Hat­boro man named hi­wa­nian of the Year

The Willow Grove Guide - - FRONT PAGE - By Caitlin Burns


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.

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