by Theressa Rynard, Kiwanis member

On October 17th, the Martinsville Kiwanis Club gathered at the REMC Community Room for the presentation of awards, the installation of officers for the upcoming year, and the celebration of its 75th Anniversary.  

After everyone was welcomed by President Keith Buetow, the evening began with a catered dinner by Heavenly Helpings followed by the Pledge of Allegiance, the singing of “My Country Tis of Thee,” and the invocation.  

To begin the evening’s program, Martinsville Mayor Kenny Costin spoke of his involvement as a member of Kiwanis and praised the Club for all the many ways it has helped our community and its children over the last seventy-five years. He then issued a Kiwanis Day Proclamation.

Attendees were then joined by the Lt. Governor of the Kiwanis Hoosier Division.  Lt. Gov. Vanessa McLary congratulated the club on its many achievements in service to helping those in need. She urged the Club to “spread the K” by recruiting others.

Rick McQueen then gave a short history of Kiwanis and how it has grown and changed over the years since Kiwanis International was founded in 1915.  The local club began in 1948. Since then, Kiwanis has striven to help the town by aiding in clothing needy children, assisting Little League, recognizing the MHS graduating Top Twenty-five, supporting Riley Hospital, marshaling the FFF parade, and assisting in many other worthy projects. 

Awards presentations were next and emceed by President Buetow. First, Karen 

Luther, the Club’s recording secretary, awarded the Citizen of the Year Award to Bill and Beth Pilat. The Pilats are the President of the state-wide Scholastic Chess Clubs of Indiana. This spring the local Martinsville Chess Club hosted the 2023 State Final Chess Tournament at MHS. Kiwanis members spent an enjoyable weekend lending a hand to this state competition. Both Pilats and Principal Jeff Bell are to be commended for their passion for encouraging student involvement and achievement. 

Row 1: Connie Feagans, Caitlyn Schoolcraft, Karen Luther, Theressa Rynard, Ken Puckett, Jean Ambrose, Mike Hankins, Brad Poe, Marshall Gregson, and James McConnell

Row 2:  Jesse Schoolcraft, Louis Feagans, Mark Meyer, Jeff Bell, Keith Buetow, Josh Bain, Jack Jennings, and Rick McQueen

Mayor Ken Costin, also a Kiwanisian, praised Kiwanis for the many ways it has helped the community and then issued a Kiwanis Day Proclamation.
Bill and Beth Pilat were given the Citizen of the Year Award for their efforts to host the State-Wide Chess Tournament held at MHS with a hundred-plus students and adults participating.