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* Hadassah Names Mrs. Bieber
As 1998 ‘Woman of the Year’
WESTFIELD – The Westfield Chapter of Hadassah has named Renate Bieber of Westfield as its “Woman of the Year.”
Mrs. Bieber will be honored at the annual Myrtle Wreath Brunch on Sunday, December 13, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Glenpointe Marriott Hotel in Teaneck.
The Northern New Jersey Region of Hadassah sponsors the award to recognize a member of each chapter “who has best exemplified the ideals of Hadassah, has transcended the obligation of her specific job or office, and is ready, willing and able to help in any capacity where she is needed,” according to Westfield Hadassah spokeswoman Miriam L. Blonsky.
Mrs. Bieber became a member of the Westfield Chapter when she moved to the town in 1992. She has held the positions of American Affairs Chairwoman and Membership Vice President, and has served three terms as the Chapter President.
She currently maintains the chapter’s membership database of over 700 individuals, and serves as advisor to the Chapter President.
Mrs. Bieber is involved with the Young Women’s activities offered by the chapter. She also serves as Life Membership Chairwoman for the Region.
Mrs. Bieber and her husband are the parents of three children, and are members of Congregation Beth Israel in Scotch Plains.
CONTACT We Care Inspires Local Man to Volunteer
FANWOOD — After 34 years in international engineering and manufacturing for Colgate-Palmolive, Ross Royce reached a point where he was no longer excited or inspired by his work. Although he had lived and worked in many places, including Nairobi, Kenya, he wanted something more fulfilling. That’s when the Edison resident decided to retire and focus his energy on his second career, volunteerism.
“It was almost like a calling. My spiritual side was telling me I should be doing some kind of volunteer work,” Mr. Royce said. “ I needed to be helping people.”
After nearly 18 months planning his retirement and investigating his volunteer options, Mr. Royce decided to take CONTACT We Care’s volunteer training course and become a telephone hotline worker. “I was always told I am a good listener. From the very beginning I enjoyed talking to the callers.”
CONTACT We Care telephone volunteers are required to take a 50 hour intensive training course where they learn how to actively listen, and handle the wide range of human problems and concerns facing them on the phone line.
After one year on the phone lines for the 24 year old hotline and crisis intervention service, he was invited to become a board member. One year later he was board President.
“I found it very challenging and was pleased to be able to use my skills to move the organization along. I am proud that during my tenure as President we were able to strengthen the committee structure so that it functions well today.”
But his intense level of commitment and dedication wasn’t evident
until December of 1997, when the agency’s executive director resigned after more than a dozen years in the job.
“I find the fact that I was here to help the agency through this transition more than just a coincidence. I think I was meant to be here.”
The first line of business for Mr. Royce was to set up a transition team to make sure the organization continued to operate with the same high quality of service. He also wanted to ensure that CONTACT would not suffer financially prior to having a new director on board.
His nearly 40 hour volunteer work week at CONTACT included writing grants for the many United Way agencies, private foundations and service leagues. He handled speaking engagements with area civic and retirement groups, and along with an acting executive director, helped manage the day-today activity in the office.
“I wanted to give the search committee enough time to find the right person to be the next executive director,” he said. The agency hired Michael Nicholson as Executive Director this past August.
An active member of the Presbyterian Church in Westfield, Royce’s days and evenings are filled with volunteer work and his favorite hobbies, photography and travel. “The secret to enjoying one’s retirement is working at a high level for a nonprofit organization. I’m not the sort of person who can sit and watch television or play golf everyday. I love interacting with people and challenging my mind.” For more information about volunteering for CONTACT We Care, please call (908) 889-4140.
Scout Troops Bring Donations To Food Pantry to Help Needy
WESTFIELD — On November 21, the Boy Scout troops and Cub Scout packs of Westfield joined with other scout units from the region to participate in the 11th annual Scouting for Food Good Turn.
In Westfield, scout units coordinated by Mary Ann Kukis distributed bags and instructions to homes, and later brought the filled bags to the Westfield Food Pantry at Holy Trinity Elementary School in Westfield.
At the Pantry, the scouts of Trinity’s Troop No. 73, along with other volunteers under Pantry Manager Mary Masterson, unpacked the bags, sorted and shelved the foods and packages, and made preparations for Thanksgiving food baskets.
Mrs. Kukis announced that nearly 1,500 bags of food had been collected — a 25 percent increase over 1997.
Mrs. Masterson added that the collected food would not only provide essentials for Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets, but would be a part of the Pantry’s supplies through March of next year.
Participating Scout units included the Cub Packs from Holy Trinity
ONE ‘GOOD TURN’…Scouts from Troop No. 77 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Westfield bring in some of the 300 bags of donated food which the troop collected in the recent Scouting For Food Good Turn program to benefit the Westfield Food Pantry at Holy Trinity Elementary School in Westfield. Pictured, left to right, are: Scouts Rahul Bhasin, Matthew Kukis and Bob Greifeld.
Roman Catholic Church and from Franklin, McKinley, Wilson, Washington and Jefferson Elementary Schools, and Scout Troop No. 77 from St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, where a collection of 300 food bags represented a 56 percent increase over the troop’s collection for last year.
Genealogical Society To Host Guest Speaker
WESTFIELD – The Genealogical Society of the West Fields will hold its next meeting on Thursday, December 10, at 1 p.m. in the Meeting Room of the Westfield Memorial Library.
Lesley Douthwaite, the head of the Local History and Genealogy Department of the Joint Free Public Library of Morristown and Morris Township, will make a presentation to the society.
She will discuss the availability and extent of resources on genealogy that can be found in the Free Public Library.
Born in England, Mrs. Douthwaite received a degree in English, Spanish and History from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. She completed graduate work at the Newcastle upon Tyne Polytechnic.
The public is invited to attend the meeting and refreshments will be served.
Care-Giver Group Plans Next Meeting
WESTFIELD – The Care-Giver Support Group will meet on Monday, December 7, at 8 p.m. at the Parish Center at St. Helen’s Roman Catholic Church in Westfield.
The group meets to aid those who care for elderly or chronically ill loved ones through sharing and information sessions. Members meet on the first non-holiday Monday of each month at the Parish Center at St. Helen’s.
For more information, please call Marilyn Ryan at (908) 233-8757.
HELPY THE NEEDY...The Holy Trinity Inter-Parochial School in Westfield fifth grade Girl Scout Troop No. 159 recently collected 159 coats for the needy families of Union County. Some of the girls from the troop are shown here delivering the coats to the to the Union County Board of Realtors. Pictured, left to right, are: front row, Annie Peyton, and Caitlin Thrower; back row, Emily Fox, Jen Kujawski, Lisa Rauch, Kristen Ryan, Sara Fennik and Jenny Mullman.
College Club of Fanwood Seeks Scholarship Applicants
FANWOOD – The College Club of Fanwood has announced that applications for its scholarships for the 1999-2000 academic year are now available.
Under a recent change in residency requirements for eligibility, applications will be accepted from high school seniors currently residing in either Fanwood or Scotch Plains who plan to attend a four-year
college or university upon graduating from high school in June of 1999.
Applications will also be accepted from students already enrolled in such colleges or universities who were residents of either Fanwood or Scotch Plains at the time they graduated from high school.
High school seniors may pick up their applications at the Scotch Plains Fanwood High School Guidance Department Office beginning the week of Monday, December 14.
Young women who are already in college must obtain their applications from the Scholarship Committee Chairman, who may be reached at (908) 889-6326.
Completed applications, accompanied by all required, pertinent information and credentials, must be received by the Scholarship Committee at 10 Brandywine Court, Scotch Plains, 07076, no later than Monday, March 1, 1999.
Woman’s Club Slates Christmas Tea Event
WESTFIELD – The Woman’s Club of Westfield will hold its Christmas Tea on Monday, December 14, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the First Congregational Church of Westfield.
The Madrigal Singers of Cranford High School, under the direction of Linda Helmke, Director of Choral Music, will perform at the event.
The Woman’s Club will honor Carol B. Hancock of Mountainside, President of the New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs. She is also a member of the Woman’s Club of Westfield.
Members of the Home Life/Social Services Department will hostess the tea. All members are invited to bring a hat and gloves to decorate a “mitten tree” for distribution during the holidays.
The Woman’s Club of Westfield is affiliated with the New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs and the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, a worldwide organization.
For membership information or to attend the event, please call (908) 233-4338.
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