President Rita Bezdicek reviews the accomplishments of the Spring Valley Kiwanis club during its 75th anniversary celebration Wednesday night. DAVID PHILLIPS/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE
President Rita Bezdicek reviews the accomplishments of the Spring Valley Kiwanis club during its 75th anniversary celebration Wednesday night. DAVID PHILLIPS/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE
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The Spring Valley Kiwanis Club celebrated 75 years of service to the community and children of the world during an annual charter dinner meeting Wednesday at the Root River Country Club.

Outgoing President Rita Bezdicek, in her president’s message, outlined the projects the club has participated in and gave thanks to all the club members and board members for the assistance provided during the past year. Bezdicek reserved a special thanks for her husband, Joe, for his support and assistance.

President for 2014-15, Brenda Stier, took the gavel from Bezdicek and gave her outlook, noting that Spring Valley has a very active club that is strong due to the participation of its members.

Club Secretary Denis Cornell and former Spring Valley club member Jack Zierdt, now a Rochester Kiwanis member and secretary treasurer for the Kiwanis Educational Foundation, conducted the installation of officers and new board members. In addition to President Stier, they are Secretary Denis Cornell, Treasurer Jason Runck, Immediate Past President Bezdicek, and incoming board members Steve Hadoff and Jim Struzyk. Outgoing board members Herb Barnhart and John Deatsch were recognized and thanked for their service.

Other board members are Garry Post, Sharon Jahn, Bill Rowen and Bill Johnson.

Nancy Cornell provided the weekly "Make Some Noise for Eliminate” report. The Eliminate can total for Sept. 17 was $20.05 for a current can total of $290. The Spring Valley club has sent over $22,000 toward a commitment of $28,500 to the Kiwanis International Foundation in support of The Eliminate Project to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus. The over $22,000 represents 15 Walter Zeller Fellowships and two Hixson Fellowships as well as individual donations.

The Hixson donors, Brenda and Matt Stier and Bill and Claire Rowen were recognized, along with all Zeller Fellowship members present, for their generosity. The Hixson Fellowship is awarded to individuals that financially support the Kiwanis International Foundation.

Denis Cornell presented Walter Zeller Fellowships to Steve and Diane Hadoff and Rita and Bruce Hartert. Their contributions will protect 690 mothers and their future babies from maternal and neonatal tetanus. The Zeller Fellowship is awarded to individuals who financially support the Eliminate project.

Rita Hartert and Brenda Stier recognized milestone years of Kiwanis service for Chuck Amunrud (five years) and Bill Mettler (20 years).

More than 40 people were present, including three members from the Rochester Day Makers, two members from the Rochester Golden K and three members from the Rochester Sunrisers, which are Kiwanis clubs located in Rochester.