New officers who will lead the Harker Heights Kiwanis Club for 2015-16 were sworn in at a special induction banquet held September 29 in the Parish Center of the St. Paul Chong Hasang Catholic Church.
Taking on the new leadership positions are Charles Sweeny, president; Jeanette McNiesh, president-elect; Bill Griffith, vice-president; Vivian Marschik, secretary; and Randy Stone, treasurer.
The board of directors for the new year will be: Richard Dinwiddie, James Hoyle, Esbell Zellmar, Steve Carpenter, Patty Brunson, Jos Portman, Jody Nicholas and Darrel Charlton.
Stepping down from leadership positions will be past president Pete Laessig and board member Diane Thompson.
Kiwanis Lieutenant Governor Chuck Lauer officially conducted the installation and pinned the new group of leaders.
Receiving the 2015 Kiwanian of the Year Award was member Norm Dunbar.
Perfect attendance awards were given out to Mariko Cross, Darrel Charlton, Norm Dunbar, Jos Portman and Charles Sweeny.
In his closing remarks as the departing president, Laessig referred to comments he made at last week’s meeting when he said, “We have a great membership and one of the characteristics of a great club is to be happy. While we’re having a good time together we are sharing good things with people in the community.”
Sweeny, the new 2015-16 president of the Heights Kiwanis Club said, “It’s a real honor to hold this position during the 100th anniversary of Kiwanis. Eighty-eight years ago my grandfather was installed as president in 1927 of a small-town Kiwanis Club in Oklahoma. So Kiwanis has been in my family for quite some time.”
He commended the new officers and board members and said he looked forward to working with such a great team.
A list of service projects accomplished during 2014-15 was included on the back of the banquet’s printed program. A sample of those includes the American Flag Program, Pancake Supper, Builders Club, Friends of the Harker Heights Library, scholarships for high school seniors and support of Peaceable Kingdom.
The Harker Heights Kiwanis Club meets at noon Tuesdays in the Parish Hall of St. Paul Chong Hasang Catholic Church.