LeRoy Weathers was recognized for years of community service on Wednesday when he received the Making Great Bend Greater Award from fellow members of the Noon Kiwanis Club.
This award is presented annually to one deserving person in the community, said Terry Turner, project co-chair. The recipient doesn’t have to be a Kiwanian, but he or she must be someone who has helped make Great Bend a better place to live.
“He’s kind of a no-nonsense guy, and that’s what we appreciate about him,” Turner said.
Weathers was nominated by Bill McKown, who said, “LeRoy has been heavily involved in community organizations, his church, civic club and the Boy Scout program. For decades LeRoy was in charge of one aspect of the 3i Show, which is the largest ag show in the Midwest; he served on the Barton County Fair Board for several years; Chamber of Commerce past president and still active; United Way; Relay for Life; Food Bank volunteer; and delivers Christmas cookies and food baskets to shut-ins.”
In the area of Scouting alone, Weathers has served on numerous volunteer leadership positions and chaired many projects, including the Brown Memorial Scholarship fund, which provides financial resources for Scouts and leaders to get additional training.
Now serving his second term as Great Bend Kiwanis president, Weathers also enjoys woodworking and has made numerous useful items for the club meetings, and repaired items as well.
Wednesday’s meeting was also attended by Cynthia Bender from Ellsworth, who is Lt. Governor of the Kansas Kiwanis District 8. She installed president-elect Rob Bauer.
Secretary Joe Boley noted the club recently sponsored bike races for youths, and is collecting Halloween costumes for children. These can be dropped off at the Great Bend Public Library during business hours.