2014-15 Grantville-Allied Gardens Kiwanian of the Year
Congratulations, Kathy Wiskur! At our annual Installation Banquet on October 17th, 2015, Kathy was named as the winner of our Kiwanian of the Year Award, the highest honor our club gives each year.
The winner of this award is determined by a secret ballot, as all club members are asked to consider which Kiwanian stood out as the greatest example of service, leadership, dedication, and overall excellence as a part of our group. It wasn't surprising when that person turned out to be Kathy, who has been one of our greatest workers on behalf of Kiwanis and the entire Allied Gardens community for the past year or more.
Kathy grew up in our neighborhood, attending Marvin Elementary School, Lewis Junior High (now Middle) School, and Patrick Henry High School. Having purchased the same home she once grew up in, Kathy is now a catalyst of the Allied Gardens community, even returning to her roots to begin a new Kiwanis-sponsored K-Kids Club at her alma mater, Marvin Elementary.
She was also instrumental in bringing the Allied Gardens Kiwanis Farmers Market to fruition, and she spearheaded the fabulous Clock & Brick fundraiser, to help raise funds for the beautiful new clock that now keeps time at the corner of Zion Avenue and Waring Road. She also books each of the guest speakers for our Thursday morning breakfast meetings, 7:00 a.m. at the Allied Gardens Recreation Center.
A dedicated volunteer at our Christmas Tree Lot in 2014, and now the advisor to our awesome Circle K club at SDSU, Kathy seems like she's always willing to open her home for a Kiwanis party. She also volunteers her time as a CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocate) for youth, standing up for the rights of the child during custody battles or other hairy legal issues.
Kathy was presented with her award, a new "Kiwanian of the Year" name badge, and a special Allied Gardens geocache plaque, all for her outstanding work on behalf of Kiwanis and the Allied Gardens community. The award was presented by Mary Haas, the previous year's winner of the Kiwanian of the Year Award.
If there's anyone who's been endlessly willing to speak up for a needy child, to step in when there's backbreaking work to be done for the community, or to shout about the great things Kiwanis has been doing at home and overseas, it's Kathy Wiskur. We are proud to have her in our club as our Vice President and our Kiwanian of the Year!