Four Ringgold Kiwanis club members were awarded this prestigious Kiwanis award at the recent annual club banquet. Following is information explaining this award and a description of the accomplishments of the four club members who earned it.Ringgold Kiwanis member since 1978 (27 years)
Served as club president 1979-80
Served as Lt. Governor 1980-81
Recognized as the glue that held the club together when membership was failing & the club was considering surrender of its charter in 1978
Helped or chaired several fund raisers including hunting & fishing trips, rodeos, Habitat reverse raffle and golf tournament
Many members of the Ringgold club owe his influence for their being a Kiwanian
Active in many other charities and organizations
Recently retired as President of Northwest Georgia Bank
About the Award
In the years following Kiwanis International's 1915 founding, a young George F. Hixson burst onto the Kiwanis International level. Hixson was elected president of our organization in 1916. His leadership was so highly respected that he was elected president the following year. this is an unequaled honor, as no other person in history has held the office of president for two consecutive years.
It was with regard for Hixsonís unprecedented contribution to Kiwanis International that on October 1, 1983, the Kiwanis International Foundation established the George F. Hixson Fellowship. Contributions to this fellowship go into an endowment that supports service projects, which provide for the needs of children, disaster relief, and support of the Kiwanis-family.
The Hixson recipient is a person who dares to dream big dreams and set big goals. One who is willing to pay the price, make the sacrifice, try the difficult and attempt the impossible.
The recipient might not solve all the problems of their community, but will give, provide, help and re-emphasize the things in life that really count. This person is a part of a group of people that are committed to build not break, lift not lower, love not leave, nurture not neglect, respect not resent, to work - not wait to make our aging feel needed, our underprivileged feel accepted, our youth feel important and their community feel proud to be touched by Kiwanis. Because as members of Kiwanis International, we build, we care and we believe!
About the Recipients
Ringgold Kiwanis member since 1981 (24 years)
Served as club president 1985-86 and 1986-87
Served as Lt. Governor 1987-88
Used his resources in the community to kick start many fund raising projects
As manager of Ringgold Telephone Company, he was able to use his influence to bring money and manpower into all Kiwanis projects
A strong, respected and influential leader
Served as club president 1984-85
An influential club ambassador who has recruited several new club members
When you meet him and talk for more than five minutes, heíll invite you to his church first, then heíll invite you to a Kiwanis meeting
He is faithful in all Kiwanis functions
This personís zeal for fund raising and participation in the Habitat Reverse Raffle are just a few of his contributions through the club to the community
Since he has been in charge of the raffle, our club has raised over $90,000 to help build several houses for Habitat for Humanity
Always present to kick off any Kiwanis event
Served as co-chairman on building the Kiwanis House in 2004
Served as club president 2001-02
A staunch supporter of the clubís golf tournament
Supported the Habitat Reverse Raffle by providing resources such as manpower and technology support in order to make the raffle function in a timely process
Active in all board meetings
Very active in interclub meetings
When he decides to do something, he gets it done
Sees his commitments through to the end
Presently serving as Lt. Governor for Georgia District 11 2005-06
The Ringgold Kiwanis Club members warmly congratulate these leaders on their accomplishments and receipt of this award.