SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - The South Brunswick Lions Club held a ceremony to honor a variety of members of the community for their service last night at the South Brunswick Public Library. This is the first time that the South Brunswick Lions Club has honored members of the community in over 50 years.
Those who were honored include Deputy Mayor Joseph Camarota, South Brunswick Board of Education President Harry Delgado, President of the Monmouth Junction First Aid Squad Ann Fleming, Reverend John Maltby, South Brunswick Police Lieutenant Gene Rickle, Vietnam Veteran Buddy Thomas, and Fire Chief Chuck Spahr.
The South Brunswick Lions Club was formed 65 years ago and has been actively helping the community through donations and initiatives. In 2019 alone, the Lions Club has supported the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind, Kendall Park First Aid Squad, SBHS Student Scholarships and many other organizations in South Brunswick.
James Elieff is a financial advisor for Partner Financial Group in Manasquan and the President of the South Brunswick Lions Club. Elieff says that this ceremony was long overdue for the Lions Club, as they felt that members of the community who actively provide to the community deserve this honor.
“We do a lot of things for the community, but we have yet to recognize those in the community who have provided a selfless service as well as serve our country” Elieef said.
Joyce Mehta, a member of the South Brunswick Lions Club as well as a Member of the Board of Education, came up with the idea of holding a ceremony to honor members in the township as a means of better connecting the Lions Club with the people of South Brunswick. She says that the Lions Club will be planning more events like this in the upcoming years.
“We want the public to know about what it is that we do and to honor the heroes that we have here in South Brunswick” Mehta said “It’s important to the Lions Club that we engage with and promote the community that we are in, so we wanted to say thank you to those who have served that community.”
Board of Education President Harry Delgato said he was honored to receive this award, as his father was a former member of the Lions Club. He has lived in South Brunswick for 25 years and served as Board of Education President for three years.
“It’s organizations like these that really manage to keep the community connected and thriving,” Delgato said “even though this will be my last year serving as president, I do plan on staying connected with the community and supporting music programs at South Brunswick Schools.”
Deputy Mayor Camarota called the award a privilege, as the South Brunswick Lions Club has not recognized specific members of the community in nearly 55 years.
“As members of South Brunswick, we always want to help one another any way that we can.” Camarota said “We’re a small group of people here in South Brunswick, and we all get to know one another and we all appreciate what we do for the township.”