ROXBURY, NJ – Meeting in the Horseshoe Lake Park pavilion, a structure it built for the township in 1993, the Roxbury Rotary Club on Thursday welcomed local firefighter Bill Diamond as its new president.

Diamond, 50, a plumber and member of Roxbury Company 1 Fire and EMS in Succasunna, replaces Steve Alford as the club's leader. He said he looks forward to continuing the organization's community service efforts.

“Before I was a firefighter, I was a Boy Scout,” said Diamond. He said he became a Rotarian because he was “looking forward to another way of serving the community in other ways beside getting up in the middle of the night running to a fire call.”

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Diamond credited Roxbury Rotarian Scott Fullerton with convincing him to join the club. He said it didn’t take long before he became “amazed” at all the things the organization does for Roxbury, and he said he is excited about tackling new projects, possibly including a refurbishment of the former Morris Canal inclined plane in Ledgewood.

Roxbury Mayor Bob DeFillippo attended the induction ceremony and pointed out that Diamond “has great ties to the community,” not only through his fire department volunteerism but also with his plumbing skills.

“As a plumber, he uses his trade to help people in need – including his own firehouse – but he does it quietly, not seeking credit, and he often does it without compensation,” DeFillippo said.

Acting as master of ceremonies for the event, Roxbury Rotarian Don Schuld praised Alford for the passion he’s shown while at the helm.

“In my 43 years with this club, I have never seen a president bring such enthusiasm to the position,” Schuld said. “I have never seen a president with such dedication to the job. I have never seen a president so involved with so many … projects. My legacy, personally my proudest moment, will be the day that I proposed him for membership.”

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