The immediate past president, Nicholas Berkuta, will continue to serve as a club officer for the next year.
Berkuta presented two annual Kiwanis awards. The "Rookie of the Year" is given to a newer member who, over the past year, performed the most service to the children and to the community. This year the award went to Kiwanis newcomer Brian Fuller. The "Gil Smith" award, named after a late Kiwanis member who was recognized for his exemplary service in 1973, was presented to another outstanding performer and past president, Diane DellaValle.
Officiating at the installation were Marko Swan, Division 3 Lt. Governor and Roy Talley, Governor, Kiwanis California-Nevada-Hawaii District. Jim Edwards served as the master of ceremonies.
Watts presented Berkuta with a plaque-mounted gavel, a memento of his year as club president. Berkuta also received certificates from the offices of the governor, state Senate, state Assembly, county Board of Supervisors and the city of La Cañada Flintridge.
Watts was born in Hollywood and graduated from Hollywood High School. He spent two years in the Army and then went on to complete his college education at San Jose State University.
He met his wife Margaret at college and they have just celebrated 51 years of marriage. They are the parents of two daughters, Kathleen and Wendy, and the grandparents of William V. Watts II.
The La Cañada Kiwanis meet on Wednesdays from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Van de Kamp Hall at Descanso Gardens. Those interested in attending a luncheon meeting, catered by Patina for $15, are asked to call (818) 790-9901 to make reservations.
Public welcome at Kiwanis-AM meetings