At its Feb. 9 meeting, Stow City Council commended Stow resident William Flinta for his service as governor of the Ohio Kiwanis.

The resolution expressed "official appreciation and gratitude" as well as extending "the official best wishes of this community for future health and prosperity to William Flinta and commends his family for their willingness to make personal sacrifices to permit his illustrious representation of the residents the City of Stow and the State of Ohio."

Flinta joined Kiwanis in 1986 in the Hollywood Florida Club. He then joined the Kent Club in 1992 when he moved back to Ohio and then joined the Stow-Munroe Falls Club in 2001. He served as president of the Stow-Munroe Falls Club twice and also did a term as club secretary.

He began serving the Ohio District of Kiwanis in leadership positions when elected to the Finance & Structure Committee for the 2012-13 Kiwanis year. He was then elected to the District Treasurer position for the 2013-14 Kiwanis year and currently serves as the Ohio Kiwanis Governor for the 2016-17 Kiwanis year. Previous to his elected positions for the Ohio District of Kiwanis he served five years on the Ohio District Kiwanis Foundation Board of Directors including one year as president.

As a Kiwanis Governor, he serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the District under the direction of the Kiwanis International Board of Trustees. He presides at all District Conventions and Meetings of the District Board, is responsible for implementing growth efforts of the Ohio District in conjunction with the Kiwanis International's Strategic Growth Plan, promotes the Service Leadership Programs of Kiwanis International and assures proper supervision of those programs on a local, divisional and district level.

As the Kiwanis first family, William and Peggy Flinta have adopted literacy as their focus during their term. They are working with Kiwanis clubs throughout the state to develop projects to promote literacy in their communities.

Flinta says he enjoys his Kiwanis involvement as it provides him with the opportunity to do service with others, allows him the opportunity to interact with "some terrific youth around Ohio" who are part of Kiwanis-sponsored programs and has provided him numerous friends around Ohio and the nation and "much great fellowship."

In presenting the commendation, Council noted his "enduring contributions are most significant and noteworthy and his sacrifice and devotion to public good typify the highest ideals of civic pride and zeal."