The Kiwanis club of Randolph Township celebrated their 45th anniversary in the banquet room of the Randolph Diner on Sep. 21. Club members and guests, including members of the Randolph town council and dignitaries from the New Jersey District of Kiwanis enjoyed an evening during which awards were presented to club members, the 2016-2017 slate of officers were installed and four new members were inducted.
Randolph Township Mayor Roman Hirniak and New Jersey District of Kiwanis outgoing Governor Gordon Meth greeted attendees with opening remarks. Hirniak underscored the good works of the Randolph Kiwanis and its impact on the community, and Meth shared the local and global impact of the Randolph Kiwanis, and Kiwanis International.
President Mary Ann Mary Ann Simonenko then began the Kiwanis Club Awards Presentation, recognizing club member Harry Hansen for 25 years of Kiwanis Membership. President-Elect Al Heath presented Gene Stracco with the Kiwanian of the Year award, for outstanding service to the club.
Janine Myer presented Al Heath with the George F. Hixson Fellowship, in recognition of his service and commitment to Kiwanis. Secretary Bonnie Hodge presented Phil Montesano the Walter Zeller Fellowship, a fellowship that supports the Kiwanis global mission to eradicate Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus. Simonenko presented Janine Myer with the Kiwanis Tablet of Honor, an award bestowed by the club for leadership and commitment to Kiwanis and its focus on changing the world by serving children, one child and one community at a time.
The program then moved on to the installation of the 2016-2017 officers. After dinner, membership Chair Gene Stracco inducted four new members into the Randolph Kiwanis family.
For more information about the Randolph Kiwanis, visit www.RandolphKiwanis.org or visit a club meeting which are held on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. on the second floor of the Randolph Diner.