A Scottsbluff man has taken over the helm of the regional Kiwanis Club organization.
Derek Manley with the Scottsbluff Noon Kiwanis Club is the new Governor of the Rocky Mountain District, which includes the Panhandle, Wyoming, Colorado and a part of New Mexico.
Manley says he will have two areas of emphasis overseeing the leadership of more than 90 clubs, the first of which is boosting membership. “We can’t do service projects and help kids unless we have boots on the ground, and people getting their hands dirty helping kids,” says Manley, “So, we’re going to be looking at both strengthening existing clubs with trying to do membership recruitment and canvasses in communities, along with looking at opportunities across the district in communities that don’t necessarily have Kiwanis there that we feel might be a good opportunity for us to go into.”
Manley’s second priority area will be developing the pipeline of leadership inside the organization, with plenty of opportunities for members to serve in a variety of ways.
Helping children is a primary goal of the Kiwanis Club, whether it’s through donations made to regional organizations such as Children’s Hospital in Denver, or direct local involvement with donations and service projects aimed at making kids’ lives better.
Manley is the second Scottsbluff Kiwanis Club member to hold the position, and will help coordinate the efforts of some 2,700 members in the district.