The torch was also formerly passed to new president Al Gentile, treasurer Jill Nicolios, secretary Donna Russo, vice president Nat Costanza and assistant secretary Margaret Schmerwitz at the event with state Kiwanis governor Joe Aiello and Stephen Sirgiovanni, lieutenant governor of the Queens West Division.
“We’re a club that’s about two years old now and we’ve had some great success,” Gentile said. “When you bring in new officers you hope that they can hold up that tradition and continue and build on that success.”
Assemblyman Mike Miller presented Di Troia with a citation and Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley gave her a City Council Proclamation for her efforts.
“I hope they can do bigger and better things,” Di Troia said of the new officers. “It is the most rewarding experience to see that you are doing good for someone, especially the underprivileged.”
As a past lieutenant governor of Kiwanis himself, Assemblyman Miller expressed his gratitude for Di Troia’s work and wished the club the best of luck for the upcoming year.
“It is a lot of work in a club, in getting new members, getting members to go to events and getting members to volunteer to come out and support,” Miller said. “You did a tremendous job.”
Assemblyman Mike Miller presents Tina Di Troia with an Assembly Citation for her work with Kiwanis.
Tina Di Troia thanks members of the Kiwanis of Middle Village.