Kiwanis Club of Kenner North



Kenner North Kiwanis honors individual members for outstanding long-term service by making contributions in their names to the Kiwanis International Foundation and designating them as George F. Hixson Fellows. Here are the KNK Hixson Fellowship winners, with notes on the services they have provided both before and after winning the award.

Doris Rappold 2008 - awarded the Kenner North Kiwanis 2008 George Hixson Fellowship in recognition of her  years of service to the club and the community. She was cited for her work as club Secretary,  and many other community service and club projects. 

Jeanne Monte 2007. The first and former principal of Jefferson Community School was the first female president of the club in 2001. She has also served as newsletter editor, developed the KNK mentor program for JCS and has been a leading recruiter of both members and speakers. In 2006 she took on the added responsibility of collecting the club's quarterly dues.

Al Snyder.2006. The award was presented posthumously to the club's former Sergeant-at-Arms on Oct. 7, 2006. It was accepted by his widow Fran Snyder and daughter Al died in early 2006 following a lengthy illness. He had previously been involved in the club's fish frys for residents at Chateau Living Center and KNK's sponsorship of the Curtis Key Club.

Bill Curl, 2004.  The Super Dome public relations director conducted successful publicity programs for both KNK and the 2004 Kiwanis fishing rodeo for Kids Kicking Cancer. Has served as master of ceremonies,  speaker and humorist for club functions, coordinated successful fund raising programs with New Orleans Zephyrs and headed a committee to rewrite club songs.

Bill Lindsey, 2003. In recognition of his service as club treasurer, as acting sergeant-at-arms and work with both the Curtis Key Club , the Jefferson Community School mentoring plan and the JCS Builders Club

Clarence Machado, 2002. In recognition of his years of Kiwanis service, which has included mentoring at Jefferson Community School, Community Services Chairman, Interclub Chairman, as Chairman of the Ronald McDonald House program, and as a volunteer for the Compaq Classic, Special Olympics and Audubon's "Boo at the Zoo." He has also served as vice president and as a director.

Carroll Trosclair, 2001. Served three years as club treasurer prior to becoming secretary in October 2001 and vice president in 2004.. He also wrote the club newsletter, served as a Jefferson Community School mentor. and maintains the KNK web site. He and his wife, Betty, have served as volunteers in the Meals on Wheels, Special Olympics, .Boo at the Zoo, Celebration in the Oaks and Second Harvesters Food Bank programs.

Roy Taylor & Sean Brown, 2000.   Jointly honored for their continuing work with the J.T. Curtis Key Club and Special Person programs, their monthly fish frys for the Chateau Living Center and their cooking and food contributions for the KNK annual golf tournament and other events. They also headed the building of a boat dock for the Extreme Makeover home program in 2005 and helped conduct the Kids Kicking Cancer Fish Rodeo in 2004.

Keith Kelly, 1999. Served as club president and was very active in youth programs.

Don W Weekley Jr., 1998. Served as club secretary for eight years and was named the top secretary in the Louisiana-Mississippi West Tennessee district. Also active in Special Olympics and other programs.

Fred Dumas. Recognized for his work in the Division 4B fund raising golf tournaments for the first Kiwanis Worldwide service project, the elimination of Iodine Deficiency Disorders. Dumas has served two terms as club president (1992-94), edited the club newsletter, was active in youth programs and later served as Division 4-B lieutenant governor.

C. W. Hewgley.  A charter member of the club, he served as president in 1976-77 and again in 1990-91. He also served as perennial program chairman, as the club's unofficial cheerleader and most vocal singer. He maintained a perfect attendance record from 1976 until his death in 2005.

Irby Bourque.  Was designated a Hixson Fellow after becoming the only Lieutenant Governor in Kiwanis International to surpass (110%) the Iodine Deficiency Disorders fund-raising goal established by International. Bourque has also been presented Kiwanis' prestigious "Tablet of Honor" and International's "Distinguished Service Award" for his work on behalf of the world's children. His DSA was the only award presented to any club by International at its Montreal convention in 1998. Bourque has also served two terms as club president (1994-96)

Larry Manguno. Was cited for his years of "quiet, unassuming" service to the club, including his efforts to establish the Key Club at Curtis High School; his two years as club newsletter editor; and his service with Meals on Wheels, the Chateau Living Center and Magnolia School; Kiwanis International later awarded him its Legion of Honor in recognition of his 25 years of service to Kiwanis. He joined Kiwanis in January 1977, about six months after KNK was chartered.

Kathy Faia.  Was designated a Hixson Fellow in recognition of her service chairing the club's "Shots for Tots" immunization programs for years.

Al Aparicio. Was recognized for his efforts in the Division 4B golf tournaments, which raised funds for the elimination of Iodine Deficiency Disorders. Has served many years as the club's fund raising and insurance chairman, coordinating the club's annual golf tournament and the Summer Fling draw down gala.

Doris Rappold 2008

Monte & Snyder

Curl & Lindsey

Machado & Trosclair

Taylor & Brown

Weekley & Kelley 

Dumas & Hewgley

Bourque & Manguno
Faia & Aparicio


George F. Hixson Fellowships were created by the Kiwanis International Foundation in 1983 to establish an endowment fund in honor of Hixson, the first president of Kiwanis International. The Fellowship is one of Kiwanis ' highest honors. Membership is granted to those individuals who have made a contribution of $1000 or a contribution in that amount has been made by a Kiwanis club, individual, company or organization to honor a deserving individual. Only individuals are eligible to become Hixson Fellows.

Contributions are placed in the Kiwanis International Foundation's endowment fund where only the earnings are used to provide grants in support of Kiwanis-sponsored youth, disaster relief and the needs of children around the world. Funds may also be designated to support Kiwanis International's Worldwide Service Project, Iodine Deficiency Disorders.

Subsequent contributions of $1,000 entitle George F. Hixson Fellows to become Diamond Level Fellows.


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