This week was a special one for our Easton Kiwanis Club as we honored the Easton Police Officer of the Year. But before we did that, Pres. Bill called on Walt who informed us of the last meetings of this school year for our SLP’s. Joanne reported that tickets are going fast for our Super Raffle, so be sure to get yours soon! Pres. Bill made us all aware that voting is now open with Kiwanis for our playground and gardens project. We could be the recipient of $25,000 in playground equipment! Just click here and vote for our project EVERY DAY until June 1st. You can vote every day through the end of the month and using each of your available apparatuses; your computer, smart phone, tablet, I-Pad, etc. Just like Chicago; vote early and often! Skip announced that our tour of the Parsons/Taylor house has been moved to August 22, so June 6 is an open date for a speaker. If you have an idea, just let him know. Then the meeting was turned over to Walt who gave a background of our program of Officer of the Year which began in 1981. That was 37 years ago, which is over 1/3 of our 100 years! It was started by then Kiwanis President Tom Stotz, and then police chief Cunningham, also a Kiwanis member. It is always held during police recognition week. May 15 was designated Police Officer Memorial Day by President John Kennedy. Walt then called up
Chief Scalzo who spoke about the significance of the award as the recipient is chosen by the department. This year’s recipient, Sgt. Joseph Alonzo, has been a member of the Easton Police Dept. for 15 years. His motivation, drive and ability to relate to people are just three of the determining factors in his receiving this high award. Chief Scalzo thanked Sgt. Alonzo’s family for their support and for sharing him with the police force. He also stated that Sgt. Alonzo was his first promotion as chief, and he has the respect of the entire department. Captain Beitler then read the presentation certificate. Sgt. Alonzo began his career on Sept. 15, 2004 and has just earned his masters in criminal justice from Boston College. Then Rep. Freeman came forward to present
Sgt. Alonzo with a proclamation from the PA. House of Representatives. Sgt. Alonzo then thanked the Easton Kiwanis for recognizing him as Officer of the Year, and also thanked the officers he works with acknowledging that police work is a “team effort”. Pres. Bill then presented him with the Easton Police Officer of the Year plaque. Kiwanis is proud each year to be able to make this award and to do it in the presence of as many police officers who can attend as possible, and it was a great turnout today for this year’s presentation. Be sure to be here next week when after our lunch at the Pomfret Club we will tour the newly renovated Federal Courthouse on Larry Holmes Drive. Read more about todays award on Lehigh Valley Live.