Lafleur named Top Club Secretary in New England

Paul Lafleur, the long-time secretary of the Kiwanis Club of Berlin, has been named the top club secretary in the New England and Bermuda District of Kiwanis for 2016-2017.

George Delisle, Kiwanis’s District Secretary, presented Lafleur with the Irving Talberth Outstanding Secretary trophy at the service club’s annual district convention in Hyannis, Mass., on Aug. 25.

In making the award, Delisle noted that a club secretary must “be perfect” even to be considered. Nominees must have compiled and submitted all required reports and filings with the district to qualify for entry into the judging. Other factors considered in making the award include attending Kiwanis District and International conventions, assisting the club president and division lieutenant governor, writing or assisting with a club bulletin, and years of service as a club secretary.

The award is named for the late Irving Talberth, who was the first permanent secretary of what was then the New England District of Kiwanis. The annual award is intended to encourage and recognize excellence and dedicated service among club secretaries.

The New England and Bermuda District encompasses 141 Kiwanis Clubs in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire. Rhode Island, Vermont and the British Overseas Territory of Bermuda.

Lafleur, a resident of Berlin, has been a member of the Berlin Kiwanis Club since 1991 and has been club secretary since 2009.

LafleurGeorge Delisle, left, secretary of the New England and Bermuda District of Kiwanis, presents the Irving Talberth trophy to Berlin Kiwanis Club Secretary Paul Lafleur at the Kiwanis district convention in Hyannis, Mass., on Aug. 25. The district recognized Lafleur as its outstanding club secretary.