Kiwanis International
Each Kiwanis club has a voice at the organization’s international level: the Kiwanis International Board of Trustees. Kiwanis International officers and trustees are elected by clubs at the annual international convention.

The Kiwanis International president presides at the Kiwanis International convention and over all meetings of the Kiwanis International board, executive committee and international council. As Kiwanis International’s primary ambassador, the Kiwanis International president visits districts and regions worldwide.

James “Jim” Rochford was elected to the one-year term as president of the board of trustees of Kiwanis International during the 102nd Annual Kiwanis International Convention in Paris. He has been a member of the Kiwanis Club of Peoria for 36 years, where he has served as club president and has been an advisor for high school Key Clubs and Kiwanis university-level Circle K clubs. During his time with Kiwanis, Jim has personally invited 1,500 new members to the service club and has opened 105 new Kiwanis clubs. He has served in Kiwanis district leadership roles, is a certified trainer, and is a George F. Hixson and a Walter Zeller fellow.

Outside of Kiwanis, Rochford has been Tri-County Citizen of the Year, has received the JC Penney/Golden Rule Award and is a past president of the Peoria Jaycees. He is founder and president of the Peoria Irish AAU basketball program. Rochford, an attorney, and his wife, Debra, have two daughters, one son and four grandchildren.

The Florida District of Kiwanis is governed by a District Board consisting of a Governor, a Governor-Elect, the Immediate Past Governor, a Secretary, Treasurer, and a Lieutenant Governor for each Division. The two Past Governors who served most recently prior to the Immediate Past Governor are also officers. Florida District officers are elected by clubs at the annual district convention, except Lieutenant Governors which are elected at their Division Council Meeting.

C Todd Smith was installed as 2017-2018 Florida District Governor at the 100th Florida Kiwanis District Convention in Naples. Todd owns a private law firm and is a member of the Kiwanis Club of Greater Orlando-Winter Park, along with his wife Amy, where he previously served as Club President and Secretary. He was awarded the J. Walker Outstanding Kiwanis Advisor by the Florida District of Key Club International in 2015.


Craig Clevenger is the 2017-2018 Lieutenant Governor for Division 15 of the Florida District of Kiwanis International, serving Polk, Hardee, Highlands, and Desoto counties. Craig joined Kiwanis in 2009 when he became the Faculty Advisor for Key Club as a teacher at Winter Haven High School. Craig was recognized as Kiwanian of the Year for 2013-2014 by the Kiwanis Club of Winter Haven and was awarded a Centennial Walter Zeller Fellowship by the Kiwanis Club of Winter Haven Foundation in 2015. He is a Florida Kiwanis Foundation Sustaining Member, Walter Zellow Fellow, George F. Hixson Fellow, Dinstinguished Member of Kiwanis International, and Ruby K recipient (10). Craig was named the 2015-2016 Robert L. "Bob" Moore Outstanding Club President by the Florida District of Kiwanis Board of Trustees. He served two terms as Florida District Chair for Kiwanis Key Leader from 2015-2017.

J. Kelly Casey is a 35-year Legion of Honor member of Kiwanis and serves as the Division 15 Trustee for the Florida Kiwanis Foundation. Kelly was recorgnized for his service as Past President, Past Treasurer, and Past Secretary by the Kiwanis Club of Winter Haven with a Walter Zeller Fellowship in 2012 and a Life Membership for Kiwanis International and Florida Kiwanis in 2016.

Club Leadership
Each Kiwanis club is governed by elected officers and a Board of Directors. These members serve both the club and foundation. Officers and Directors are elected by active members at the club's Annual Meeting each Spring.

2016-2017 Executive Officers

Larry Pakowski

Larry is the Dean of Student Services at the Polk State College Winter Haven Campus and joined Winter Haven Kiwanis upon relocating from Wilmington, North Carolina in 2015. He earned is Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of North Carolina, Wilmington and is currently pursuing his Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy at Florida State University. Larry also serves on the Board of Directors for the Lake Wales Chamber of Commerce & Economic Development Council.


Ovidio Sardinas

Ovidio is a local realtor who joined Kiwanis after relocating to Winter Haven in 2015. He is a member of National Associaton of Realtors and East Polk County Associaton of Realtors (EPCAR). Ovidio enjoys spending time with his wife Anya and his two children.



Amanda Hurles
Vice President

Amanda Hurles is Vice President and Office Manager for Citizens Bank & Trust in the Winterset branch at High Pointe in Winter Haven. A Past President for Girls, Inc. of Winter Haven, Amanda serves as Kiwanis Advisor for the K-Kids Club at Brigham Elementary. Along with her husband, Amanda enjoys spending her weekends traveling the state to cheer on her son and daughter's athletic teams.


Tiffani Gozdur
Immediate Past President

Tiffani is an Assistant Vice President and Private Banker with Citizens Bank & Trust in Winter Haven who joined Kiwanis in 2013.  She is married to Jeff and they have two daughters.  When Tiffani and her husband are not busy being involved in the many activities of their children, she enjoys volunteering with several organizations in the local area. Tiffani is Past President of Girls Incorporated of Winter Haven. She is a Leadership Winter Haven XXXIV alumna and served as Chairwoman for Leadership Winter Haven XXXVI. Tiffani was named as a recipient of the Polk Emerging Leaders Awards in August 2016.


Laura Abercrombie

A college professor and high school teacher, Laura joined Kiwanis after becoming the Charter Faculty Advisor for the Key Club of Chain of Lakes Collegiate High School at Polk State College. She holds a B.S. in Secondary Education from the University of Tampa and earned her Masters of Arts in Rhetoric and Composition from National University. When not teaching or volunteering, Laura enjoys spending time with her husband and young son as well as performing as the lead vocalist with her band Raizing Cain.


Tracy Mercer

Tracy is a Past President for the Kiwanis Club of Winter Haven and recently became a Walter Zeller Fellow supporting Kiwanis International's partnership with UNICEF for the Eliminate Project. After retiring from a career in public service, Tracy was elected to the Lake Region Lakes Management Commission, currently serving as Vice Chair for the canal commission, and is the Executive Director/President of the Board for Keep Winter Haven Clean & Beautiful. Tracy celebrated her return to volunteer service by directing Kiwanis' volunteer efforts as Route Coordinator for Toys for Tots.


2016-2017 Board of Directors



1 year: Steve Horstman, Missy Joyce, Curt Ulch
2 year: Les Moore, Angela Pitard, Mary Shiver

Past Division LT Governors
The following individuals served as Lieutenant Governor for our home Division as a member of Winter Haven Kiwanis.
2017-2018  Craig S. Clevenger

2003-2004  Ronald G. Nixon
2001-2002  Edward "Ed" Ethington
2000-2001  Fred Putney
1995-1996  Rebecca J. Haines
1980s         Dennis Davis
1970s         George L. Harwick
1965-1966  John C. Fisher
1958-1959  John W. Calvin
1953-1954  N.L. Van Duyne
1948-1949  Duey P. Ellsworth

Past Club Presidents
2017-2018  Lawrence "Larry" Pakowski
2016-2017  Tiffani Gozdur
2015-2016  Craig S. Clevenger
Florida Kiwanis Oustanding Club President
2014-2015  Georgia Fisher
(daugher of John Fisher, 1954-1955)
2013-2014  Rodney Chauncey
2012-2013  Scott Edds
2011-2012  David Rounds
2010-2011  AmandaJo Nicholson
2009-2010  Michelle Forsythe
2008-2009  Larry Forsythe,
Florida Club of the Year
‚Äč2007-2008  Leslie "Les" Adams, 
Florida Club of the Year
2006-2007  Suzanne "Suzie" Moraco
2005-2006  Mark Thompson
2004-2005  L. Tracy Mercer
2003-2004  John Risher
2002-2003  Lisa Baker
2001-2002  Betty Putney
2000-2001  James "Jim" Webb Jr
1999-2000  Rev. Alan Ford
1998-1999  William "Bill" Doty
1997-1998  Fred Putney
1996-1997  Michael Simpson
1995-1996  Ronald G. Nixon, 
Florida Club of the Year
1994-1995  Robert C. Branson
1993-1994  Michael Gardyasz
1992-1993  Rebecca J. Haines
1991-1992  J. Kelly Casey
1990-1991  Robert W. Smith
1989-1990  Barry Porter
1988-1989  Albert B. "Al" Cassidy
1987-1988  Dennis H. Hewitt
1986-1987  Bill Grimsley
1985-1986  David Buckley
1984-1985  Ronald A. "Ron" Morrow
1983-1984  Ray Moore
1982-1983  Sam Shinall
1981-1982  Paul Wesche
1980-1981  Dennis Davis
1979-1980  Marion Rogers
1978-1979  Norman Sowards
1977-1978  Walter J. Coleman
1976-1977  Wesley Lawson
1975-1976  Donald Rushing
1974-1975  A.L. "Pat" Driggers
1973-1974  George L. Harwick
1972-1973  Owen M. Lee
1971-1972  David P. Lyons
1970-1971  Bobby F. McKown
1969-1970  Carl J. Strang
1968-1969  Darwin F. Carroll
1967-1968  John G. Katros
1966-1967  J. Glen Hicks
1965-1966  Glaude J. Ridley
1964-1965  James W. "Jim" Gray Jr
1963-1964  Charles F. Deming
1962-1963  Dexter Daniels Jr
1961-1962  George W Partin Jr
1960-1961  Rev. E. E. Miller
1959-1960  Carroll E. Teeter 
1958-1959  David L. Ellsworth
1957-1958  Giles O Van Duyne
1956-1957  Leslie M. Oldt
1955-1956  Norman P. Judd
1954-1955  John C. Fisher
(father of Georgia Fisher, 2014-2015)
1953-1954  Chester A. Mann
1952-1953  James W. Kesterson
1951-1952  John C. Odom
1950-1951  John W. Sites
1949-1950  William W. Lawless
1948-1949  N.L. Van Duyne
1947-1948  Tom B. Agerton
1946-1947  Duey P. Ellsworth
1945-1946  Harry King
1944-1945  George E. Copeland
1943-1944  John W. Calvin
1942-1943  John Q. Stanford Jr
1941-1942  William C. Mahrt
1940-1941  John W. McKay
1939-1940  Victor H. Laughlin
1938-1939  E.E. Raasch
1937-1938  Dr. John G. Bacon
1936-1937  Frank Holland
1935-1936  Norman A Street

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