Long time Ocean Shores resident, Kyle Smith, has been presented with two prestigious awards for his community service and contributions as a businessman.
Although Smith has owned and operated Smith-Western Company in Tacoma, he and his wife, Betty, have made Ocean Shores their home base nearly from the inception of the city.
Recently Smith was awarded the first George F. Hixon Fellowship Presentation from the Tacoma University Place Kiwanis Club for his contributions to the Kiwanis International World Service Project to virtually eliminate iodine deficiency disorders in children. Iodine deficiency is the world’s leading cause of preventable mental retardation in children.
The Hixson Fellowship is the highest honor that Kiwanis can bestow upon a Kiwanis member. Smith, one of the sponsors of the Ocean Shores Kiwanis, is a Charter member of the University Place Kiwanis, at one time serving as president.
Among the service projects in which Smith took an active role, was the installation of lights at Curtis High School football field, purchase of Medic One for the fire department, and hosting a banquet for the Curtis football team’s state championship win.
Smith’s second award, the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce 11th Annual George Francis Train International Business Commemorative, was in recognition of the achievements of his company, Smith-Western, the largest distributor of postcards in the U.S. and one of the world’s largest purveyors of souvenirs.
Smith bought out his employer and established the Smith-Western Company 50 years ago.
His Tacoma corporate headquarters employs 42 employees. His southwestern U.S. division employs 100 more. And, scenic views of Washington have changed to scenic views of nine states. His postcard inventory includes 1,400 different views.
The award honors an individual or business that has made a significant contribution to the international business community in Tacoma and Pierce County.