Long Beach Kiwanis member earns awards
By Dom Fimiano
Recently, the Louisiana-Mississippi-West Tennessee District of Kiwanis International held their mid-year regional meeting on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, with members from all three states participating. The meeting was an educational seminar for members, district officers and regional officers. Rogena Woods-Mitchell, Region III Trustee, mentioned the Kiwanis motto, “Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time.” The seminar discussed ideas on club improvement and how to provide more effective community service.
Long Beach Kiwanis Club member Howard Lock was honored with two Distinguished Kiwanis awards. Lock, a U.S. Navy retiree with twenty-eight years of Kiwanis-dedicated community service, received the Distinguished Kiwanian and Distinguished Secretary awards for 2021.
“Howard Lock, Secretary of Long Beach Kiwanis Club, is affectionately known by us and most clubs in the Louisiana-Mississippi-West Tennessee District as ‘Mr. Kiwanis,’” said Long Beach Kiwanis President Ingrid Miscavage.
Lock said that receiving the awards is not an individual award; they are Long Beach Club awards. He thanked the Long Beach Kiwanis Club for their dedication to the City of Long Beach and the students in the Long Beach High School Key Club.
Lock, who has received many awards since joining the Kiwanis organization in 1994, said his service in Long Beach keeps him active in the community. He also works with the Long Beach High School Faculty Key Club sponsors, Aimie Chambliss and Karen Ramsey.
“Over the years, I have been honored to receive several awards, but the one I am most proud of is being selected as District Secretary for Kiwanis year 2016-2017,” said Lock. “That year, we had 129 club secretaries.”
“Howard eats, sleeps, and breathes Kiwanis,” said Long Beach Kiwanis Treasurer Deb Kurts. “He is an exemplary secretary and takes his position very seriously. He is prompt, timely completes all reports, and keeps up with each member. Howard thoroughly enjoys working with students and supporting the youth of Long Beach. The Kiwanis Club of Long Beach is lucky to have Howard.”
“Howard’s knowledge of the history and workings of Kiwanis is expansive, and he actively shares it,” said Miscavage. “The Long Beach Club is grateful to have Howard as an officer member and takes great pride in his accomplishments. If you would like to meet Howard or learn more about the Kiwanis, we meet every Monday at 6 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, 19221 Pineville Road, in Long Beach.”