The Kiwanis Club of Harker Heights met Oct. 11 at Big Hoss Barbeque for the group’s annual installation banquet.

The first award presentation of the evening was the Kiwanian of the Year.

“The person who receives this honor from year to year is the type of Kiwanian who is always there to help no matter the circumstance. You can always depend on that person to complete what they’ve committed to. That’s why it gives me great honor to announce that our Kiwanian of the Year for 2016-2017 is James Doyle,” Club President David McClure said.

“I was looking forward to somebody’s speech,” Doyle said, not expecting the award.

Speaking of the Kiwanis Club Flag Project, he said, “It pays to punch holes in people’s yards.”

Doyle received a plaque and a gift card from Walgreen’s.

A Legion of Honor Pin and certificate were to be presented to Robert Dunlap for 40 years of service. He was unable to attend the banquet due to illness.

Outgoing board members Patty Brunson, Richard Dinwiddie and Jos Portmann were honored for their service.

District Lt. Gov. Harriet Brodie of Belton officially installed the officers for 2017-2018.

The board of directors will be Steve Carpenter, Mariko Cross, Norman Dunbar, James Hoyle and Esabell Zellmar.

The officers of the Harker Heights Kiwanis Club for 2017-2018 will be David McClure, president; Jody Nicholas, president elect: Darrel Charlton, vice-president: Vivian Marschik, secretary: Randy Stone, treasurer: and Charles Sweeney, past president.

McClure, in a speech following the installation said, “I wanted to say that this year I will try to be a real Kiwanian and not just a Kiwanis member. I encourage everyone else to do the same.”

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