Presented 25-Year Certificates
Hewgley, Curtis and Manguno
Larry Manguno has joined John T.
Curtis and Claude W. "Wimp" Hewgley
as Kenner North Kiwanis' only winners of the Kiwanis International
Legion of Honor, which recognizes 25 years of service to Kiwanis.
Manguno was presented the Legion of Honor
certificate and pin in ceremonies at the club's Jan. 17, 2002 meeting.
He joined Kiwanis in January 1977, about six months after KNK was
Curtis cited Manguno's years of
"quiet, unassuming" service to the club, including Larry's
efforts in starting the Key Club at Curtis High School; his two years
as club newsletter editor; his service with Meals on Wheels, the
Chateau Living Center and Magnolia School; and his community
committment "to make this a better place to live."
Manguno thanked the club for the
fellowship and said "I have received much more than I've
KNK President-Elect Tim Wolfe made the club's first
Legion of Honor presentations to Curtis and Hewgley on Nov. 15, 2001.
"In both of these cases, we are honoring more
than longevity-we are saying thanks for 25 years of leadership and
dedicated service to our club," Wolfe said.
"Gentlemen, it is a tremendous pleasure to
present both of you with Kiwanis International's Legion of Honor pins
and these certificates signed by the president of Kiwanis
International. "On behalf of the club, I want to sincerely thank
you both for all the good you have done for Kiwanis and for Kenner
In tracing each honoree's career, Wolfe said:
Curtis "has been an
outstanding representative and ambassador
for our club. We have been honored to have with us the most successful
high school coach in America. His teams at John Curtis Christian
School have won more district and state championships than any other
team in the nation.
"He played at East Jefferson High School, at
the University of Arkansas and at Louisiana College and began coaching
in 1969. In the 1980s, his Curtis football teams won a record 46
straight games. He has been named to the Louisiana College Hall of
Fame and is a sure bet for the Lousiana Sports Hall of Fame after he
retires. He has been named national and state coach of the year
"But J. T. has been more than a football and
baseball coach. He is the dean of student affairs at Curtis. He is
recognized as one of the finest speakers in Kiwanis. He is frequently
invited to address audiences at prayer meetings, sports events and at
special Thanksgiving functions like the Dawnbusters have next
"He joined Kiwanis on March 19, 1976-even
before Kenner North was chartered. He served as the second president
of our club in 1977-78 and served as president of the club again for
the 1991-92 year. He was one of our club pioneers and has continued to
served as one of our most respected members."
"He probably has the most misleading nickname in history. Calling
Claude Hewgley-that's his real name--"Wimp" is like calling
Roe Mace "Tiny." C. W. is just the opposite of what we call
him. He is, to put it mildly, outspoken and enthusiastic.
"Like his good friend J. T. Curtis, C.W. has
distinguished himself in football. He has coached in both college and
in the pros-including the Saints and the New York Jets-- and is still
well respected in football circles.
"But he, too, has excelled beyond sports.
Today he is a registered representative for the Lincoln Financial
Advisors Corporation. And I think he can truly be called "Mr.
"Wimp joined Kiwanis on May 1, 1976 and was
one of the founders of Kenner North. Our records list him as the first
president of the club--but he will tell you that was not the way it
was supposed to happen.
"Anyway he served two terms as president-for
both the 1975-76 and 1976-77 years. He was then elected lieutenant
governor of our district for the 1978-79 year. He remained the only
member of our club elected to a district office until 1996, when Irby
Bourque became lieutenant governor.
"Wimp returned as club president again in 1990
and has continued to serve the club anywhere he is asked. He has
maintained a perfect Kiwanis attendance record for 25 years. He has
been particularly valuable as program chairman, using his contacts to
bring us prominent coaches, politicians, civic leaders and specialists
in health, finance and other fields. He has served as a Kiwanis
district trainer. And he has been a very strong advocate of diversity
in Kiwanis membership and leadership.
"He does anything to make Kiwanians
laugh-including leaving himself wide open for a lot of good jokes.
"This year he is co-chairing our membership
committee. As expected, he and Walter Campbell have done a terrific
job heading that committee."