Two of the Capital City’s Kiwanis Clubs recently honored their Kiwanians of the Year and others at their annual awards banquets.
Red Stick Kiwanis
Don Morgan was honored by his fellow Red Stick Kiwanis Club members as Kiwanian of the Year at the club’s Oct. 3 banquet at the City Club. Special guests for the evening included the Rev. John M. McCay III, governor-elect of the Louisiana/Mississippi/Western Tennessee region; Robert Benoit, outgoing governor; and Bruce Hammatt, Division 8B lieutenant governor.
Also recognized and presented pins were veterans Charlie Breard, Bob Breaux, Jon Goeckel, Gary LaBauve, Steven Milauskas, Morgan, Bob Waggener and charter member Gerard Ruth. LaBauve also received the club’s Starfish Award.
Taking the oath of office from Hammatt were President Laura Gilliland, President-elect Matt Robinson, Secretary Philip DiVincenti, Treasurer Jerry Hammons, song leader Alex Polito and board members Jeff Floyd, Charlie Jordan, Wendy LeBlanc, Russ London, Breard, LaBauve and Waggener.
LSU Alumni Association CEO Charlie Roberts served as emcee for the banquet.
Early Risers Kiwanis
Mayor Kip Holden was the featured speaker for the Baton Rouge Early Risers Kiwanis Club’s annual awards banquet honoring Gwen Perry Honoré as its Kiwanian of the Year. The Sept. 30 celebration took place at the Lagniappe Steak & Seafood Restaurant in Baker.
Also recognized by the club were Baton Rouge Constable Maj. Reginald Brown Sr., who received the Citizen of the Year Award; Southern University Department of Physics chairman Diola Bagayoka, Educator of the Year; Baton Rouge Police Detective Derek Moore, Lawman of the Year; the Rev. Danny Donaldson Sr., of Rose Hill Baptist Church, Minister of the Year; and past president Creag Banta, Outgoing Service Award. Club member Phil Quartararo was recognized for selling the most tickets to the club’s annual fundraiser.
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