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Soldiers Meet With Community Leaders Across the Country During U.S. Army and Kiwanis International Speakers Tour

Nov 16, 2017

On a sunny day in Richmond, VA, Sergeant First Class Charles Neal of the Richmond Recruiting Company spoke with members of the Richmond Kiwanis Club at the Virginia Historical Society – while on the other side of the country Dr. Jeremy McMullen, Education Services Specialist, Central California Army Recruiting Battalion, met with the East Fresno Kiwanis Club in Fresno, CA. 

This year marks the third annual U.S. Army and Kiwanis International Speakers Bureau, where local Army representatives met with the local Kiwanis clubs to discuss joint efforts for community service projects, the Army’s resources for our Nation’s youth as well as the shared values between the organizations.

Captain Cory Brown, Company Commander, Metro North Recruiting Company, met with the Northwest Indianapolis Kiwanis Club to discuss local education and community initiatives.

In addition to club meetings, the Army participated in Kiwanis District Conventions and Key Club District Conventions throughout the year. Colonel Wayne Hertel, U.S. Army 3rd recruiting brigade, served as the keynote speaker to over 200 Kiwanians at the Kentucky-Tennessee District Convention in Louisville, KY. Colonel Hertel reinforced the Army’s commitment to service, leadership development and education opportunities, which also aligns perfectly with the values of Kiwanis International. 

At the same district convention, the Army hosted a leadership workshop titled, “Leadership Development in Today’s World.” During the interactive workshop attendees learned about the Army as it relates to its partnership with Kiwanis and the shared values. The workshop focused on the idea that championing of today’s young people does more than help further a student’s academics or a Soldier’s career, it gives them confidence, leadership skills and opens the door of opportunity to make a difference.

Army representatives attended the Hilldale-Clarksville (TN) Kiwanis Club: (left to right) C. David Elliott, Kiwanis District Partnership Chair and District Lt. Governor; 1SG Shawn Wilkinson, Clarksville Recruiting Company; CPT Rebekah Thomas, Clarksville Recruiting Company; Mr. Julius Kelley, ROO, Austin Peay State University; LTC Kevin Polosky, Nashville Battalion Commander; Sergeant Alejandro Zavala, Clarksville Recruiting Company 

With over thirty stops during the 2017 Speakers Bureau, the U.S. Army and Kiwanis International were able to strengthen local relationships, empowering the overall mission of both organizations.


The U.S. Army traded pins (a Key Club tradition) and interacted with Key Clubbers at the Key Club Pacific Northwest District Convention in Portland, OR. Army representatives included (left to right): Sergeant Jabari Cadet-King, Rose City Center; Sergeant First Class Benjamin Duvall, Center Leader for Rose City Center; Captain Kip Briggs, University of Portland ROTC; Sergeant First Class Alexander Martinez, Center Leader Hillsboro Center; First Sergeant Robert Judge, Vancouver Recruiting Company

As part of the seven year partnership, the U.S. Army also sponsored the 2017 Key Club International Convention, with over 2,000 Key Clubbers and advisors. The Army hosted leadership and education focused workshops, including an “ROTC Scholarship 101” session.

Captain Cory Brown, Company Commander, Metro North Recruiting Company, Northwest Indianapolis Club member and Cadet Grace Finley, Butler University during the Kiwanis Club of Northwest Indianapolis meeting.

The 2018 Speakers Tour will start again at the beginning of the year with new stops along the way. For more information about Kiwanis International, visit 

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