Kiwanis Club recognizes Kiwanian of the Year

Founded in 1919, the Williamsport Kiwanis Club has become a staple volunteer organization in the community.

According to the PAKiwanis website, Kiwanians are volunteers changing the world through service to children and communities.

This year the organization participated in a pancake breakfast, soapbox derby, a 5K run, rose and fruit sales and supported dozens of programs and community organizations, including the international Eliminate project to prevent tetanus in mothers and infants.

Col. Sam Astin, of the American Rescue Workers, has been an active member of the Williamsport club for six years.

During that time, he served as president in 2010, was awarded the Hixson Fellowship in 2012, and is a current board member and director of spiritual aims.

Through his participation and service to the community, Astin is this year’s honored recipient of Kiwanian of the Year Award.

“Our club is full of individuals worthy of the Kiwanian of the Year award, I feel privileged to serve the community through this collaborative effort,” Astin said in response to the honor, which was presented to him at the annual interclub meeting on Dec. 12.

Astin has been at the American Rescue Workers for 31 years and has been in the position of commanding officer since 1996.

“My career, as well as my membership in Kiwanis, is a blessing. I enjoy serving, wherever there is a need, and it is an honor to receive this award, but more so to be a part of these efforts in this community,” Astin said.