Phoenixville, PA Area
InterService Club

2003 Ambassador Award

The following is printed with permission from The Phoenix. 

Service clubs honor Keenan




KIMBERTON - Fun was the focus at the beginning and the end of the Phoenixville InterService Club's 41st Annual Banquet.

"Sparkles" the clown warmed up the crowd during the pre-dinner social hour and Eric Paul entertained the crowd with a magic show after dinner, and in between, banter and byplay was a common sidenote as various inter-service club business was conducted Wednesday.

The point to all the gaiety was the yearly gathering of numerous local service clubs for the purpose of strengthening ties between volunteers among the various clubs by sharing with each other the events of the past year and the clubs' plans for the future, as well as presenting the annual Ambassador Award to the volunteer of the year.

This year, the Ambassador Award was presented by District Justice Ted Michaels (a Lions Club member) to Peggy Keenan of Phoenixville, who is not actually affiliated with any of the service clubs but is well known for her service with the First Presbyterian Church of Phoenixville, particularly in People to People. That program accepts donations of many items including food and clothing and either redistributes them in Philadelphia or passes them on to Phoenixville Area Community Services (PACS); also, it helps PACS with money donations when made aware of urgent needs such as a family that cannot pay a heating bill. She also initiated a matching-funds grant with the Phoenixville Community Health Foundation.

Keenan has also been active in the Red Cross (she used to drive blood into Philadelphia), the Kimberton Fire Company Ladies' Auxiliary, the Historical Society of the Phoenixville Area, and Beta Mu educational sorority.

On accepting the award, Keenan, who used to teach in Phoenixville, said that when she retired 13 years ago, she decided to give one day a week to the church, but it didn't work out that way. She also acknowledged other volunteers who work with People to People, saying, "It's quite a united effort - it isn't just me, believe me."

She was pleased to announce that a flea market last Saturday had raised $2,500 for homeless shelters; however, she said that one of the things she had learned was to never give money directly to the needy, but rather to give them items to respond to their specific needs.

Her son, John Keenan, said later that she is very active, very full of spunk, and loves to do things for people.

Each year the honor of hosting the InterService banquet rotates to a different service club; this year the Lions Club of Kimberton held the dinner at the Kimberton Fire Company hall. Roughly 100 people attended the banquet. The clubs represented were the Lions of Kimberton and Lions of Phoenixville, Ches-Mont Business & Professional Women, Jaycees, Kiwanis, Pilot, Rotary and Woman's clubs.

Before the dinner was served, the InterService Club Committee gave a Special Recognition Award in honor of Randy Heiser, of Phoenixville, who was killed in a plane crash on Aug. 8. Heiser was the treasurer of the Phoenixville Area Chamber of Commerce, treasurer and on the board of directors of the Phoenixville Area Economic Development Corporation (PAEDCO), a board member and treasurer for over six years of the Children's Learning Center in Phoenixville, and a member of the Phoenixville Colonial Theatre Association, among many other activities.

His widow, Mary Heiser, was at the banquet Wednesday to accept the award, with daughter April also in attendance. As she looked at the crowd of volunteers clapping to show their appreciation of his dedicated efforts to serve the people of the Phoenixville area, she bravely joked, "Now I know why Randy was never home."

ŠThe Phoenix 2003


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