FARMINGTON — Two charter members of the Rio del Sol Kiwanis Club have been awarded the Kiwanis International Foundation's George F. Hixson Fellowship.

Hixson Fellowships are given to donors who contribute at least $1,000 to the foundation, according to the Kiwanis website.

The award was presented to Bob Brooks and Dr. Bob Lehmer.

Brooks was the club's first president when it was chartered in May 2013. His favorite Kiwanis projects are "Don’t Meth With Us" and the Clothes for Kids winter clothing drive, according to information provided by the club.

Brooks works in the human resource department at San Juan College. He and his wife, Anita, have been married for 30 years and have three children.

Lehmer moved to Farmington in 1972 and started Orthopedic Associates. He founded the River Reach Foundation in 1986, and established Riverfest a year later.

Awards he has earned include the Paul Harris Fellow Award, the New Mexico Medical Society Community Service Award, Individual Citation for Outstanding Contribution to the Recreation and Parks Movement and the Chamber of Commerce Humanitarian of the Year.

He and his wife, Gloria have six children and eight grandchildren.

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