Ronald E. “Ron” Smith of Fountain Hills, Arizona, is serving a three-year term on the Kiwanis International Foundation Board of Trustees, effective October 1, 2013.

Ron serves as the Southwest District coordinator for The Eliminate Project, leading the efforts of clubs and volunteers to raise US$1.5 million as part of Kiwanis International’s US$110 million worldwide goal.  In 2014, Ron was appointed Region 4 Coordinator for The Eliminate Project. Region 4 includes the Rocky Mountain, Utah-Idaho, Montana, Minnesota-Dakotas, and Southwest Districts.

He has recently served the Southwest District as the Assistant CKI Administrator. Currently, he is a club builder for The Formula; Kiwanis Key Club Adviser for two Key Clubs; and, adviser of a K-Kids program at a local Boys and Girls Club.

Ron served as Governor of the Southwest District from 2009-2010 and distinguished Lt. Governor during the 2005-06 and 2006-07 administrative years. He was president of the Kiwanis Club of Fountain Hills, Arizona, and charter president of the Kiwanis Club of Payson Dream Catchers.  Currently, he is the President-Elect of the Downtown Scottsdale Young Professionals Kiwanis Club.

His Kiwanis honors include the George F. Hixson Fellowship and Hixson Ambassador; a member of the Kiwanis International Foundation Heritage Society; charter Walter Zeller Fellowship; Ruby K pin recipient for sponsoring 125 new Kiwanis members; and, Centennial Award recipient. Ron and his wife, Joanne, are Major Donors for The Eliminate Project.

Ron was inducted into the Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame in October 2013. As a community volunteer for many years, he served 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. He is a member of the Marine Corps Association, VFW, American Legion and Vietnam Veterans.

After 30 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 has been an instructor with Junior Achievement.

Ron’s wife, Joanne, is a registered nurse.  She is a member of the Kiwanis Club of Downtown Scottsdale Young Professionals, and director and The Eliminate Project coordinator for the Kiwanis Club of Payson Dream Catchers. The Smith’s have two children and two grandchildren.