The Kiwanis in Fairbury are looking forward to a bright new year as they continue to plan many community events with the help of their newly installed officers.
At their meeting on Tuesday, Lieutenant Governor for Division 22 Steve Wisthoff helped to install the new board, explaining the important roles that each of them have in keeping the organization strong. Outgoing President Bill Runge was presented with a certificate to honor his service to the Kiwanis over the past year.
The new officers for the year are: Jason Grant, President; Hali Bielser, Vice President; Chance Klasek, President Elect; Tammy Suey, Secretary; Jim Bell, Treasurer; Board of Directors: Danni Starck, Brooke Schwab and Sharon Priefert.
New President Jason Grant explained that it is a great organization that benefits the community through its service and other fun events.
“Some of the things that we do throughout the year include a pancake feed that raises money to donate to children, a track meet that we host every year for fourth through sixth graders, we do Trunk or Treat and we also sponsor scholarships and make donations for things like Camp Jefferson,” said Grant. “We also serve in the community by helping out with food stands.”
Grant emphasized that the organization provides a great chance for people connect with others in the community, especially the younger generations.
“People should join Kiwanis because it’s a good opportunity for people to come out and meet other young people,” Grant said. “I think our club has one of the younger memberships throughout the community. As I mentioned earlier, it also provides a good chance for people to give back to the community and to stay active.”
The Kiwanis will continue to plan the events for this coming year. People who are interested in joining the organization are encouraged to contact any one of the current members of the Kiwanis.
“We’re looking forward to the year ahead,” said Grant. “We’re still setting up next year’s plans, especially which activities we will be doing.”