Kiwanis honor Duke Rakich, administrative assistants

The Steubenville Kiwanis Club held its annual Bill Croskey Administrative Assistants Day Luncheon on April 22 at the YWCA of Steubenville.

President George Pugh welcomed those in attendance and led a moment of silence in remembrance of Croskey, Cas Adulewicz and Division Past Lt. Gov. George Grim.

Kiwanians introduced their guests, and Program Chair Phyllis Riccadonna introduced Attorney Craig Allen, her guest, who assisted with pinning corsages on all women in attendance.

A special presentation was made by Pugh and Kiwanian Paul Brandt with Kiwanian Duke Rakich named a Walter Zeller Fellow.

Only one other Zeller has been made to a Steubenville Kiwanian, which was last year to Brandt. The history of the Zeller is that Walter Zeller made his first donation in 1940, one year after the Kiwanis International Foundation was established, by donating 25 Canadian silver dollars that he hoped would turn into the foundation’s nest egg, according to the Kiwanis International website.

That it did when his coins were auctioned for $625, launching the Kiwanis International Foundation’s worldwide service efforts. Thousands of donations later, the website notes, the foundation has grown into a multi-million dollar organization that awards grants to Kiwanis clubs and underwrites life-altering worldwide service projects.

A Kiwanis Club may make a $1,250 donation to the Eliminate Project of the International Foundation to receive a Walter Zeller Fellowship.

A Kiwanian since March 16, 1976, Rakich has served on many committees and was president of the club from 1982-83. He had cookouts for many years at his home for Kiwanians. “His generosity to the children of the community continues to present day, as has his participation in so many Kiwanis activities,” Pugh said.

In Rakich’s honor, the Kiwanis Choir performed a special song written by Tom Timmons.

The Steubenville High School Jazz Band also performed.