Ronald E. “Ron” Smith of Fountain Hills, AZ, was appointed to a three-year term as Kiwanis International Foundation trustee on October 1, 2013. 

Governor of the Kiwanis International Southwest District during the 2009-10 administrative year, Ron has been a Kiwanian for 15 years and is a member of two clubs: the Downtown Scottsdale Young Professionals and Payson Dream Catchers.  

Ron serves as the Southwest District coordinator for The Eliminate Project. In this role, he leads the efforts of clubs and volunteers to raise US$2.5 million as part of Kiwanis International’s US$110 million worldwide goal.  He also served on the Kiwanis International Education Committee.

Ron served as lieutenant governor during the 2005-06 and 2006-07 administrative years. He was club president for the Kiwanis Club of Fountain Hills, Arizona, and organized and was charter president of the Kiwanis Club of Payson Dream Catchers.

His Kiwanis honors include the George F. Hixson Fellowship and Hixson Ambassador; a member of the Kiwanis International Foundation Heritage Society; and a charter Walter Zeller Fellowship. He has received the Ruby K pin for sponsoring 125 new Kiwanis members.

Ron was inducted into the Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame in October 2013. He has been a community volunteer for many years, serving as chairman of several projects, including the Community Blood Drive and a campaign to “adopt” a family room at the Ronald McDonald House near Phoenix Children’s Hospital. 

After several years with the U.S. Customs Office of Investigations, Ron retired in 1997. He currently is a part-time adjunct professor at Scottsdale Community College, and for several years he has been an instructor with Junior Achievement. 

Ron’s wife, Joanne, is also member of the Kiwanis Club of Downtown Scottsdale Young Professionals and the Kiwanis Club of Payson Dream Catchers. The Smiths have two children and two grandchildren.