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Keane, others honored

Thu., Jan. 29, 2009

Jerry Keane, the school superintendent of Post Falls School District, has had quite a year.

Last Thursday, Keane was named Post Falls’ Citizen of the Year at the Post Falls Chamber of Commerce 20th annual Inaugural Banquet.

Keane was recognized for his dedication and service to the community and work with kids. He has been a member of the Post Falls Kiwanis for 18 years. He’s on the program committee for the Human Rights Education Institute, an ex-officio member of the Post Falls Education Foundation, a chair of the Chamber’s Governmental Affairs Committee, and a board member of the Post Falls Historical Society.

But his accomplishments and recognition don’t stop at Citizen of the Year. Earlier this month, Keane was awarded Idaho’s Superintendent of the Year honors for his dedication to education and hands-on methods.

Also recognized at the Inaugural Banquet on Thursday was Rich Houser, honored as Volunteer of the Year. Houser is a member of the Governmental Affairs Committee and a founding committee member of the River City Leadership Academy.

The nonprofit Spirit of Post Falls Greene Idaho Foundation was recognized for its donation of almost $287,000 to local charities and nonprofits since 2004, including the Post Falls Historical Society, OASIS women’s shelter, Post Falls tourism, Children’s Village, American Legion, Post Falls Senior Center, Herborn Stained-Glass Project, Post Falls Food Bank, and Post Falls Education Foundation.

The Kimball Office received the Large Business of the Year award. Kimball’s employees serve on a number of chamber committees and the board, the River City Leadership Academy and the Post Falls Community Volunteers.

Dickinson Insurance and Moon Dollars were given Small Business of the Year awards. The businesses under the same roof have contributed to the chamber’s auction, new building fund and golf tournament.

English Funeral Chapels was inducted into the Heritage Hall of Fame. English started as a family-owned business in Coeur d’Alene in 1941 and expanded to Post Falls in 1973.

Rainey Coffin can be reached at (509) 927-2166 or via e-mail at

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