SADDLE BROOK, N.J. — The Kiwanis Club of Saddle Brook regrouped after one generational change and now looks to do so again 50 years later.
With an aging core group of 19 members, the club hopes to boost its ranks, President Ed Wilczynski said.
The Kiwanis Club dedicates its time to helping the community. The Saddle Brook chapter is part of an international Kiwanis organization across 80 countries.
Wilczynski, 81, has been part of the Saddle Brook Kiwanis since 1962. He oversaw the formation of the second, and current, generation of the club after the original members moved on.
The Kiwanis started in the 1940s after World War II.
"When the club formed in 1947 they were already middle-aged guys and by the late 50s they were up there in years," Wilczynski told Daily Voice. "Originally it started with professional people and business owners. We don't have that. Anyone who wants to join can join. You don't have to be a person who is affluent."
Some of the Saddle Brook Kiwanis' main efforts include helping schools for special needs children, scholarships for local students, and donations to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
The club has raised more than $1 million over the last 13 years for various causes, Wilczynski said. They could use some new members to maintain that pace, he said.
The Kiwanis meet the second and fourth Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. at Ed's Tavern, owned by Wilczynski. Prospective members can come to a meeting and see what it's like before joining, the club president said.
MORE INFO: Call Wilczynski at (201) 394-0304 .
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