Local Kiwanian honored for 40 years of service

PLATTSBURGH Jim Fleury, a member of the Plattsburgh Noon Kiwanis Club, was honored with the Legion of Honor award April 10, commemorating 40 years of service to the club and to the Plattsburgh community. A retired police officer since 1977, Fleury recalled working traffic patrol for a fundraiser sponsored by the Kiwanis Club. They were raising money to buy an ambulance for the city, he said. A few weeks later, I was invited to lunch as a thank you and thats how it all got started. In those 40 years, Fleury has taken on many important roles in the club. He served as president from 1972-1973 and, in 1997, he received the distinguished title of Kiwanian of the Year. Fleury is currently a board member and serves on various committees. Jim Fleury sets the standards high when it comes to Kiwanis, said club president Sharlene Petro-Durgan. After 40 years, you would think his enthusiasm for the club would have diminished but not Jim. Community service is actually a family affair for Fleury, whose wife, Joan, has been a long-standing member of the Noon Kiwanis Club as well. In the clubs biggest fundraiser, Radio Day, the Fleurys secured 30 percent of the total dollars raised from local businesses. In addition to recognizing Fleury as a distinguished club member, the Noon Kiwanis Club has inducted three new members. Jims award comes on the heels of three new members joining our club in one month. Both events clearly show the clubs longevity and history as well as the new energy poised to take community service and networking to the next level, said Naromie Ganesh, the clubs second-vice president. The Plattsburgh Noon Kiwanis Club meets every Thursday at 12:15 p.m. at Elks Lodge 621 on Cumberland Avenue. The public is always invited to come for lunch, which also includes a guest speaker.

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