on Monday, July 25.  

Millburn BOE members are volunteers, public servants who take time out of their busy lives to manage the $90 million annual budget for one of America's premier school districts.  It's their leadership with the high quality teachers and staff, supportive parents and motivated students that contribute to the success and national recognition of Millburn Township public schools.  They do not receive a salary or stipend for their efforts and often not even thanked for their service.  This may not sound like the ideal volunteer opportunity; long hours, missed family time and public scrutiny.  But if you hear the call, please answer!  Our community depends on motivated, intellligent and caring residents.  For ballot and election information, please visit njsba.org.

As Mayor Ted Bourke said, people move to Millburn Township for the three pillars; education, commute and home values.  If you live in the township, with or without kids in the school district, the BOE is a key driver, if not the greatest, to the value of our homes in addition to the education of our children.

So the next time you meet a BOE member, take time to thank them for their service.  Like our Police Officers, Firefighters, Volunteer First Aid Squad and military servicemembers, they are here to make our community a better and safer place to live.