Local Resident to be Honored This Week at White House as a “Champion of Change” For His Commitment to Children’s Health
Ashland City resident John Mayfield will travel to Washington, D.C. this week to participate in the Kiwanis International Day at the White House and to be recognized as a “Champion of Change.” Mayfield makes his concern for children’s health and development a part of his life. A member of Kiwanis International, he has made a $100,000 donation to The Eliminate Project—the organization’s campaign to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus in more than 30 countries. Mayfield serves as the charter president of the Cheatham County Kiwanis Club and current lieutenant governor for Division 14 of the Kentucky-Tennessee District of Kiwanis International.
Last year, Mayfield was also part of a Kiwanis delegation that traveled to Sierra Leone to see firsthand the tetanus elimination efforts of UNICEF (Kiwanis International’s partner in The Eliminate Project). Mayfield’s travels to hard-to-reach rural villages, where he met the women and children who have benefited from UNICEF’s work, bolstered his commitment and has made him a key part of Kiwanis’ efforts to spread information and inspiration about the Global Campaign for Children.
“I’ve found fulfillment through philanthropy,” shares Mayfield. “I’m proud to support local charities and causes and I’m thrilled to receive the Champions for Change award. It’s an honor to be recognized.”
The Champions of Change program was created to honor ordinary Americans doing extraordinary work in their communities.
“Kiwanis International is honored to have 14 of our members recognized as Champions of Change,” says Kiwanis International Executive Director Stan Soderstrom. “Every day, Kiwanis and Kiwanis-family members strive to make a difference in their local communities and around the globe. From building better communities, to helping at-risk youth to making pediatric patients’ hospital stays better, these Champions exemplify the Kiwanis spirit.”
Mayfield will join 13 other “champions” from Kiwanis International who have leveraged their community service experience to become influential in their careers and leaders in their communities. They each will have the opportunity to share their compelling stories and innovative service ideas with Administration officials and Kiwanis members from across the country.
“The work of Kiwanis International is invaluable to our communities here and abroad,” said Jon Carson, Deputy Assistant to the President. “The Kiwanis International Champions of Change we are honoring are examples of everyday citizens who step forward to change their communities and be a part of the solution to today’s challenges.”
Watch the events live and learn more at WhiteHouse.gov/live. Live stream events include the Champions of Change event at 12:45 p.m. EDT on Friday, September 21. People around the country can join the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #WHKiwanis.
About Kiwanis International
Founded in 1915, Kiwanis International is a global organization of members dedicated to serving the children of the world. Kiwanis and its family of clubs, including Circle K International for university students, Key Club for students age 14-18, Builders Club for students age 11-14, Kiwanis Kids for students age 6-12 and Aktion Club for adults living with disabilities, dedicate annually more than 18 million service hours to strengthen communities and serve children. The Kiwanis International family comprises nearly 600,000 adult and youth members in 80 countries and geographic areas. For more information about Kiwanis International, please visit www.kiwanis.org.