WEIRTON - The theme of the 97th-annual Kiwanis International Convention was "25 Years of Women in Kiwanis," and a Weirton woman was one of 55 attending to be recognized for her many years of service.
Mary Kay Olashuk, a Follansbee resident and member of the Weirton Kiwanis Club, was among the 55 presented Kiwanis' Legion of Honor award for being a member since women were first allowed to join the organization in 1987.
Held June 27-30 in New Orleans, the convention also brought good news to clubs in the West Virginia District of Kiwanis, which was one of only 11 districts internationally to be named a Distinguished District for 2011-12.
Kevin Dean of Morgantown was named distinguished governor and was elected international trustee at the convention.
Members of the organization renewed their commitment to its world service project of eliminating maternal and neonatal tetanus in third world countries by 2015, Kiwanis International's 100th anniversary. Through the group's efforts, mothers will receive inoculations protecting themselves and their newborns against the disease.
Olashuk was one of 3,200 delegates attending the convention, which coincided with leadership programs held there for Kiwanis International, Circle K clubs for college students and Aktion clubs for physically and mentally challenged adults.