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Madison Kiwanis Club holds banquet

Rick Patrick: Greene Publishing, Inc.

On Thursday, Sept. 28, members of the Madison Kiwanis Club gathered together to enjoy a nice meal, install new officers, and take a look back at some of the accomplishments of the club over the past year. Club members enjoyed a nice meal of roast beef, potatoes, green beans, salad and a variety of desserts at Divine Events.

One highlight of the evening was recognizing the family of Gerald Anderson. Anderson was a Charter Member of the Madison Kiwanis Club and a long time school administrator in Madison County. Anderson passed away earlier this year and, in lieu of flowers, the family requested that donations be made to the Madison Kiwanis Club. The Club used those funds to sponsor a scholarship for the Take Stock in Children program, in Madison County. Take Stock in Children is a mentoring program that pairs adult mentors with deserving young people to help them maintain good grades and develop skills that will help them later in college. The Take Stock in Children also includes a college scholarship for young people who successfully complete the program. Anderson's daughters, Karen Hackett and Linda Wagner, along with long-time companion Pauline Brown were present at the banquet to receive a certificate of appreciation from the Madison Kiwanis Club.

The Club also recognized new officers for the upcoming year. Those officers are: President Jo Willis, President-Elect Mike Moore, First Vice-President Darren Webb, Immediate Past President Deena Hames, Treasurer Mary Ann Sanders and Secretary Brenda Newman. Directors for the upcoming year will be Paula Arnold and Jerome Wyche.

Kiwanis International Division Three Lt. Governor-Elect Tully Sparkman was also on hand to speak to the club.

Kiwanis International is an international service organization dedicated to performing community service with an emphasis on improving the lives of young people in communities around the world.

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