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Candidates Sought for the 2023 Lucille Tendler Community Service Award

Lucille Tendler

(Courtesy of Bergenfield Library) Area residents are invited to nominate candidates for the Bergenfield Library’s Board of Trustees Lucille Tendler Community Service Award. This award by the Board of Trustees of the Bergenfield Public Library recognizes the service contributions of the recipient to the Bergenfield community. Past winners of the award include Bergenfield residents Joe Verga, Matthew Connell, James Lodato, Joanne Thomas, Robert Armbruster, Anna Ramirez, Eva Gallione and Gerard Naylis.

Before relocating to North Carolina, Lucille Tendler served diligently on the Bergenfield Library’s Board of Trustees for 14 years, acting as president and secretary. During her tenure, she helped coordinate the library’s comprehensive Strategic Plan and advocated tirelessly on behalf of the library. In addition to her work with the Bergenfield Library, Tendler was involved in several other community volunteer projects, including the Arts Council. This award is meant to honor her as a model for public service in a town that prides itself on volunteerism and civic engagement.

The recipient of the Lucille Tendler Community Service Award must be nominated by an individual or group. Members of the Board of Trustees may not nominate a candidate while serving on the Board. A nominee may be an individual or a group. Civic organizations or scout troops are encouraged to apply as well as organized groups of individuals that have provided a service to the community. Nominees must be/have been a Bergenfield resident or active in a Bergenfield-based organization, or a group active in the Bergenfield community. If the nominee no longer lives in the Bergenfield community or is no longer active in a group serving the Bergenfield community, they must be nominated within two years of terminating their Bergenfield residency or terminating their association with the group. There are no age qualifications for the nominee, who may be of any age, child to senior citizen.

Community service may be defined as a long time commitment to providing service to individuals, groups or the community as a whole. Service may be environmental in nature, educational, charitable, civic, public health/disease related. All nominees within the past three years will be automatically considered for the 2023 Award.

Nominations will be accepted until January 31, 2024. The recipient will be announced and presented with their award at a library program in the spring of 2024.

For more information and to download an application form, please visit www.bergenfieldlibrary.org or contact the library at 201-387-4040.

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