Westlake Kiwanis awards George F. Hixson Fellowship

Westlake Kiwanian Rick Grane was recognized with a George F. Hixson Fellowship for his significant contributions to the club.

The Westlake Kiwanis presented Rick Grane with the George F. Hixson Fellowship. This fellowship is awarded to individuals who have contributed significantly to Kiwanis' rich history of generosity. Rick is one of only six Westlake Kiwanians to receive this award since it was established in 1983.

Rick has been a Westlake resident since 1983 and a Westlake Kiwanian since 2008. Rick is generous in both his time and money. He is tireless in his commitment to family, community and Kiwanis. 

Rick spearheaded the drive through his Kiwanis Club to acquire three new K-9 dogs for the Westlake Police Department. Rick for years ran the Westlake Relay for Life and coordinated support for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure through Westlake. He also organizes and directs the Kiwanis pancake breakfasts, along with breakfasts and spaghetti dinners for other clubs. Rick directs the Westlake Kiwanis Memorial Day Parade and Services.

Rick took part in bringing the official Special Olympics torch to town for Westlake's Special Olympics and in fact carried the torch around the track. Rick is a member of the Westlake Auxiliary Police and is often seen directing traffic or providing protection for various walks, runs and athletic events. Rick is active in the Westlake United Methodist Church. He is constantly collecting clothes for women’s shelters, books for schools for Kiwanis' "Love a Book, Share a Book Project," food for food pantries and driving for Meals on Wheels. If something good is happening in Westlake you can bet Rick is part of it. 

Rick is what Kiwanis is all about and it is fitting that he received a Hixson Fellowship, which is given to Kiwanians that most display the Kiwanis ideals.

Victor Rutkoski

I am a member of the Westlake Kiwanis and and advisor for the Westlake Kiwanis Aktion Club.

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Volume 10, Issue 9, Posted 9:58 AM, 05.01.2018