Eas­ton Mayor’s Prayer Break­fast set for Oct. 27

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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.

LENOX TRAMS

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