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Kiwanians install Kean as new club president

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Officers for the Monett Kiwanis Club took the oath of office for the coming year at the club's installation banquet on Tuesday. In the front row, from left, are: Brad Hanson, vice president; Eric Kean, president; and Gordon Brown, president-elect. Back row: Jon Suit, secretary; David Honeycutt, treasurer; and Frank Washburn, immediate past president. [Times Photo by Murray Bishoff]
Eric Kean was sworn in as president of the Monett Kiwanis Club during the annual installation banquet, held Tuesday at Grant's restaurant in Monett. Kean was also named Kiwanian of the Year.

Don Davis, Kiwanis lieutenant governor from Carthage for a second year, conducted the installation. Frank Washburn, the club's outgoing president, presided at the dinner meeting.

Naming the Kiwanian of the Year was the top order of business for the club. Gordon Brown, who headed the committee to determine the honor, reported that Kean had been deeply involved with a wide range of club activities through the year, including developing the club's web site and helping with the recent visit by the Culpepper and Merriweather Circus.

Eric Kean was recognized as Kiwanian of the Year at the club's annual installation banquet on Tuesday. From left are: Gordon Brown, making the presentation; Kiwanis Lieutenant Governor Donald Davis; and Kean. [Times Photo]
A dentist who has practiced in Monett since 1995 with Dr. David Honeycutt, Kean retired from the Air Force as a lieutenant colonel in 2006 and has been active in the Boy Scouts. He presently serves as assistant Scoutmaster. Brown said he often runs into Kean at community activities involving young people, where both of them are serving in a supporting role.

Other officers installed were: Brown, president-elect; Brad Hanson, vice president; Jon Suit, secretary; and Honeycutt, treasurer. Suit and Honeycutt were returned to positions they have held for more than a decade. Honeycutt has served for 23 years. Washburn will continue for another year on the board as the immediate past president.

Board members installed during the meeting included: Don Weber, Ron Stair, Norm Hammond, Jeremy Vanderbol, Bill Medlin, Jr., and Lisa Schoon.

Davis commended the club for the quality of its leaders, many of whom he has come to know over the past year. Davis described how Kiwanis members make a difference in their community. As an example of that, the Mt. Vernon club, which is presently all women, have been so active that they have been invited to serve as grand marshals in the Apple Butter Makin' Days celebration.

Davis' territory as lieutenant governor also includes the clubs in Neosho and Joplin. He said of the 112 members in the Joplin club, 40 had damage to their property from the May 22 tornado. Two lost grandsons.

The Carthage club raised $37,000 to help the Joplin club rebound from the storm damage. Davis also described how club members from a New York City suburb donated a pediatric trauma kit to the Joplin ambulance service and drove to Joplin to make the delivery in a U-Haul van loaded with more donations.

"That's the kind of dedication that Kiwanis has," Davis said.

As incoming president, Kean said he hoped to continue along the recent course the club has taken, pursuing new projects and trying new strategies like the quarterly night meetings. He praised Washburn for his tireless involvement as president and asked club members to share new ideas for the club.

Washburn reviewed some of the projects where the club has been active. He recalled awarding scholarships, sending delegates to Boys State, supporting Contemporary Issues Day at Monett High School and funding youth participating in programs such as the Barry County Youth Camp, American Legion baseball and Camp Barnabas. The club also raised money to help the relief effort in Joplin and brought the circus to town.

"Thanks for allowing me to be part of an exciting year," Washburn said.

In presenting the club's traditional gifts, Washburn passed Kean the big pair of shoes that have been passed down from president to president for about a decade. He recalled how past president Teresa Stark, the 2005 president, had made the shoes even bigger by enduring the loss of her son in Afghanistan during the past year, and how she has carried the message of service with dignity in the public appearances she has since made.

The club charter was also passed to Kean. On the back of the frame, presidents over the past 15 years have written encouraging comments to their successors. Washburn said he added some as well, though the space is getting small for additions.

The Monett Kiwanis Club meets weekly for a meal and a program.

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