2018-02-09 / Society

Golden K inducts new president

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John Baynes (c) was inducted as president of the Columbia Golden K Kiwanis Club. Presenting the honorary gavel are Legrand Cooper and Jennifer Hethcox, the outgoing and incoming lieutenant governors of the Carolinas District of Kiwanis International. John Baynes (c) was inducted as president of the Columbia Golden K Kiwanis Club. Presenting the honorary gavel are Legrand Cooper and Jennifer Hethcox, the outgoing and incoming lieutenant governors of the Carolinas District of Kiwanis International. John Baynes was recently elected as president of the Golden K Kiwanis Club. Baynes is Carolina Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and now Affiliate Professor of Pharmacology, Physiology, and Neuroscience at the USC School of Medicine.

He taught medical biochemistry to students at the Medical School during 1976-2006. He is author/editor of a major textbook of Medical Biochemistry, published by Elsevier International; the textbook has been translated into Greek, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish, and a Japanese translation is in progress; the fifth English edition will appear in the spring, 2018.

In his free time, Baynes works with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance ( VITA ) program at The Cooperative Ministry in Columbia. This program provided free income tax assistance to over 6,000 persons in the Columbia community during 2017.

The Golden K Kiwanis is one of 170 Kiwanis Clubs in the Carolinas District. There are 6,000 members in the Carolinas District, and over 600,000 members in the International Kiwanis Organization. These clubs are involved in a wide range of civic activities, focused primarily on children.

The Columbia Golden K Kiwanis is a group of 40 seniors from the academic, professional, and business community of Columbia who meets weekly at the Lourie Center, near Maxcy Gregg Park.

Members support the Columbia Golden K Foundation which awarded nearly $10,000 to charitable and educational institutions in Columbia during 2017.

Baynes says he has two major goals for 2018: growth in Golden K membership and growth in Golden K Foundation support for the community. Visitors are always welcome to meetings at the Lourie Center on Wednesday mornings at 9:45 a.m.

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