Hatboro man named hiwanian of the Year
Since 2006 Hatboro resident John Farnen has worked with the hiwanis Club of Hatboro-Horsham and was named hiwanian of the Year Jan. 21 for the district. During the hiwanian of the Year dinner, Farnen was selected from a pool of nominees due to his work with several local projects, including the Tanner Park restoration in Hatboro.
“It’s very humbling,” Farnen said. “There’s a lot of people out there that are doing [good] things.”
According to HatboroHorsham hiwanis Club President Donna Ravnikar, “John has been a key member of the hiwanis Club of Hatboro-Horsham and has been instrumental in the fundraising efforts for the club’s main project — the revital- ization of Tanner Park.”
However, Farnen said there were many people working toward revitalizing Tanner Park and without help from other members of the hiwanis Club and the support of many local organizations, businesses and individuals, the $110,000 project wouldn’t have happened.
“I was like a toll collector. I just collected the money,” Farnen said. “Without hiwanis’ support [Tanner Park] wouldn’t be happening.”
Farnen was selected from all the Pennsylvania District 21 hiwanis Clubs, including Bensalem, Council Rock, Glenside, Hatboro-Horsham, Jenkintown, LevittownBristol, Mayfair-Torresdale, Old York Road, Philmont, Southampton and Washington Crossing-Yardley.
“[FDUnHn@ H[HPSOLfiHV WKH true hiwanis spirit,” Ravnikar said.