The Kiwanis Club of Seminole was named the Florida District Club of the Year (for 2001-2002) at the midwinter conference of the Florida Kiwanis District in Orlando from Feb. 28-March 2. In all, the club received 17 awards.
The statewide district includes 300 Kiwanis clubs and about 11,000 members.
The Seminole club has received many awards since it formed in 1960, but this is the first time it has won the top award, said club secretary Bob Grant.
For individual projects, the Seminole Kiwanians took first-place honors in youth services (Gerald Shotts), Every Child a Swimmer (Bob Sims and Doc Kinsey), K-Kids (Jeanine Blauvelt), Builders Club (Scott Rose), and human and spiritual values (Elmer Weidner and Ed Garnier).
"Winning Club of the Year is a tremendous recognition for all the hard work our club has done for the Seminole community," said Grant. "It's not easy for a small club like ours to compete with big-city clubs. That's what makes this award so special." He said some of the clubs have as many as 100 to 150 members. The Seminole club has 58 members.
Since its inception in October 1960, the Kiwanis Club of Seminole has sponsored the Horses and the Handicapped program, K-Kids for elementary students, Builders Club for middle-school students and the Seminole Key Club at Seminole High School.
The club, open to men and women, meets at 6 p.m. on Thursdays in the banquet room of the Piccadilly Cafeteria in the Seminole Mall, 113th Street and Park Boulevard. For information on the club, call 394-2582.