In April, the Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee held their annual Hall of Fame Banquet, a day to honor past and present members that have made significant contributions to the club and community.
This year the club inducted current member Ken Keller and former member R.K (Bob) Butler posthumously.
Mr. Butler was represented by his son Bob Jr, who accepted the induction and spoke to the club, along with R.K’s widow Mildred and grandchildren and spouses.
Bob Butler was a President, active in the Pancake Breakfast and helped begin the Farm-City Lunch. He also had a project called “Chobee Spotlight” highlighting someone who had a positive impact on the community each week. Bob was a WWII veteran and a second-generation dairy farmer.
Ken Keller has served three terms as President of the Club which is the most in club history, heads up the Radio Auction and Santa in the Park, as well as participates in most Club activities. He is also on the First United Methodist Church Trustees, Chamber and Healthy Start Boards, and is a Big Brother for Big Brother Big Sisters of Indian River, St Lucie and Okeechobee.
Past inductees include the late Red Larson, Jack Wolff and Al Stokes along with current members Darrel Enfinger, Dowling Watford and Don Kelly among others.
You can listen to an interview with Bob Butler Jr, talk about his late father’s time with Kiwanis by clicking the link below.