The Mel Osborne Fellowship Award - The highest Canadian Kiwanis Award was very proudly presented to Immediate Past Lt. Governor Ronald J. Wing by Immediate Past Governor of EC&C Elke McCumber.
This was a wonderful surprise for Ron and our Club. This is the first Mel Osborne Award presented to a member of our club. Following a history of distinguished service to Kiwanis, to their Club and to the community, often over a period of years, Mel Osborne Fellows are presented with membership in this distinct society by their clubs in recognition of long time service and leadership. As of March 2000 there were 2,044 recipients in Canadian Kiwanis Clubs.
Mel Osborne was a charter member of the Kiwanis Club of East York, Toronto, in 1943 and served as club president in 1948. He was Lt. Governor in 1951 and District Governor in 1953 of the OQM Ontario-Quebec-Maritimes District which became the EC&C Eastern Canada and Caribbean District in 1962 when the Kiwanis Club of East York sponsored the first Caribbean Club . Mel went on to serve internationally as a trustee for 4 years and one year as Kiwanis International President. Mel's wish - that Kiwanis in Canada should have its own foundation to promote the work of Kiwanis on a national scale - was realized on July 27, 1973. Unfortunately, Mel had passed away in January of that year. "The Mel Osborne Fellowship Award" honours the great contribution made by Mel to Kiwanis internationally, to his community and all of Canada EC&C District Governor Elke McCumber was very proud to honour Ron for his outstanding service.