Kettering Centerville Kiwanis honors two of its members for outstanding service to the club and our community.
Richard (Dick) served as club treasurer for several years, devoting many hours of his time to club finances. He oversaw the combining of two clubs and two foundations creating a seamless match between the two. Excellence has always been his goal and he achieved it.
Tallye served as project coordinator for our Trauma Dolls program. She oversaw the purchase of materials, assignment of the many different jobs to groups within and outside our organization, and served as liaison with the City of Kettering for several "Make a Difference Day" events. To date, the club has made over 4,000 dolls which are distributed to children at area hospital emergency rooms.
Club member Larry Warner was presented with a Kiwanis Centennial Award on February 11th. It represents a donation made through the club foundation to support the Kiwanis objective to eliminate maternal neo-natal tetanus (MNT). This one donation will protect 750 women and children from this terrible and deadly disease. To date, 38 of the 59 targeted countries have been declared MNT free. Larry serves at the Division 4 Lt. Governor and is responsible for oversight of 11 clubs in the Greater Dayton area.
On September 10th, Detective Vincent J. Mason was honored as the Kettering Police Officer of the Year for 2015. Detective Mason duties include investigating violent crime for the city. He defines his job as “sticking up for people who can’t stick up for themselves”. He also assists other local community police departments, such as West Carrollton, Centerville and Oakwood, as needed.
On February 26th, Kettering Centerville Kiwanis Club proudly honored member Gary Gravette with a Kiwanis International Zeller Award. Gary has been an active member of this club since 1977, serving many years as treasurer and leading the club's annual poinsettia sales. When a helping hand is needed, he is there to assist, consistently participating in the club's service projects such as the annual ice cream social at Polen Farm and walking with fellow Kiwanians at the Holiday at Home and Americana parades. He can also be found with fellow members serving summer lunches to Kettering children in need, and building trauma dolls for local emergency rooms as a part of Kettering's "Day of Service". Gary is also an active volunteer with the Air Force museum and his church, Harmony Creek in Kettering. Funds raised to honor Gary will be used to inoculate over 600 women and children for Maternal Neo-Natal Tetanus.