Thursday, August 15, 2013
Bill Greene, a member of the Legion of Honor, was honored for his 45 years of service to Kiwanis at a banquet on Wednesday morning. Kiwanis members are inducted into the Legion of Honor after 25 years in the club and are recognized every 5 years afterwards.
“If you want to look at a perfect Kiwanian, you look at Bill Greene,” said Wilma Maiers to a room of Summerville and Moncks Corner Kiwanis members. Maiers cited Greene’s 33 consecutive years of perfect attendance as well as his commitment to “change a child’s life one day at a time.”
The son of a dairy farmer, Greene was born in Americus, Ga. and became the charter member of the Americus High School Key Club in 1948. The Key Club is an international high school service program that is sponsored by Kiwanis International.
He first got involved with Kiwanis when he was working as the director of research for Selig Chemical Industries in Atlanta. Grover Dunn, a fellow chemist who worked for Dunn Laboratories, invited Greene to join the Six Flags Area Kiwanis Club in June of 1968. After moving to Dalton, Ga. to accept a job as a quality control manager for a carpet chemical company, Greene left the Atlanta chapter and joined the Carpet City Kiwanis Club.
On his 65th birthday Greene retired and moved to Moncks Corner with his wife in 1998. At the time Moncks Corner did not have a Kiwanis club, which prompted him to join the chapter in Summerville.
“What an honor it is to have someone like Bill in our club,” said Jerry Davis, president of the Summerville Kiwanis Club. “Bill is someone who is committed to service and wants to change children’s lives.”
In 2000, Greene founded the Moncks Corner Kiwanis Club but was unable to join due to a stipulation that limits members to just one club. After the policy was changed later that year, he joined the Moncks Corner chapter in 2001.
“Very rarely do we ask Bill a question and he says ‘I have to look that up’,” said Dean Smith, president of the Moncks Corner club.
Greene started the Read A Book program during his time in Georgia which has carried over to Summerville. The Kiwanis Club of Summerville has continued the program by reading books to kindergarten classes in the area.
He also served as the treasurer for Terrific Kids, designing and printing gift certificates for each child. Greene would give the children pencils and tell them that all of the answers were inside, but they could only get them out if they studied. Davis joked that Greene “continues to be the epitome of a Kiwanis Terrific Kid”.
For his time working with the two programs he was awarded the Distinguished Service Award in 2005-06 by the Summerville Kiwanis Club. He was also an award winner as an Outstanding Kiwanian with Carpet City (1993-94), Summerville (2003-04) and Moncks Corner (2004-05). Greene’s 45 years of service in Kiwanis was not lost on Davis.
“He has made a difference from our golf tournaments to our reading charity,” Davis said. “Most importantly he attends faithfully to our meetings and we should all be honored to be a small part of Bill’s life.”