Local Kiwanians Recognized at Annual Conference
August 20, 2022 – At the 2022 New England and Bermuda Kiwanis District Convention Kristin Holden was award the 2021-2022 Outstanding Lieutenant Governor Award. This annual award is given to one of the 21 Lt. Governors in the District, for going above and beyond in their duties as Lt. Governor. Kristin, who is also secretary for the Kiwanis Club of Middletown, was responsible for being the liaison between the District leadership and her nine clubs that span from Windsor to Southington to Meriden, CT. Over her term she visited the clubs at their meetings as well as service projects and fundraisers. She also coordinated, a multi-divisional event, that brought 90 Kiwanians and service leadership program members from all over CT together to package and distribute 27,000 meals for families in need in CT. Amazing Grace Food Pantry was one of the programs who received these meals. In addition to the service project, Kristin coordinated a Kiwanis at the Yard Goats game, which brought CT Kiwanians together again for a fun day at the ball park while also raising money for charity. Kristin has been a member of Kiwanis for thirteen years serving in multiple club and District roles. Kristin joined Kiwanis to give back to the program who helped develop her leadership skills in middle school and high school.
In addition to Kristin’s award, the Kiwanis Club of Middletown’s president Chris Holden, was inducted as the Kiwanis Foundation of New England President, for a three year term. Chris will be responsible for overseeing the fundraising and programs for the philanthropic arm of the New England and Bermuda District of Kiwanis. Since 1981, the foundation has supported the Pediatric Trauma Institute at Tufts Medical Center in Boston and helped to advance the research in this field. The Foundation also provides free materials to local Kiwanis clubs to distribute in their community including infant safety kits, bike and infant safety information as well as training to EMT’s for their work on infant trauma victims. The foundation is close to Chris’ heart and he looks forward to continuing to grow the outreach of the foundation throughout New England and Bermuda during his term. Chris has held many positions at the local and district level including terms as Distinguished President and Distinguished Lt. Governor.
Kiwanis is a global organization of 550,000 members in 80 countries and territories dedicated to improving the lives of children one community at a time. Locally the Kiwanis Club of Middletown runs Warm the Children, bike rodeos, assists Middletown Recreation with their holiday events, Middletown Community Thanksgiving Project, Holiday on Main and distributes scholarships to local students. The club also sponsors the Middletown High School Key Club.