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Barbara McArdle receives Kiwanian of the year

David Mosher and Jo Ellen (Gordee) Mosher present the James R Gordee Kiwanian
of the Year award for service to youth to Barbara McArdle

Barbara McArdle receives Kiwanian of the Year Award

Jo Ellen (Gordee) Mosher and David Mosher present the James R Gordee Kiwanian of the year award for service to youth to Barbara McArdle, Monroe Middle School teacher. This is the first awarding of this recognition. Jo Ellen’s presentation recognized Barb as a special person for her work with middle school-age children. “This award is not about being a great teacher but for her other qualities the committee saw in her.” She has been the Builders club (Kiwanis service organization for middle school youth) for 27 years. A few of the highlights of her service to youth include leading a blood drive this year and has helping in the adopt a highway cleanup for many years. “Barb has a unique ability to listen and respect what students have to say and make them feel valued and encourage them to work had toward their goals.”

Following is a brief history of Jim Gordee’s association with Kiwanis. Herb Ainsworth brought him to the club in the 1960’s. Key club was just getting started and I Jack Riese was the advisor. Jim made almost every meeting for close to 40 years. Jim and his wife Jeraldine chaperoned the key club annual convention (at his own expense) for most years. He was a regular at both regional and national key club conventions. Wisconsin Upper Michigan key club presented him a plaque recognizing his involvement. In addition Jim took care of the youth cabin and storage sheds for decades. Also during this time he was awarded scouting’s highest honor, the silver Beaver, and was a regular at Canyon camp. Jim was never interested in Kiwanis board positions. He felt he best served Kiwanis with his youth outreach.

Jim passed away last April and the Kiwanis wanted to recognize his legacy.