Kiwanis clubs from all over the state – Glendale, Staten Island, Brooklyn, Long Island and Chinatown included - celebrated Aiello’s year of leading the charge at a dinner at Roma View, located at 160-05 Cross Bay Blvd. in Howard Beach.
Aiello has been a member of the Glendale club since 1995, the Glendale’s president since 2008, and the Kiwanis West lieutenant governor since 2010. As governor of the state Kiwanis in 2014, he set a goal of signing up 1,000 new members.
“Our main goal was membership, but the purpose is for the children,” Aiello said. “We help the children in every way we can because they’re the future of our districts and our communities.”
His administration has reached 945 new members since last October.
Stephen Sirgiovanni, lieutenant governor of the Queens West Division, has also worked with Aiello, visiting clubs across the state to help add more members.
“Everybody knows the governor’s goal is 1,000 members, and everyone’s trying to get their people in to get to that number,” Sirgiovanni said. “We still have 24 days and that’s our mission.”
Starting on Oct. 1, Kiwanis West member J.P. DiTroia will take over as the new lieutenant governor, and Eric Paul, member of the West Seneca Club, will replace Aiello as the next governor.
While Paul led the ceremonies at Roma View, Saturday night was all for Aiello.
“I’m not going to say this is a little more special, because the word little doesn’t work here, the man is a giant,” Paul said at the dinner. “He has succeeded every step of the way and we are proud to call him a member of our club, a member of our division and certainly a member of our state division.”