Morris Township honors queen of volunteers, Joen Ferrari

Joen Luy Ferrari receives Community Service Award from Morris Township Mayor Jeff Grayzel, Jan. 16, 2019. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Joen Luy Ferrari receives Community Service Award from Morris Township Mayor Jeff Grayzel, Jan. 16, 2019. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
4

 

Accepting an award for volunteerism, Joen Luy Ferrari on Wednesday did what she does best:

Recruit volunteers.

“I thank everyone else that has helped me along the way, because I have a habit of dragging people along with me,” Ferrari joked after Mayor Jeff Grayzel handed her Morris Township’s Community Service Award, a new monthly honor he introduced upon taking office this month.

Grayzel praised Ferrari for her “selfless and untiring work” for numerous charities, nonprofits, and for the Township.

“I myself have found that volunteering is a win-win thing,” said Ferrari, a retired AT&T manager who moved to Greater Morristown 30 years ago. Her parents were volunteers, she explained, and so are her grown children.

Video: Morris Township honors Joen Luy Ferrari:

By her count, Ferrari is a member of five boards.  But that hardly scratches the surface of her résumé.

Over the years, Ferrari has helped the United Way, the P.G. Chambers School, the Mental Health Association of Morris County, Dress for Success Morris County (founding president), First Night Morris, Historic Speedwell and the Friends of Historic Speedwell.

Joen Luy Ferrari, Jan. 17, 2019. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Joen Luy Ferrari, Jan. 17, 2019. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

Additionally, she has volunteered with the Morris Museum, Morris Arts, the American Red Cross Northwestern Chapter (she was instrumental in merging several chapters), the Colonial Symphony and the Morris County Tourism Bureau.

And then there was Morristown’s Community Theatre (before it became the Mayo Performing Arts Center) and the New Jersey chapter of the National Society of Arts and Letters.

Ferrari also has served on the Morris Township zoning board, and sung with the Morris Choral Society. In 2015, she was named Woman of the Year by the Zonta Club of the Morristown Area.

Of course, nobody–not even Joen Ferrari–can go it alone. Which brings us back to… recruiting.

“I give you all my personal invitation. If you have time or you have funding…
connect yourself with one of the nonprofits that you feel passionate about,” Ferrari said.

“You have to have passion about their cause in order to get dedicated and then pull yourself into them. But do that, because it doesn’t take very much time. And you can accomplish an awful lot.”

It’s a persuasive pitch, attested Committteeman Peter Mancuso, describing Ferrari as an inspiration.

“I remember I was chairman of the board of the Morris Museum back in 1998,” Mancuso recounted. “You asked me if I could help you on a project. And I’m still helping you on that project!”

Morris Township Mayor Jeff Grayzel presents Community Service Award to Joen Luy Ferrari, Jan. 17, 2019.
Morris Township Mayor Jeff Grayzel presents Community Service Award to Joen Luy Ferrari, Jan. 17, 2019.

If you’ve read this far… you clearly value your local news. Now we need your help to keep producing the local coverage you depend on! More people are reading Morristown Green than ever. But costs keep rising. Reporting the news takes time, money and hard work. We do it because we, like you, believe an informed citizenry is vital to a healthy community.

So please, CONTRIBUTE to MG or become a monthly SUBSCRIBER. ADVERTISE on Morristown Green. LIKE us on Facebook, FOLLOW us on Twitter, and SIGN UP for our newsletter.

[interactive_copyright_notice float='left']
[icopyright_horizontal_toolbar float='right']

4 COMMENTS

  1. Joen has been an inspiration to many. How fortunate both Morristown and Morris Township have been to have benefitted from her involvement. Looking forward to working with her in the future.

  2. Joen is the best volunteer I have ever had the pleasure of working with from the executive committee to cleaning up after an event. Congratulations! Well deserved.
    Alan Levitan, Morris Arts

  3. Congratulations to Joen! I too have had the pleasure of volunteering with Joen with a variety of organizations, and she is truly the “Queen of Volunteers”!

  4. Hearty congratulations to Joen! I have had the pleasure of serving with her on the Morris Township Board of Adjustment, and serve is what she does. She’s keenly interested in her home town and she brings both passion and humility to everything she does, so it can be hard to say “no” when she asks for your help!
    I hope that this recognition helps people realize all that Joen has done to help make Morris Township a great place to live.

LEAVE A REPLY

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.