ur long time member and treasurer Jay Fowler is actually closer to One in 1.4
Million. Recently, Jay received the prestigious SERVICE ABOVE SELF award from
Rotary International in which only a handful of members from the worldwide
membership of 1,400,000 are selected for their outstanding service to others.
However, Jay’s status of One in A Million goes far beyond this International
Those who know Jay, appreciate his compassion and spirit of giving to everyone
he meets. Jay is a local reservoir of goodwill who grew up in Bergen County, went
to high school at Northern Highlands, received his degree from Lafayette and
served in the US Army as a First Lieutenant.
Jay met his wife Kathy in the Caribbean when they both were on spring break.
Kathy is from Canada and they had a long distance (cross-border) relationship
until 1972 when they were married in Allendale.
Fast forward from their wedding to today. Jay and Kathy have four daughters and
four grandchildren. Kathy and Jay travel often to visit their family near and far
from Ohio to England and more recently have spent time in Hawaii where one of
their children has a home. When not traveling, Jay continues to be active in the
commercial construction business where he currently consults on large projects.
To say that Jay has been active in Rotary over the past 40+ years would be an
understatement. Since joining Rotary International in 1979, Jay has held dozens of
executive positions, been on more than 25 advisory boards and dozens of boards
of trustees. Jay is currently the Treasurer of the Ridgewood AM Rotary as well as
the Chair of the Ridgewood AM Rotary Foundation which is responsible for the
stewardship of a $500,000 endowment. He is tireless in the time he donates to
local charities, causes and initiatives and can be found on designated Saturdays
collecting food at the Ridgewood Stop and Shop on behalf of Social Service
Association and Father English food pantries.
So, it is no exaggeration to say that Jay is truly ONE IN A MILLION!! Thank you Jay
for all that you do.