Kiwanis installs officers, board members

SIDNEY — The Kiwanis Club of Sidney held its annual meeting on Sept. 30, 2020, to install 2020-21 club officers and directors. Installation duties were handled by Lt. Gov. Michael Iafrato of the Piqua Kiwanis.

Installed as board members for a two-year term expiring in 2022 were Chad Hollinger, DiAnne Karas and Melanie Speicher. Continuing as board members with their terms expiring in 2021 are John Coffield, Gary Hollenbacher, Phil Valentine and Ashley Wilt.

Ray Weber and Mike Tangeman were re-installed as treasurer and secretary respectively. Tangeman has served as secretary for over 15 years and it has been over 20 years that Weber has served as club treasurer.

Serving as vice president will be Carol Pierce. As VP, Pierce also serves a program chairman for the year. She previously served on the Board of Directors. Being installed as president-elect was Lori Humphrey. She also served as a board member. Serving as the immediate past president is Rikki Unterbrink.

Last, but certainly not least, being installed as the president of the Sidney Kiwanis for the 2020-21 administrative year was Jim Cole. Cole is retired from Emerson Climate Technologies. He has held various leadership positions with the club.

Unterbrink gave a summary of the year’s accomplishments and handed out a number of awards. Due to the COVID-19 virus, it has been a challenging but rewarding year for Unterbrink. She thanked all clubs members who helped with the various service projects throughout the year.

Coffield received the Century Award for his many years of service to the club. Wilt and Merrill Asher were awarded the Committer Chairpersons of the Year. Jessica Guillozet was awarded the Ruby K award. The prestigious Kiwanian of the Year award was presented to Pierce. Bob Anthony was given a 45-year Legion of Honor award.

After the meeting, Jake Romaker lead a team of four members who delivered $2,000 worth of canned goods to Agape, the Alpha Center, the Salvation Army and Fish.

Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time. “Kids Need Kiwanis.” The Sidney Kiwanis meets at noon every Wednesday at the Sidney Moose Lodge. The club is always looking for new members who want to serve their community. Feel free to contact Coffield (, any club member or stop by a meeting to enjoy the fun and fellowship of this organization. Additional information can be found on the Kiwanis Facebook page at