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Erwin receives prestigious Kiwanis award

A longtime Bellefontaine Kiwanian became the first member of the local club to receive a prestigious recognition for service and generosity from Kiwanis International.

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Bob Erwin was awarded the the Walter Zeller Fellowship Award Thursday by Ohio Kiwanis Governor Craig Wallace during the weekly meeting of Bellefontaine Kiwanis Club.

Named for Walter Zeller, whose 25 Canadian silver dollars were the first donation to Kiwanis International's worldwide service efforts in 1940, the award recognizes members' exemplary service and giving spirit.

 A native of Waterloo County, located near Kitchener, Ontario, Mr. Zeller was the founder of Zellers chain of thrift stores. He began his business career in 1912 with a job as a stock boy with the F.W. Woolworth Company, and was later the general sales manager for the Metropolitan chain of stores for New York.

Mr. Erwin has been a Kiwanian for 47 years and has never missed a meeting. He's also recruited 35 new members as a member of the Kiwanis Club. He was joined by his family for the presentation.

The meeting's featured speaker was Dave Ervin from the West Central Community Based Correctional Facility, an in-patient rehabilitation facility located in Marysville. It is one of 18 such facilities in Ohio, and has housed 262 males and 107 females thus far in 2013. Some of the rehabilitation programs include: Thinking for a change; substance abuse counseling; anger control; family programing; education; and employment.

The club also inducted three new members: Brenda Snyder, Jeff Roman, and Barb McDonald.

Next week's scheduled speaker is Indian Lake Schools Superintendent Pat O'Donnell.

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