Lt. Col. Jack F. Bisping (U.S. Army retired) was selected as the 2005-06 Kiwanian of the Year by the members of the Kiwanis Club of Richmond. Bisping joined the Kiwanis Club of Richmond in 1974 and in 1976 was the Richmond Kiwanis Club's first Distinguished Past President.
Kiwanis Club members selected Bisping for this annual award to recognize the variety of his contributions to the club, especially for his work in refurbishing Kiwanis owned homes that were sold by the club to fund a variety of charitable activities.
Lt. Col. Bisping was in the U.S. Army from 1957-1977, serving in Korea where he received the Expert Infantry Badge and the Army Commendation Medal. She also served in Vietnam earning the Bronze Star Medal and eight Air Medals. While in Columbia he received another Army Commendation Medal and in Spain was awarded the Army Meritorious Service Medal and the Spanish Cross of Merit which was presented by King Juan Carlos.
After his service in the Army he was a Production Foreman for the Rockwell Truck Axle Division, Plant Manager for the Freeman Corporation Veneer Mill, President of Central Aviation, Inc., Corporate Pilot for Minerich, Inc., President of Mountain B Environmental Products, Inc., and President of Permanent Builder, Inc.
Bisping is an Eagle Scout and a recipient of the Silver Beaver Award.
Bisping is a graduate of West Virginia University where he lettered on the Rifle Team his last three years. Druing his senior year the Mountaineer Rifle team finished the season ranked third in the nation beating teams from West Point and Annapolis.
At age 74, "Colonel Jack" (his nick name), does a two-mile Power Walk daily followed by 45 minutes of Machine and Free Weight exercise.
Dr. Glen Kleine was the recipient of the 2002 Kiwanian of the Year Award which is an overall award voted on by members of the club. Presenting the award is Club President Mark Calitri. Kleine was recognized for his service as program chair, as hospital magazine distribution chair and as public relations chair. As public relations chair he edited and published the Kiwanis monthly newsletter, served as the Kiwanis Web Site webmaster and developed and maintained the Kentucky Tennessee Kiwanis District web site.
Tracy Burdett, the Vice President of McMahon and Burdett, was selected as the Kiwanian of the Year for 2001 by the Richmond Kiwanis Club. Giving Burdett the top award given by the local service club is Beth Thompson, president of the Richmond Kiwanis club.
The following individuals were given Distinguished Service Awards to recognize them for service in the following projects: David Benge, Tracy Burdett, Mark Calitri, Ray Desloover, and Patrick McMahon for leadership in the annual Kiwanis Auction.
Scott Truesdell for his leadership in organizing the annual Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast; Dorothy Esce and Dave Harkleroad for their leadership in conducting club Interclub visits to other Kiwanis clubs in our district.
Also recognized were Mark Calitri for his organization of the annual Kiwanis Carnival; Brenda Blankenship and Bob Nayle for their leadership in administering the annual Kiwanis Golf Tournament and bfor heading the program sales at the All A Classic.
Phillis Adams who organized the any Young Children - Priority One projects; bwho headed the committee that selected and awarded scholarships to local high school students; Patrick McMahon for leadership in providing local Home Meals Delivery.
Also recognized were George Ridings who organized the highway cleanup on the Eastern By-pass; Tracy Burdett and Dorothy Esce for collecting and distributing items to local nursing homes at Christmas; Greg Powell for chairing the Human and Spiritual Values Committee and Dr. Glen Kleine for editing the Kiwanis monthly newsletter and for serving as the Kiwanis Web Site webmaster (which may be seen at www.RichmondKiwanis.com)
More than 10 individuals were recognized with an award for perfect attendance during 2001. Earl Rhodes was singled out for his long-time membership as a 30 year-member of Kiwanis International.
Also recognized for his recent election to Governor of the Kentucky Tennessee District was Dr. Ken Clawson.
Ann Stewart (left), Scholarship and Awards Chair for the Kentucky Head Start Association presented to the Richmond Kiwanis Club president Mark Calitri the Kentucky Head Start Association 2002 State Corporate Award for the Richmond Kiwanis Club support of young children at its April 30 meeting. The state head start leaders wished to recognize the outstanding work of the Richmond Kiwanis Club for its support of young children. During the past year the Richmond Kiwanis gave $5,000 for work with children. Phllis Adams (right), the Head Start Director for the Kentucky River Foothills and chairperson of the Kiwanis "Children - Priority One" committee said the club was recognized for its support included seed money for a wide variety of projects which included a Car Seat Give Away program, Wellness on Wheels vehicle support, Billboards on children issues, videos provided to parents on children's health and nutritional topics, literature promoting children's health issues and readiness in reading and writing skills, and matching funds for the Reading is Fundamental program Kiwanis also serves the Madison County Early Childhood Council's Fiscal Agent.
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