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Kiwanians install leaders, give awards

Kiwanis of Westminster, which meets at Best Western Catering and Conference Center in Westminster, installed new leaders and bestowed several recognitions in November.

The club's officers are: Vickie Riley, president; Teresa Seiler, vice president; Tom Welliver, treasurer; Leslie Kirby, secretary; and Jeff Peters, president-elect.

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Along with these officers, the club's board of directors includes: Sandra Hughes, George Reiner, Fred Lohnes, Donna Shybunko, Sharon Hooper, Audrey Cimino, Bernie Jones and Jim Reter.

Jenel Casey and Teresa O'Brien were presented with the Walter Zeller Fellowship award for their outstanding service to the Aktion Club of Westminster, a service club for adults with disabilities. This fellowship, named in honor of the first donor to the Kiwanis International Foundation, is an award presented by the foundation for a $1,250 contribution to the Eliminate Project. The Eliminate Project is a Kiwanis worldwide service project in partnership with UNICEF to eradicate maternal neonatal tetanus from Third World nations. Maternal neonatal tetanus results in the death of thousands of infants within 7 to 10 days of birth as a result of exposure to tetanus spores during unsanitary birthing conditions.

A Hixon Medal went to Kim Serio, in appreciation of her many hours of secretarial support to Kiwanis of Westminster. The medal is named after the first president of Kiwanis International. In addition to a plaque, the award is accompanied by a $1,000 donation to the Kiwanis International Foundation to be used in assisting needy children around the world. Serio is the office manager for Dr. James R. Myers Jr., a dentist in Westminster.

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