Leigh Ann Boyd, past president of 2011-12, conducted the ceremony between musical selections by the guest band. This was her last official act as president before taking the title ‘past president.’
“It has been a pleasure to serve as president of the Kiwanis Club of Cleveland. I look forward to another great year under the leadership of Chris Newton,” Boyd said.
The new officers of the Kiwanis Club are Chris Newton, president; Bruce Bradford, president-elect; Traci Hamilton, vice president; and Kathy Austin, secretary and treasurer. These officers were inducted along with several new board members, to include: Milan Blake, Gary Dennis, and Alan E. Winter. Incoming board members will serve through 2015.
Boyd gave a year in review before recognizing individual Kiwanians for awards.
“We are going to take a sentimental journey to see what we have accomplished this year,” Boyd said. “The Kiwanis Club of Cleveland has participated in many projects while having fun fulfilling our motto: serving the children of the year.”
Throughout the last year, Cleveland Kiwanians participated in the Casa Moonlight Walk, volunteered in “On My Own Financial Planning” at surrounding high schools, sponsored surrounding high school key clubs, purchased clothing and delivered packages to local elementary schools, rang bells for Salvation Army, provided 750 books at Dr. Seuss Day at Cleveland State Community College, flipped pancakes at the Bald Headed Bistro to raise money, and sold flowers to raise money for Eliminate among many other projects.
Women in Kiwanis were recognized to celebrate 25 years of female participation in the club. Kaye Smith has been a member with the club for 17 years. Bob Sanders received the Legion of Honor for 30 years of faithful Kiwanian service.
Kiwanian of the year was awarded to Bruce Bradford. Boyd said the award is given to, “the member who has exhibited extraordinary commitment to the Kiwanis Club of Cleveland. This person is a volunteer dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time.”
Newton said his presidency would be marked by a hard push in terms of corporate memberships. He listed several goals to the gathered Kiwanians.
“My goals for the upcoming year are fairly simple,” Newton said. “No. 1 is to recruit seven new members into the club. No. 2 is to make sure we continue serving the children of the world, and in particular, the children of Bradley County and Cleveland. And No. 3 is fundraising.”
Another goal for Newton is the inclusion of long-term and senior members.
“We are only here today because of what you older members have done in years past,” Newton said. “... It is one of my high honors to be selected by this club to lead you into another year.”