New City Club Rotary members spoke fondly of Paul Tendler, his accomplishments and commitment at a ceremony on Monday. They joined Jawonio representatives in dedicating a wooden bench and plaque in his memory. Tendler, the longtime CEO of Jawonio and Rotary member, passed away in July.
Tendler was a member of the New City Rotary for many years, served as its president from 1986 to 1987 and received the Paul Harris Fellow award, one of Rotary’s highest honors.
Current Rotary President Steve Bard said, “I was only in Rotary for a few years with Paul. I got to know him as a very passionate, caring (person) who had the respect of all his peers and Rotarians."
Harry Bloomfeld spoke about his work with Tendler to establish a dental department at Jawonio for all patients including those with special needs. He said Tendler epitomized Rotary’s motto “Service Above Self.”
“Paul Tendler was a very special person,” recalled Bloomfeld.
Will Warren said he knew Tendler for 35 years from when they worked together at the Rockland County Health Department.
He praised Tendler as “a humble kind, sweet man.”
Warren read a brief letter from Tendler’s wife, Sandy, and family, which said, “This tribute to Paul is very touching and heartwarming and I’m very overwhelmed by the thoughtfulness and generosity from everyone in Rotary. I know Paul humble as he was would be looking down on all of you and say thank you.”
Current Jawonio CEO Jill Warner said she knew how much Tendler enjoyed the camaraderie of Rotary. She thanked the Rotarians for the donation of the bench, which is placed in front of a gazebo in a corner of the Jawonio property in New City. Warner noted despite it being December, the weather was expected to be mild enough over the next few days for the bench to be used.
The plaque reads:
In Memory of
Paul J. Tendler
President of New City Rotary Club 1986-87
An Honorable and Dedicated
Community Leader and Rotarian
New City Rotary Club 2012