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Kiwanians honor Gordon Brown, install Henderson as new president

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Randy Henderson was installed as the new president of the Monett Kiwanis Club and Gordon Brown was named Kiwanian of the Year during the club's annual banquet, held last week at Grant's restaurant. Kiwanis Lieutenant Governor J.C. Harrell conducted the installation and presented awards.

President Lisa Balmas announced Brown would receive the Monett club's top honor this year. As executive director of the Monett Area YMCA, Brown has been active in developing a number of programs for the Monett community, Balmas said. At present Brown is closely involved with the YMCA's capital campaign to raise money for a new building at Monett's South Park.

Concluding her year in office, Balmas thanked club members for their support. She said the year had gone smoothly and much had been accomplished.

"Lisa controlled the club well," said Harrell. "She knew what was going on. Lisa was always there. I know the economy was rough and fundraising was tough. I'm sure your recent Peanut Day was a success."

Harrell presented Balmas with her past president's pin, noting she would continue on the board for another year to provide continuity in leadership. Balmas received a round of applause from the audience for her efforts.

Other officers installed were Frank Washburn, president elect; Gordon Brown, vice president; Jon Suit, secretary; and David Honeycutt, treasurer. Suit and Honeycutt continued their duties from the previous year.

Members of the board of directors were inducted. In addition to the officers, board members include Frank Compton, Clif Crockett, Don Weber, David Steward, Rod Anderson, Eric Kean and Kevin Huffmaster. Two vacancies remain on the board, which will be filled by appointment.

"The main thing we do is help children," Harrell said. "We're just a whole lot of volunteers. We help children in need and children who can enjoy what Kiwanis does."

Harrell said he remained excited about the Monett club and was confident in its coming year.

"I'm looking forward to the opportunity to serve," Henderson said as he accepted the meeting gavel. "As president I will do my best to lead projects that help the community and to increase membership."

As parting gifts, Balmas presented Henderson with the traditional gifts passed from president to president: a pair of oversized shoes, reflecting the task ahead, and the club's framed charter, bearing messages from past presidents written on the backing of the frame.

Also attending the banquet were six members of the Neosho Kiwanis Club.

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