White House to honor 14 Kiwanis members

Sep 18, 2012

White House to honor 14 Kiwanis members

Every day, members of the Kiwanis family serve their communities. On Friday, September 21, fourteen of them will be recognized as Champions of Change during the first-ever Kiwanis International Day at the White House.


The Champions of Change program was created to honor ordinary Americans doing extraordinary work in their communities. The Kiwanis Champions of Change represent the entire Kiwanis family—from Kiwanis Kids to Circle K International to Aktion Club to Kiwanis. They will be honored for their service to their local and global communities.

Even though you may not be in Washington, D.C., you can still participate in Kiwanis Day at the White House. Watch the events live and learn more at www.WhiteHouse.gov/live. Live stream events include the Champions of Change event at 12:45 p.m. EDT on Friday, September 21. People around the country can join the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #WHKiwanis.

The Kiwanis family’s Champions of Change are:
  • Danny and Pam Spitler, Kiwanis Club of Phoenix, Arizona, honored for creating the Spitler School Foundation, which educates more than 600 children in Cambodia;
  • Robert L. Moore, Kiwanis Club of Venice, Florida, honored for his dedication to eliminating iodine deficiency disorders;
  • John Mayfield, Kiwanis Club of Cheatham County, Tennessee, recognized for his work with The Eliminate Project , Kiwanis eliminating maternal and neonatal tetanus;
  • Susan Hennum, Kiwanis Club of Garland, Texas, recognized for her work collecting thousands of shoes for children in orphanages;
  • Sheena Curley, Kiwanis Club of Knoxville, Tennessee, honored for her dedication to at-risk youth at the Fresh Air Kiwanis Camp;
  • Sanford Tollette, Kiwanis Club of Little Rock, Arkansas, honored for transforming a summer camp for underprivileged kids into a year-round program called the Alternative Classroom Experience;
  • William Beard, Kiwanis Club of Frankfort, Indiana, recognized for his dedication to his local community;
  • Jeffery M. Woods, Kiwanis Club of Ruston, Louisiana, recognized for his long record of service to his country during his military career and as a Kiwanian; 
  • Sanjuana Zavala, University of Texas-Brownsville Circle K International Club, honored for making a difference in her local community through initiatives such as her Crayon Recycling Project;
  • Brenda Batschelet, Raccoon Valley Aktion Club in Iowa, recognized for her involvement in Relay for Life;
  • Josie Grant, Francis Scott Key High School Key Club in Maryland, honored for creating Josie’s Smiles for Pediatrics;
  • Bradley Blizard, Ragsdale High School Key Club in North Carolina, honored for helping children with special needs experience the fun of playing baseball; and
  • Emily Lang, Crescent Harbor Elementary Kiwanis Kids in Washington, recognized for service to her school and her leadership in the Fill the Bus Food Drive.

Learn more at http://www.whitehouse.gov/champions.
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