By Mona Shannon
Zion-Benton News staff
Charles Warren of the Kiwanis Club of Zion-Benton has received one of the highest honors Kiwanis International bestows on its members, the Dr. Luis V. Amador Medallion Award. The award was presented to Warren at the club’s recent Installation Dinner.
The medal is named in honor and memory of Dr. Luis V. Amador, the medical director of the Spastic Paralysis Research Foundation and professor of clinical surgery at Northwestern Medical School in Chicago. The award combines Kiwanis’ admiration for Dr. Amador with admiration for many other individuals who, through service, inspire all.
The Kiwanis Club of Zion-Benton nominated Warren for the award, noting that, “From the time he joined our club in 1982, Warren began full participation in the club’s Peanut Days fund raiser, establishing his business as the focal point for activities and main distribution point.” Warren also organizes kitchen duties for the club’s annual Pancake Breakfast fund raiser, participates in the Mother’s Day Flower delivery, and is the point-person for collecting toys for local children.
Warren has served as club president twice and currently serves as the club’s program chairman. He has held this position for many years, scheduling guest speakers, who add value to the club’s weekly meetings.
Warren said he is very humbled to receive the award. “This is a prestigious honor to receive from our club and our division. We have a lot of other great members who deserve this award.”
Warren said the club serves the Zion-Benton area and keeps all the money and service hours in this area. He said he has been a member for nearly 35 years and “is very happy that the Kiwanis Club gives me the opportunity to be able to serve and give back to my community.”
The Kiwanis Club of Zion Benton always welcomes new members. Meetings are held on Tuesdays at 7:30 a.m. at El Lago Mexican Restaurant in Zion. Visit zbkiwanis.org for more information.