Medford Kiwanis

On Sept. 26, the Kiwanis Club of Medford celebrated its 85th anniversary of service to the community at the Medford Red Lion Inn. The Kiwanis Club of Medford was chartered on Aug. 22, 1923.

During the past 85 years, Kiwanis has been instrumental in bettering the community through community involvement, such as the creation of the Kiwanis Dental Clinic now known as the Children's Dental Clinic, in 1957. The Kiwanis Club designed and constructed the picnic pavilion/picnic sites and partnered with The Family Connection in the building of the Robert Leathers Playground in Bear Creek Park. Most recently, the club has committed funds and other services to the Children's Advocacy Center. For more than 75 years the Kiwanis Club of Medford has brought joy to thousands of children with its annual Easter egg hunt in Hawthorne Park.

As part of the 85th celebration, Kiwanis recognized those members who achieved Legion of Merit status for their years of service to Kiwanis: Ed Gray (25 years), John "Nick" King (30 years), Donald House (40 years) and former Mayor Jerry Lausmann (45 years) received Certificates of Merit and pins recognizing their continued membership and support of the ideals of community service and Kiwanis International.

Lt. Governor of Division 82, Claudell King of Grants Pass, was on hand to induct the new officers and directors for 2008-2009. Judy Livingood was inducted as president, Glenn Dombras as president-elect, Ron Naumann as vice-president, Bob Calkins as secretary and Rhonda Bohall as treasurer.

John "Nick" King, Robert Grizzell, Jackie Truax, Shelly Miller, Ralph Browning, Sue McKenna and Diane Zieser were inducted as directors.

Presentations were made to the Co-Kiwanians of the Year, James Underhill and Robert Calkins. Sue McKenna was presented with the Rookie of the Year Award.

In a special presentation, Doug LaFeve, outgoing president, was inducted as Lt. Gov.-elect by Lt. Gov. King.

Kiwanians and guests were entertained by the Jazz Band of St. Mary's High School and Clint Ingbretson.

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