Dr. Wil Blechman Fellowship


The Dr. Wil Blechman Fellowship recognizes individuals who give at least US$2,500 — or have a contribution made in their name — to the Kiwanis Children’s Fund. Established in 2022, the fellowship commemorates the legacy of the 1990-91 Kiwanis International president who died in 2021. 

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Dr. Wil, as he was fondly known, embodied the Kiwanis motto of serving the children of the world and had a profound impact on the organization. More than any other member, he put Kiwanis on the world stage for early childhood health and development, leading the way in our successful efforts fighting iodine deficiency disorders and maternal and neonatal tetanus.

A rheumatologist, Dr. Wil retired from his medical practice after serving as Kiwanis president to become a full-time advocate for children through Young Children: Priority One.  Dr. Wil and his wife, Rachel, focused on projects that provided families in need with essentials such as vaccinations, nutrition and reading skills.

 Follow Dr. Wil’s lead and change children’s lives with a gift to the Kiwanis Children’s Fund. 

This award is available for unrestricted gifts totaling at least US$2,500 made to the Kiwanis Children's Fund within the same Kiwanis year (October-September). Please note that the Dr. Wil Blechman Fellowship includes a lapel pin in recognition of your US$2,500 gift. A printed certificate is available on request. An optional personalized shadowbox can be purchased at store.kiwanis.org/blechmanaward after making your gift.


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