|Kiwanis celebrate 50th anniversary|
|Thursday, April 25, 2013 1:08 PM|
Ohio District Governor Craig Wallace noted these historical facts as he congratulated the local service organization on its 50th anniversary Wednesday evening at the Firemen’s Club.
“You have changed your community,” Wallace said addressing the 35 club members in attendance and their spouses. “We can look around Delphos and see the projects the Kiwanis have accomplished and the impact it has had. The K-kids are a great group and impact your youth. I have a feeling the next 50 years will be even better.”
Lt. Gov. Linda Steinbrunner was also a special guest.
“The Delphos Kiwanis is a phenomenal club,” she said. “I encouraged this group to set a goal to become a ‘Distinguished Club’ in the future. You are extremely valuable to your community. Your membership continues to grow. You are changing the world.”
Gov. Wallace also presented charter members Bob Schmit and Edgar Van Autreve with 50-year pins.
Kiwanian Howard Violet received a special award for “going above and beyond the call” selling tickets for the club’s recent chicken BBQ. Violet sold more than 450 tickets. He was presented with the “Chicken Award.”
The event also included honoring past presidents, including Schmit, VanAutreve, Bill Massa, Jim Fischer, Ralph Lauser, Ron Illyes, Dennis Kapcar, Rob Moenter, Tom Morris, Rick Hanser, Dave Smith, Violet and current President Jamey Wisher.
Kiwanians also received their membership cards with longevity noted from 50 years to one month.