Community service

Outstanding community service recognized by the Kiwanis Club of Homewood-Mountain Brook

The Kiwanis Club of Homewood-Mountain Brook recently presented two Walter Zeller Fellowships for Outstanding Service to the Homewood Community.

Members of the Graphos family received the medal and certificate awarded posthumously to Sammy Graphos, a fixture in Homewood’s main business district prior to his passing in October 2021. The influence and wisdom of Graphos, the former owner /operator of Sam’s Super Samwiches, have spread far beyond the walls of the restaurant, the club said. Her son, Ted, shared several stories about Graphos’ caring for children and adults in Rosedale and in schools in Homewood. Kiwanis Club members rejoiced at the news of the reopening of Sam’s Super Samwiches under Ted’s direction at its new location in Soho.

The second prize honors the 37-year career of Deborah Fout, recently retired director of the Homewood Public Library. Under his leadership, more than $500,000 in improvements have seen the light of day, including exceptional programs for children and teens, adult services and a state-of-the-art computer center, the club said. His service to Homewood, the region and the state is widely recognized, the club said. Scott Sims, District Governor of Kiwanis Alabama, presented the award to Fout, surrounded by his close friends and library colleagues.

The Kiwanis International Walter Zeller Fellowship was established to fund The Eliminate Project, which aims to eliminate neonatal maternal tetanus in developing countries. The Kiwanis Club of Homewood-Mountain Brook shares this initiative by recognizing members of the community whose lives exemplify distinguished contributions and service.

– Submitted by Leland Keller.