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Thursday, April 25, 2013 1:08 PM

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DELPHOS — In the spring of 1963, gas was 29 cents, JFK was president, the average home cost $12,650, a loaf of bread was 22 cents and on April 30, 1963, the Delphos Kiwanis Club charter was penned.

Ohio District Governor Craig Wallace noted these historical facts as he congratulated the local service organization on its 50th anniversary Wednesday evening at the Firemen’s Club.

“You have changed your community,” Wallace said addressing the 35 club members in attendance and their spouses. “We can look around Delphos and see the projects the Kiwanis have accomplished and the impact it has had. The K-kids are a great group and impact your youth. I have a feeling the next 50 years will be even better.”
The Kiwanis Club has been prominent in the community, completing playground equipment projects at three Delphos parks and picking up events left by the disbanded Lions Club, including the Fourth of July celebration and the annual Pancake and Sausage Day. The group has also stepped forward to assist with Hometown Christmas.
Proceeds from Kiwanis events are also put back in to the community through donations to local post proms, the Rotary Club “Music in the Park” series and Little League to name a few.

Lt. Gov. Linda Steinbrunner was also a special guest.

“The Delphos Kiwanis is a phenomenal club,” she said. “I encouraged this group to set a goal to become a ‘Distinguished Club’ in the future. You are extremely valuable to your community. Your membership continues to grow. You are changing the world.”

Gov. Wallace also presented charter members Bob Schmit and Edgar Van Autreve with 50-year pins.

Kiwanian Howard Violet received a special award for “going above and beyond the call” selling tickets for the club’s recent chicken BBQ. Violet sold more than 450 tickets. He was presented with the “Chicken Award.”

The event also included honoring past presidents, including Schmit, VanAutreve, Bill Massa, Jim Fischer, Ralph Lauser, Ron Illyes, Dennis Kapcar, Rob Moenter, Tom Morris, Rick Hanser, Dave Smith, Violet and current President Jamey Wisher.

Kiwanians also received their membership cards with longevity noted from 50 years to one month.
Comedian Jay Boc closed the evening.

See more historical information about the Delphos Kiwanis Club in Saturday’s Herald.


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