Kiwanis International makes history: First female president

By Dave Azwell

Kiwanis International has elected its first female president, Sue Petrisin, who will head up one of the world’s most prestigious service organizations. Delegates to the KI convention last June elected not only Petrisin as president, but also Jane Erickson as president-elect. Petrisin is a member of the East Lansing, Mich., club and Ericson belongs to the Bellevue-Offutt, Neb., club. KI opened its membership to females more than 25 years ago.

Petrisin is the first female to lead an international organization. As president of KI, she’ll represent more than 630,000 members who make a difference in the lives of children in their communities and around the world. The Osage City Kiwanis has had a number of women, not only as members but also as officers of its organization.

Men and women who are interested in improving their community are encouraged and invited to attend any meeting to visit with members and learn more about Kiwanis. Meetings are held at 7 p.m. every second and fourth Monday of each month at the Osage City Santa Fe Depot, Fifth and Market streets (north door). The door is always open.


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