SPARTA, NJ – A centennial is a special anniversary.  In recognition of Kiwanis International celebration of its 100 year, Ken Malkin was awarded the Centennial Award.  The Centennial Award will only be awarded this year, on a limited basis across the country. 

The Sparta Kiwanis chose Malkin for having performed extraordinary work in support of the local club and Sparta community.   He has dedicated years of service, helping to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars.  His activities included

  • Leading the flower sale activities for eight years, to fund the annual high school scholarship awards; with over $421,000 awarded to date.
  • Leading Kiwanis furniture ministry for four years, run out of the Sparta First Presbyterian Church
  • Supporting ongoing efforts at the Sparta Ecumenical Food Pantry
  • Participating in the community flower planting and clean-up activities
  • Supporting the Holiday Bell Ringing for the Salvation Army; the organization’s 20 years has raised $395,000 to date.

Malkin had been named Kiwanis Carrington-Swain Fellow in 2003 for his support of a wide range of New Jersey Kiwanis initiatives and programs.

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“A donation has been made to Kiwanis International in Malkin’s name.   This donation will go to help save or protect more than 800 women and babies from maternal and neonatal tetanus,” said Kiwanis Communication Chair Frank Cannistra.  “An additional contribution by Sparta Kiwanis to the five year $110,000,000 joint Kiwanis International/UNICEF program to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus.”

Sparta Kiwanis gathers every Thursday at 7 p.m. with a dinner meeting at Homers Restaurant in Sparta.  “New members, men and women are welcome to attend,” said Cannistra.