Gordon Meth sworn in as Governor of NJ District Kiwanis International


Gordon Meth, the new governor of the New Jersey District Kiwanis International, was sworn in at the annual Kiwanis District convention held August 21 – 23 at the Princeton Marriott at Forrestal Hotel.  

Gordon lives in Parsippany and is a member and former officer of the Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany.   Gordon has been the recipient of several honors recognizing his years of volunteer service to many Kiwanis projects dedicated to helping children and the community.

Gordon is a Civil Engineer and recognized as an expert in traffic related issues.  An ardent hockey fan, he lives in the Lake Hiawatha section of Parsippany with his wife and two sons.    

The balloon sculpture of Gordon was done by Rob Forman, a renowned balloon architect who has done work around the world.  Rob is also a member of the Kiwanis Club of Parsippany.  He will be demonstrating his balloon skills at the upcoming Parsippany Fall Festival on Sunday, September 20 at the Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany booth.

Gordon said “I am honored to have been elected to lead New Jersey District of Kiwanis for 2015-2016 administrative year. I look forward to working with my entire board – Immediate Past Governor Nancy Hart Esposito, District Secretary Gwen Walding, Governor Elect Anthony Affatati, Treasurer Jerry Adelsohn, Parliamentarian Joe O’Niell, Past Governors Jack Wilson and Barrie Werfel, Lieutenant Governors Michael Ridgway, Fritz Reynolds, Joe Schmeltz, Marshal Kern, Joey Giordano, Rosemary Oarsley, Bill Seeman, Steve McKinley, and Frank Swarts Jr, and Lieutenant Governor Elects Brian Campbell, Kristie Wilson, Michael Maloney, Anne Kraljic, Michael Ellithorpe, Michael Dixon, Howard Gordon, and Frank Cannistra.”

Gordon has been a member of Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany since 2005. He served as Club Vice President, 2006-2007, Club President-Elect, 2007-2008 and Club President, 2008-2009.

He also served as Club Immediate Past President, 2009-2010 and President of Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany Foundation, 2009-2010.

He was the Lt Governor Elect, Division 10, 2011; Lt Governor, Division 9, 2011-2014 and received the Distinguished Lt Governor, 2011-2012 service year.

He also received the Walter Zeller Fellow, Carrington Swain Fellow, George F. and Hixson Fellow. In 2014, Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany awarded Gordon with the Mr. Meth  “Kiwanian of the  Year” award.

He was also recognized by Parsippany Rotary Club as Outstanding Citizen in 2013.

In addition to all of his volunteering in the Kiwanis organization, Gordon  was Youth Soccer Coach for past 9 years; Former T-Ball Coach/Team Manager; Institute of Transportation Engineers Section and District Boards for past 9 years, including serving as Metropolitan New York and New Jersey Section President in 2009 (while President of his Kiwanis Club).

In addition Gordon joined the Board of Trustees for the Parsippany Child Day Care Center in 2005.  He became the President of the Board of Trustees in 2010, and is still President.  When he took over as President, the Day Care Center costs were exceeding revenue by approximately 10% per year.  Since Gordon took over as President, the Day Care Center has operated with a 3-8% surplus.  Since taking over, the Day Care Center is pursuing NAEYC accreditation, has replaced the roof and boiler, replaced the playgrounds, and has undertaken numerous other capital improvements.

He is also former member of the Board of Directors for Dover Little Theater, a community theatre in Dover.

He is a Member of New Jersey Planning Officials, for whom he has been giving training to new Planning Board/Board of Adjustment members for the past nine years.