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"Burnie during 2002 HH Chamber Holiday Parade"

Kiwanis 50th Anniversary

Dr. Burnett Eglow Honored

Kiwanis Club


The Hasbrouck Heights-Teterboro Kiwanis Club was officially recognized in January 1953. The installation of officers took place at Terriblies Restaurant in Lodi. Among those installed as a charter officer was Dr. Burnett Eglow who was elected secretary. By 1956, Dr. Eglow was president of this young Kiwanis Club.

In 1960, he began the Kiwanis-Lions Golf Tournament Fund Raiser and has served as co-chairman of this event with the Lions Club ever since. This one fund raiser has raised thousands of dollars and supports numerous Kiwanis activities. In 1977, Dr. Eglow presented President Anthony Aleffi with a successful Travel Fund Raiser. And again, in 1995, Dr. Eglow spearheaded one of the largest fund raisers this club has ever had. He initiated the Camp Rainbow Fund for Disabled Children. The Rainbow Fund has been chaired continuously by Dr. Eglow along with Marie Gallo and Colleen Jarvis. Besides all of these achievements, Dr. Eglow has been one of the best pancake makers for the Annual Hasbrouck Heights-Teterboro Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast. Every year Dr. Eglow comes early with his eggs and rolls to make a full breakfast for everyone who is working the fund raiser and then proceeds to make pancakes for the rest of the morning for everyone attending the event. After forty-three years of dedicated service Kiwanis honored Dr. Eglow with a Life Membership Award.

For "Doc" as he is affectionately known, Kiwanis is only a part of his full dedicated life. Besides being married to his wife Alyce, and living with their son Todd, he has served on numerous other boards and organizations for our community.

As president of the Chamber of Commerce, he instituted the local Hasbrouck Heights Phone Book. In 1960, he was appointed to the Hasbrouck Heights Board of Health and from 1965-66 he served as its president.

After moving to Hasbrouck Heights in 1954, Dr. Eglow opened his own eye care business on the Boulevard in 1955. As a member of his professional organizations, he has given outstanding service as president of the Bergen Passaic Optometric Society from 1968-69 and received the "Chairman of the Year" Award from the New Jersey Optometric Association. He became president of the New Jersey Optometric Association and received the New Jersey "Optometrist of the Year" Award in 1987.

There are numerous other activities that "Doc" participated in and he was recognized for his hours of dedicated service by these different organizations. The Hasbrouck Heights Lions Club named him "Citizen of the Year" in 1982. The Bergen County Tricentennial Celebration picked him as Hasbrouck Heights "Number One Citizen" in March of 1983. The Men’s Association recognized Dr. Eglow as their "Man of the Year" and in 1994 the VFW Post 4591 presented him with the "Outstanding Citizen" Award.

One of the major achievements of Dr. Eglow’s career began in 1968 when he was elected to the Hasbrouck Heights Board of Education. He was re-elected eleven times and served thirty-three consecutive years on that board. He held the office of president four times in l970, 1971, 1982, and 1997. In 1997 he was honored by his fellow Board of Education trustees by having the Hasbrouck Heights High School Library renamed "The Dr. Burnett Eglow Library and Media Center".

The Kiwanis Club of Hasbrouck Heights-Teterboro is pleased to have been a part of Dr. Eglow’s life for the past fifty years and celebrates with him all the accomplishments that they have both achieved.

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