Dick Hjelm


submitted photo Dick Hjelm, at right, received the Vantine Award, which is given to Kiwanis members who have excelled through service to their club and to the communities in which they serve.

The Vantine Award is named for Jack Vantine, a lifetime Kiwanian who was instrumental in setting up the Minnesota/Dakotas Foundation for the purpose of funding college scholarships for high school students at schools in the Minnesota/Dakota District. This year there were 15 Vantine recipients at the recent Education Day meeting in Red Wing.

In the name of the recipients, $1,000 each was given to the Minnesota/Dakotas Foundation, and will be placed in a perpetual fund that continues to grow through regular donations. 

A large number of scholarships are granted each year from the interest that the fund accrues. Dick Hjelm’s name will be listed in perpetuity for this honor.

As a 32-year member of Kiwanis, Hjelm has consistently volunteered for service projects, has been active in fundraisers and has served several times as director on the club’s board of directors. He’s unselfish as a member and in the life that he leads.

Hjelm is always eager to help with the club’s annual bell-ringing for the Salvation Army and with service projects such as Feed My Starving Children and the Sheridan Story, which provides food for elementary students on weekends.

The North Suburban St. Paul Kiwanis Club operates a malt shop at the Minnesota State Fair, which is staffed entirely by volunteers with the proceeds going directly back to the community. Hjelm’s role in the care and maintenance of the shop comes from caring about having an operation that is perfect from every standpoint.

As a retired master plumber, Hjelm has the knowledge and skills for any mechanical task required to keep the operation fit and proper.

The North Suburban Kiwanis Club meets most Mondays at the Roseville Davanni’s, 1905 Perimeter Road, near Rosedale Center, and always welcomes new members. For more information go to the club’s website at www.northsuburbankiwanis.org.

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