Rotarian of the Month: Karen Sapherstein

Each month we will be highlighting a different member of Fair Lawn Sunrise Rotary to learn a little more about our members and see what inspired them to join Rotary. 

I received the following from Karen:

“I was born in Newark, New Jersey and was fortunate to have had a great childhood:  Good schools, good friends and a good life!

I graduated from Weequahic High School, where I was president of the Deligos Social Club, and went on to attend and graduate from William Patterson University with my degree and Teaching Certification.  I taught at Radburn School for many years and then I became the owner, Director and head teacher of Play’n Learn Nursery school from 1976 to 2005.

I have always been active in community affairs and belonged to many local organizations, serving as president of the American Jewish Congress in Fair Lawn in 1980 to 182.

My son’s father-in-law is a Rotarian in Yonkers, NY and he inspired me to learn more about Rotary.  Upon retirement, I attended a Fair Lawn Sunrise Rotary meeting at Panera’s on Fair Lawn Avenue and joined the Club in 2015 under John Cosgrove’ s sponsorship.  I served as Sergeant at Arms for several years and was honored as Rotarian of the Year for 2016 – 2017.  I proudly accepted the Walter D. Head Fellowship Award for the 2018 – 2019 Rotary year. 

In 2020, I learned that I was selected to be the recipient of the Woman of Valor Award from Fair Lawn Hadassah.  Unfortunately, the pandemic forced the cancellation of the Awards Dinner planned for June, 2020.

My husband, Len and I will celebrate our 60th anniversary on April 9, 2021.  I am blessed to have two sons, a daughter-in-law and two grandchildren.

I joined Rotary because of its continued and varied attention to all causes – local, national and international.  It is an inspiration to be part of such a forward thinking and active organization in Fair Lawn.  I love Fair Lawn Sunrise Rotary, its members, its camaraderie and its commitment to Service Above Self!”