In 1981, Jack joined the Wood-Ridge Lions Club. He served two terms as president and has been on the Board of Directors since 1982. In 1986 Jack initiated the annual Beefsteak Dinner Sports Night. The event has now grown to a yearly sell out of 600 tickets and the club has raised over $24,000 each year since 2006. All of the money raised is used to help the blind, sight impaired, mentally challenged, local needs and the club’s annual scholarship awards. Jack has been honored by the Lions Club as one of their most cherished members.
In 1999, the club presented Jack with a black onyx gold ring with a diamond chip in recognition of his chairing the beefsteak dinner. It was the first time in the club’s history that a club member was recognized in this way. In 2008, he was awarded a Melvin Jones Fellowship by the club. It is the highest form of recognition within Lions International.
Jack Nagel graduated from Wood-Ridge High School and has remained an important part of the community ever since. In 1968 Jack enlisted in the U.S. Army. During his three years of service he attained the rank of Sergeant in the Military Police. He earned such acknowledgments as brigade soldier of the month in November of 1969. After his discharge in 1971 he married Audrey Cudia of Wood-Ridge. Jack and Audrey lived in Carlstadt, NJ until 1983 when they moved to Wood-Ridge and raised their three children. In 2009 Audrey passed away and Jack met Denise Love who had lost her husband to cancer as well. The two have been married since 2011. This big extended family makes the Brady Bunch look like a distant second.
In 1980 Jack and his wife Audrey started JAN PROMOTIONS INC., a distributor of promotional items. Some of their clients include several departments at Rutgers University, Monmouth University, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, The Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, and The Bergen County 200 Club, which Jack has been a member of since 1998. Jack plans on working until April 2030. He will be 80 years old and will have 50 years in the business. In his words, “that should be long enough.” His father told him, when he first started his business and had no
money, “take care of your family, your church and your community”. If you don’t have time you should certainly have money and if you don’t have money you can certainly find the time” Jack continues to, “Be More, Do More,” which is why he is our honoree for the Caring Award.