Upstart Kiwanis Club debuts in Forest Hills
by Adrian Carrasquillo
Sep 15, 2009 | 2271 views | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Walking past TD Bank on Metropolitan Avenue and 71st street on Tuesday, September 8, you might have looked through the glass and seen an after-hours gathering going on inside. That was a soon-to-be Kiwanis Club recruiting as it tried to get the 25 members it needs to be officially recognized.

“This will be the first Kiwanis Club to start in an urban area in ten years,” said Wayne Scheriff, lieutenant governor of the Forest Hills club. The organization’s mission is to help the community and children and boasts over 600,000 members in nearly 16,000 clubs across 70 countries.

There were two prevailing reasons people in the community attended the event: for contacts and networking within the community and to aid residents who need a helping hand.

Kimberly Tromba, owner of Edible Arrangements in Forest Hills, hopes to give back to the community as a member of the Kiwanis Club. Meanwhile, J.P. Di Troia, president of the Fresh Pond Crematory in Middle Village, talked about the advantages that come with being in the Kiwanis Club and how it ties back to the community.

Holding up a piece of paper littered with dots, the high-energy Di Troia explained that the dots represented everyone at the event. Flipping the paper to the other side he showed the same dots now connected as a spider web.

“The Kiwanis Club helps us connect to each other, and by keeping the community alive and viable it comes back to you,” he said.

Scheriff discussed what the Kiwanis Club in general has done locally. The organization helped a mother pay for the funeral of her daughter after a fatal accident, bought furniture for a family after a major fire, and on September 11th helped put up people stuck in J.F.K. airport in hotels and in club members' homes.

As prizes were given out and the event came to an end, members began to pass around the good news: the Kiwanis Club in Forest Hills had over 25 members.

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