MONTVILLE, NJ – Montville resident Sue Eagan was named Citizen of the Year by the Lakeland Hills YMCA. Eagan and friend Aili Monahan attended an awards dinner in the spring at which Eagan was presented with a plaque for her award.
The Citizen of the Year Award is presented to individuals who, through his or her volunteer efforts, have made a difference in the quality of life for residents in the communities the Y serves, according to the YMCA website.
“I nominated Sue Eagan for a multitude of reasons,” Monahan told TAPinto Montville. “First and foremost, she has been a consistent volunteer across all aspects of our community – from sports, to Cub Scouts, to school events and programs. Sue gives of her time and energy without being asked. You can always count on her to step up and help out. But more than that, you can rely on her. When she says she’s going to do something, she does it. Second, Sue has an amazing energy that is always displayed in your interactions with her. She is positive, upbeat, supportive and warm. She does not hesitate to help out a friend in need, or even a complete stranger. Sue embodies what it means to be a community volunteer and is a bright example of how important it is for our community to have people like her involved.”
Eagan was humble about the award, stating, “I don’t think I do anything more than anyone else.”
Eagan was an active William Mason Home and School Association volunteer and is treasurer of Montville Soccer. She coached her son and daughter in soccer and basketball.
“I loved coaching the girls,” she said. “I know what they’re thinking. They’re into bonding. Also, I love it when girls have a woman coach.”
Eagan was also involved in Pack 66 of the Boy Scouts and was a Girl Scout troop leader.
“When you want something done, you have to get involved,” she said.
Through an organization called Healing the Children, Eagan and her family also host youngsters who need medical care in the U.S. The family is currently hosting a girl from Peru.
“I’m a huge traveler – I was in the Peace Corps – and I’m very international,” she said. “Someone I know was hosting someone and I wanted to do it too. We started seven years ago. We’ve hosted three kids and we also host Fresh Air kids but I prefer this program. Through Healing the Children we have also hosted a 10-year-old boy from Kazakhstan for several months.
“The girl we’re hosting now is almost seven. She’s very smart and she enjoys MineCraft, so my son appreciates that!”
The YMCA holds the awards for Citizen and Educator of the Year every year, and nominations open Jan. 1. There are also two scholarships of $1,000 for two high school seniors based on community service. For more information, go to awards.
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