Easton Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast set for Oct. 27
EASTON — Easton’s 35th annual Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast will be held from 7 to 9 a.m. Friday, Oct. 27, at the Tidewater Inn in Easton. This year’s breakfast will feature Alfred B. “Tim” Kagan Jr. of Easton, a realtor and civic leader, and Lenox Trams, an Easton police officer, as guest speakers.
Kagan, who has lived on the Eastern Shore for 40 years, has left a mark on both the local and global community. Instead of retiring, Kagan gained a new commitment in 1985 to improving life for people in need around the globe through Rotary International, which is working to eradicate polio in the world.
He traveled to India in 2010 to administer polio vaccinations. He is involved with FINCA, a charitable organization providing financial services to the world’s lowest-income entrepreneurs. Through his philanthropy, he has played an active role in the faith community and in helping to provide clean drinking water and sanitation to the underdeveloped world.
For three generations, Kagan’s family owned S. W. Kagan Company, purveyors of prime meats in Jersey City, N.J. In the 1970s, the family decided to sell the 101-yearold business, and Kagan found himself moving to Easton, pursuing a career in real estate and eventually owning his own real estate firm in 1978.
More recently, he joined the real estate firm Benson and Mangold. A member the Rotary Club of Easton since 1977, Kagan served as the organization’s president from 2010 to 2011; was awarded the Donald F. Osburn Club Service Award (2012) for his outstanding service; has been a Paul Harris Fellow multiple times; and a benefactor since 1987.
In 2010, the Rotary established the Alfred B. “Tim” Kagan Jr. Duz Award to honor Rotarians going above and beyond the call of duty. Kagan’s other business ventures have included being chairman of Family Ministries Inc., president of Kanew Inc., and president and CEO of Kagan Investments LLC.
Trams has served for more than 18 years as an Easton police officer. He is assigned to the Special Operations Division, where his daily functions include being a community police officer.
Trams was adopted from the small Caribbean island of Montserrat. A single American woman, Pat Trams, was a travel agent and flew to Montserrat in 1982 to meet the man of her dreams — Paul McCartney. Instead, Pat Trams met Lenox, a 6-year-old homeless island boy eating out of a dumpster. Trams fell in love with Lenox and adopted him in June 1985. Lenox moved to Chestertown with his mother.
As a teenager, Trams got into a little trouble and had an interaction with a police officer in Chestertown. That interaction changed his life and made him want to become a police officer to help others like he was helped. He now is living out his dream — working as a police office and mentoring two children in the Easton community.
Trams also coached the Easton High School lacrosse team for the past four years and serves on the board of directors of the YMCA. In March 2016, a co-worker donated a kidney to Trams, who was suffering from kidney disease. He sees this experience as a second chance at life and hopes to share his story to inspire others with kidney disease and educate people about the leading causes of the disease.
Tickets to the 2017 Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast may be purchased at Sear’s in Easton, the Easton Town Office, the Talbot County Chamber of Commerce, and Economy Printing in Easton beginning Oct. 1. The cost is $12 per person, and seating is limited. Tickets should be purchased ahead of time. For more information, call Kathy Ruf at 410-822-2525.
ALFRED B. “TIM” KAGAN JR.