SELMA – The Kiwanis Club of Greater Selma has installed its officers who will serve until September 2019. The new officers are President Peggy Martin, President-Elect Amber Crowder, Secretary RoseMary Hernandez and Treasurer Theresa Salas. Their Past-President is Roseann Galvan. The officer installation took place at La Estrella Restaurant in September.
Crowder said their organization is about modeling and teaching leadership skills and instilling a sense of community to local students.
“We work with Key Club students by taking them to their district meetings were they practice their leadership skills, plan events and interact with others Key Clubs students in the district,” she said.
The Kiwanis’ annual fund-raising efforts include a two-mile Fun Run in May where usually 50 to 75 take part. “My favorite part is whole families come out together to participate,” Crowder said.
They also host a booth at the 3rd of July Fireworks Show at Selma High.
“This year our club was very excited to give $2,500 in scholarships. We also gave $1,000 to the Police Explorers to help them get new uniforms,” Crowder said.
Crowder said their organization also works with other Kiwanis clubs in the Valley and although they’re a smaller organization, she feels they accomplish much for their size.
“There are seven of us. We are a small club but each of us participates,” she said. “We are always saying ‘we are small but mighty.’”
Crowder adds that while she is very proud to serve with this group and the Key Club students, she’s also inspired by fellow member, Teresa Wood, who serves as the Key Club adviser.
“Teresa is a wonderful woman who really inspires me to try to do more. She has a very demanding job but still dedicates so much time to the Key Club. You can see how proud she is of the kids each time she talks about their accomplishments. She uses her own time and resources to ensure they are recognized when deserved. I have no doubt Mrs. Wood is making a positive, lasting difference in the lives of the kids in our community and I thank her.”