Carrie Hewitt

Nicki Swafford (lf), Club Secretary, read the citation for Carrie Hewitt. The Kiwanian of the Year award is presented to a member of our club who distinguishes themselves by exceptionally commendable participation in our club activities throughout the past year. Although our club is built on participation by all our members, some members stand above the crowd as a result of their exceptional contributions to our club.

Nicki then read a quote from Tony Robbins:

“Leadership isn’t something you’re either born with or without, but a powerful skill that can be developed over time. Leadership is the ability to inspire a team to achieve a certain goal. When one person harnesses their powers to lead, it strengthens the leadership opportunities of others, rather than diminishing them. That’s because the ultimate definition of leadership is empowering others to become effective leaders as well. The importance of leadership lies in the ability to get things done. Leadership allows you to communicate a clear vision and then unite your team around that vision. Leadership is creating and sustaining positive, lasting change in your life and the lives of the people around you. An idea is only an idea, one that will ultimately die, unless you can become a person of influence – a person who can influence and lead your team toward that idea’s fruition.

Several statements for Carrie’s nomination were read

“Demonstrated caring inclusive but strong leadership through challenging times.”

“She has done a phenomenal job keeping our club going strong during this unprecedented covid period.”

“Kept our club together through pandemic and is leading us to a new and exciting agenda for the coming year.”

“Stepping in as President Carrie has demonstrated all the positive leadership we could ever ask and much more. A true inspiration.”

“Stepped up early to position, boys and girls home, untold behind the scenes energy and organization, articulate and has the club and children as her focus”

“Carrie stepped up during COVID into the President position and kept the club moving forward during a difficult time. In addition, she has offered to take the President role next year and is collaborating to make changes to our club that will sustain it for years to come!”