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Eberly is elected governor for Pennsylvania Kiwanis

| Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012, 9:15 a.m.
For The Independent-Observer
Recently elected Governor for the Pennsylvania District of Kiwanis International Bruce E. Eberly of Scottdale. Rachel Basinger | For The Independent-Observer

Scottdale resident Bruce E. Eberly has been elected governor for the Pennsylvania District of Kiwanis International for the 2012-13 administrative term.

This in itself is quite an accomplishment as the Pennsylvania Kiwanis District includes more than 20,000 Kiwanis members in clubs throughout the state.

Eberly said this is something that he's wanted to do for a long time and now, finally, has the time needed to devote to such a position and “have a positive impact in Kiwanis.

“I actually just got back from the Scranton area,” he said recently. “I've been doing a lot of traveling.”

Eberly was elected governor-elect last year, and during that time he attended trainings in Indianapolis and then conducted trainings for his lieutenant governors and district chairs from around the state during the months of June through August of this year.

He also visited areas of the state to determine where new clubs can be formed and established a coordinated plan to rebuild efforts that may be struggling.

Eberly was then confirmed as governor in August, although his term didn't officially start until Oct. 1.

As Kiwanis governor, Eberly will lead the district by implementing organizational goals, developing and leading a strong district leadership team, communicating the vision/messages of the organization to the members in the district and aligning followers by motivating and inspiring the members to take action.

He also will serve as a member of the Pennsylvania Kiwanis District Board and as an ambassador for Kiwanis International and Pennsylvania District Foundation

Eberly also will be working on the expansion of the Early Childhood Learning and Development program, which focuses on children 5 years of age and younger. That will be done in cooperation with the Early Learning Investment Commission that will be provided to communities in Pennsylvania through the local Kiwanis clubs.

He has set several goals for himself for this year, including helping to build 12 new Kiwanis clubs throughout the state and adding 1,000 new members to existing clubs and increasing service hours for clubs throughout the state.

Eberly also is hoping over the next year to promote the Kiwanis Family of organizations through electronic, print media and billboards by enhancing the Website, Facebook, and Twitter presence.

He also hopes to implement a Strategic Planning Committee and a three-to-five-year Strategy Plan by April 14.

Eberly is the owner of Eberly & Associates, an insurance brokerage firm, located in Scottdale. He and his wife Lois live in Scottdale and have a combined six children and eight grandchildren also living in the area.

He also is a 31-year member of Kiwanis and has served as club president and lieutenant governor two times, each in the Indiana and Pennsylvania Districts. Delegates representing Kiwanis clubs in Pennsylvania elected Eberly at the recent district convention.

Locally, Eberly is a member of Pennsville Baptist Church, Kiwanis Club of Scottdale, SCCIA in Scottdale, Scottdale Chamber of Commerce and the Scottdale Parks and Recreation Committee,

Rachel Basinger is a freelance writer.