Kiwanis International honors Terrell for service

Aug 23, 2013
Photo by: Donated photo Mike Simonson, president of the Kiwanis Club of Waynesville, presents the Legion of Honor Certificate to Vi Terrell.

Vi Terrell, a member of the Kiwanis Club of Waynesville, received the Kiwanis International “Legion of Honor Certificate” for her 25 years of service in Kiwanis.

Terrell joined the club May 3, 1988 as the second female member. She served as president of the club for the 1991-92 and 1997-98 administrative years.  She served as Lt. Governor of Division 1 of the Carolinas District for the 1993-94 year with the distinction of being the first female Lt. Governor of the division. Terrell is also the recipient of the George F. Hixon Fellowship, an award given by the Kiwanis International Foundation.

Terrell has also been very active in numerous community activities. She has more than 60 years of service to the Girl Scouts of America, she was president of the Pisgah Council for five years and she still supervises a Daisy Troop at Longs Chapel Methodist Church. Terrell has been a member of Longs Chapel for over 50 years and received the Torch Award from the United Methodist Church for her service to children and youth. She was also chosen the Lay Person of the Year at the Western North Carolina Conference in 1990. In 1982 she received the North Carolina Governor’s Award for her involvement in one or more service organizations. Terrell received the Philanthropist of the Year Award from the Haywood County Community Foundation in 2003.

The community may also identify with Terrell in her comedy routine as Clursie, a mountain woman with mountain talk.

Terrell and her husband, John, have four children, 11 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.