The Kiwanis Club of Findlay launched the 2019-20 service year with the installation of officers and directors.
Kiwanis Division 1 South Lt. Governor Rich Ulmes officiated the installation and presented the incoming officers and board of directors to the membership: president, Sarah Clevidence; president-elect, Brian Whitta; vice president, Shannan Connelly; secretary, Karen Brannan; treasurer; Kim Foster; and past president, Becky Bowman. First-year board members are Kim Leeper, Sophie Miller, Bev Philips and Ashley Ritz. Serving their second year on the board are Randy Daniels, Jerry McNamee, Jeremy Strapp and Ann Woolum.
Bowman summarized her year as president, highlighting substantial growth in membership and service, as well as record-breaking fundraising. This places the club in an excellent position as it enters its centennial year.
To underscore the importance of member service to the mission of the club, Bowman offered special recognition to two club members for their outstanding service.
Rich Ulmes was honored as Findlay Kiwanis’ Kiwanian of the Year for the 2018-19 service year, having added over 10 new members as membership chairman. He also orchestrated the update of the club website and enthusiastically offered his service and Kiwanis knowledge whenever asked. Woolum was awarded the Kiwanis Distinguished Service Award for her dedicated service in all areas of the club, including her work on formalizing an operating reserve and an investment guideline. Woolum was instrumental in the research and development of the 100-year project.
Club past presidents Anne Stapley and Irvin Reinhart were honored with Presidential Zeller Awards for their dedication to the club — especially their commitments to go above and beyond by serving as president.
The Kiwanis International Zeller Award is named in honor of Walter Zeller, who started the Kiwanis Children Foundation. In awarding the Zeller Awards, the club makes a donation to the Kiwanis Children Foundation in support of the foundation’s goal of eliminating maternal neonatal tetanus (MNT) from the world. Each Zeller Award presented represents 690 lives vaccinated against MNT.
The Kiwanis Club of Findlay meets at noon Wednesdays in the DOCK at St. Marks United Methodist Church, 800 S. Main St.