YMCA Announces the Former First Lady of New Jersey, Lucinda Florio, as New Board President

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From the YMCA:


The YMCA of Metuchen, Edison, Woodbridge & South Amboy announces the selection of former First Lady of New Jersey, Lucinda Florio, as the next YMCA Board President (term to begin May 2012) and the awarding of two prominent and influential community members to receive the Peter J. Barnes, Jr. Community Champion Award and the Charles S. Edgar Memorial Award. Honors will be presented on May 11, 2011 at the YMCA Annual Dinner Meeting at the Pines Manor in Edison, New Jersey.

 

Lucinda Florio

Lucinda and husband Governor James Florio moved to Metuchen in 1994. Lucinda quickly got involved in the local community. Having dedicated much of her life to childhood education and advocacy, she joined the YMCA Board of directors in 2001. She has been an active YMCA volunteer, leading two successful Capital Building Campaigns for the Edison Branch YMCA and serving on the Child Care Branch committee guiding and supporting the work of this group in our community. In 2009, Lucinda received the Charles S. Edgar Award honoring her as an outstanding YMCA volunteer. Lucinda will serve a 3 year term as YMCA board President beginning, May 2011.

 

"Lucinda will be an outstanding and effective Board President. Her leadership, passion and commitment to the mission of the YMCA will be critical s the Y continues to strengthen the foundations of our communities, said Bill Lovett, CEO YMCA of Metuchen, Edison, Woodbridge & South Amboy.


Jack O'Leary

The YMCA Peter J. Barnes Jr. Community Champion Award will be presented to former South Amboy Mayor John "Jack" O'Leary for his contribution as a public official to the mission of the YMCA and to the community at large.

 

Mayor O'Leary completed his sixth term as Mayor of South Amboy in 2010. For the past 20 years Mr. O'Leary has been the driving force behind the revitalization of the South Amboy waterfront and business district. Under his leadership, the City of South Amboy has received Transit Village and Main Street NJ designations as well as Smart Growth Planning Grants.

 

Mayor O'Leary was the principal driver in the building of the South Amboy YMCA, which opened its doors this past September. O'Leary has been an active member of various Municipal Boards and has served on the Middlesex County Transportation Coordinating committee, Middlesex County Solid Waste Advisory Committee, and the New Jersey Alliance for Action. He is on the Board of the Jewish Renaissance Foundation as well as the Middlesex County 200 club.

 

Mayor O'Leary will be presented with this honor by NJ Assemblyman Craig Coughlin.

 

The Peter J. Barnes, Jr.  Community Champion Award recipient is a person who:

    Has a legacy of civic service.

    Is an appointed or elected official in city, county, state or federal government.

    Is responsive to and interested in the work of the YMCA as part of a demonstrated long-term commitment to furthering the greater good.

    Serves as an example for others of leadership, integrity, and the four core values of the YMCA: caring, honesty, respect, responsibility.

    Demonstrates a character that is beyond reproach and who consistently exemplifies the highest standards of public service.

    Whose acceptance will enrich the tradition of the YMCA Community Champion Award.

 

Gary Ostermueller

Gary Ostermueller, a long time community volunteer, who has over the last 12+ years taken an active role in the Metuchen community as well as with the YMCA of Metuchen, Edison, Woodbridge & South Amboy Board of Directors and The First Presbyterian Church of Metuchen, will be honored with the twenty second Charles S. Edgar Award for his outstanding work as a YMCA volunteer. Mr. Ostermueller will be presented with this honor by Ted Ayotte fellow board member and retired Metuchen Police Officer.

 

The Charles S. Edgar Award recipient is a person who:

    Demonstrates leadership and is of the highest personal integrity.

    Has greatly served the youth of the community.

    Exemplifies community spirit at its best.

    Has contributed to the community through a variety of organizations and in a variety of roles.

    Is responsive to and interested in the work of the YMCA.

    Has a record of long-term service.

    Is recognized for his or her individual efforts, not on behalf of a group.

    Whose acceptance will enrich the tradition of the Charles S. Edgar Memorial Award.

 

The 2011 Annual Dinner Meeting of the YMCA of Metuchen, Edison, Woodbridge & South Amboy will be in celebration of 90 years of community service. The dinner will be held on Wednesday, May 11th, 2011 at 6:00PM at the Pines Manor in Edison, NJ.

 

For more information or to purchase tickets, call Helene Zahn, Development Director at 732-516-9200 x1108.

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