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Brooklyn’s Horrigan the regional Kiwanis Layperson of the Year

Rodney F. Horrigon, left, receives a certificate naming him the Kiwanis Layperson of the year for the Nebraska/Iowa region by Loren Rickard, right, current president and the mayor of Brooklyn.

Rodney Horrigan, Brooklyn, was recently awarded the Layperson of the Year for the Nebraska-Iowa Kiwanis District.

Horrigan, a member of the Brooklyn Kiwanis since 2001, was also presented the Brooklyn Kiwanis Club award.

"It surprised me," he said, "We have an outstanding group of people in the Brooklyn Kiwanis, and to be honored by them is just incredible."

A club vice president—he will serve as the president elect for 2010 and then president in 2011—Horrigan was responsible for introducing the HOBY Leadership Program to the local club, which sends at least one (two this year) sophomore student from the BGM School District to the Iowa HOBY Leadership Conference.

“Having seen the abject poverty and hunger of third world countries, I encouraged the club to take an active part in helping to feed some of the starving people of the world,” he said.

As a result, he said, they now donate enough funding to provide 500 children of Haiti a Christmas dinner.”

He is also chair of the committee for organizing the Kids Against Hunger Program in Brooklyn, with the goal of packaging thousands of meals fortified to reverse the effects of malnutrition due to starvation.

A former U.S. Marine Corps fighter pilot, Horrigan has a long history in the region—one of the most memorable, if not hardest, was as mayor of Chelsea during the recovery efforts from the Midwest floods of 1993 which left the

town under water for five months.

"We tried to move the town, but there

was to much disagreement," he said. "FEMA struck a deal with us and about one-third of the families (55) moved."

A former Lay Pastor at Haven Community Church, Tama, Horrigan was also a board president, vice president, usher, choir member and Sunday school teacher.

His mission training has taken him to Russia, Germany, and the Czech Republic, and has worked with and for Touch Ministry of Haiti, traveling to that country on six different working mission trips.

He is currently the pastor of Lighthouse Revival Church, Brooklyn, and a member of the Brooklyn Ministerial Association, but will pass the mantel to a new pastor on Sunday, Sept. 13.

A farmer, his focus has been in livestock and grain—he is a master corn grower and was owner/operator of Chelsea Feed Mill Inc., Chelsea. He has also won five regional sales awards for Gooch Feeds and for Northrop King Seeds, and received the national sales leader award from Pride Seeds.

His business in Chelsea was destroyed by the 1993 floods. He was also owner of Oat Processing Corp of America, which was also destroyed in the floods. Horrigan lives on the family farm, a Century farm, near Brooklyn and has been married to his wife, Carol, for 47 years. They have three children, Brenda, who lives in Paris, France; Dea, of Chelsea; and Spencer, an adopted 14-year-old who is a fifth generation Horrigan.

UPDATED September 8, 2009 2:56 PM

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