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Making a difference in the lives of children earns Kiwanis leader prestigious award

Steven Hadt | Dec 12, 2016
Jane Erickson says she’s humbled. The 2016–17 president of Kiwanis International was awarded the 2016 Make a Difference Award from the Town of Hempstead, New York, USA. 2016–17 Kiwanis International President Jane Erickson (center) is presented the 2016 Make a Difference Award by Hempstead, New York, USA, Town Supervisor Anthony Santino (center right). They are joined by Kiwanis members from the New York District.
Jane Erickson says she’s humbled. The 2016–17 president of Kiwanis International was awarded the 2016 Make a Difference Award from the Town of Hempstead, New York, USA.

“I joined Kiwanis nearly 26 years ago and quickly saw the positive impact a person could make in their community.” Erickson said. “My first service project as a Kiwanian was providing car seats to parents of newborns as they left the hospital where I worked. The children were bundled up safely for the ride home instead of lying on the car floor.”

Ever since that project, Erickson has devoted herself to ensuring every child is happy, healthy, safe and loved. That devotion to Kiwanis caught the attention of the town supervisor, who made the presentation to Erickson when she visited the New York District in December.

Anthony Santino read the award, which says, “often times there emerges an individual who has the ability, compassion and dedication to effect a profound and lasting impact. (Erickson’s) faithful service to the the Six Objects of Kiwanis has established her as a person of exemplary talent and impeccable character.”

“Every day, Kiwanis members leave their positive handprints all over the Town of Hempstead, across New York and around the world,” Erickson said. “One day, that dream that every child is happy, healthy, safe and loved will become a reality.”

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