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Swift Current Kiwanis awards honorary membership

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Swift Current Kiwanis Club President Brad Julien speaks during the presentation to Len Martinoski, Dec. 22. Swift Current Kiwanis Club President Brad Julien speaks during the presentation to Len Martinoski, Dec. 22. Matthew Liebenberg

A longtime member of the Kiwanis Club of Swift Current received a special honour from club members in recognition of his years of service to the club and to the community.


Len Martinoski joined the club in 1974 and remained a member for 43 years, which made him the club's longest serving member.
He received the club's honorary membership for 2017-18 at a club meeting, Dec. 22. The honorary membership, which lasts for one year, is only presented to former club members who have served for at least 25 years. He became eligible for the award after his resignation from the club at the end of September 2017.
“It makes me proud of what has been done, and it’s all been done for the community,”  Martinoski said after the meeting. “I’ve been very, very happy doing it over the years. You don’t realize how much you can get done if you keep on doing a little bit all the time.”
He has been a Swift Current resident since 1955 and he was an auto mechanic in the city, where he worked for Bojo Automotive for many years. He decided to join the club because he wanted to help the community and he knew some of the club members.
“The Kiwanis Club has been a very good club and I’m quite proud of it,” he said. “There’s good fellowship in the club. Over the years, I met a lot of fellows and when I was president and on the executive side of the club, I’ve travelled a bit with the club and met a lot of people throughout the country.”
He was the club president for 1986-87 and over the years he was an active participant in the various club projects. He was supported by his wife Marlene, who passed away in 2012, and they played a leading role in organizing the Fun Olympics at the Palliser Regional Care Centre.
“The Fun Olympics was a great project,” he said. “We had a lot of fun putting it on and it served the community quite well and the members seemed to enjoy coming to the Fun Olympics.”
He helped with Christmas tree sales and delivery, and he was a very active participant in the annual apple drive, when club members sell apples to raise funds for community projects. He and another club member had a friendly competition and they even travelled to neighbouring communities to sell apples in Stewart Valley, Waldeck and Wymark.
“We sold apples from Waldeck to Swift Current and anywhere we could,” he recalled. “He was a great apple salesman and we’ve started having a competition between ourselves on who could sell the most car loads of apples.”
Swift Current Kiwanis Club President Brad Julien described Martinoski as a tireless worker and an outstanding member during the presentation.
“The Kiwanis parade float was his baby for many years and he took particular pride in seeing it take it’s place in the parade each year, and most recently he could be seen looking after our 50/50 draw at the attendance table each Friday,” Julien mentioned.
He added that Martinoski's service as a member of the Swift Current Kiwanis Club was only part of his contribution to the community.
“He was also a committed worker in his church, serving as chair of the building and property committee of First United for many years,” Julien said. “He could be seen with shovel in hand, clearing the snow off walks around the church and down to the parking lot immediately following each snow fall. He was not just a committee guy, but a hand-on worker as well. Len, your service to this organization and to Swift Current as a whole is a true role model for us all.”

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