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Donald Allerton Johnston 1874-1957

Donald Allerton Johnston 1874-1957

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted September, 2004

Donald Allerton Johnston 1874-1957

Photo from Google Street View ©2010 Google - Posted December, 2010

Plaque Location

The County of Lambton
The Township of Dawn-Euphemia
In a small park on the southeast corner of the
intersection of Roads 21, 1 and 15

Coordinates: N 42 39.326 W 82 07.563


Plaque Text

Born on a nearby farm, Johnston became a co-founder and, in 1915, the first president of the world's first Kiwanis Club. He spent his childhood in this area, and in 1892 emigrated to Detroit, Michigan. Employed in the insurance business, he gained prominence in that field, and assisted in forming a club of local businessmen which became the first Kiwanis Club. Johnston served as an international trustee 1916-18 and governor of Michigan Kiwanis in 1923. During his lifetime he saw the Kiwanis grow into an international organization, among whose objectives are "promoting the adoption and application of higher, social, business and professional standards", and the development of "intelligent, aggressive and serviceable citizenship".



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Posted April 24, 2013
Interesting, the directional sign, 2 km to the north, spells his name "JOHNSON " without the "T". [Editor's Response: I've now notified the Ontario Heritage Trust. Thanks.]

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