World travel brings Kiwanis International leader to Granbury
Daniel Vigneron of Luxembourg tavels the world as an ambassador for the Kiwanis Club nonprofit organization. It’s part of his service as the International President.
Last week he and his wife Faby Gregoire were in Gran-bury to meet members of the Lake Granbury Kiwanis Club and attend The Voice of Granbury fundraiser.
“I really like the historic buildings around the square,” he said while dining at Eighteen Ninety Grille on the square.
The couple has been married 48 years, have three children, four grandchildren and a 90-pound dog named Etna. Gregoire was a little concerned about boarding the dog while on the couple’s extended trip to America.
“I’m worried about her being lonely,” she said.
The couple’s whirlwind trip featured many stops, including the Rose Parade on Jan. 1 in California. Vigneron posed for photographs with other service club leaders from Rotary Club, Lions Club and Optimist Club.
Vigneron and his wife were featured on the Kiwanis International float titled “Soaring With Hope.”
It is the mission of Kiwanis to serve the children of the world. This includes funding to eliminate neonatal tetanus which is a problem in underdeveloped nations where a baby is not always born in a sterile environment, Vigneron said.
“A baby who contacts tetanus at birth can die very quickly. If the mother is inoculated, this doesn’t happen,” he explained.
Vielsalm grew up in the Belgian Congo in Africa. After high school, he moved to Belgium. For more than 30 years he was a commerical engineer for a mattress company.
He has served in multiple capacities with the Kiwanis Club. His wife is also active with Kiwanis, but they are in different clubs. She’s in an all female club and his club is all male.
Vielsalm grinned and said, “It’s not really a big deal.