Al Smith receives Kiwanis Hixson Award
On Nov. 20, Al Smith was recognized for his 40-plus years as a member of the Westlake Kiwanis Club. The club donated funds to the Kiwanis Eliminate Project in his name which qualified him to become a fellow in the George F. Hixson Fellowship, named in honor of the first Kiwanis International president. Hixson dedicated 50 years of his life in service to Kiwanis.
Mr. Smith received a commemorative tie tack/lapel pin and two numbered medallions hanging from blue-and-white ribbons, one encased in a walnut box for display, and one to be worn. He was a former teacher, coach and administrator in the Westlake Schools.
I am coordinator of the West Cuyahoga Spirit of America Safe Boating Program. The program provides free boating education to 7th grade students. It is sponsored by the Bay Village Schools and The Spirit of America Foundation. A grant from ODNR -Watercraft helps fund the program. This is the 11th year this program has been in operation.