BOONTON — On Tuesday, October 24, the Gateway Community Resource Center played host to a significant event for the Kiwanis Club of Tri-Town – the installation ceremony of its new officers.
Lt. Gov. Mary Ann Simonenko of Division 10 graced the event and undertook the important responsibility of administering the oath of office. Her presence added gravity to the occasion, emphasizing the commitment of the Kiwanis Club of Tri-Town to its core values and objectives.
Frank Cahill, taking on dual responsibilities, was installed as both the President and Treasurer of the club. His commitment to the club’s cause was evident, and there was a general sense of optimism about the direction he would steer the club in. Aysha Avalos was entrusted with the pivotal role of Secretary, a position vital for the smooth functioning and administration of the club.
As each officer took their oath, they pledged to uphold the club’s principles, diligently serve its members, and contribute positively to the Tri-Town community.
An emotional highlight of the evening was the special segment dedicated to the outgoing officers. It was a moment of reflection and appreciation, symbolizing the passing of the baton from the old to the new.
Incoming Club President, Frank Cahill, took center stage to extend his gratitude to the outgoing President, Mickey Chopra.
With genuine warmth, Cahill presented a plaque to Chopra. Inscribed on it were words that encapsulated the feelings of every member present:
“Gratitude and Cheers for Mickey Chopra: Celebrating Two Years of Dedicated Leadership and Unwavering Commitment to the Children of Boonton, Mountain Lakes, and Boonton Township as President of Tri-Town Kiwanis. Your service from October 1, 2021, to September 30, 2023, has left an indelible mark. #KIDSNEEDKIWANIS.”
Mickey Chopra’s tenure as President was marked by numerous achievements and milestones, and his commitment to the children of the Tri-Town area was evident throughout. As Cahill takes on the mantle of leadership, Chopra’s legacy sets a high benchmark, inspiring all members to keep striving for excellence and making a difference in the community.
Yash Samat, holding the position of Vice President for the Mountain Lakes Key Club, graced the evening as the keynote speaker. His presence added depth to the event, emphasizing the profound connection between the Kiwanis Club of Tri-Town and the student-led Mountain Lakes Key Club.
He began by sharing his personal journey with Key Club, describing how it had shaped him both personally and professionally. Speaking with genuine passion, Yash delved into the transformative experiences he had undergone, the friendships forged, and the leadership skills honed, all thanks to his involvement with the club.
In his inaugural address, Frank Cahill shared his vision for the club’s future. He emphasized teamwork, the importance of serving the communities, and the positive impact the club can have in the Tri-Town area.
With Frank Cahill at the helm and Aysha Avalos managing the club’s administrative duties, the Kiwanis Club of Tri-Town is poised for a year filled with accomplishments, community service, and robust member engagement.
Kiwanis International is a global organization dedicated to improving the lives of children.
Kiwanis Club of Tri-Town proudly sponsors the Mountain Lakes High School Key Club. Tri-Town Kiwanis serves the communities of the Town of Boonton, Mountain Lakes, and Boonton Township.
The Kiwanis Club of Tri-Town has always been deeply rooted in its commitment to serve and uplift its communities. A significant testament to this dedication is its proud sponsorship of the Mountain Lakes High School Key Club. This partnership showcases the club’s unwavering support for fostering youth leadership and engagement.
The Key Club, a student-led community service organization, enables high school students to grow as responsible citizens, cultivate leadership skills, and contribute positively to their community and the world. With the backing of the Kiwanis Club of Tri-Town, the Mountain Lakes High School Key Club has been able to drive various community initiatives, volunteer projects, and leadership development programs.
Tri-Town Kiwanis’s influence and support stretch far and wide, encompassing the communities of the Town of Boonton, Mountain Lakes, and Boonton Township. By empowering the youth through the Key Club, the Kiwanis Club is not only investing in the present but also ensuring a brighter and more proactive future for these communities.
This symbiotic relationship between the Tri-Town Kiwanis and the Key Club is a shining example of how community organizations can come together, pool their resources, and drive change on a larger scale. It’s an affirmation of the belief that when the experienced guide the enthusiastic, great things are bound to happen.
Publisher of Parsippany Focus since 1989 and Morris Focus since January 1, 2019, both covering a wide range of events. Mr. Cahill serves as the Executive Board Member of the Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce, Lt. Governor of Division 9 Kiwanis Club of NJ, and Chairman of the Parsippany-Troy Hills Economic Development Advisory Board. Owner of the Morris now app serving small business in Morris County.
Morris Focus was founded in 2017 and is published in print and online formats. Its mission is to provide timely and accurate news coverage to Morris County residents and promote community engagement and involvement. The newspaper covers various topics, including local government, education, business, and sports. We can be reached by calling (973) 559-6000—a member of the Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce and the Morris County Chamber of Commerce.