Kiwanis District 35 Governor overcomes poverty

Kiwanis District 35 Governor overcomes poverty

Dr. Bill Rauhauser was in town to speak at the Governor’s Banquet. His speech was directed toward the Kiwanis Club in District 35 reaching their goals and doing good. It was amazing that Dr. Rauhauser made it to the banquet Dr. Rauhauser’s life got off to a rough start . This is what he had to say about those earlier years. “Growing up on welfare as the ninth of nine children and a single parent mom, I developed a keen sense of what it meant to live in poverty. At 15 I dropped out of school, following in the footsteps of six older siblings. My high school football coach cared enough to come to my house, and he literally took me back to school. Every young person needs a positive relationship with a significant adult that does not practice self-destructive behaviors. Coach was that person for me. Kiwanis is all about the kids. That is why I have such a passion for changing the world one child and one community at a time.” {{more}}Dr. Bill Rauhauser’s career included teaching, coaching, Assistant High School Principal, High School and Jr. High Principal, Curriculum Director, Assistant Superintendent and State Department Consultant. In 1987, after 17 years in public education, he started his own company and has conducted over 4000 workshops in 45 states, New Zealand, Europe, and Canada training school administrators in Strategic Planning. Bill has a B.A. from University of Northern Iowa, a M.A from Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri and a Ph.D. from Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa. Bill Rauhauser – Dist. 35 Governor, Mayor Norm Archibald – VP of the Hendrick Medical Center Foundation, Will Smith – Lt. Governor of Dist. 35, Mark Hoover – President of the Kiwanis Club of Abilene, Gary Jay – President of the Greater Kiwanis Club of Abilene and Jerri Gee – President of the Sweetwater Kiwanis Club. The District 35 Clubs presented a check for $9,442.97 towards a pledge of $50,000 for a playroom at the Hendrick Children’s Hospital. Photo by Floyd MillerDuring his Kiwanis career, Bill has been the recipient of many other awards such as: Multiple years as a Distinguished Member, Distinguished President , Distinguished Lt. Governor, Robson Ranch Kiwanian of the Year, George F. Hixson fellow, C.T. Bush Award recipient . He is also a life-time member of Kiwanis International as well as the T-O Past Lt. Governors Association. He is presently serving on the board of the T-O Foundation.In addition to these accomplishments Bill was inducted into the Iowa Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002. Past Governor of Dist. 35, Nancy Miller and Dr. Gordon Dowell were among the attendees at the Governor’s Banquet. Photo by Floyd Miller