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New president installed at Kiwanians banquet

Friday, November 9, 2012

Officers and board members took the oath of office at the Kiwanis installation banquet. Pictured, from left, are: Charlene Dart, new board member; Dr. Eric Kean, outgoing president who continues to serve on the board; Gordon Brown, incoming president; Norm Hammond, vice president; Jon Suit, secretary; and Dr. David Honeycutt, treasurer. Not shown is Brad Hanson, president elect. [Times Photo by Murray Bishoff] [Order this photo]
The Monett Kiwanis Club installed Gordon Brown as president and swore in officers and board members for the coming year during the installation banquet held on Oct. 23 at Big Baldy's Barbecue.

Special honors were also given by the club on the occasion.

Brown, who has served as president elect for the past year, took the oath of office from Jim Haston. A past lieutenant governor, Haston stepped in for the current lieutenant governor who encountered scheduling difficulties.

One of the traditional gifts between Kiwanis presidents is the passing of the framed club charter, with words of advice from past presidents written on the back. Eric Kean, at left, presented the charter to Gordon Brown.
Brown works as executive director of the Monett Area YMCA, He said the first playground he recalled as a child was made by Miracle Recreation Equipment. He was pleased in moving to move to the town where such resources are manufactured.

As a professional working on expanding resources for children, Brown said the work of the Kiwanis Club naturally attracted him. From the Christmas party for under-privileged children to sending high school students to Boys State, he was pleased to engage in the Kiwanis mission.

Special recognition at the Kiwanis banquet was extended to Dayton Mackey for more than 41 years of perfect attendance. Mackey, at left, was presdented with a plaque from Jon Suit, club secretary.
The Key Club, at Monett High School, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club, for example, provides teens with a model for how to serve their community, something that is difficult to teach.

"We're all involved," Brown said. "There's a feeling of satisfaction we get serving others, a gift we get from being involved. I look forward to taking the things we've done and going forward. We've started a ton of things in the last few years, and restarted or re-energized others. I want to be open to ideas and have you join me. Thank you for your good work."

Eric Kean, the club's outgoing president, discussed some of the club's successes in the past year. The Peanut Day fundraiser netted $2,500 to use on scholarships and other projects. A duck race was introduced at the Strawberry Festival and raised $1,000 on its first attempt. The night golf tournament was reintroduced and raised $1,300 for an October activity.

Kean thanked the club members for their willingness to work and for joining in on efforts like serving at the Community Kitchen. The Current Events Day at Monett High School continued to introduce students to topics.

"Leadership is about service," Kean said. "Leadership experiences in Kiwanis is different. It's totally selfless. That's what I've noticed in the work done by this club."

Kean received a past president's pin and a round of applause from club members.

Frank Washburn, who served as club president a year ago, was named Kiwanian of the Year. Washburn was credited for introducing the duck race project. Randy Henderson also received a plaque for his service as Peanut Day chairman.

Dayton Mackey received a special plaque for more than 41 years of perfect attendance with the club.

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Officers and board members took the oath of office at the Kiwanis installation banquet. Dayton Mackey

Gordon Brown are honoured for their services.

Thank you


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