The Havana Kiwanis Club hosted its annual dinner last Thursday at the Havana Country Club. Club president Jennifer Loughmiller joined with regional Kiwanis lieutenant governor Heather Locke to induct the Club’s four newest members: Anthony Viegsbesie, Ridgeway Stone, Greg Doss, and Kelly Lewis.
Locke said Kenny is the newest member in the lieutenant governor’s District 3, which encompasses some 60 clubs from Perry to Pensacola.
She then proceeded to install Kiwanis’ officers for the next fiscal year, October 1, 2013-September 30, 2014: Jennifer Loughmiller stays for a second term as president; Nick Bert will serve as president-elect for the following year (he last served as president in 1976); Lynn Johnson continues as secretary; Howard McKinnon continues as treasurer. “It’s great to install the newest members.
It’s also great to install board members,” said Locke about the process.
Locke said she had set three goals for the following year: (1) Keep the Kiwanis Diaper Drive going. Last year, District 3 produced 100,000 diapers. She’s anxious to be able to top that number by next April, she said, when she presents a certificate of completion to the project; (2) Join the ‘Eliminate’ project to help eradicate maternal and neonatal tetanus; (3) Increase membership: Locke said Havana doesn’t have that problem as it is a solid, growing club.
The club’s Volunteer of the Year was undertaken by Havana Kiwanian John Staron, the chairman of the committee. Eighteen nominations were sent in this year and narrowed down to three finalists: (1) Havana town council member Bobby Miller, who has voluntarily served on the council for 30 years, among many other projects; (2) Havana resident Henry McGill, who has served as school crossing guard for many years and mentored many children; (3) Longtime Havana Kiwanis member Ron Tiller, who visits hospitals, helps with the Community Garden and volunteers many hours at Salem United Methodist Church, leading several projects like the church‘s renovations.
Havana Kiwanis Club members and their invited guests at last week’s Volunteer of the Year banquet and installation of officers included: (front row, left to right): Bill Bess, John Staron, Howard McKinnon (treasurer), Nick Bert (president elect), Jennifer Loughmiller (president); Lynn Johnson (secretary), Sandi Beare, Glynn Beach, Vernell Ross, (back row, left to right) Henry McGill, Greg Doss, Major Jackson, Ridgeway Stone, Pamela Mills, Kimsey Helm, Anthony Viegsbesie, Larry Boynton, Greg Winter, Kenny Lewis, Tracy Smith, Eric Hinson, Heather Locke (Lt. Governor), Eugene Lamb, Jimmy Ashmore and Ron Tiller.
Tiller was then announced as Volunteer of the Year for 2013.
“Ron is actively involved in all of (Kiwanis’ projects). As a member of his neighborhood, he is always alert to the needs of his neighbors, taking them food if they are sick or live alone,” said Nell Cunningham in her nomination of Tiller.
All were recognized by Staron as being equally qualified to receive the honor, and were selected based on what they do for outstanding service and leadership to the community to make Havana a better place to live.
Tiller thanked Kiwanis for the honor bestowed on him, and he thanked his wife, Becky.