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By J.D. Charles For Civitas Media

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Thursday, May 1, was not just another meeting night for the Kiwanis Club of Logan. The service club celebrated its 90th birthday party by honoring some notable longtime members and had some very special guest speakers.

West Virginia District Governor Sherry Charles was on hand to help with the celebration, where she presented Meritorious Service Award Winners Ed Eiland, Rex Browning, Tank Williams and

Howard MacDonald with governor’s pins. Charles also took the time to discuss her own experiences with Kiwanis and talked about how a Kiwanis club can both make an impact in the lives of small children as well as with entire communities.

“Well, I heard it was a birthday party and I thank you for the invite,” Charles said. “Today, we celebrate the longevity of Kiwanis in West Virginia.”

Charles asked members why they joined Kiwanis in the first place and shared her own experiences.

“Was it a father or a brother who was a member? Did you attend pancake day? Somewhere Kiwanis made an impact on you,” Charles said.

The governor urged those present to spread the good reputation of Kiwanis.

“Love it, share it and live it,” Charles said, adding her own experience with a Kiwanis event in her town. Charles said that at the Kiwanis Club of Bridgeport’s annual Fishing Derby she was

pleased with the large crowd that turned out, but it was one of the smallest people there who had the biggest impact on her that year.

“One year we had a very small girl who caught a pretty big bass fish,” she explained, noting the child asked her if she had won. Charles explained that the fish caught that day would be measured later. At the end of the event the child had indeed caught the biggest fish.

“That took me back to when I was her age,” she said noting that family and community events and Kiwanis Club can become important parts of the lives of people and communities. “Be proud. Serve others.”

Charles also spoke about Kiwanis International projects such as a new movement to help eliminate tetanus. Tetanus is a serious bacterial disease that affects the nervous system, leading to painful muscle contractions, particularly of the jaw and neck muscles. Tetanus can interfere with the ability to breathe and, ultimately prove fatal. Tetanus is commonly known as “lockjaw.” Thanks to the tetanus vaccine, cases of tetanus are fairly rare in the United States. Around a million cases occur worldwide each year.

Charles said $180 dollars can protect 100 children from Tetanus so Kiwanis is having a 100 Babies Club drive to raise funds to combat the illness.

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