A new Kiwanis Club in Fishers has been successfully launched.
Don Canaday, a Fishers resident and former Kiwanis International president, worked with Mayor Scott Fadness and others to start a new club.
Jodi Schrader, Fishers, was elected president at an organizational meeting Nov. 28.
“She’s dynamite,” Canaday said.
Schrader said she is excited Fishers has a Kiwanis Club again.
“I am so excited and humbled to be the President of this awesome organization,” Schrader said. “I hope to bring my energy to the children and adults in this community so they are able to thrive. My ultimate goal is to help the kids in Key Clubs in Fishers schools, do volunteer work at Riley Hospital for children, and much more. With the help of my fellow Kiwanians we will make Fishers even greater than what it is today.”
Jonathan Lamb, a Fishers attorney, is the president-elect.
Canaday said the Fishers club has 28 members and expects a charter meeting in January. Canaday said he hopes the membership gets to 40 by then.
“We have the support of the mayor and city council,” Canaday said. “I’m going to help the club out quite a bit and get them off to a good start.”
The sponsoring club is the Cicero Kiwanis club. Canaday said it is run by long-time Kiwanis member Steven Holt, who has dual membership. Holt is a Hamilton County commissioner.
“He will answer questions and give advice. He has no authority over the club,” Canaday said.
Canaday said the previous Fishers Kiwanis Club folded a couple of years ago.
“They got small. It wasn’t big enough to have an impact,” Canaday said. “Everything they did they had to have everybody working, and that wasn’t good.”
Canaday said he went to speak to the group once but no one got back to him.
“I could have recruited them all kinds of members,” Canaday said.
Canaday belongs to the Meridian Hills Kiwanis Club in Indianapolis and has a second membership in the Geist Kiwanis Club.
Other officers elected were Cathy Boukal, vice president; Theresa Ayers, secretary; and Dinetra Taylor, treasurer.
Board members elected to two-year terms were Bill Gray, Michael Tancock and Stephanie Thompson. Board members elected to one-year terms were Todd Curry, Deborah Frankel and Marty Matlock.
Several other area Kiwanis Clubs have started in the last two years, including Zionsville, March 2016; Westfield, May 2016; and Carmel, January 2017.
The Kiwanis Club of Fishers will hold its next meeting at 6 p.m. Dec. 13. Schrader will host the group at Meadow Brook Senior Living.