September 24, 2005
The Mount Olive Kiwanis inducted its newest member, Lori McDaniel, and officially re-inducted a former member, Ray Perkins, on September 15, 2005. Lori's sponsor is Lea Riotto and Ray's sponsor is Adele Perkins (no relation). Both were inducted by Lieutenant Governor Phil Meyer from the Kiwanis Club of Sparta. That same night, LtG Meyer installed the Club's new officers and directors for 2005-2006: President Brian Siegelwax, Immediate Past President Richard Moore, Vice President Cedric Roach, Vice President Kelly Gregory, Treasurer Steve Rattner, Secretary Alda Nelson, Director Mike Ropp, and Director Tammy Jones. Adele Herbst, Colleen Labow, and Adele Perkins are serving unexpired terms on the Board of Directors.
Lori McDaniel is Director/Producer of Voices of Hope Productions, which is dedicated to creative and community-based documentary filmmaking and media literacy as a means to educate, engage, empower and entertain while fostering leadership, citizenship and inspiration in adults and youth to make a difference in our society. For more information, visit www.voicesofhope.tv or call 201-320-4920. Lori will be working with her sponsor, Lea Riotto, who is a Trustee of Garden Academy, to produce a Public Service Announcement for Kiwanis to promote autism awareness.
Councilman Ray Perkins is a former Kiwanian. He was presented with the Kiwanian of the Year award in 2003 for his work renovating the Santa House next to George's Liquors on the corner of Route 46 and Netcong Road, and he will serve as the Chairman of this year's Santa House project. His sponsor, Adele Perkins, is the Chairwoman for this year's Breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus, which kicks off the monthlong Santa House project. A total of 4 Council members are in Kiwanis; the others are Steve Rattner, Colleen Labow, and Jim Buell.
From left to right: Lea Riotto, Lori McDaniel, Phil Meyer
From left to right: Alda Nelson (substituting for Adele Perkins), Ray Perkins
From left to right: Kyle Ropp, Mike Ropp, Alda Nelson, Phil Meyer, Lea Riotto, Lori McDaniel, Brian Siegelwax, Cedric Roach, Ray Perkins
Garden Academy is a 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit organization that is opening a school for autistic children in Essex County in late 2006. It is committed to helping students develop skills necessary to realize their full educational potential and to become integral and functional members of the family and the community. For more information, visit www.gardenacademy.org or call 973-744-4434.
Autism is a disability characterized by severe and pervasive impairment in several areas of development: reciprocal social interaction skills, communication skills, or the presence of stereotyped behavior, interests and activities. Impairments usually manifest before the age of 3 and knows no ethnic, racial, or socio-economic boundaries. Recent estimates by the CDC indicate that 1 in every 166 children born in the United States will be diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Without immediate and intensive intervention started as early as possible, many will end up needing special services for the rest of their lives and cost taxpayers millions over an individual's lifespan.
Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time. To volunteer, to donate, or for more information, visit the Kiwanis Club of Mount Olive at www.mtolivekiwanis.org or call Club President Brian Siegelwax at 973-713-5839.