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Kiwanis Club visited by two national past presidents
by Debbie Lurie-Smith
Feb 09, 2009 | 2878 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Jones County Kiwanis Club received an unexpected treat at their Jan. 19 meeting with a visit from not one but two past presidents of Kiwanis International.

Dave Curry of Butte, Montana, is the organization’s immediate past president, having served from 2007-08. He was also the International Trustee from 2001-03. In addition to Curry, Bill Lieber, another past president, was also in attendance.

Don King, Lieutenant Governor of Georgia Kiwanis, and state club executive director Alexia Lieber joined the national organization officials at the meeting.

The executive director said Curry was on a trip home from Indianapolis and had a flight layover. He was staying with the Liebers, who live in Macon, and that presented the opportunity for him to visit the Jones County club.

Curry spoke at the club’s weekly assembly, and he was introduced by Jones County Kiwanis president Frank Jacobs. Curry talked to club members about his experiences as president and his travels in Europe and countries in South America and across the globe. He said he was amazed at the work being done by Kiwanis clubs in other countries and challenged local clubs to do more.

“What if we all added one more project?” he said.

A press release from Kiwanis International states that Curry is a 19-year member of the organization. In addition to being the immediate past president, he served as governor of the Montana District in 1999-2000 and has earned distinguished honors at every level from club president to lieutenant governor and governor. Curry holds life member status in Kiwanis International.

Aside from his work with Kiwanis, he is a busy man. He is a manager with Northwest Energy Company and serves his community as finance chairman of the Butte-Silver Bow Council of Commissioners, chairman of the Butte-Silver Bow Planning Board, and a member of the Economic Development Committee and Attraction of Industry Committee.

Curry has also been a leader for Cub Scouts, Junior Achievement, T-ball coach, Little League baseball, YMCA basketball, the Butte Literacy Board and Salvation Army Board. He and his wife have five children and eight grandchildren.

According to the website, www.Kiwanis.org, Kiwanis was founded in Detroit, Mich., on Jan. 21, 1915. In the early years, Kiwanis clubs focused on business networking, but even then, members were serving the needs of the poor.

By 1919, the organization had changed its focus from business to service. Kiwanis became an international organization in 1916 with the organization of the Kiwanis Club of Hamilton, Ontario. Kiwanis limited its membership to the United States and Canada until 1962 when worldwide expansion was approved. Until 1987, Kiwanis was a male-only organization. But after years of debate and growing support, women’s membership was received overwhelmingly.

Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time. Kiwanis International members dedicate more than 19 million volunteer hours and invest $100 million to strengthen communities and serve children annually. The Kiwanis International family comprises 600,000 adult and youth members and 15,000 clubs in over 90 countries and geographic areas.

The Jones County Club has been serving the community since 1935. The mission of the Kiwanis Club is helping children worldwide, and the early projects of the local club were helping underprivileged children, sponsoring the county’s first Boy Scout Troop, and working with the Red Cross to provide diphtheria shots to 1,200 children.

The Kiwanis Club was involved in community building projects, such as securing additional rural electric lines and securing funds to improve county roads. In 1958 the Georgia Chamber of Commerce originated the Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) program, and Kiwanis Clubs have provided local sponsorship since its inception. Since the STAR program began, more than 21,000 high school seniors have been honored for their academic achievements.
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