Bill Moniot receives his awards from Kiwanis Lt. Governor Roderick Brown

SP Kiwanis Club: Moniot honored

August 18, 2000
Santa Paula News
A dedicated member of the Santa Paula Kiwanis Club and community activist, architect William Moniot, thought he was going to have dinner at a restaurant recommended by friends of his wife, Ruth. . .instead, the event turned out to be a Kiwanis District Council gathering and Moniot the surprised guest and even more surprised recipient of the prestigious award that makes him a rare William A. Dunlap Fellow. Moniot’s honor was celebrated again at a recent Kiwanis Club meeting that included members’ spouses and featured special guest Roderick E. Brown, JD, the 1999-2000 Lt. Governor of District 42.Kiwanis President Bill Grant said the club “Decided to do this a long time ago,” for Moniot, a club member since 1969.Moniot, president of the Santa Paula Kiwanis 1973-74, had been known as “Mr. Citrus Festival” for his longtime leadership of the club’s largest annual fundraiser; Moniot not only designed and installed the original wiring needed for the event, but also designed the Steeplechase Run at Santa Paula High School and the led the club’s effort to rebrick the entrance to the historic Depot.“Bill has been instrumental in so many things,” done on behalf of the club and community, noted Grant.“This is quite an honor. . .of the 15 Kiwanis clubs in District 42, this is the first William A. Dunlap Fellow,” award in the year 2000, said Lt. Governor Brown, “and it’s a privilege to award it to Bill Moniot.”
Brown noted the history of the award, created to laud outstanding members for contributions to Kiwanis and the community. “It’s a real honor,” said Kiwanis Club member Vic Glazener.Dunlap was the founder of the California/Nevada/Hawaii District Foundation and the award was created in his memory in 1985. So far there have been only 285 William A. Dunlap Fellows. The program is the Kiwanis Foundation’s major gift program, acknowledging individuals (Kiwanians and non-Kiwanians) who reinforce the ideals of Kiwanis and community service.Moniot told how the night he received the Dunlap Fellow award he reluctantly put a suit on at his wife’s request for a visit to a recommended restaurant. Their destination turned out to be the Chapel of the Salvation Army facility; when he saw many Kiwanians he thought perhaps it was an inter-club event. . .and then he received the honor complete with bronze medallion and certificate marking his contributions and accomplishments.“I really appreciate this,” Moniot said, “but there are many members as deserving of,” a William A. Dunlap Fellow award, “who have spent many years doing great things for the Santa Paula Kiwanis Club.”

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