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Archive for Friday, May 17, 2002

Kiwanis Club honors civic contributors

Radio station executive, doctor named 2002 ‘substantial citizens’

May 17, 2002

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Two "substantial citizens" received recognition Thursday from the Lawrence Kiwanis Club for their longtime civic involvement.

Hank Booth, manager of KLWN-KLZR Radio, and Dr. Phillip Godwin were presented with the club's Substantial Citizens for 2002 award during the Kiwanis luncheon meeting at the Lawrence Country Club. About 70 Kiwanis members and guests attended.

"This is a great honor from a wonderful organization," Booth said before the ceremony. "This is an organization that helps many people."

Booth said he also was pleased to follow in his father's footsteps in receiving the award. His father, the late Arden Booth, received the award in 1973.

This is the first time the son of an earlier Substantial Citizen award recipient has received the honor, Kiwanis leaders said.

Godwin, who began his medical practice in Lawrence in 1956, also said he was pleased to join the list of 72 people who have received the Kiwanis award since 1960.

"This town is full of substantial citizens," Godwin said. "I'm honored to be counted among them."

In giving the award, the Kiwanis Club considers contributors' success in their work and involvement in community service. The club is particularly interested in people who have shown a willingness to give of themselves over a long period of time.

Booth is involved in numerous organizations, among them the Kansas Lung Assn. board of directors, Lawrence Sesquicentennial Commission and Watkins Community Museum board.

He also serves on the board of the Kansas Association of Broadcasters.

During his medical career, Godwin has served in various capacities at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. In 1976, he helped form Lawrence Family Practice. He established the department of anesthesia and the first coronary care unit at LMH. He also developed the first recovery room at the hospital.

Godwin also has served with numerous civic organizations.

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