(Extensions of Remarks - November 29, 2001)

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[Extensions of Remarks]
[Pages E2165-E2166]
From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office []



                           HON. MARGE ROUKEMA

                             of new jersey

                    in the house of representatives

                      Thursday, November 29, 2001

  Mrs. ROUKEMA. Mr. Speaker, I rise today in recognition of Mr. Edward 
``Ned'' Jesser, resident of Mahwah, New Jersey, and proud

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and enthusiastic supporter of the Boy Scouts of America. Mr. Jesser 
will be honored today at the ``Evening with the Governors'' 2001 Good 
Scout Awards of the Northern New Jersey Council Boy Scouts of America. 
With more than forty years of dedicated service to the Boy Scouts of 
America, he will be the recipient of the Distinguished Scouter Award. 
The Boy Scouts of American pride themselves on producing fine citizens, 
strong family members, and community leaders. In this respect, Ned 
Jesser truly leads by example.
  Today, Mr. Jesser sits on the Executive Board of the Northern New 
Jersey Council of Boy Scouts. However his involvement with the scouts 
began some forty years ago as the President of Bergen County Council of 
Scouts. It is his firm belief that scouting truly creates good lives 
and good citizens. Mr. Jesser has said that ``scouting is the only 
national organization that is making a major effort to bring a better 
and healthier life for our boys.'' Clearly, this man is recognized as a 
leader for scouts--and a committed one at that!
  As I am sure Mr. Jesser's wife Ruth can attest, Mr. Jesser is a very 
active member of the Bergen County community. Mr. Jesser served as 
Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Summit Bank for 
twenty years. In addition, he has sat on many boards in our county. To 
list just a few of his involvements: President of the New Jersey 
Chamber of Commerce, President of the New Jersey Bankers Association, 
and Trustee of Lafayette College. As a man who is generous with his 
time and his talents, Mr. Jesser has truly contributed to making 
northern New Jersey a better place to live.
  A fine citizen, a family man, and an involved community leader, Mr. 
Jesser is not only an outstanding role model for Scouts, but also an 
outstanding example of the fine residents of Bergen County. He 
contributes much to both the development of young men in our region, 
and to our community itself. Ned Jesser, we are lucky to have you with