Gordon Meth named Kiwanian of the Year; Connie Keller receives Hixon Award at annual Holiday Party

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PARSIPPANY — The Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany honored Gordon Meth as “Kiwanian of the Year” at its annual Holiday Party on Tuesday, December 9 at Hanover Manor. Presenting Mr. Meth with the honor was Davey Willans.  The “Kiwanian of the  Year” award is to a Kiwanis member who has demonstrated outstanding service to the club and to the community.

This award is presented to the individual member that has best fulfilled the criteria of service and dedication to the Mission of Kiwanis.

Gordon has been a member of the Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany for just over nine years. In that short period of time he has spent seven of those year serving in many leadership positions from President to being an officer of the Club and/or Foundation. Gordon was just elected NJ District Governor Elect, and in 2016 he will be the District Governor, which will make him responsible for leading all of the Kiwanis Clubs in New Jersey.

Gordon said that “I like the giving back and the camaraderie I find in the Kiwanis Family. Kiwanis International is a worldwide service organization with clubs in more than 96 countries. Their major emphasis is on serving the children of the world.”

Gordon points out that: “One of the main things Kiwanis offers is it serves as leadership programs for kids. One of the biggest is Key Club, which is the oldest and largest service leadership organization for teens. It provides its members with opportunities to provide service to their respective communities, while building character and developing leadership skills. Key Clubs are extremely popular in New Jersey with more than 14,000 members in New Jersey.”

Gordon knows “that people can always find time to do something they want to do. No matter how busy they think they are. So it’s just a matter of wanting to do it. And I want to.”

It was a very easy task to select the 2014 Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany, Kiwanian of the year.

Mrs. Connie Keller was presented with the Hixon Award by Governor Elect Gordon Meth.

In 1983, the Kiwanis International Foundation established the George F. Hixson Fellowship. Named for Kiwanis International’s first president, Hixson Fellowships are bestowed upon donors who give $1,000 or more to our foundation*. It’s a way of recognizing people who have contributed significantly to Kiwanis’ history of generosity. In fact, clubs and Kiwanians often give in honor of another person or organization—recognizing others’ help and commitment with a Hixson Fellowship.

“Gordon and Connie exemplify the best of Kiwanis, giving of their time and energy for the worthy causes that we support,” said Kiwanis President Mini Letts.

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Davey Wilians presented Gordon Meth with the “Kiwanian of the Year” Award as President Mimi Letts and Suzanne Meth look on.
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Kiwanis President Mimi Letts, Robert Keller, Connie Keller and Gov. Elect Gordon Meth. Connie received the “Hixon Award” at the Kiwanis Holiday Party held at Hanover Manor, on Tuesday, December 9.
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The Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany presented Connie Keller with the “Hixon Award.” Joining Connie are the previous Hixon Award honorees.

The Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany meets every Thursday morning at 7:15 a.m. at Empire Diner, 1315 Route 46.  For additional information click here.

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