Tom Cassio, lifetime resident of South Plainfield and co-owner of Twin City Pharmacy to be honored.

The Rotary Club of the Plainfields has announced that Tom "Tommy" Cassio will receive the club's annual Service Above Self Award at its 21st Annual Wine Tasting Dinner. The event will be held at Plainfield's newest restaurant - DJBK - located in the historic Courier News Building at 220 Park Avenue, across from North Avenue in Plainfield.

Mr. Cassio is a member of the South Plainfield Board of Education, a multi-sport youth sports coach, and is co-owner of Twin City Pharmacy in South Plainfield

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The letter to Tom from club president Shannon Jefferys cited his dedicated service to the people of South Plainfield through his tenure on the Board of Education and his involvement in community sports activities.

"Your spirit of volunteerism is manifested in the many ways that you have served the people in our area in both youth and community activities. This service includes your elected service as a two-term member and vice president of the South Plainfield Board of Education; your many years as a South Plainfield Junior Baseball Club trustee, director, and team coach; an equally many years as South Plainfield Recreation coach for baseball, basketball; South Plainfield travel baseball coach; and South Plainfield High School Baseball Parents Association Booster Club trustee.

"We also recognize you for your recent award as an Outstanding Board Member from the New Jersey School Boards Association. This well-deserved award was given for your tireless efforts on the South Plainfield Board of Education, including service as a member or chair on many committees over your four years on the Board.

"Your support for sports in South Plainfield is marked by your high level of enthusiasm which many find contagious. It is truly remarkable that you can dedicate so many hours to your volunteer service while still maintaining your co-ownership and presidency of Twin City Pharmacy.

"We also know and commend you for your spirit of helpfulness that is typical of your customer service. We know that, thorough your co-ownership of Twin City Pharmacy but primarily through your compassionate heart, you help people in need, either discounting or donating supplies and services to individuals and families. We are reminded of a quote from Samuel Johnson, 18th century poet and writer – 'The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.' You stand as a modern-day example of that man."

The club's Service Above Self Award is given annually to a person in one of the three Plainfield communities served by the club. "There are many distinguished people in our service area," said Ms. Jefferys. "We try to recognize someone from a different community each year, both for their service and commitment and peer recognition. It was very timely that Tommy Cassio was recently recognized by the New Jersey School Boards Association."

Upon learning of Tom Cassio’s selection for the Service Above Self Award, South Plainfield Board of Education president Doug Chapman commented “When looking for a community member who gives service before self, look no further than Tom . Tom has just been elected to serve his second term on the South Plainfield Board of Education and, judging from the large number of votes he received, the community recognizes his competency and dedication to our community.” Mr. Chapman also mentioned Tom’s recent recognition by the School Boards Association, his longtime service in youth sports, and his participation in National Night Out, among other community activities.

The award will be presented at the club's 21st Annual Wine Tasting Dinner, to be held on May 6 at the new DJBK Restaurant in Plainfield. "We're excited to hold this event in David Felton's newest restaurant," said Timothy Priano, one of the club members who helped in the search for a suitable location. "His reputation as a top tier executive chef was earned at Ninety Acres, the award-winning upscale New-American restaurant where he served as executive chef for ten years. He designed the layout of DJBK and is heavily involved in its formation and development. We're proud to be one of the first of many big events to be held there."

Reservations for the Wine Tasting Dinner are available at  http://www.tinyurl.com/2020winedinner    or on the Rotary club's website - www.rotarypnp.org. Cost is $80 each or $150 per couple. Seating is limited so early reservations are recommended.

The Rotary Club of the Plainfields was founded in 1921 and has served the community for ninety-nine years. Members are community and business leaders in the area who meet weekly on Wednesdays at 12:15 pm at Paulo’s Restaurant in South Plainfield, except for the first Wednesday of the month when they meet at The Coffee Box in Plainfield. The Social Hour at The Coffee Box is from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Come to either the Social Hour or a lunch meeting at Paulo’s to learn more about how you can join or support this great service club.

Contact Michael Townley, club secretary, at secretary@rotarypnp.org for additional information about the Rotary Club or the Wine Tasting Dinner, or visit the Club’s website at www.rotarypnp.org.