At its fourth annual Retirement/Installation of officers and members, the Bowling Green K-Kids celebrated another outstanding year of service to their school, community, nation and world.
The year was highlighted by more than 40 service projects ranging from fund raisers such as a talent show benefitting Kiwanis International's Worldwide Service Project to eliminate Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus (MNT) to food drives to feed needy families in the East Meadow and Westbury communities.
The Bowling Green K-Kids' efforts were recognized at the local, state and international levels.
Earlier in the 2011-2012 service year, Bowling Green K-Kids Secretary Kira Gruber won the K-Kids International Greeting Card Contest in two separate categories.
The club also received a Charter Zeller Fellowship recognizing their contribution to the ELIMINATE Project. They presented the Zeller to faculty advisor Rich Santer.
More recently, the club also completed a clean sweep of the K-Kids awards and contests, winning every contest and award at the New York District level.
At this year’s Retirment/Installation Ceremony, the K-Kids as a whole received the George F. Hixson Fellowship recognizing their continuing support of the ELIMINATE Project.
The club also presented five Joseph Michael Wuest Service Leadership Fellowships from the Kiwanis Pediatric Lyme Disease Foundation and 14 KPTC Service Leadership Fellowships from the Kiwanis Pediatric Trauma Center.
The Bowling Green K-Kids also topped previous club records for most members receiving Gold Level Presidential Volunteer Service Awards from President Obama.
Recipients of the Gold Level Presidential Volunteer Service Awards were required to complete at least 100 certified hours of community service within the 2011-12 service year.
President Devon Rafanelli, Treasurer Kayla Connolly, Secretary (and incoming president) Kira Gruber, Publicist Danielle Hallett, K-Family Chair Isabella Michaelis, Matthew Michaelis, Mackenzie Bauman, Isabella DeLeon, Max DeLeon, Aileen Farrell, Justin Infante, Elianna Rivera, Marisa Simone, Chloe Weydig and Katlyn Weydig earned Gold Level Presidential Volunteer Service Awards and received a congratulatory letter from President Obama, a certificate and a gold lapel pin.
Following the awards, Key Club Lt. Governor Paul DeSantis retired the 2011-2012 officers and installed the 2012-2013 board. 2012-2013 President Kira Gruber concluded the ceremony by installing each member and accepting the club banner, gong and gavel.