On May 22, 2018 Morris County Clerk Ann F. Grossi held the third annual Cecilia “Cissy” Laureys Senior Volunteer Award Ceremony at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum in Morris Township.

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The Cissy Laureys Award for outstanding community service recognizes one deserving citizen for his or her outstanding community service to the constituencies that Cissy Laureys championed. “I am happy to celebrate Older Americans Month by holding this annual ceremony in honor of Cissy’s lifetime of dedicated service,” said County Clerk Grossi.

Nineteen Morris County municipalities each nominated an outstanding citizen for consideration for this year’s award.

The nominee from Randolph was Clyde Copeland.

Clyde Copeland started in Randolph as a substitute Dial-A-Ride driver in 2002, and in 2003 he became a permanent part-time driver assisting Randolph seniors by taking them on shopping trips and medical appointments. In 2009, he retired as a Dial-A-Ride driver and became Building Supervisor, responsible for opening and closing the Community Center for events that occur after hours. He’s in that same position today, complete with his trademark "squeaky sneakers," working whenever his help is needed. He’d also been the permanent Monday Meals-On-Wheels delivery person whereby he and his fellow Church of Christ parishioners brought meals to homebound Randolph residents. He’s had to give up the delivery, but makes himself available to help train new volunteers. You’ll also probably see him at events such as the Senior Olympics, the Senior Picnic, or the Holiday Dinner.

Speakers included Morris County Clerk Ann Grossi, Sheriff James Gannon, Freeholder Deborah Smith and Detective Patrick LaGuerre from the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office.

Also in attendance were Randolph Deputy Mayor James Loveys and Councilwoman Christine Carey.

Photos and details about each nominee in attendance can also be found on the Morris County Clerk’s Facebook page at