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Event Photos: John
Wilbur Mack's Awards Jan. 17, 2007
The Easton Kiwanis Club
honored our long-time member and friend, John Wilbur Mack.
Wilbur received his 50 year membership pin and a George F.
Hixson Award on January 17, 2007. Three of his 4 sons
were able to attend and participate in the ceremony.
Wilbur's uncle Harvey was founder of Mack Printing and
Wilbur followed in his uncle's footsteps when it came to
Kiwanis. For many years Wilbur has been wearing his
uncles' Kiwanis pin. Now Wilbur is proud to wear it
alongside his 50 year AND his Hixson pins. Wilbur
suspected some sort of "special" meeting this week as he was
asked the prior week to "make sure he attends this meeting."
Then once his 3 sons showed up to join the club and he for
lunch he was pretty sure something was afoot. So when
President Barb Walters presented his 50 year pin, he thought
that was what was planned. Then we really surprised
him with the George F. Hixson medal and plaque.
Allowing his sons to participate was also special. His
one son, Jim had been a Palmer Kiwanian so he was asked to
"pin on" his 50 year Kiwanis pin, and then son Don was asked
to "pin on" his Hixson pin while son Bill placed the Hixson
medallion ribbon over his father's head. Also
surprised was Pres. Barb as she was expecting to sew-on the
next Hixson banner-patch but club secretary Bill Walters
found out the the club was eligible for a "Kiwanis Honors
Banner" which arrived with all of the club's Hixson members
neatly sewn on. Barb presented history of the Kiwanis
International Foundation along with that of the first
International President George F. Hixson for whom the award
is named. This was a special event in that George F.
Hixson celebrated 50 years in Kiwanis and now so has Wilbur.
Wilbur then asked for some time to comment about his
membership in Kiwanis. He reminded us that his uncle
attended Kiwanis every week whether in Easton or his other
home in Florida. Wilbur was glad he joined Kiwanis and when
he did there "Were no women in Kiwanis, and I thought that
was good. But now that women are in Kiwanis they take a
hold of things and get things done!" He reminded his sons
that now he will have to change his will and someday leave
something in it to Kiwanis, "Maybe 50 cents or so!" He was
very honored that we thought to invite his sons and was glad
that 3 of the 4 were there. Thank you John Wilbur Mack for
being a part of Easton and International Kiwanis. Also
present for the ceremony was Div 17 Lt. Governor Kathy
Heller. (leave your mouse on picture for comments and click
on the thumbnails for larger image)
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