Joyce Albrecht Becomes New President of the Haddonfield Lions Club
Joyce Albrecht, a retired Haddon Heights High School teacher who spent 40 years in the school system, became the fourth female President of the Haddonfield Area Lions Club, with her one-year term that began on July 1. Albrecht follows Alan Stedman, who was President for the past two years.
“Joyce is the 76th President of the Haddonfield Club and she assumes her presidency with lot of experience on several boards, including the Magnolia School Board and Bestwork Industries for the Blind,” said Dr. Lawrence Ragone, an active member of the Haddonfield Lions and former President of the Cherry Hill Lions Club before that club merged with the Haddonfield group. “Joyce will bring a lot of enthusiasm to her job. She is particularly interested in further developing our core programs in Sight Conservation and aid to the blind and visually impaired.”
Albrecht said she became interested in helping those with sight problems when a teaching colleague lost his vision. She started to help with Bestwork Industries for the Blind and then joined the Board, where she is still a member. Bestwork, located in Cherry Hill, is a non-profit industry that hires visually impaired people to fulfill contracts (often for the U.S. military) and produce goods, many of which involve sewing.
“Since I retired it has been important to me to do a lot of giving back,” Albrecht said. “I like to be involved and help others. The Lions is a nice, giving group of people with diverse talents.”
The Lions Club motto is “We Serve.” In a typical year, the Haddonfield Area Lions Club sponsors five major community service projects and conducts five fundraisers. All the money goes to the Haddonfield Area Lions Foundation, which donates over $25,000 each year to worthy community causes, sight preservation projects, and to those in need. The Lions also conduct vision screenings in schools and at community activities and host the annual Haddonfield Mayor’s Breakfast.
Albrecht realizes that due to the pandemic this is a challenging time for many nonprofits that have depended on events for much of their fundraising. “We don’t know what changes are coming or when they are coming,” she said. “We have to be flexible.” Like many of the club members, Albrecht is hopeful that the Lions can host its Annual Flea Market in the fall. “That’s an event we all enjoy and it is outdoors. We will see what the fall brings.”