Ferndale School District Executive Director for Student Services Dr. Paul Douglas Installed as Kiwanis President

Dr. Paul Douglas

Dr. Paul Douglas was installed as the Ferndale Kiwanis Club’s President during a get-together at the Ferndale Library on Sunday, October 6th. 

Dr. Douglas is also the Executive Director for Student Services at the Ferndale School District and he says that his new role with the Kiwanis compliments his work at the school district quite nicely.

As President of Ferndale Kiwanis, part of Dr. Douglas’ role will include helping members establish a focus for the club and helping to determine what the community service focus will be. Examples of past community service include installing American flags on Main Street on federal holidays, hosting a free fishing derby at Silver Lake, supporting local Boy Scouts, and planning an Annual Senior Citizen Dinner. Douglas notes that last year, the Kiwanis invited EMS staff to attend the dinner. 

Dr. Douglas sees his involvement with Kiwanis as a natural connection to his work with students in Ferndale. “Kiwanis is all about children and youth,” said Dr. Douglas. “The District does a lot of work to make sure that we come alongside students who are experiencing food insecurity in Ferndale. The heart and soul of Kiwanis is taking care of children. Kiwanis is a faithful supporter of the Miracle Food Network and other local food drives. Anytime there is a need for kids – Kiwanis is quick to jump in and participate with sock drives, coat drives and other supports.”

According to Dr. Douglas, Kiwanis will also focus on including more young people in the club. “Participating in a service club like Kiwanis is a great life lesson. One of my goals as Club President is to build a Key Club here in Ferndale which is a student-led branch of Kiwanis.”

Ferndale School District Superintendent Dr. Linda Quinn said, “I am glad to see Paul take on this important new role with Kiwanis. Our Ferndale club is a special and important part of our community and I have always valued our partnership.”

Kiwanis is made up of a worldwide network of clubs that operate locally and work together to fund service projects. 

Dr. Douglas received the ceremonial gavel from outgoing President Greg Kendall. Lt. Gov. Dennis Sherwin assisted by Past Lt. Gov. Elizabeth Bennett did the honors.