The David and Grettle Payne family of the Emporia Ward, Topeka Kansas Stake, was recently honored as the "1994 Family of Builders" by the Kansas Kiwanis Foundation.
Now in its 23rd year, the award recognizes a Kansas family for its unity, strength and joint contributions to the educational, spiritual, cultural, political and social development of the community. It also acknowledges civic service.Children in the family are Sarah, 20; John, 19; Samuel, 17; Daniel, 15; James, 12; and David, 9. The family has built its unity and strength collectively and individually by having daily prayer and scripture study and weekly family home evenings. In addition, the Paynes emphasized having fun together and have developed a number of family traditions that have built a feeling of togetherness.
The children have excelled individually in academics, school leadership positions, swimming, debate and forensics, and vocal and instrumental music. The family lends support and encouragement to the individual members in their endeavors.
Brother Payne is academic vice president of Emporia State University and Sister Payne has been involved with the local board of education and has served on the White House Conference on Libraries and Information Services.
Among other acts of service, the Paynes for several years have helped groups of international students by providing English language instruction, support and friendship as well as sharing Thanksgiving Day with them.