Kiwanis Club

The Troy Kiwanis Club held its 2020-2011 installation on Oct. 6 at Taormina’s on South Lincoln Avenue in Troy.

Lieutenant Governor Art Castille of the Mississippi/Arkansas District installed President John Finklang, Vice President Brenda Schulte, Treasurer Cindy Davenport and Secretary Thom Artru.

Also installed to the local Kiwanis Club Board of Directors were Dave Kessler, Martin Meyer, Dan Anderson, Harold Daniels, Nichole Fritchel and Steve Murphy. Jim Zuroweste, Alex Mair and Brian Lourance were installed to the Kiwanis Foundation Board of Directors.

Cindy Davenport and Martin Meyer were presented the Charles “Pheeze” Kemper Presidential Heritage Service Award, also known as the Kiwanians of the Year for 2019-2020.

The Presidential Heritage Service Award series is named in honor of Kiwanians who have recently passed away, and who have served Troy Kiwanis for many years. Other winners were Lt. Governor Castille receiving the Joseph “Joe” Witte Presidential Heritage Award, Roger Hutchison and Harold Daniels receiving the William “Bill” Dunard Presidential Heritage Service Award, Brenda Schulte and Thom Artru receiving the Michael “Mike” Bockhorst  Presidential Heritage Service Award and Steve Murphy receiving the Robert “Bob” Dunard Presidential Heritage Service Award.

Dan Anderson, Dave Kessler, Alex Mair Brian Lourance, Mary Sullivan Thomas, Jessica Zumwalt and Nichole Fritzel received the Kiwanis Certificate of Appreciation.

The Troy Kiwanis Club fulfilled and exceeded its pledge to the Eliminate Project. Kiwanis International, in partnership with UNICEF, has pledged to eliminate the world of maternal and neonatal tetanus. The disease kills many mothers and children in underdeveloped countries. The Troy Kiwanis received the Model Club and Silver Club Level recognition.

The 2019-2020 year started off with several events and a fundraiser. Among them were Giving Tuesday, Trivia Night, New Year’s Eve Dance and Annual Dinner Auction. Great strides have been made in developing the 28-acre site, which while still under construction, will eventually become a multi-use park owned and operated by the City of Troy.

The development of the park could have not have proceeded without the help of the entire community. Look for further updates and releases.

The Troy Kiwanis Club’s newest member is Mike Marlo, who is chief of Lincoln County Fire Protection District 1.

Anyone interested in membership info can contact Steve Murphy, membership chairman, at, John Finklang at (636) 290-6525 or any Kiwanian.