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David Maloney, Editor

April 2006

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Holley’s Heroes — Together we CAN, Together we WILL

Gov. Yvonne Holley

It is said that if March comes in like a lion, it will go out like a lamb. My March schedule certainly ushered my month in like a lion, but it never gave in to the lamb. I had another very active month. I attended charter anniversary celebrations for the Kiwanis Clubs of Wheaton, Woodbridge and Ashland on their 55th, 59th and 83rd charter anniversaries, respectively. I attended three Regions’ (Potomac, Mason Dixon, NoVa) very informative Midwinter Conferences, and it was an honor for me to participate as a session presenter at two of the three conferences. I had the pleasure of attending Division Twenty-three Council Meeting which reminded me of a very organized and well attended banquet, rather than a council meeting, which also served as a forum for our two candidates for the position of Governor-elect, Tom Ganse and Art Riley. Several club visits were made during the month; Bayside, Montgomery County/Blacksburg and Winchester just to name a few. The official visits to Divisions 3, 14, 15, 19 and 20 were an enjoyable part of the busy schedule that kept me traveling from one end of the District to the other. No matter how busy my schedule may be, I can always find time to participate in functions involving our youths. I also took advantage of the opportunities to attend Division 9 and Division 10 Sponsored Youth Night Program.

One of the highlights of the month occurred during the DC Metro Young Professional Kiwanis Club Charter Night Dinner/Dance when I presented club President Troy Dibley with the club’s charter. That event will always have a special place in my heart because DCMYP is the first Kiwanis club to be organized and chartered during our Kiwanis administrative year. Another highlight of the month for me was being invited to participate in the Metro Division Circle K Total K Day service project. I never thought the hard labor of cleaning a park that was used as an illegal dump site could be so much FUN and so rewarding. Thank you Metro Division Circle K Lt. Governor, Paula Chrin, for coordinating such a project where ONE CAN (DID) MAKE A DIFFERENCE. Please keep the invitations coming. I will attend as many functions my schedule will permit.

I would like to express a BIG Thank You to:

• PLG Booker McManus for coordinating the traditional Kiwanis Go to Church service at the Annapolis Naval Academy Chapel, followed by a brunch at the Officers’ Club, on Sunday, April 23. Please note that this event does not replace the Regions’ Go to Church events scheduled to be held in each Region on Sunday, May 14.
• Members of Division 23 for the $200 contribution they made in my name to the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters for their new transporter for the Hampton Roads Peninsula.
• PLG JR Harris for accepting the Chair’s position for the District’s New Club Building Committee, replacing Tom Ganse.
• Lt. Governors Jim VanHoozier, Kyle Holman, Ed Verburg, Ralph Chinn (and especially his wife, Wilma), PP Ron Kime, Lt. Governor-elect Renee Mackey and all others who played a role in making my official visits such memorable occasions. The informative meetings, the service project, the entertainment, the fellowship, the hospitality, the wonderful gifts, the donations to my Governor’s Project of reading and mentoring of young children, and the time and efforts that went into planning my visits were noted and much appreciated.

Neal Behan, International Foundation District Chairman, indicated in his last report that our District is getting closer to our goal of 100% participation in the Kiwanis International (KI) Annual Gift Campaign. Congratulations to Divisions 9, 13, 17, 22 and Lt. Governors Jim Jacobs, Dot Murray, Gary Boswell and John Buchanan for having 100% of their clubs contributing to the KIF Annual Club Gift Campaign. Divisions 15, 19, 20, 21, 23, and Lt. Governors Ralph Chinn, Kyle Holman, Ed Verburg, Lankford Smith and Al Meadows are to be recognized for having a minimum of 75% of their clubs participating in the Gift Campaign. If your division is not listed above, please consider submitting your check to Kiwanis International Foundation today in the amount of $5 per member for the Annual Gift Campaign. You may be the one club your division needs to get to the 100% club participation level. (DON’T FORGET THE CAPITAL DISTRICT FOUNDATION!)

Forget the worm. Early birds who register for the June 28 – July 2 International Convention in Montreal before April 15 get the best registration rate. Registrations must be postmarked by April to obtain the reduced rate of $150 for members and $100 for guests. After April 15, the rates will increase to $175 for members and $125 for guests. We currently have 119 members and guests registered, 28% of our attendance goal of 402, for Montreal. I have received word that there are some hotels that are already sold out. Don’t risk not getting your first choice; register for the convention and reserve your hotel NOW. Be an early bird and get the best rate!

Can you believe we have just completed the first six months of our Kiwanis administrative year? And what a six months it has been! Many clubs are doing great things - great enough to become a "Distinguished" club. For the 2005-2006 Distinguished Club Criteria, click here.

Four hundred and nineteen individuals were invited and joined our Kiwanis family. Unfortunately, for various reasons, we have a net loss of 32 members. But I believe in the growth of our District. I believe in the possibility of reaching 1000 new members this year. Together we can and together we will get the 1000 new members if each of us commits to the plan – each one brings one. We still have six months to make this happen. I BELIEVE! I BELIEVE WE CAN DO IT, HOW ABOUT YOU? DO YOU BELIEVE?

Circle K Gubernatorial Greetings
Justin Sanders
Greetings Capital District Kiwanians! My name is Justin Sanders, and I have the distinct pleasure of serving as Governor of the Capital District of Circle K International for the coming year. I am currently a fourth year Architecture major at Virginia Tech, with a minor in Public and Urban Affairs. I originally hail from Gate City, Virginia. This is my fifth year as a member of the Kiwanis Family, having served on my home club board and the district board for the past two years.

This year will no doubt be another great year in Capital District Circle K history. There are many initiatives that I would like to see executed with the help of the District Board throughout the coming year. These initiatives will further strengthen the ties of our Kiwanis Family on all levels. This year, I am spearheading the creation of Key Club and Kiwanis Transition Teams, to aid members in the journey between Kiwanis Family branches within the Capital District and beyond. Continuing the tradition of previous boards, I will also work with Lieutenant Governors and my Kiwanis Family counterparts to plan interclubs with Kiwanians and Key Clubbers, on large and small scales. By working on multiple fronts, I hope that this year we will be able to further bridge the gaps between the Kiwanis Family in the Capital District.

However, I cannot achieve these goals alone, and I am proud to be sharing this year with an amazing slate of District Officers. I encourage each of you to introduce yourself to any and all officers in your area and begin forging the ties that will make this year such a success. The 2006-2007 District Board of Officers are:

  • Sneha Bhat—District Secretary/Treasurer from Mary Baldwin College
  • Meredith Wessels—District Editor from James Madison University
  • Battlefield Division Lieutenant Governor—Jessica Abramovici from the University of Maryland-College Park
  • Metro Division Lieutenant Governor—Brinton Howerton from The George Washington University
  • Presidential Division Lieutenant Governor—Katie Smith from The University of Virginia
  • Ridgeline Division Lieutenant Governor—Anh Nguyen from The University of Mary Washington
  • Susquehanna Division Lieutenant Governor—Liz Wright from Towson University
  • Tidewater 64 Division Lieutenant Governor—Lana Borgie from Christopher Newport University
  • Valley Division Lieutenant Governor—Dallas Vaught from Emory and Henry College

On behalf of the entire board and our incredible Administrator Jeff Wolff and Assistant Administrator Shannon Zepp, we look forward to another great year with Capital District Kiwanis at our side.

2006 KI Montreal Convention June 28 to July 2
Ellis Stroup

If you have a passion for serving the children of the world (and I know you do); if you have a passion for this global organization of volunteers called Kiwanis (and I know you do); if you have a passion for changing the world (and you know you do), then join me in Montréal, Québec for the 91st Annual Kiwanis International Convention June 28-July 2, 2006. We are going to celebrate like we’ve never celebrated before. We are going to learn new ideas and how to use new tools. We will see old friends and make new friends. We will share and listen to one another’s success stories. We will celebrate our past and plan our future. And we are going to convert our Kiwanis passion into action. Make a difference in your Kiwanis club, your community, your world, and yourself by attending the 2006 Kiwanis International Convention in Montréal. A Kiwanian by Choice & A Kiwanian for Life, Stephen K. Siemens, CSP, International President.

Major Convention events include: Opening Session on Thursday afternoon, June 29 at 1:30 pm; Live On-Stage: Spotlight on Broadway, Thursday evening, June 29 at 8:00 pm; First House of Delegates on Friday afternoon, June 30, at 1:30 pm; Second House of Delegates on Saturday afternoon, July 1, at 1:00 pm; and the Closing Session on Saturday evening, July 1, at 7:00. Our own Dana Cable will be a featured speaker on June 30 at 10:00 am and then again on July 1 at 9:30 am. For the complete KI Convention 2006 Brochure, click here (PDF, 528k).

Attendees should arrive on Wednesday, June 28, or by Thursday morning, June 29, to participate fully in the convention activities. With the exception of those selected to serve on the 2006-07 KI Board of Trustees, departures may be scheduled any time on Sunday, July 2.

Click on www.kiwanis.org/convention to go directly to the International Convention website to check out this year’s selection of great educational opportunities on leadership and motivation, membership growth, service projects, service leadership programs, and club administration.

Other news you'll want to share: two hotels are sold-out--Hotel Nelligan and Marriott Springhill Suites Old Montréal. Others are filling up. Members shouldn't risk losing out on their first choices; register and reserve housing now!

Remember: Registrations must be postmarked by April 15 to obtain the reduced advance rate of US$150 for members and US$100 for guests. Don't wait--April 15 is nearly here! Click here for convention registration form.

Capital District Convention Aug 18-20, 2006; Seeks Trainers

Paul Mehler, Publicity Chair

The 2006 Capital District Kiwanis Convention Planning Committee is hard at work to make the 88th Annual Capital District Kiwanis Convention an experience you will never forget. Click here for a registration form.

This year's convention will take place August 18-20, 2006 at the Hyatt Regency Reston in Reston, Virginia. The theme for this year's convention will be "Service Takes Center Stage" as we put a spotlight on the basis of Kiwanis International. For the latest information, go to the Convention Web site at www.tysonscornerkiwanis.org/dcon2006. We look forward to seeing each and every one of you in Reston next summer.

The 2006 District Convention Planning Committee is now accepting applications for training workshops to be held during the convention on Saturday, August 19th, 2006. If you are interested in leading a workshop please go to our website (www.tysonscornerkiwanis.org/dcon2006/forms.html) and follow the instructions on the "workshop application form". The deadline to submit workshop proposals is April 15th, 2006.

Please direct any questions related to workshops and training at the convention to Derek Dupuis.

Division 9 Holds K-Family Night

Jim Jacobs, LTG

On Thursday evening, March 23rd, the Kiwanis Club of Division 9 celebrated its sponsored organizations at its annual "K"-Family Night, hosted by president Donna Ohler and the Taneytown Kiwanis Club. Some 110 persons participated, made up of Kiwanians, Circle K members, Key Clubbers, Builders Clubbers, AKtion Clubbers, advisors, and parents. Special guests included Kiwanis Capital District Governor Yvonne Holley, past Governor Warren Kane and his wife Dale, Capital District Key Club Administrator Joe Stankus and his wife Brenda, Capital District Secretary-Treasurer Ellis Stroup, District Key Club Assistant Administrator Bill Hand, and Key Club Lieutenant Governor for Division 9 Anna Lenhart. (Upper left, Christine Semon, organizer, in lower left corner, assists registrants. Upper right, Div. 9 Lt. Gov. Jim Jacobs introduces the head table including Anna Lenhart, Bill Hand, and Gov. Yvonne Holley.)

After opening ceremonies and dinner, each Kiwanis Club introduced members of its sponsored organizations, who told of their service projects and other activities. (Left Joe Stankus addresses the gathered.) Participants included the following: the Suburban Frederick Kiwanis Club introduced its Mount Saint Mary's University Circle K Club, its Middletown High School Key Club, its Tuscarora High School Key Club, its Walkersville High School Key Club, and its Middletown Middle School Builders Club; the Westminster Kiwanis Club introduced its Westminster High School Key Club and its Winter's Mill High School Key Club; the Greater Westminster Kiwanis Club introduced the Westminster AKtion Club that it co-sponsors with the Westminster Kiwanis Club; the Hagerstown Kiwanis Club introduced its North Hagerstown High School Key Club; the host Taneytown Kiwanis Club introduced its North Carroll High School Key Club; and the Mount Airy Kiwanis Club introduced its South Carroll High School Key Club.

The evening's activities were concluded with inspiring remarks by Governor Yvonne Holley (right), and presentation of a farewell gift to Division 9 Secretary-Treasurer Susan Grantham whose family is moving to Tucson Arizona.
Suburban Frederick Donates to Severely Disabled

Dave Maloney

The Kiwanis Club of Suburban Frederick Fund, one of over 525 funds held by The Community Foundation of Frederick County, recently contributed $5,000 to Special Inspirations, Inc., a nonprofit organization founded by parents and friends of children with severe disabilities. Special Inspirations, Inc. offers respite services that provide immediate help to families seeking a break from the daunting task of caring for these special children. It also provides a resource referral service and makes volunteer "helpers" available to assist families with daily chores such as laundry, cleaning, picking up prescriptions, and food shopping. (Shown upper right: Community Foundation Trustee Jack Tritt joins Special Inspirations, Inc. President Mike Koval in receiving a $5,000 donation from Kiwanis Club of Suburban Frederick Fundraising Chairman Phil Pople.)

"Special Inspirations is a perfect recipient for a contribution from The Kiwanis Club of Suburban Frederick Fund," shares Kiwanis Club of Suburban Frederick President Christine Semon. “The Kiwanis motto is ‘Serving the Children of the World,’ and what better way is there to be of assistance to those in need right here in Frederick County than to contribute to Special Inspirations?" For more information about Special Inspirations, Inc., visit http://www.specialinspirations.org/.

"Member Memories" from Kiwanis Club of Colonial Capital

Lee Schelley

Kiwanis Club of Colonial Capital has initiated a "member memories" column to share the exceptional and diverse backgrounds of our members. It has proven very popular and is seen as a means of bringing our members into closer friendships as we serve the shared goals of Kiwanis.

Click here to read Gary Rast's memories.

Southwest Virginia Spring Conference, April 21-22
Lloyd Enoch
Click her for a flyer on the upcoming Southwest Virginia Region Spring Conference. Click here for a registration form.
James Wood Middle School Builders Club Offers Food, Auction, Jazz
Bill Jeunette

Food-Auction-Jazz made up an evening of entertainment presented by the James Wood Middle School Builders Club to benefit the Winchester Day Nursery. (Shown above right are members of the Builders Club preparing dessert.) The Nursery serves the Winchester/Frederick County area as a day care facility for low income residents and receives very little public funding. The evening kicked off with an Italian dinner with 4 choices of pasta, salad and beverage all for the admission price of $5 which included the auction and concert. Earlier in the day members of the Winchester Kiwanis Club worked in the kitchen of a local restaurant to prepare sauces, pasta and rolls, which were then transported to the school cafeteria. The auction featured items donated by local merchants and provided a wide range for bidding. The James Wood Bulldog Jazz Band opened the concert and the Shenandoah Jazz Ensemble, one of the top ten in the nation, followed as the main feature. The concert concluded when the two bands combined in a great jam session. The Builders had hoped to raise at least $1000 but were rewarded with almost $1600 in proceeds for the nursery. (Lower right, the President of the James Wood Middle School of Winchester Va, Adam Smith, presents a check in the amount of $1700 dollars to Marge Praml, Board of Directors of the Winchester Day Nursery.)

Kiwanis Club of Poquoson Member Becomes U.S. Citizen
Joe Discenza
Members cheered as past President Brian Wilson of the Kiwanis Club of Poquoson led the Pledge of Allegiance for the first time at the club’s regular breakfast meeting today, as a newly naturalized citizen. Even when Brian was club president, he refrained from leading the pledge because he was not a U.S. citizen. Brian took the oath of allegiance and became a U.S. citizen in Norfolk on March 2, 2006. (Shown above, club president Tom Meree (right) congratulates Brian on his newly acquired citizenship.)

Kiwanis Club of Manassas Holds 59th Annual Steak Fry

John Beere

You are invited to join us for the 59th Annual Steak Fry hosted by the three Kiwanis Clubs in Manassas. Since 1947, Capital District Kiwanians have enjoyed this premier event. Mark your calendar for Thursday, May 11th, at the historic venue, the Inn at Vint Hill. A social hour with live entertainment will begin at 5:30PM with dinner being served at 6:30PM. The meal will consist of a grilled steak (or chicken if you prefer), baked potato, tossed salad, dinner roll, dessert, beer, wine, soda and all the Kiwanis fellowship you can enjoy.

The Inn at Vint Hill is a restored 1860 mansion located midway between Manassas and Warrenton at Vint Hill Station, a former Army Signal Corps facility. This site promises so much, steaks hot off the grill and a beautiful historic setting. Because of the large turnout expected, we are asking that you purchase your tickets before the event. Tickets are $22.00 for advanced sales postmarked by April 29th. Tickets purchased at the door will cost $30.00. For those of you coming out I - 66, the additional lanes make a large portion of your journey more enjoyable. The HOV-2 lane makes an Interclub the smart way to travel.

An order form is enclosed for your convenience. We will hold tickets at the door. If any questions, feel free to call or e-mail one of us: George Harrington 703-361-0152 (aharington@aol.com) or John Beere 703-369-6162 (johnbeere@hotmail.com).

The Inciter Now Ready

Inciter

The March/April 2006 issue of The Inciter is now ready to view at: http://www.kiwanis.org/pr/inciter/. Read about:

  • A New Club Newsletter Template
  • E-mailing Media
  • Popular Women's Blouse Now Available in Pink

As always, your input and views are important. Please send comments and suggestions for this newsletter, plus marketing and public relations success stories to: astilwell@kiwanis.org. Photos and news clippings may be mailed to Alison Stilwell, Marketing Department, Kiwanis International, 3636 Woodview Trace, Indianapolis, IN 46268. If appropriate, these will be posted in one of the next issues of The Inciter.

Capital District Kiwanis Go-To-Church Day Announced

Booker McManus

Governor Yvonne Holley has announced that the annual Capital District Kiwanis Go-To-Church will be observed at the U.S. Naval Academy Chapel, Annapolis, Maryland, on Sunday, April 23, 2006, at 11:00 a.m. Brunch will follow at the Officers and Faculty Club, U.S. Naval Academy. The cost for brunch is $25.00 for adults, $12.00 for children six to twelve and $2.00 under five years old. Please remit by Monday, April 17, 2006. Checks payable to Booker McManus.

Security: Since Tuesday, September 11, 2001, the security requirements have changed at the U.S. Naval Academy. The following rules apply for those entering the Yard.

  • All who enter the Yard must have photo identification, e.g., a driver’s license or work place identification.
  • Drivers with a Department of Defense decal may enter the Yard.
  • Drivers with Handicap stickers may enter the Yard.
  • Those who know the area well may park near the Yard and enter through Gate #3.
  • All others attending should proceed to the Navy Football stadium and park at parking Lot Blue. A shuttle will be available for your use beginning at 9:30 a.m.

All who plan to attend should arrive no later than 10:00 a.m. in order to ensure that everyone is seated for the processional. Should you have questions please contact me by phone at 410-544-5786 or via E-mail at bmcmanus@covad.net.

Kiwanis DateLine

Christiana Atibil, Executive Specialist, Kiwanis International

Click here for the March 17, 2006 issue of the Kiwanis Dateline which contains upcoming events and notices from Kiwanis International. Click here for the March 3, 2006 edition.
Katie Couric to Speak

Julie Mangis

Save the date of Saturday June 3, 2006 for a reception and dinner celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Kiwanis Club of Arlington. Guest speaker will be Katie Couric. Location is The Westin Arlington Gateway Hotel, 801 North Glebe Road.Your personal invitation will be mailed on or about April 20.
Christine Garvey Memorial Soccer Tournament

Patrick K Garvey

The Kiwanis Clubs of Division 23 of the Kiwanis Capital District held the 7th edition of the Christine Garvey Memorial Soccer Tournament on March 15 thru 17, 2006. This annual event is organized by the Kiwanis Clubs of Poquoson, Newport News and Williamsburg with help from their Kiwanis sponsored youth groups, Circle K and Key Club. The “Peninsular Soccer Officials Association” referees also donated their time and expertise. This enormous effort by so many Kiwanians generated $8,500 this year alone and $78,000 over the life of this event. As always, the proceeds were donated to the 'Susan G. Koman Foundation for Breast Cancer Research’ in memory of the late Christine Garvey, ‘A Poquoson Soccer Mom’. To add even more meaning to this wonderful event, Congresswoman Jo Ann Davis, herself a breast cancer victim, came from her chemotherapy session to present the trophies to the winning girls’ team.

Played on six venues around the peninsular, thirty two teams played a total of 48 games. Kellam High School won the Boys Varsity Division and Menchville High School won the Girls Varsity Division. They were joined by the junior varsity winners, the Kecoughtan boys and the Gloucester girls. These teams now begin in earnest to compete for the District Championships. As they do, they carry with them the Kiwanis International motto, “A global organization of volunteers, dedicated to changing the world, one child and one community at a time.”

A special moment occurred at the girls varsity final at Bailey Field, York High School on Friday evening, March 17th. After the introductions, the fans stood for the National Anthem. Unfortunately, the tape refused to play. When the problem became obvious, both teams and the referees faced the flag and proudly sang our great National Anthem. What a wonderful sight and sound – young women ready to compete for a championship, taking a moment to honor America.

As Kiwanians, we are so very proud to have this opportunity to serve our communities in this special way. Let it be known, Our Kiwanis motto extends far beyond the shores of this peninsular. "We are a global organization of volunteers, dedicated to changing the world, one child and one community at a time.

Teenager of the Year and Ducky Derby

Roger Diehl

Just a reminder for all Division Lt. Governors to have their nominations for Teenager of the Year to me by June 1st! Division winners are then judged by my committee, announced in July, and awarded at District convention in August.

Secondly, a reminder from the Capital District Kiwanis Foundation: We are in need of prize donations from all Divisions and clubs for the Ducky Derby which will be held at District convention in August. Donations are needed by April 18th please!

Kiwanis Club of Poquoson Supports Library

Brian Wilson

At our breakfast meeting on March 21, The Kiwanis Club of Poquoson presented a check for $250 to Ms. Ginny Kay Cox, President of The Friends of the Poquoson Public Library. The 'Friends' volunteers raise money through used book sales and donations to assist our award winning library in acquiring programs and books that otherwise would not be possible. (Shown, Club President Tom Meree presents check to Ginny Kay Cox.)
Kiwanis Club of Poquoson Presents Check to Museum

Brian Wilson

At their weekly breakfast on March 21.,The Kiwanis Club of Poquoson presented a check for $500 to the Poquoson Museum. The club is a charter member of the Poquoson Museum Committee and also helps in the physical aspects of preparing the Museum for opening. (Shown, l-r, Barbara Barbour and Georgia McDaniel of the Poquoson Museum Committee accept a check from Tom Meree, President of the Kiwanis Club of Poquoson.)
Spring Dangers

Mike Rind, Risk Management Chair

As we move into Spring, we ought to think about the risks Spring brings, and the ways we can work to minimize or eliminate them.

First, a story from the "Sad but True" file. My own club recently held a "Florida Fruit Sale". We had pitched a large tent, both to advertise the sale, and to protect us and our customers from the elements. The biggest"element" that morning was a thirty mile an hour wind, which duly knocked the tent off its pegs, despite the fact all four pegs had been anchored by bushel cases filled with oranges and grapefruits. The tent hit a customer's car. No injuries, but minor damage to her car. And, she didn't buy any of our fruit!

Afterwards, my wife said we shouldn't have pitched the tent unless we were sure it couldn't come loose. Can't argue with that! But, we'd used this tent for years, and it had never come loose before.

In a month or two, some of our clubs will start working at local pools so children can have a place to swim. If the clubs own those pools, they must put up clear signs warning everyone if the pool is without lifeguards, and alerting everyone to the pool's water depths. Even if your clubs don't own these pools, that's still a terrific idea.

Many clubs will run sporting events for local children. Please clear the area of any debris before the event starts, and keep an eye out for oil slicks and other risks. Make sure running around second base isn't any more of an obstacle course than it's supposed to be.

These are a few illustrations where some care beforehand can pay big dividends later. Risk Management doesn't mean we never take risks. It means we contain the risk where we can, prevent it where possible, and make certain everyone knows what the risk is, rather than expecting them, especially the children, to take their chances.

For more details on these and other "Springtime Risks", please contact Mike Rind at 410 294 9423 or mrind@comcast.net.
Kiwanis Club of Greater Westminster Inducts Six (6)

Susan Grantham

The Kiwanis Club of Greater Westminster held inductions for 6 new Kiwanis Members. LTG Jim Jacobs inducted the following new members: Linda Helton, Judy Stem,Jose Barata, Audrey Cimino, Jennifer Glass and Judi Johnson. The sponsors of these new members were President Stephanie Dahlquist, Lyndi Mc Nulty, Lori Graham and Tom Sullivan.
Kiwanis Club of Greater Westminster Awarded

Susan Grantham

The Kiwanis Club of Greater Westminster received several awards during the Mason Dixon Regional Mid Winter Convention. Susan M. Grantham of Westminster received the Distinguished Kiwanis Club President Award, Rob Winfrey of Taylorsville received the Distinguished Kiwanis Club Secretary Award and the Kiwanis Club of Greater Westminster received the Distinguished Kiwanis Club Award for 2004-2005. Immediate Past President Susan Grantham thanked the Kiwanis club for their commitment to do several projects a year, to grow the club with new members and to increase the club's public relations throughout the community. The Kiwanis Club of Greater Westminster also received the Read Around the World ribbon for their book project for the local children's hospital and the Emerald Level Ribbon for their many projects that numbered over 1,000 volunteer hours for the 2004-2005 Kiwanis Year. The previous Distinguished Kiwanis Club President of the Kiwanis Club of Greater Westminster was Charter President Burton Lee in 1996. (Shown, Susan Grantham (left) receives Distinguished Kiwanis Club President Award from Club President Stephanie Dahlquist.)
Susan Grantham Says Farewell to Capital District

Susan Grantham

Thank you for your warmth and graciousness! I am going to miss each and everyone of you!

You have touched my heart in many ways - seeing you at Kiwanis conventions, visiting your Kiwanis Club, helping your Kiwanis Club with membership growth ideas, PR, education and communication - even just listening to you and your newest accomplishments. I have been fortunate to personally visit many clubs in the Kiwanis Capital District and know that I will always have a "Home" here.

As I move to Tucson, AZ (the Southwest District) please don't be sad. Work hard to achieve many goals, work with other Kiwanis clubs in your division, your region and within the district. When we work together much can be gained!

Thank you for the fond memories, great Kiwanis fellowship and for striving to change one child and one community at a time! I look forward to seeing you at the 2007 International Convention in San Antonio!

Warm Regards,

Susan M. Grantham, Immediate Past President Kiwanis Club of Greater Westminster
Division 9 Council Secretary/Treasurer
Mason-Dixon Regional Growth Committee Member
Capital District TAG Team Member
Take Me Out To the Ballgame – May 7, 2006

Jeffrey M. Wolff

On the heels of the overwhelming success of our Washington Nationals Baseball Game Fundraiser last May, the Kiwanis Club of Tysons Corner is doing it again. We have purchased 250 seats for the 1:05pm game on Sunday, May 7, 2006 against the Pittsburgh Pirates. This is a single large block of seats in Section 520 (Infield Upper Reserved) for $16 each.

Governor Yvonne Holley will be joining us for the game, so your club will receive extra points if you bring an Interclub. A portion of the ticket proceeds will go to assist the Kiwanis Club of Tysons Corner with their community service activities. Please feel free to share this invitation with your friends, family and co-workers as well.

To order tickets, visit http://www.tysonscornerkiwanis.org/baseball send e-mail to baseball@tysonscornerkiwanis.org or call Jeffrey Wolff at (703) 615-4477. Come join your fellow Kiwanians from all over the district for a day of Nationals Baseball in Washington DC and help us support our community!

Two New Circle K Clubs in Capital District

Jeffrey M. Wolff

Circle K in the Capital District is very excited to welcome two new clubs that have chartered this year. The Circle K Club of Gallaudet University was officially chartered on February 9, 2006 with 21 members and is already growing larger. It is part of the Metro Division, and the club is sponsored by Kiwanis Club of Eastern Branch. Gallaudet University leads the world in undergraduate liberal arts education, career development, and outstanding graduate programs for deaf, hard-of-hearing, and hearing students. This is the first Circle K club to be chartered at a school for deaf students. Charter Club President Danielle Henkel and 3 other members attended the Circle K District Convention last month.

The Circle K Club of Marymount University was also chartered in March 2006 with 20 members and joins the newly formed Ridgeline Division. We are very pleased that Circle K has returned to the campus of Marymount University who previously had a charter in the 1990s. The Kiwanis Club of Arlington is the sponsor of this new club. Three students from MU Circle K were able to attend District Convention.

Congratulations to Immediate Past Metro Division Lt. Governor Paula Chrin from American University who worked so diligently to get these clubs off the ground. Capital District now has 33 active clubs, a membership over 900 and is the second largest district in Circle K International.

New Builders Club at Matthew Henson Middle School

Millie Kriemelmeyer

The Kiwanis Club of Waldorf proudly announces the official recognition by Kiwanis International of the Matthew Henson Middle School Builders Club on March 20, 2006. The advisors are Anna Craft and Vycki Myers, who are members of the Kiwanis Club of Waldorf. The Builders Club is planning service and fundraising projects and their Charter Night on May 12.
Kiwanis Club of Annapolis Celebrates 25 Years

Bill Lovelace

The Kiwanis Club of Annapolis will celebrate its 25th anniversary on Saturday, April 29, 6:00 to 9:30 PM at the Loews Annapolis Hotel, 126 West St. in Annapolis. All are invited to attend. A great way to hold an Interclub and celebrate with us! The cost of $35.00 includes light hors d'oeuvres, dinner, program and complimentary self parking. There will also be a cash bar. Reservations with payment are required by April 22. Call Bill at 410.266.8932 or Jim at 410.757.4549. Checks, made out to Annapolis Kiwanis, may be mailed to Bill Lovelace, 1904 Kings wood Ct., Annapolis, MD 21401.
Kiwanis Club of Annapolis Holds Fundraiser

Bill Lovelace

The Kiwanis Club of Annapolis will hold its annual fund raiser for local charities on Saturday, May 13 at Calvary United Methodist Church, 301 Rowe Blvd., Annapolis, MD 21401. Entertainment will be provided by "Them Eastport Oyster Boys," (right) a very popular local duo who sing nautical songs and ditties, many about the Chesapeake Bay. There will also be light food, desserts and a silent auction (Cash or Checks only), featuring a weekend stay at the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee for two nights with a dinner for two, plus dinners at fine local restaurants, auto detailing, golf outing and many other fine selections. Tickets are $20.00 in advance or $25.00 at the door. Call Bill at 410.266.8932 or Jim at 410.757.4549. Checks, made out to Annapolis Kiwanis, may be mailed to Bill Lovelace, 1904 Kingswood Ct., Annapolis, MD 21401.
Kiwanis Club of Annapolis Holds Fundraiser

Greg Davy

There is far more to be told about the history of Yorktown and York County than just the famous surrender that took place there in 1781, says Bonnie Karwac.

As director of the York County Historical Museum in Yorktown village, Karwac’s mission is to ensure that visitors to the area get a full picture of the colorful, busy history that extends hundreds of years before Washington and Cornwallis were even born, and more than 200 years after the Revolutionary War ended.

Karwac said she was told the Chiskiak Watch Artifact Collection, given to the museum following the excavation for the Chiskiak Watch housing development, contained about 130 boxes of pottery shards, vases, and other paraphernalia.

“Two hundred and seventy boxes later, we’re still going through and cataloguing items,” Karwac said. “One of the most interesting things about our museum is that you can find volunteers helping to sort, clean and catalog the items on any given visit. We encourage visitors to become volunteers themselves – it’s a great way to get really close to the history of our area. And we also hope that locals will share their memories with us.”

The museum exhibits, located in the basement of York Hall, 301 Main Street in Yorktown, explore what life might have been like before Europeans arrived on the shores of the York River; the Civil War era in which Yorktown played a significant part; and other pioneer events and people that shaped modern York County. (Upper left: Museum Director Bonnie Karwac displays two pieces believed to be about 1,000 years old. Upper right: Kiwanian Tom Carnevale, Associate Metro Director of the YMCA, inspects pottery shards from the York County Historical Museum’s Chiskiak Watch Artifact Collection.)

Capital District Interclub Winners 2004-2005

Jacquelyn Lowe

I want to thank the Kiwanis clubs that participated in the interclub contest. All clubs are asked to have at least one interclub meeting per month. The clubs that take the interclub challenge are meeting other Kiwanians and guests while sharing information about their club's activities. And they're having fun, too! To calculate the most points, visit the sponsored clubs, Governor's visits, and support our leadership activities.

From the reports that I received the Capital District Interclub contest winners for 2004-2005 are:

  • Gold (101+ Members): Ocean Pines, Winner; Winchester, Honorable Mention
  • Silver (71 to 100 Members): Arlington, Winner; Leisure World, Honorable Mention
  • Orange (46 to 70 Members) : Waldorf, Winner; Wheaton, Honorable Mention
  • Blue (31 to 45 Members): Chester, Winner; Hampton, Honorable Mention
  • White (30 or fewer Members): Kiln Creek, Winner; North Central Richmond, Honorable Mention

The Inter-club contest reports and scoring matrix for 2005-06 is located on the District Web Page.

Definition of an Interclub:
An interclub meeting is a meeting staged by two or more Kiwanis clubs (including clubs in formation), or by a Kiwanis club and any K-Kids, Builders Club, Kiwanis Junior, Aktion Club, Circle K Club, or Key Club. Clubs with 20 or fewer members need a minimum of two members in attendance to constitute an interclub meeting. Clubs with 21-30 members need three members, and clubs with 31 or more members need at least four members in attendance. Visiting groups shall be composed of a minimum of two Kiwanians plus members of K-Kids, Builders Club, Kiwanis Junior, Aktion Club, Circle K Club, and/or Key Club (a Lieutenant Governor can only be included if he/she is a member of the participating club). Interclubbing is a means of supporting Kiwanis' fifth Object, which is "To provide, through this club, a practical means to form enduring friendships, to render altruistic service, and to build a better community." This wider scope of Kiwanis can be achieved by arranging visits between clubs in the same town, division, regions, and district, as well as interdistrict get-togethers.

15th Annual Kiwanis Club of Reisterstown Golf Classic

Don Moore

The 15th Annual Kiwanis Club of Reisterstown Golf Classic will be held Friday, June 2, 2006 at 12:30 P.M. at the South Hills Golf Club in Hanover,PA. Best ball format. Entrance fee of $85.00 includes snack and beverage at noon, cart and greens fee, dinner banquet, and prizes for closest to the pin, longest drive, and $10,000 for a hole-in-one on a specified hole. Many other door prizes will be awarded to lucky ticket holders. Call Don Moore, (410) 833-7363 to register or for more information.
Alexandria Kiwanis Club Presents Concerts

Perry Carvellas

The Alexandria Kiwanis Club on March 26, 2006 presented the National Symphony Orchestra Brass Principals Quintet Concert and a performance by the John Adams Elementary School Orff Ensemble. The Concert and Performance were given at the George Washington Masonic National Memorial Auditorium.

This was our 7th Annual NSO Fund Raiser. All of the proceeds from the Concert go to non-profit and charitable organization in the Alexandria Community. This year we had a new addition to our program. The John Adams Elementary School Orff Ensemble. The John Adams School was adopted by our Club ten years ago and has since then been supported by our Club...read more

Members of Mercury 64 Club Shave Heads

Amy Thorstad

Kiwanis Club of Mercury 64 Secretary Frank Dulong and honorary club member Jean Lawrence (right) have their heads shaved to raise money for childhood cancer research! Their heads were shaved at a St. Baldrick's event held in Norfolk the day after St. Patrick's Day. St. Baldrick's began in New York as a challenge between friends to come up with a way to give back to the community. They shaved their heads as a show of solidarity to the children who lose their hair during cancer treatments and raised over $100,000 in their first year. Seven years and 12 million dollars later, St. Baldrick's has become the world's largest event to raise money for childhood cancer research. Research is the only hope for a cure and St. Baldrick's has committed to continue shaving until every child with cancer can be cured. The money raised goes to CureSearch, the world's leading childhood cancer research organization. To learn more, please visit www.stbaldricks.org or www.curesearch.org.
Potomac Region Mid-Winter Conference Report

Jonnie Mann

The first Potomac Region Mid-Winter Conference was held on March 4, 2006 at the College of Southern Maryland in LaPlata, MD. Governor Holley opened our Conference then headed to Columbia for another Mid-Winter passing Governor-Elect Bob & Nancy Cressy somewhere on Rt.301. We had some great training/education sessions ranging from Revitalizing Membership, Communication & PR, Key Club - Circle K & Transition to Kiwanis, Leadership Roles & Responsibilities & Why Kiwanis. There were 135 attendees at the Conference, 25 of whom were First Timers. Our Key Clubs & Circle K were represented & our Region's newest Club, DC Young Professionals were present. Awards for the 2004-2005 Kiwanis year for Interclubs, Young Children Priority One, etc. were presented during the lunch break. Everyone enjoyed themselves and gained lots of Kiwanis knowledge. The evaluation forms turned in at the end of the day have given us many great suggestions for training, etc. for our next Conference. It was a Great Day to be a Kiwanian!
Kiwanis Club of Mercury 64 Recognized Red Cross

Stanley Winarski

The Kiwanis Club of Mercury 64 in Hampton was recently honored by the Hampton Roads Chapter of the America Red Cross as one of their community "Heros" for continuing and substantial support. (From left to right, Harvey Margulies (Tres.), Lori Vega (Pres. Elect), Monte Correll (Pres.), Amy Thorstad (VP) and Frank Dulong (Sec.))
Charlottesville Interclub to Waynesboro Pancake Breakfast

Jim Hart

Six Charlottesville Kiwanians traveled over Afton Mountain on a beautiful Saturday morning in March in support of the Waynesboro Virginia Club's third annual benefit pancake breakfast held at First Baptist Church. Pictured on the left side of the table are President-Elect and pancake chairman Philip Day, and Judy Mentzinger and her husband, current president Bob Mentzinger. On the right side of the table are First Vice President Lee Graves, Chuck Harris, last year's Kiwanis rookie of the year, past president and kitchen chief Tony Hastoglis, and Waynesboro Club president Bill Pfost. Diners were ably served by Key Clubbers from Stuarts Draft and Waynesboro High Schools and from Fishburne Military Academy. The Charlottesville Kiwanians learned quite a bit from the Waynesboro event and invited them to come to their own event scheduled for Saturday, April 22, at First Presbyterian Church on Park Street. This will be the second annual Dogwood Pancake Breakfast, occurring on the same morning as the 56th annual Dogwood Festival parade, and will benefit Children, Youth & Family Services, Inc.

Club Newsletter Contest for 2005-2006

Vivian Tanzer

It’s time to start giving some thought to the 2005-2006 Newsletter Contest. If your club publishes a Newsletter please check out the “Checklist for Evaluating Club Newsletters”. If your club doesn’t publish a newsletter then this might just be the time to check the list and attempt to start a newsletter. This and more newsletter-related information can be found at http://www.kiwanis.org/pr/newsletter.asp. To enter, complete and send in this form. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at vtan10@widomaker.com, or call 747-898-3246.
Kiwanis Club of Suburban Norfolk has joined the Adopt-a-Road

Lou Evans

The Kiwanis Club of Suburban Norfolk has joined the Adopt-a-Road Program of Norfolk, VA. Teaming with the Circle K Club of Virginian Wesleyan College, Suburban Norfolk is now responsible for the cleanliness of a portion of Northhampton Boulevard within the Norfolk city limits. On Saturday, March 11, 2006 a team of Kiwanians, both collegiate and regular members, assembled to conduct their initial cleaning effort. Hundreds of pounds of trash was collected and removed from the highway. (L to R: Diane Hotaling, Malcolm Thiele, Elizabeth Owens, Leon Oliver, Krystian Dodds and Vickie Brynildsen. Crew members not in the picture: David Carré and John Deuel.)
Kiwanis Club of Suburban Norfolk Honors Vet

Lou Evans

The Kiwanis Club of Suburban Norfolk was honored to have an Iraq veteran as their guest on March 28, 2006. Sergeant Matthew Doyle, USA, is assigned to the 43rd Combat Engineering Company stationed in Ft. Carson, Colorado. He participated in the initial invasion and liberation of Iraq in 2003 and has just completed his second tour of duty there. Sergeant Doyle is married to the granddaughter of Ed Gatling who is a charter member of the Suburban Norfolk Club which was founded in 1957. Sergeant Doyle graciously answered the many questions of the club members and shared some of his experiences in Iraq. (Shown are Sergeant Doyle (standing) and his proud grandfather-in-law.)
Kiwanis Club of Suburban Norfolk Hurricane Relief

Lou Evans

The Kiwanis Club of Suburban Norfolk has completed a drive to raise money to help those people victimized by the 2005 hurricanes in the Gulf area. Individual member contributions and matching Club Foundation funds raised $3,170 for the relief effort. In a ceremony on March 28, 2006 the Suburban Norfolk Vice President, David Carré, and the Foundation Treasurer, Ed Owens presented a check in the above amount to the 16th Division Lt Gov, Donald "Doc" Thrush. Doc Thrush will forward the check to Kiwanis International for distribution to the appropriate relief organizations. (Shown, L to R: Ed Owens, "Doc" Thrush and David Carré.)
Kiwanis Club of Mitchellville Holds Prayer Breakfast

Deja Craddock

The Kiwanis Club of Mitchellville would like to invite the K-Family and everyone out to their Annual Scholarship Prayer Breakfast on Saturday, April 29, 2006 at 9:00 am at Collington Episcopal Life Care Community Center 10450 Lottsford Road, Mitchellville, MD. Come help us celebrate and honor some of our Largo Key Club and Bowie State Circle K Club Honorees. Tickets are $20. Donations are also Welcomed. Please send checks payable to Kiwanis Club of Mitchellville-12158 Central Avenue Suite 652, Mitchellville, MD. 20721. For more information please call Rose McClyde 301-249-2751 or www.mitchellvillekiwanis.org.
New Club Forms!

Jon Rife

Welcome to Kiwanis Club of Council — our newest Kiwanis Club in the Capital District. The Grundy and McClure River Clubs are co-sponsoring this club. The club has a membership of twenty-four and meets weekly at the Council Community Park. The club was organized Feb. 18, 2006. They are discussing fund raising and service projects for the Council area. The club's Charter Banquet is planned for April 20 and Governor Yvonne is planning to present the Charter. Congratulations to the new Kiwanis Club of Council.
Tony Gee on Diversity

submitted by Linda Owens

Remarks made by Charles “Tony” Gee, Alexandria/Arlington Kiwanis Clubs, Chairperson of Diversity Capitol District 20th Division at the Northern Virginia Regional Conference 10th and 20th Division on March 11, 2006:

"Diversity is an attitude; it’s people showing other people that favor of goodwill which may be mutually beneficial. As the face of America has changed, diversity is applicable. I came across these words several years ago that arrested my attention and in resounding tone beckon to the cultural conditions of our day and to all ethnicities. They are not mine–I wish they were–but they are the utterance of one who has been gifted with an unusually enlightened mind; whose experiences of life have enriched his wisdom; and one of keen insight into the human condition, when he gave birth to these words: “its not your environment. Its you–the quality of your mind, the integrity of your soul, and the determination of your will, will decide your destiny, and shape your life!” (Dr. Benjamin Elijah Mays, Former President of Morehouse College)...read more