DENHAM SPRINGS — Michele Crosby says she is passionate about her role in Kiwanis, but adds any success she has as the new lieutenant governor of Division 8-E will come from its members.

“I was excited,” she said about the new role she began Oct. 1. “I have to tell you, it’s an honor. I’m very new at this job.”

A Kiwanis member since 2004 and resident of Denham Springs for more than 20 years, Crosby said. “Our members are the strength of each club. It is wonderful to have dedicated and passionate members. Every single club has great members.”

Division 8-E contains seven clubs north of Airline Highway that she has been visiting.

“My role is as liaison. My job is to provide support to each club on any issue and to find the source for an answer,” to any questions, she said.

“My job is to share information between the national organization and our district and our clubs,” she said. “We want our clubs to be as successful as possible.”

Each Kiwanis Club is involved in a variety of service projects focusing on their individual communities, Crosby said.

Some examples Crosby cited among Livingston Parish clubs: the Livingston Club sponsors a Holiday Food Bank, the Denham Springs West Livingston Club offers a Thanksgiving dinner and ACT review program for high school students and the Denham Springs Kiwanis Club sponsors a Christmas Parade, mathalete competition for elementary school students, and veterans program in Walker.

Crosby, a lawyer with the Jones Walker law firm in Baton Rouge, was elected at the annual Louisiana-Mississippi-West Tennessee District Convention in Shreveport – one week before the Great Flood of 2016.

“Kiwanians from across the nation came here to help,” Crosby said.

This type of action reflects the Kiwanis motto, Crosby said, “to improving the world, one child and one community at a time.”

“We’re going to keep putting one foot in front of the other and keep projects going and continue supporting each other,” she said.

In the last days of her term, the international president of Kiwanis, Susan Petrisin of Lansing, Mich., came to Walker to help gut houses.

She also presented a $30,000 check to the Baton Rouge Food Bank, Crosby said.

“It’s a great opportunity to share with our community and show what we are about,” she said.

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