Kiwanis is a global organization of member-volunteers who are dedicated to changing the world, one child and one

community at a time.

Kiwanis members dedicate more than 18 million volunteer hours and invest more than $107 million annually in projects that strengthen communities and serve children. We help shelter the homeless, feed the hungry, mentor the disadvantaged and care for the sick. We develop youth as leaders, build playgrounds, raise funds for pediatric research and much more. We believe that helping a child helps the world.

Working together, Kiwanis members achieve what one person cannot accomplish alone. When you give a child a chance to learn, experience, dream and succeed, great things happen!

Kiwanis is once again joining forces with UNICEF to confront another threat to the world’s children, maternal and neonatal tetanus. Kiwanis International aims to save 129 million mothers and their future babies from the disease by the year 2015. Locally, we support Special Olympics, sponsor K Kids (5th and 6th graders) and Key Club at Coshocton High School, Footlight Players’ Children’s productions, WTNS/Salvation Army Christmas Castle, Dollars for Scholars, the United Way and many other projects. Three years ago, we joined Rea and Associates to recognize an outstanding Small Business each year. I would like to tell you a little about this year’s recipient. In the fall of 1904, Andy, his wife Lizzie and one child, Marie, moved to Coshocton where he worked in a local glass factory using skills learned in his native Germany. Six more children were born here to Andy and Lizzie. Andy attended Bliss Business College in about 1909 to learn about American business methods and that turned out to be a good decision because by 1913, machines had taken the place of human glass blowers. Andy needed a way to support his family and decided on the florist business for his livelihood. He studied greenhouse growing and flower arranging. He made his first delivery on a bicycle and later in a Model T Ford. The sign on the side of the Ford

became synonymous with quality and beauty in Coshocton. The sign said "Flowers from Kiefers." By the 1940's, Andy's son Edward had joined him in the business. Father and son worked together through war time and the Depression and until Andy's death in 1964. In the meantime, Ed was raising a family of his own - six children to be exact. His fifth child, Edward Jr. decided he would like to join his father in the business and attended the just-opened Agricultural Technical Institute in Wooster, OH, graduating in 1975. Again, father and son worked together until Ed Sr.'s death in 2006. In 2010, Ed Jr. made the decision to move the business to its new location in Roscoe Village just in time to celebrate its 100th anniversary. Ed says that his personal focus has always been to educate people about flowers, plants, landscaping, and lifestyle. He gave his first talk on green plant care in 1976 and hasn’t shut up since (Ed’s words). Ed was taught by his father to take responsibility for being part of the community. He serves on the Roscoe Foundation board, a member of the Clary Gardens Planning Committee, and is past president of the Town and Country Garden Club. Ed is also on the Business Revitalization Committee which is looking for ways to bring new life into the city’s business districts. Recently, Ed and Robert Colby started a brand new venture called Commonwealth Americana which is focused on selling ‘made in Coshocton’ arts, crafts and home wares for the retail market in Roscoe Village. We congratulate Kiefer’s Florist on its first 100 years. It is my extreme pleasure, as President of the Kiwanis Club of Coshocton, to present the 2013 Richard Rea Small Business of the Year award to Kiefer’s Florist.

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