In times of national crisis, buried beneath the "sky is falling" headlines and "this just in" sound bites are countless stories of selfless sacrifice, mutual support and shared good will in our communities. In Lewisboro, that community was recently enlarged to include the city of Ningbo, a Port City on China's eastern coastline. Ningbo is one of China's oldest cities, located south of the Yangtze River Delta and because of its geography and history, it is rich in natural scenery and cultural heritage.
In 1991, Maryknoll Fathers and Sisters initiated an effort to train priests and women religious for various leadership roles in the church throughout China. Sister Mary Mao, a member of the Sisters of the Savior of Souls in Ningbo, was among those nurtured by the Maryknoll Sisters in Ossining, NY.
With the global pandemic impacting all nations, the Chinese Sisters Mary Mao and Mary Pan kept in touch with the Maryknoll Community, including Anli Hsu, of Scarsdale who works with the Maryknoll Order. Through her connections with a Lewisboro Voluntary Ambulance Corps (LVAC) EMT and Board Vice President, George Chiu, she learned of the critical shortage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) including face masks and shields. With the support and encouragement of their Bishop, Yangke Jin, the Sisters in Ningbo launched their initiative.
John McKeon, LVAC Secretary, accepted the delivery of 50 face masks donated through a fundraising campaign sponsored by John Jay Youth Lacrosse. The youth athletic program sold 60 masks, setting aside half for donation to local first responders including LVAC, fire and police department personnel and other frontline workers.
ANONYMOUS CHALK PAINTING APPEARS AT LVAC
Lewisboro Volunteer Ambulance Corps members voted for a realignment of its Board Of Directors at its recent Annual Meeting.
Mark Sheeran has been elected President of the Board, succeeding Jim Reilly, whose term ended. George Chiu has been elected as a new member of the Board and Vice President succeeding Sheeran. Reilly will continue as LVAC Lieutenant and Training Officer.
Reelected to the Board in their current positions are Dan Murtha, Captain, Judy Saslow, Assistant Captain, Mike Keech, Treasurer, John McKeon, Secretary and Mike Kis, Director. Photo above, left to right, Mike Kis, Judy Saslow, Mark Sheeran, Dan Murtha, George Chiu and Mike Keech. Secretary John McKeon was unavailable.
On September 26, the Lewisboro Lions Club President Dave Phillips presented LVAC with a check for $5000 toward the purchase of LVAC's new ambulance.
In response, LVAC President Jim Reilly said, "Once again, LVAC is indebted to the Lewisboro Lions Club for their continued support and generosity. In the past they have funded specialized stretcher equipment, carbon monoxide diagnostic devices, tactical emergency kits for mass casualty events, and now a very welcome donation for our new state-of-the-art ambulance. They continue to be a valued partner to LVAC and to the Community".