Dr. Benjamin Ola Akande, president of Westminster College in Fulton, MO, was the July 14, 2016 speaker at the noonday luncheon of the Golden K Kiwanis club at Jack’s Gourmet Restaurant. Dr. Akande is a riveting speaker who comments on economic and policy affairs at the local, regional and national levels. He has appeared on NPR Marketplace Public Radio, Anderson Cooper 360 and CBS Evening News and is a former consultant to the World Bank and the United Nations Development Program.
Dr. Akande is a Nigerian-born American citizen who holds two Masters degrees and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Oklahoma, and a Bachelor in Business Administration from Wayland Baptist University. He has completed post-doctoral studies at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and the Saïd School of Business at Oxford University.
Kiwanis Golden K celebrated Valentine's Day with a noon luncheon on February 11, 2016, at Jack’s Gourmet Restaurant. A number of GK members and their spouses enjoyed a sumptuous meal while the Boonslick Chordbusters Barbershop quartet entertained the revelers with a number of romantic tunes. At one point, the Chordbusters singled out Verna Rhodes, wife of member Jim Rhodes, who sat before them while they crooned “Let Me Call You Sweetheart”.
GK member Robert (Bob) Lee, who marked his 100th birthday on February 19, was the recipient of two special awards. Golden K President Gordon Brown wrote to Susan Petrisin, president of Kiwanis International, citing Lee’s upcoming 100th birthday and noting that he was a founding member of Golden K and actively involved in Aktion Club for adults with disabilities and other service leadership areas. She drafted a letter which was presented to him and also sent a replica of her President’s pin which was awarded to him during the luncheon. Our club also honored him by retitling our Key Leader Award the “Bob Lee Key Leader Award”. This is the award given to a Key Club high school student selected to attend the Kiwanis Leadership Camp.
Bob & Shirley Marshall