Rep. Dodge, the author of House Concurrent Resolution 56, along with co-authors Rep. Vern Tincher (D-Riley), Sen. Jim Arnold (D-LaPorte) and Sen. Gary Dillion (R-Columbia City), recognized the dedicated service of five organizations: Kiwanis, Rotary, Exchange Club, Optimist Club and the Lions Club.
These large national and international community service organizations have members of all social and economic backgrounds.
"These service clubs provide necessary services that help the poor, the young, and the needy of our communities build better lives for themselves," said Rep. Dodge. "These groups are working hard to make our neighborhoods better and safer to live in."
Services such as feeding the hungry, providing health care for the sick, aiding the poor and elderly, preventing child abuse, educating to reduce illiteracy, mentoring youth and the disadvantaged, protecting the environment, building homes for the needy and providing disaster relief are some of the philanthropic deeds of the organizations.
Regional service organization leaders were invited to the statehouse to represent their clubs. Those attending: Lions International Director Doug Lozier, Kiwanis International Governor Terry White, Kiwanis International Executive Director Susan Walker, Optimist International Indiana South Governor Dr. Tony Trimble, Optimist International Vice President Michael Woodward, Optimist Indiana North Governor Karyn Gilly, National Exchange Club Indiana District President David Mayer, and Rotary Club International Director Thomas A. Branum.