Archive for Thursday, November 17, 2005

Kiwanis member joins fellowship

November 17, 2005

Lansing Kiwanis awarded a prestigious recognition to one of its longtime members Tuesday night.

Ada Young received a membership to the George F. Hixson Fellowship at the club's monthly meeting at Western Sizzlin', 5041 S. Fourth St., Leavenworth.

The membership means that Lansing Kiwanis will donate $1,000 in Young's name to the Kiwanis International Foundation.

"I don't deserve this," Young said as the room packed with members stood and clapped for her.

John Wendel, president of Lansing Kiwanis, disagreed.

"Her overall participation in the club over the years, as much as she's done, she deserved it," Wendel said later of Young.

Selection of a member to receive a Hixson Fellowship is determined by a vote of all the members of the club, based on the members' number of activities and level of participation in the club, Wendel said.

The fellowship was begun in 1983 in honor of George F. Hixson, the first president of Kiwanis International.

The required $1,000 donation goes to the Kiwanis International Foundation, which is mounting a global fight against iodine deficiency disorders, the largest preventable cause of mental retardation in children.

Young is the sixth member of the Lansing Kiwanis Club to be admitted to the fellowship. Past Lansing members admitted to the fellowship are Wendel, Earl Johnsmeyer, Harry Allison, John Calhoun and Young's husband, Gene Young.

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