Kiwanis install new leadership

TICONDEROGA The Kiwanis Club of Ticonderoga has installed its officers for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1. The installation took place at a dinner at the Ti Country Club on Oct. 4 and was presided over by the Adirondack Regions Lieutenant Governor, Gary McNamara of Willsboro. The new president is Steve Boyce, born in Ellenville but a nearly-lifelong resident of Ticonderoga and a graduate of Ti High School, where he was a member of the National Honor Society and the football and basketball teams. Boyce, also a lacrosse player, is a cum laude graduate of Siena College and the holder of an masters degree in education at SUNY-Albany. After U.S. Army service, Boyce returned to Ticonderoga as a history teacher, ultimately advancing to curriculum coordinator and acting principal. During the school off-season, Boyce is master of the Lake George steamboat Minnehaha. In his acceptance speech, Boyce emphasized that Kiwanis of Ticonderoga has for generations served communities that are in real need, particularly in connection with the revitalization of their downtown areas. He noted that Kiwanis is a community institution that has a unique degree of expertise, experience and resources to contribute meaningfully to community projects. I want to make this a MAD year, Boyce remarked, referring to the Making a Difference (MAD) organization that celebrated National MAD Week in October. Projects particularly on Boyces mind are the maintenance of the LaChute Rive and the riverside trail. These are projects initiated and promoted by a number of town organizations, in addition to Kiwanis, including PRIDE of Ticonderoga, the Ticonderoga Main Street Partnership and CYC (Connecting Youth and Communities). A Kiwanis commitment of the resources to maintain the clearing and clean-up that have been undertaken in both the recent, and the more remote, past, is among the most needed in the Ticonderoga area and sure to be among the most deeply appreciated. In a subsequent interview, Boyces attention was drawn to the interest of these organizations, joined by the Ticonderoga Historical Society, the Ticonderoga Heritage (1888) Museum and, it is hoped, Fort Ticonderoga itself, to building and operating on the banks of the LaChute, nearly the corner of Tower Avenue, a recreation of the historic sawmill that was Ticonderogas earliest industrial venture many centuries ago. Boyce characterized that project as an obvious potential beneficiary of Kiwanis interest. The other Kiwanis officers elected for the new fiscal year are Graham Bailey, first vice president; and veteran Treasurer Leslie Midgley, who has signed on for another term. President Boyce has been authorized to select a lucky Kiwanian as the organizations new Secretary. New directors for terms ending Sept. 30, 2010, are Darlene Dorsett, Enid Engler and Dave Swanson. Sincere thanks were expressed at the dinner to outgoing President Liz Swanson. Outgoing President Swanson and husband, continuing director Dave, will be moving shortly to Palm Coast, Fla., near St. Augustine. The Kiwanis Club of Ticonderoga, now in its 81st year, is a service club that is one of the oldest Kiwanis clubs in the nation and the largest in the Adirondacks region. Meetings are held over lunch on Thursdays at 12:15 p.m. at the Ti Pi Restaurant on Wayne Avenue, just south of Montcalm Street, during the colder months and at the Ti Country Club during the warmer months. Visitors and applications for membership are welcomed.

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