Dr. John Button
2014-15 Kiwanis International president
Each time Dr. John Button delivers a baby, he looks for 10 toes and 10 fingers. When he looks in the baby’s eyes, he imagines all the possibilities for the future. For John, the Kiwanis mission of serving the children of the world is personal. As a family physician, John wants to ensure the children he cares for have all the opportunities for success.
John joined Kiwanis in 1978 and served the organization in many roles - he’s currently the 2014-15 Kiwanis International president, the top elected position in Kiwanis. But for John, the prestige of the position is overshadowed by the difference he’s able to make in the world - a difference he sees every day.
John and his wife, Debbie, journeyed to Guinea in January 2012 to review the progress of Kiwanis’ global campaign for children, The Eliminate Project: Kiwanis eliminating maternal and neonatal tetanus. He watched as nearly 300 women and children filled a town square in the prefect of Mali to receive their third tetanus vaccination. The women he helped immunize, and their future children, are now protected from one of the world’s deadliest, yet most preventable diseases. Seeing their smiles and knowing those mothers will one day look into the eyes of their children and imagine the possibilities reaffirmed John’s commitment to Kiwanis.