MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The Maplewood Rotary Club will honor former local resident and community volunteer Dave Berry with its 2017 Citizenship Award at their annual Affair of the Heart Dinner Dance on April 21.

Berry moved to Maplewood in 1985, and shortly afterwards met Linda. They married in 1990 and raised two children, Jillian, who is now a second grade teacher in New Brunswick, and Corbin, now a freshman at Indiana University.

While the Berry family relocated to Chatham in 2005, Dave Berry still calls Maplewood “home” and he has been an active and dedicated volunteer in our communities for more than 20 years.

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A member of Wyoming Presbyterian Church (WPC) since 1993, the Maplewood Rotary explained that "Dave passionately gives of himself to the church’s mission of helping others in need. He is coordinator for WPC’s homeless sheltering program with Essex County’s Interfaith Hospitality Network and served as both V.P. and President for the IHN Board in 2000 through 2009. Dave has led programs and fundraising efforts for his church’s Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, Hunger Relief and Self Development Programs."

Maplewood Rotary also stated that Dave and his son Corbin began their commitment to scouting together in 2004, when Corbin joined Cub Pack 20 in Maplewood and Dave served as an Assistant Cubmaster. They moved on together in 2009 to Boy Scout Troop 5 in Maplewood where Corbin recently attained Eagle Scout ranking and Dave still serves as an Assistant Scoutmaster. He has helped guide Troop 5 for many years serving as Den Chief Trainer/ Coordinator, Recruitment Chair and Eagle Scout Mentor.

After Superstorm Sandy’s destruction in 2012, Dave spent more than a year volunteering with We Are Team New Jersey, helping those who lost so much.

Maplewood Rotary added that "Dave never says no' when he’s asked to help out with a problem or need. He epitomizes Rotary’s international motto of Service above Self and is truly deserving of this year’s Maplewood Rotary Club’s Citizenship Award."

The Affair of the Heart supports the club’s Gift of Life programs, which provide for children’s critical medical needs in the USA and abroad. The event will be held at the Maplewood Country Club at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 21.

Dinner/Dance tickets, at $125 per person, are being sold on a reserved basis only. They will not be sold at the door.

Maplewood Rotary Club sincerely thanks BCB Community Bank, South Orange Branch for being this year’s event sponsor.

For reservations, or to obtain more information, please contact the event Chairpersons, Rick Porter at rickporter10@gmail.com or Steve Gussen at sjgussen@gmail.com.