Kiwanis honors Dan Anderson for 50 years perfect service
October 29, 2013
Dan Anderson was honored recently by the Kiwanis Club of Issaquah for 50 years of perfect attendance.
Anderson’s Kiwanis career began in Newhall, Calif., where he served in many leadership roles, including the presidency. In 1963, he led his Newhall club in a project to donate and move a two-man, fully equipped Kiwanis dental clinic to Tijuana, Mexico. The clinic was donated and manned by two dentists with a history of providing free dental service to poor, itinerant workers’ kids in the local elementary school.
Anderson and his wife, Portia, accompanied the clinic on its voyage to its new home, where it continues to be of service to this day, taking care of the dental needs of Tijuana’s poorest children. Kiwanis provided the means and the Mexican government provides the dentists, who are required to perform some public service.
Anderson transferred to the Issaquah club in 1976. In 1978, he helped organized the club’s first successful auction.
In 1979, the club’s 50th anniversary year, Anderson was president, membership doubled and he was awarded the International Diamond Award for club growth and service projects. He initiated the high school scholarship program that year and continues to serve on the committee that awards funds to graduating students.
Anderson was named Kiwanian of the Year in 2005. He is also a Hixson Award Recipient, a life member and was elected as the second director emeritus of the board. When he’s not traveling, he still attends the board meetings.
“Although I have been on theater, school and water boards, am an Eagle Scout, and have had a satisfying special career, nothing has been as rewarding and continuously pleasant as my membership in Issaquah Kiwanis,” Anderson said. “And obviously, I am extremely proud to have been associated with it during its many years of development into the uniquely great club that it is.”