TROY — Troy Kiwanis surprised Linda Lee Jolly at their meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 17, by naming her as the recipient of the Kiwanis Honors award for 2018.
Linda Lee, who retired effective Aug. 31 as director of the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center, had held that position for 28 years.
A native of northern Kentucky with a degree in music education following studies at Morehead State and then Eastern Kentucky universities, she brought to the job three years’ experience teaching music and nine years including volunteer development with the Girl Scouts of Dayton.
Jolly was hired in August 1990 by Hayner’s Board of Governors, who at that time felt that Hayner was the best-kept secret in Troy. Even though Hayner sponsored concerts, classes, and exhibits, the board felt that the Troy community was unaware of the possibilities that Hayner offered to the community, and they challenged Jolly to “open the door” and that is just what she did. Hayner currently hosts more than 40,000 visitors a year. During her tenure, Hayner’s volunteer base has continued to grow and community support has strengthened, and the result has been a marked increase in programming opportunities.
In making the presentation, Kiwanian Allan Ganley said, “We are happy to take this time to thank Linda for all she had done for The Hayner – and what it is for all members of our community.”
Besides the framed certificate, Jolly will also receive a check made out to the organization of her choice.
Kiwanis Honors is an annual presentation of the Kiwanis Club of Troy made to some one or some organization in the community for their service to our community. Previous recipients include Ron Erwin in 2016 and Riverside Developmental Disabilities in 2017.
Kiwanis is an international service club dedicated to serving children and communities of the world. The Kiwanis Club of Troy was chartered in 1923 and meets for lunch every Wednesday. Besides our Kiwanis Club, we are very proud of our Kiwanis Key Club at Troy High School and Kiwanis AKTION Club at Riverside Developmental Disabilities.