BCNJAL Centennial Celebration


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BCNJAL Centennial Gala – $50 Per Person
Sunday, September 29, 2019 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The Elan Catering & Events 
111 Route 46 West, Lodi, New Jersey
Cash Bar; Menu Choices: Braised Boneless Short Ribs in a Balsamic Jus, Chicken Marsala with Mushroom Marsala Sauce, Pan-seared Atlantic Salmon with Champagne Dill Sauce

Guest Speakers




Keynote Speaker
Theodore “Ted” Roosevelt, IV
Honorary Chairman, National American Legion Centennial Committee

Mr. Roosevelt’s Bio

Currently serving as Chairman of The American Legion’s 100th Anniversary Honorary Committee, Theodore “Ted” Roosevelt IV was the 2018 recipient of The American Legion’s James V. Day “Good Guy” Award, presented at the 100thnational convention.

Professionally, Mr. Roosevelt is a Managing Director in Investment Banking at Barclays, based in New York. He serves as Chairman of the firm’s Clean Tech Initiative and is a Co-Chair of Barclays Military Services Network.

Mr. Roosevelt joined Barclays when it acquired the North American assets of Lehman Brothers in September 2008.   He started work with Lehman in 1972 as a general banker in domestic corporate finance.  In 1977, following Lehman Brothers’ merger with Kuhn Loeb, Mr. Roosevelt was assigned to the International Department and also worked in the Firm’s Government Advisory Group.  He joined the Short and Medium Term Corporate Finance Department in 1982 and was appointed manager of the department in 1985.  He was named a Managing Director in 1984, and, in January 1991 he was asked to focus on the development of the Firm’s international business.  He was elected Chairman of the Board of Directors of Lehman Brothers Financial Products Inc. in 1994, and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Lehman Brothers Derivative Products Inc. in 1998.  In February 2007, he was appointed Chairman of Lehman Brothers’ Council on Climate Change.  

Mr. Roosevelt received his AB from Harvard in 1965.  Immediately following, he joined the Navy as an officer in Underwater Demolition Team Eleven and had two tours of duty in Vietnam.  Following his active duty, he joined the Department of State as a Foreign Service Officer. In 1972, Mr. Roosevelt received his MBA from Harvard Business School. He was offered a White House Fellow but declined to join Lehman Brothers.

Mr. Roosevelt is Board Chair of the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, Secretary of The Climate Reality Project, a member of the Governing Council of the Wilderness Society, and a Trustee for the American Museum of Natural History.  He is on the Advisory Board for Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy. He was an Advisory Committee Member on the MIT study “The Future of Natural Gas”; and on the Advisory Committee for the Council on Foreign Relations Special Report “The Future of US Special Operations.”  Currently he is a committee member for the National Academy of Sciences on Accelerating Deployment of Clean Energy Technologies. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, The Economic Club of New York, and a Governor of the Foreign Policy Association. He is Honorary Chairman of National League of Conservation Voters and had been and served as Trustee for Trout Unlimited and World Resources Institute. 

At the Republican Convention in 2000, Ted gave the speech on the environment.  He gave the keynote speech at the National Governor’s Association Annual Meeting in 2001 as well as the keynote address at the Governor’s Conference on Climate Change in April 2008 sponsored by Yale University.  He spoke at the Conference of Parties Climate Summit in December of 2009 in Copenhagen, sponsored by the European Union Parliament.   In May of 2010, Ted gave a keynote speech at the International Cooperative Conference on Green Economy and Climate in Beijing organized by the National Development and Reform Commission, Ministry of Science and Technology and National Energy Administration.  He is also a frequent lecturer on history and economics at New York University.  He and his wife live in Brooklyn Heights.

The American Bombshells
We are excited to share that The American Bombshells will be entertaining us at the gala.  The Bombshells’ mission is “To serve and honor our nation’s Military, Veterans, First Responders and their Families by supporting and creating unique programs that raise morale, entertain, and inspire patriotism.” The group was founded in 2011 and has continued to grow and thrive in providing morale and transition programs for our nation’s heroes. The troupe performs at events, and at military bases and hospitals, and veterans’ homes. More information can be found here:

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Michael Burhart, Past County Commander, Centennial Chairman, Post 139, U.S. Navy

Andra Akridge, First Vice President & Past President, Bergen County American Legion Auxiliary

Keith Barnes, Commander, Bergen County Sons of the American Legion

Ronald J. Beattie, Commander, Post 369, U.S. Army

Brenda Calandrillo, Past President, Unit 57

Frank Calandrillo, Jr., Past Department Commander, Commander, Post 531, U.S. Navy

Linda Carroll, Unit 139, Past Department President, 2010-2011

Francis A. Carrasco, Commander, Bergen County American Legion; Commander, Post 136, U.S. Army

Joanne Ciffo, Past President, Bergen County American Legion Auxiliary; Past President, Unit 139

Margaret Frontera, Unit 136, Centennial Committee Secretary

Charles S. Gunn, Commander, Post 453, U.S. Army

Zoltan Horvath, Past Commander, Post 162, U.S. Army

Pamela Jengo, President, Bergen County American Legion Auxiliary

Frank J. Jiosi, Sr., Past County Commander, Post 139, U.S. Marine Corps

Assemblyman Gordon Johnson, Post 58, U.S. Army

Sharon Johnson, Sergeant-at-Arms, Unit 136

Donato Laviola, Past Commander, Post 139, U.S. Army

Mario R. Lembo, BCAL Finance Officer, Post 369, U.S. Navy

Patrick McCarthy, Commander, James B. Scarr Post 106, U.S. Army Infantry

Jim Morton, Webmaster, Post 170 Riders Director, U.S. Navy

Peter Mosca, Commander, Sons of the American Legion Squadron 136

Val Nicholas, Committee Member, The National American Legion Centennial Honorary Committee, Post 170, U.S. Army

Edward O’Dowd, Commander, Post 170, U.S. Navy

Richard Palka, Commander, Post 1, U.S. Navy

Victor Ruggiero, Bergen County Judge Advocate, Centennial Finance Officer, U.S. Army

Sharon Salvacion, President, Unit 136

Bob Salvini, PCC, Post 170, U.S Army

Mayor Harry Shortway, Jr., Post 1000, U.S. Marine Corps

Thomas E. Simpson, Commander, Post 30, U.S. Army

Dale Sipos, Service Officer, Post 106, U.S. Army

Kathy Stitz, Auxiliary Post 170

Raymond Stitz, BCAL Vice Commander, U.S. Army

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Bergen County NJ Centennial American Legion Posts

1     Leonia 117 Bogota
40   Ridgefield Park  126 Cliffside Park
41   Oradell 128 Teaneck
53   Ridgewood   136 Lodi
55   Hackensack 139 Lyndhurst
67   East Rutherford 142 Maywood
69   Carlstadt 153 Park Ridge
78   Englewood 162 Hillsdale
106 Hasbrouck Heights 221 Ridgefield
109 Rutherford 244 Fort Lee
111 Closter 255 Garfield

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