Melanie Ellsworth named "Kiwanian of the Year" & New IB Kiwanis President Pastor Jones Celebration raises Funds to Save Lives
Sep 29, 2015 03:02PM
● By Paul Spear
One of the most exciting events of the night was when Melanie Ellsworth was named
"Kiwanian of the Year"! She follows last year’s winner, Sha-Ron Cobb. Melanie was extremely well deserving of the award.
Ken Blinsman, Kiwanian and President/CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of South County had this to say about Melanie when presenting her with the award “Melanie’s had a lifelong commitment to children as a teacher, SBUSD Board of Trustee Member and that commitment has continued through Kiwanis. Even after her Presidency of the Imperial Beach South Bay Kiwanis she has continued to attend almost every meeting, special event, and activity. She exemplifies the Kiwanis mission “Kiwanis is a global
organization of volunteers, dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time”. Everyone I spoke to how Melanie has spent her adult life help kids and was very deserving. The last 3 years she served on the Executive Board of the Kiwanis as President Elect, President and as Past President. She was President in 2013 -2014 and Gay Brown, our most recent Past President talked about how dedicate Melanie was towards helping children and continues on with that on all the time. She helps with the High School Key Club and is always looking for ways to help!
That night Pastor Doug Jones was Celebrating becoming the new President of the Kiwanis for the year of 2015-2016. Former President Gary Brown was also celebrating as he his now the Lt Governor for District 11 for Kiwanis International.
New President Pastor Jones had all the proceeds of the dinner donated to Project Eliminate. Project Eliminate to trying to rid the world orf MNT (Maternal Neonatal Tetanus). It was estimated that nights dinner celebration raised enough funds to save 400 lives.
MNT or Maternal Neonatal Tetanus kills hundreds of thousand of women and their babies in the 3rd World. The disease is transmitted by births in unsanitary conditions.
By giving the mother a shot it not only eliminates her from getting MNT but any future babies as well. The cost of the shot is about $1.50.
Recently India announced they had eliminated MNT in their country. Kiwanis International has been work with UNICEF for many years. About 10 years ago deaths averaged about 800,000 a year. With the work of the Kiwanis, UNICEF and other organizations helping, the total has now dropped down to around 50,000 reported deaths.