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November 12, 2009

Millikin receives Kiwanis award



Danville Kiwanian Chuck Taylor, who organized the recognition event along with Debbie Lamar, said, "Jack has been a great member of Kiwanis and a great community leader for all these years. He’s always been known as a hard worker. In fact, I believe he still has some Pancake Breakfast tickets left from when he was chair in 1951. That’s when six tickets were selling for only $5."

The decision to accept women as Kiwanis members was another exciting time when much of the membership had mixed feelings.

"Back in 1987, I thought it was a good idea to admit women to the club," Millikin said, "and now I know we definitely made the right decision."

His father, Paul, was very active in Kiwanis and served as president of the organization in 1929.

"I’ll never forget when my father took me to the Kiwanis National Convention in Atlantic City, N.J., when I was 11 years old. I was really impressed, and right then I planned to join Kiwanis someday," Millikin said.

Millikin graduated from DHS and attended Millikin University. He became a partner in Millikin Dry Cleaners with his father in 1938, but started helping in the business when he was just a boy.

"The dry cleaning business was booming during the depression years because it was a lot cheaper back then to have your clothes cleaned than to buy new ones," he said. He took over the business in 1971, and in 1993 he turned it over to his son, Jim.

Millikin became a Realtor in 1963, and was named Realtor of the Year in 1992.

Even though he got out of the realty business last January, he still goes into his former office at 25 N. Franklin St. for some time every day.

Millikin is a charter member and past president of the Danville Jaycees, was chosen Man of the Week in 1949 by the Commercial-News, and was named Outstanding Jaycee of the Year in 1950. He was honored as the American Business Club First Citizen in 1959 and received the Kiwanis Club’s George F. Hixson Award in 1997.

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