Kiwanians honored for support of Project Eliminate

The Kiwanis Club of Williamsport recently recognized two of its members with membership in Kiwanis International’s Walter Zeller Fellowship for their generous support of Project Eliminate, a global effort to rid the world of maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT) by 2015.

Marvin Staiman and Opal Schlappi received medallions, pins and certificates in recognition of gifts to this program.

Schlappi’s medallion features a Mother’s Day motif; the gift honoring her was from her husband, Carl, a past Pennsylvania district Kiwanis governor and member of the Kiwanis Club of Williamsport.

The Walter Zeller Fellowship was named for the late Canadian businessman who, in 1940, was the first donor to the Kiwanis International Foundation.

In 30 countries around the world, maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT) kills one child every nine minutes and one mother every 20 minutes. A series of three vaccinations (costing just 60 cents each) can prevent death from tetanus.

Kiwanis International has teamed with UNICEF to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus.

Since 1919, the Kiwanis Club of Williamsport has been serving the children of this community and children around the world. Kiwanis is a global organization with more than 600,000 members in some 80 countries. Kiwanians participate in local, regional, and global projects to make our world a better place for all.