Kiwanis Club presents awards

Outgoing club president David Sunter, left, presents twin Rookie of the Year awards to first-year Kiwanians Pat Haislip, center, and Randy Zook, right. Courtesy photo by John Westervelt
Kevin Fox, left, is named Kiwanian of the Year by outgoing Winchester club president David Sunter. Courtesy photo by John Westervelt
John Westervelt, right, lieutenant governor of Kiwanis Capital District Division 8, installs new Winchester Kiwanis Club President Ali Matson. Courtesy photos by John Westervelt

The Kiwanis Club of Winchester met at the George Washington Hotel in Winchester recently and installed new leaders and gave awards to Kiwanians who have excelled this year in serving the community.

Ali Matson, 28, was installed as new president. She has been involved with Kiwanis International since joining the Kiwanis Builders Club at her middle school in Sarasota, Florida, whichis her hometown. She joined Winchester Kiwanis in 2011 and is its 92nd president.

Also installed were Greg Hulver, president-elect; Kevin Fox, vice president; Jim Powe, secretary; and Dennis Grubbs, treasurer. Outgoing president David Sunter will serve as an adviser for next year.

Four new members of the club’s board of directors were installed: Kay Anderson, Jerry Chapman, Mike Westfall and Randy Zook. Directors are Vince DiBenedetto, Siona Escoto, John Hess and Bob Weidele.

Kevin Fox was named Kiwanian of the Year for his work with the 2015 Kiwanis Pancake Days that fund the club’s community service efforts. Named Rookies of the Year were new members Pat Haislip and Randy Zook.

John Conrad and Bud Good were named George F. Hixson Fellows of the Kiwanis International Foundation that funds service to children around the world.

Special awards went to Barbara Devers for her long service to Key Club members at James Wood High School and to Denise Weidele for her work as editor of the club’s newsletter.

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