Kiwanis Member Awards

George F. Hixson Fellowship

Photo of the Hixon award.

In 1983, the Kiwanis Children’s Fund established the George F. Hixson Fellowship. Named for Kiwanis International’s first president, Hixson Fellowships are awarded to donors who give US$1,000 or more to the Children’s Fund.* It’s a way of recognizing people who have contributed significantly to Kiwanis’ history of generosity. In fact, clubs and Kiwanians often give in honor of another person or organization—recognizing others’ heAmadorlp and commitment with a Hixson Fellowship.

The Kiwanis Club of Lombard has several Hixon recipients including Past Division 9 Lt. Governor David Brown, Past Division 9 Lt. Governor Jay Wojcik, Past President, and current Treasurer Ken Wojcik.

Amador Award

The Amador Medallion Award is named in honor and memory of Dr. Luis V. Amador, the medical director of the Kiwanis Neuroscience Research Foundation from its inception in 1952 through 2004. Dr. Amador was a Professor of Clinical Surgery at the University of Illinois-College of Medicine in Chicago and Professor of Clinical Surgery at Northwestern Medical School in Chicago.  He authored, through a grant from the Spastics Foundation, Brain Tumors in the Young, a definitive book on the subject which the Foundation has circulated worldwide to hospitals with pediatric neurosurgeons.  Dr. Amador was also co-author of The Atlas of the Brain, a CD that was produced in conjunction with the I-I District Key Club.  Dr. Amador passed away in April 2007.  His legacy to the medical research field and his impact on the lives of children will continue to touch the lives of many for years to come. 

The Kiwanis Neuroscience Research Foundation is truly considered “our Finest Project” within the I-I District of Kiwanis and this award combines Kiwanis admiration for Dr. Amador with admiration for many other individuals who, through service, inspire us all. 

The Luis V. Amador, M.D. Medallion Award is an award program within the Kiwanis Neuroscience Research Foundation that allows a Kiwanis Divisional Council, District Board, Key Club, and Circle K Boards within the I-I District to extend special recognition and honor to an individual that has demonstrated outstanding service within his or her community.  The recipients listed herein have been nominated for recognition and receive a numbered Amador Medallion. A minimum contribution of $500 is made in the name of the recipient to an endowment fund within the Kiwanis Neuroscience Research Foundation of the I-I District of Kiwanis, the income from which will be used to continuously support the programs of the Kiwanis Neuroscience Research Foundation.

Zeller Award

When an individual or a club donates in your name, US$1,250 to The Eliminate Project, which is also known as the Kiwanis Eliminating Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus, you can become a Walter Zeller Fellow—and save or protect more than 690 women and their future babies.

MNT is on the brink of elimination. This gift has the power to save lives and prevent moths and children from this disease.

Legion of Honor Award

The success of Kiwanis results from the strong and active service of thousands of Kiwanis-club members.

With the Legion of Honor Award, Kiwanis recognizes members who have been club members for 25 years or more.

The 25 years do not have to be consecutive, and they can be accumulated in more than one club.

After recognition for 25 years of service, a member is again eligible to receive the award for 30 years, again for 35 years, and so on. A member is eligible for each when he or she is within six months of reaching that milestone.