It was a family affair in more ways than one when International President Paul Palazzalo presented a George F. Hixson Fellowship to Sophia Bird on April 19, 2010. Sophia is president of the Builders Club at Jackson Creek Middle School in Bloomington, Indiana.
Her grandmother, Linda Dishong Christiano, made a gift to the Kiwanis International Foundation for the Hixson Fellowship, believed to be the first presented to a Builder’s Club president. Linda, who is a member of the Kiwanis Club of York-Leicester, New York, attended the Builders Club meeting and brought along her husband: Past International President Jerry Christiano. Also attending was Sophia’s family, including her mother, Loni, a member of the Kiwanis Club of South Central, Indiana.