Di Troia’s successor is Nunzio Russo, who will be installed in a special ceremony October 15. Di Troia wished Russo luck, and promised to remain active in the Maspeth community.
“I’m still involved,” he said, who will stay on as one of the club’s 55 members.
In an earlier speech announcing the end of his one-year term, Di Troia thanked his fellow Kiwanians for a successful year of community service work.
“I am extremely proud of the hard work and support from our club members throughout this year,” Di Troia said. “This is a club I have always been very proud to be a member of. So it has been even more of an honor for me to be president.”
Under his presidency the club took on a wide range of projects. It also introduced a new club mascot (Kiwally the Kiwanian Koala Bear), an achievement Di Troia said he was particularly proud of.
The club awarded college scholarships to several Maspeth high school students, and supported the Circle K Club at St. John’s University.
Through a diverse fundraising drive that included an auction, pancake breakfast, flea market, and other events, the Maspeth Kiwanis Club was able to send 11 children to Camp Kiwanis.
Di Troia said his president’s project raised $2,600 through the club’s participation in the Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk. The club also made donations to St. Mary’s Hospital.
“I would like to thank the members of the Maspeth Kiwanis Club for allowing me to guide you through this year,” Di Troia said in his speech. “It was a great year.” (Daniel Bush)