The Helena-West Helena Kiwanis Club celebrated its 75th anniversary with a reception at the home of State Representative and Mrs. Chris Richey last Thursday evening (June 20).
Attending the reception were officers from the MOARK District as well as local club officers and members. Elected officials and businessmen and women attended the reception.
The guests looked through scrap books and picture albums dating back to 1988 and learned a little history of Kiwanis and its beginning in Helena.
Judge Don Gentry signed a proclamation declaring June 20 "Kiwanis Day” in Phillips County.
Members of the local organization were recognized for extraordinary service. Rodger Hooker of Roller Citizens Funeral Home received a certificate for 15 years service to Kiwanis. Adrian Messina, owner of Messina Reality and Messina's Wine and Spirit, was recognized as a Legion of Honor Member for his 40 years of service in Kiwanis. Dick Hendrix was recognized for 22 years of service and Charley Chu was recognized for 37 years in the Kiwanis Club and 22 years of Perfect Attendance.
Dana Chadwick introduced the MOARK Lt. Governor of Kiwanis John Henry from Pine Bluff and other guests present as well as the present officers.
Everyone was encouraged to find out more about their local civic clubs and to become volunteers in their community.