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Saddle River Lions Club Honors First 50 Year Member

Left: Herb Bodenski
Left: Herb Bodenski Photo Credit: Submitted

SADDLE RIVER, N.J. -- The Saddle River Valley Lions Club honored the first 50-year member in its chapter's history recently.

Herb Bodensiek joined the club in 1966 and has held  everyleadership position in the Club, twice serving as it’s president.

Jim Murphy, the current Lions Club president, commemorated Bodensiek’s achievement by presenting him with a gold and diamond fifty year lapel pin on behalf of the membership.

Bodensiek was named as a ‘Life Member’ in 1996 and, more recently, had the club’s annual golf outing named after him. During his decades of work on behalf of those with sight-related issues, Bodensiek has served as the Vice Chair for the New Jersey Commission of the Blind and Visually Impaired, on the Board of Directors for St. Joseph’s School for the Blind, and still remains a trustee of the Ed Lucas Foundation.

Bodensiek earned his undergraduate degree from Cornell University before getting his graduate degree from Columbia University. He also served in the Navy during World War II and the Korean War.

“Herb is the ‘go to’ guy whenever advice and counsel are needed. His assistance also often extended beyond the borders of his own the local club,” Murphy explained. “Herb regularly helped other Lions Clubs, especially with their service projects and membership drives.”

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