SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta Kiwanis has been serving the community for 70 years. The club was recognized at the Sparta Township Council meeting on Tuesday, January 23.
President Ben Caruso and Treasurer Jeff Mullen stood with Mayor Josh Hertzberg as he read a proclamation congratulating the service organization.
The township recognized the “distinguished history” of the Kiwanis Club. The club raises funds and supports other organizations in the community.
In their 70 years the club has provided scholarships to local graduating seniors as well as camping experiences for special needs children at the Elks Camp Moore. The Kiwanis support Key Clubs and Builders Clubs, student volunteer organizations that run service projects in the community.
They support veterans in need as well as the local wounded warriors and families of fallen heroes through their Army of Hope program.
Each month the Kiwanis collects food at the Stop and Shop for the local ecumenical food pantries. Every year for the past 25 years the Kiwanians have been ringing the bell for the Salvation Army.
The flowers in front of the VFW monument, along the path at the library and the flag pole monument at Ungerman Field are planted each spring by the men of Kiwanis. They keep the Blue Heron Route 15 ramp clear of trash in monthly clean-ups.
“Congratulations to the Kiwanis,” Township Manager Bill Close said, noting Gil Gibbs has worked with them over the years. “They are the unsung heroes of Sparta. The community is blessed to have so many volunteers. Thanks to them for all the work they do in the community.”