Kiwanis Club inducts new
members, board members in annual banquet
By Nikki Velarde
The Belton Journal
The Kiwanis Club of Belton held their Installation Banquet at Wildflower Country club in Temple this past Thursday. Awards were given, new Kiwanis members were inducted into the club, and new board members were installed at the banquet.
The 2013-2014 President of Kiwanis, Rhonda Hershey, installed and welcomed the new Kiwanis club president for the year 2014-2015, Harriet Brodie.
Brodie gave words of inspiration to the members saying that “this year will be a year of strengthening.”
The new club president offered three goals for this year. Number one is to increase club membership by 50% which means inducting 10 new members. Brodie challenged everyone present to recruit at least one more member this year.
Her second goal is to increase student leadership by one. She mentioned that “these doors are opening because of a new member,” one that is helping get the Key Club at Belton New Tech up and running.
Additionally, she said she wants to begin the process of starting an Action Club, “a club for disabled adults which is something much needed in our community. They have nowhere to go and they would like to have purpose also.”
Brodie’s third goal for the club is to push to help one more child. She urged everyone to volunteer one more hour, one more event, that way they would be able to help more children.
She especially stressed this goal when speaking of the Eliminate Project which aims at eliminating neonatal tetanus. “This is our international project,” Brodie adds that it is a “worthwhile cause that unites us to Kiwanians all across the globe.”
During the evening a very special award was given, the Kiwanian of the Year. This award was graciously given to Ed Braeuer, who recently passed away. His wife, Penny, was at the banquet to accept the award on Ed’s behalf.
Hershey explained that the award is given to “someone who exemplifies the six objects of Kiwanis” and has given “outstanding service.”
Hershey said they look for someone who “personifies Kiwanis…hands down, Ed was it.” During nominations for the award it was unanimous that Ed would be the recipient.
Penny Braeuer explained that “Kiwanis stands for what Ed believed in, to improve the world one child and one community at a time.”
“Even in his death he was a true Kiwanian.” Ed was an organ donor “and when all is said and done he will have touched the lives of over 250 individuals/families” Penny remarked.
Upon accepting his award for Kiwanian of the Year, Penny Braeuer was met with a standing ovation from everyone in attendance.
Adding onto the pride and thanks in the room, Brodie commented that “Kiwanis is committed to a high idealism; let’s make sure that the legacy you’ve already begun lasts into the next generation and beyond.”
Additional information about Kiwanis International can be found at www.kiwanis.org.