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In late October, 1952, a group of Hasbrouck Heights business and professional men met with officials of the Kiwanis International to discuss the ways and means of forming a Kiwanis Club in Hasbrouck Heights. Attending this meeting were Dr. Burnett Eglow, Dr. Ben Witkoff, Charles Ziff, Arthur MacHugh, Neil Parrott, Charles Peterson, Donald Smith, Dr. Lipschultz, Gus Falbo and Nat Laudicina.
The Kiwanis Club of Hasbrouck Heights -Teterboro held its organization meeting on November 5, 1952. They elected Neil Parrott, president; Charles Peterson, first vice-president; Charles Ziff, second vice-president; Willoughby Chapman, treasurer and Dr. Burnett Eglow, secretary. The following were appointed board of directors: Thomas Greco, Samuel Nelkin, Dr. Ben Witkoff, Nat Laudicina, Alfred Stone, Arthur MacHugh and Donald Smith.
The new club received its charter on January 17, 1953. The Kiwanis Club of Lodi, sponsor of the new group, presented as gifts a Kiwanis bell and flag. Kiwanis International presented Heights with a presidents and secretarys kit, club flags and club buttons.
With each year since its charter night, the Kiwanis Club of Hasbrouck Heights -Teterboro has grown in stature, purpose and respect in our community. The members have demonstrated that service, hard work and good fellowship yield satisfaction.
Some of the many projects the group has accomplished for the community are:
The purchase of the athletic field football score board
The purchase and placing of Boulevard trash cans
The erection of enclosed bus stops on the Boulevard and Terrace Avenue
The installation of a High School public address system
Sponsored a banquet for the football team and presented trophies to members of the team until the school took over this event
Petitioned the State and meeting with Governor Hughes to have Route 17 widened and center safety barriers erected
Paid to have copies of The Observer sent to residents serving in the Military
Conducted candidates nights for those seeking election to the council or board of education
Sponsored "You and the Law Program" for students in grades 7 thru 12
Worked in conjunction with the Board of Health to provide free anti-rabies inoculations to pets
Collected usable athletic and sports equipment and forwarded them to the Peace Corps in Chile
Donated athletic equipment to the Immaculate Conception Orphanage
Paid for youth ads in The Observer for local students seeking summer work
Purchased the Jaws of Life for the Fire Department
Paid to sponsor students to attend Boys and Girls State Am. Legion & Auxiliary Leadership Program
Donated towards the purchase of lights for the Corpus Christi basketball court
Collected money, and helped in the construction of the bleachers at the Little League Field
Sponsored the Bergen Passaic Lung Mobile visits to our community to offer residents free lung tests
Helped in the Special Olympics as score keepers, judges and volunteers
Collected money and purchased a color TV set for patients at the Saddle Brook Convalescent Home
Donated to the Student Loan Fund for the past 35 years
Donated money to erect an electric baseball scoreboard for the athletic field
Purchased bullet proof vests for the Police Department
Sponsored a softball game between representatives of Pepsi Cola and Coca Cola for the benefit of the Bergen Respiratory Association
Collected money to provide the opportunity for developmentally impaired youngsters to attend a six week summer program to meet their special needs
Collected toys for tots; food and clothing for the needy
Donated stuffed animals to families of victims of 9/11, senior citizens, library and Welfare Department
Donated time and money to teach English as a Second Language
Distributed pamphlets on "Toy Safety", "Bicycle Safety", "Scam Safety", "Baby Car Seat Safety" and "Drug and Alcohol Abuse"
Provided graduating seniors scholarships and awards
Made donations to many local agencies and youth activities
Sponsored a Little League Team
Sponsored the high schools Key Club and supported the Senior Citizens Soirée
Supported the activities of the Anti-Drug Council, Welfare Department and Friendly Neighbors
Sponsored a "Peer Pressure Program" at the high school
Donated and presented trophies at the local high school band competition.
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