In a ceremony marked by high spirits and fond memories, the Kiwanis Club of La Cañada Flintridge honored longtime community volunteer Clyde Hemphill as its La Cañadan of the Year.
“It’s an honor and a privilege,” Hemphill, 80, said to more than 100 Kiwanis members and other well-wishers who gathered Wednesday afternoon at Van de Kamp Hall in Descanso Gardens. “This is probably the most prestigious award that La Cañada gives to anyone, and I’m really humbled to have it.”
La Cañadan of the Year awards have been presented annually since 1951 to the community member whose lifelong efforts best exemplify a broad-based commitment to volunteerism, said Kiwanis President-elect Mary Gant.
Affirming Hemphill fills the bill, local dignitaries, Kiwanis organizers, friends and family members took turns at the podium recalling his roles in a number of community activities.
“In a city that’s known for its spirit of volunteerism, Clyde stands at the head of the class,” said City Councilman Donald Voss, one of those who had nominated Hemphill for the award.
During his remarks, Voss held up a dictionary in which he had taped Hemphill’s picture under “volunteer extraordinaire,” he said.