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Hi, I'm George

I am a retired newspaper journalist, columnist, information technology specialist, and occasional radio personality. I joined the Kiwanis Club of Springfield, Massachusetts, (one of the first 50 Kiwanis clubs, founded in 1916), in 1979 and served as its 76th president.

  

In 2004, I became a member of the Westfield Kiwanis Club in Westfield, MA, where my family has lived since 1990.  I served as club vice-president for two terms from 2006 to 2008 and as president in 2008-2009. I was elected to my first term as lieutenant governor in 2006 and was appointed district editor by Governor Suzanne Lemak.  For my work establishing the district’s “Yankiwanian” newspaper as an electronic publication, I was recognized as “Outstanding Lieutenant Governor” and “Outstanding Committee Chair” for the 2006-2007 administrative year. 

I subsequently served the New England and Bermuda district as Builders Club Administrator (2008-2012), District Treasurer (2011-2012), Governor (2013-2014) and District Secretary (2015-2017) before being elected to the Kiwanis International Board of Trustees at the 2018 International Convention in Las Vegas.

I have been enthusiastically involved with Kiwanis Service Leadership Programs since serving as Kiwanis Advisor to the Minnechaug Regional High School Key Club in Wilbraham, MA, in the mid-1980s. I was advisor to the Key Club International Board of Trustees for 2019-2020, and is currently Kiwanis advisor to Key Clubs in Westfield, Northampton, and Easthampton, MA, and to a Builders Club and a K-Kids Club in Westfield.

I continue as an active member of the Westfield Kiwanis Club, where I've been the co-host of the club’s annual TV Auction fundraiser for more than 15 years. I was club opener for the Northampton, MA, Kiwanis Club, which chartered in 2018 and which I serve as Charter Secretary.  

My favorite non-Kiwanis activity is roller coasters – the higher and steeper, the better. Before retiring, I professionally reviewed roller coasters for the Springfield Republican newspaper. I am also an avid amateur photographer, and I've been known to detour many miles for a kitschy roadside attraction, and collects lots of Kiwanis ephemera, especially old Kiwanis gongs from defunct clubs.

My wife, Geana, is a past club president and lieutenant governor, and the long-time secretary of the Kiwanis Foundation of New England.  Geana and I are the proud parents of Jennifer Ruddock, Corinne Nowell, and Denise Delisle, and are the grandparents of Joshua Ruddock and Tristan Nowell.  Denise is also an active member of the Kiwanis Club of Westfield.