Kiwanis International makes history with first female president


INDIANAPOLIS – Dawn Puderbaugh Hodges, Governor, Carolinas District of Kiwanis, joins Susan A. “Sue” Petrisin as a leader in one of the world’s most prestigious service organizations.

Petrisin is the first female to lead an international service organization. As president of Kiwanis International, Petrisin will represent more than 630,000 members who make a difference in the lives of children in their communities and around the world.

“It’s truly an honor to be the first woman president of Kiwanis International,” Petrisin said. “Most importantly, it’s an honor to serve alongside men and women around the world who are dedicated to improving the lives of children, in their communities and in places they’ll never visit.”

Dawn Puderbaugh Hodges serves as the district leader of the 178 clubs in the Carolinas District.

Governor Dawn has been a member of Kiwanis since 2000. Dawn was a Distinguished Club President in 2009‐10, and she was named the Outstanding Club President of the Carolinas District. She has also served as Lt. Governor and Regional Trustee. The Greenwood Kiwanis Club improves the lives of children in this community by recognizing Terrific Kids and Star Students, by sponsoring the Aktion Club, and through its support of various local organizations.

“It was an honor to be elected the Governor of the Carolinas District of Kiwanis,” said Puderbaugh Hodges. “I joined Kiwanis because its dedication to serving children matches my motivation to help the children in our community. I have enjoyed being a part of such a wonderful organization and look forward to working as the Governor of the clubs in South Carolina and North Carolina.”

The first Friday of each month for the past 15 years Dawn has enjoyed passing out Terrific Kids Awards in every classroom at Merrywood Elementary School in Greenwood, SC. It is the highlight of her Kiwanis service.

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