John Crawford has dedicated his entire life to Kiwanis International, a prime volunteer organization that has shaped and shown his altruistic efforts for the world around him – and that truly isn’t an understatement.
John joined the Kiwanis Family for the first time in 1991 while in the 7th grade at Lewis Junior High School (now Lewis Middle School). That was the Builders Club, and at the time, it was for grades 7 through 9. He was President in 8th grade and Secretary in 9th grade. John continued to be part of the organization as a student at Patrick Henry High School, where he was a dedicated Key Club member. And after a decade of service, he didn’t stop there.
He went on to become a member of San Diego State University’s Circle K, which you may have guessed, is the collegiate level of Kiwanis. He served as Cal-Nev-Ha District Governor briefly and then served a term as SDSU Circle K club President in 2001-02.
But what’s amazing is not only what John has done for this organization, it’s what he continues to do to this day. Presently, he is a member of the Grantville-Allied Gardens Kiwanis, the local branch that serves adult and community members of the organization, and is also a Key Club Advisor for Region 2 of CNH. He continues to attend meetings at Lewis and Patrick Henry, and has befriended many Circle K’ers, like myself, at his alma mater. His life is so involved with Kiwanis that he recently proposed to his girlfriend, a Key Club Advisor of Nevada, at a Key Club convention that had 3,000 high school students cheering when Valerie said, “Yes!”
Over the years, John’s gregarious personality and persistent leadership has inspired the many volunteers he encounters each day. He has donated his time and money to community and international initiatives for a lifetime, and I undoubtedly expect that he will do so for eternity. Whether he is encouraging a student to run for Key Club president, or teaching middle schoolers to get involved with their community, John never fails to spread the joy and benefit of being a righteous person. His lifelong dedication embodies what Ghandi once said – “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”