the Online newsletter of Capital District Kiwanis International

David Maloney, Editor

August 2006


Capital District
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Presidential Reg. Div. 5 , 19

Mason Dixon Reg.
Div. 9, 12, 14

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Div. 7, 11, 15

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Div. 10, 20

Hampton Roads Reg.
Div. 13, 16, 21, 23

Potomac Reg.
Div. 1, 17, 22

Heart of Virginia Reg.
Div. 4, 18, 24

Southwest Virginia Reg. Div. 2, 3, 8



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This issue at a glance:

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

Gov. Yvonne Holley

For the past several months, I was highly anticipating the 91st Annual Kiwanis International Convention in Montreal. Every one of my expectations was met with this stimulating, informative and fun-filled convention. During the Convention, the House of Delegates met to elect International Officers, vote on proposed amendments to the International Constitution and Bylaws, and consider a proposed resolution. The delegates elected Nelson Tucker (Northridge Club in Chattsworth, California) International President; Dave A. Curry (Silver Bow, Butte Club in Butte, Montana) International President-elect; and Donald R. Canaday, (Meridian Hill, Indianapolis Club, Indianapolis, Indiana) International Vice President. There were 4,340 members and 1,227 guests, for a total of 5,567 in attendance at the Convention. Two-hundred-fifty (62.19% of our goal of 402) of those individuals present were from the Capital District. We had 126 certified delegates and 27 delegates-at-large for a total of 153 delegates. Eighty-one of the District’s 180 clubs were represented. It was great to see those members that could attend the Convention. Unfortunately for me, however, while at the Convention, I received word that my father had taken ill and was in the hospital. I left the Convention for my return trip home instead of going on to Boston for the Key Club International Convention as previously planned. I sincerely thank you for the many cards, phone calls, emails and offers of prayer that I received.

Even though I did not make it to the Key Club International Convention held in Boston, Massachusetts, July 1-5, congratulations are certainly in order. Two District Key Clubs won scrapbook awards at their Convention: Middletown won 2nd place in the non-traditional category and Christ Church (only 2 ½ years old) won 3rd place in the traditional category. Both of these Clubs are sponsored by the Middlesex Kiwanis Club. Avanti Kollaram, Immediate past District Editor, was elected to the Key Club International Board as a Trustee. CONGRATULATIONS to our Key Club family members.

I urge as many members as possible to attend the Capital District Convention in Reston, Virginia, August 18-20. Convention Chair, Jeff Wolff and his committee have developed an outstanding program of training and fellowship. In addition, we will elect one of the two candidates as our 2006-2007 Governor-elect. Please be present to vote for your candidate of choice. If you have not already registered, please take the time to do so now. The registration form can be found on the District website.

I was very excited about the month of July. I got the opportunity to assist Trustee Harold Laurent with the CLE training for Divisions 13 and 23 club officers; with my visit to Division 2, I completed all my official visits; I participated in the Bayside Kiwanis Club Annual American Rover Murder Mystery Fundraiser, winning best costume – female; attended the Budget/Finance Committee Meeting; and spent an absolutely wonderful evening with members of Division 15 at Perdue Stadium during their annual night out at the baseball park, which also included spectacular fireworks at the conclusion of the game. I was extremely excited when one became two, then three, and now there are four. There are four new clubs that were organized within our District this administrative year. Our newest and fourth club, Kiwanis Club of Hopewell, was organized July 25 with 26 new members. Their charter presentation is scheduled for September 19. Congratulations and thank you to Past Governor Joe Hillier, Past Lt. Governor Steve Miles, and all others who helped to get us one club closer to the eight new clubs for the year. We are half way there and still have approximately 60 days to get the other four clubs organized before the end of this administrative year. I won’t give up. I still believe that TOGETHER WE CAN and TOGETHER WE WILL DO IT!

I am looking forward to seeing you in Reston.

Now for the Rest of the Story
Gov. Yvonne Holley
During my night out at the ballpark with members of Division 15, I had the distinct pleasure of meeting and talking with Mathew Taylor. You may or may not be familiar with the name Mathew Taylor, but he is the grandson of Past Governor Dick Feeser (shown right holding microphone.) The name still doesn’t ring a bell? Mathew Taylor is the inspiration behind the inception of the Capital District's Caring Corner. His grandmother, past First Lady Pat Feeser, organized the Caring Corner as a result of an accident Mathew had at the age of two year-old.

During my conversation with Mathew and his grandparents, I was told the story regarding Mathew’s accident twenty years ago when he fell into a bucket of hot water filled with cleaning chemicals. He was only 2-years old at the time and was walking backward while playing with pull a toy. He fell and landed in a sitting position in the bucket filled with hot water and chemicals. PG Dick, and his wife Pat, were visiting the Manassas Kiwanis Club when they received the news of their grandson’s accident. Little Mathew was rushed to Gettysburg Hospital where his parents were told the hospital did not have the facilities to treat chemical burns. He was then taken to York Hospital where, again, they were informed that the facility was not equipped to treat a child with chemical burns. Mathew was finally taken to the Children’s Hospital National Medical Center in Washington, DC where he received the treatment needed and spent two weeks in the Center’s intensive care unit.

Now twenty-two years old, Mathew said he remembers clowns visiting him in the hospital. His grandfather informed us that the clowns were Circle K'ers dressed in clown outfits.

As a result of her grandson’s ordeal, past First Lady Pat, established the District’s Caring Corner to raise money to help fund pediatric trauma centers and provide resources for children hospitals to set up pediatric trauma units. The Caring Corner was established in 1986, during Past Governor Dick Feeser’s year as Governor of the Capital District.

Hopefully this brief, but true story, will remind you of the importance of supporting the Capital District Foundation. Contributions made to the Foundation are used to continue to fund and support the District’s seven pediatric trauma centers. PLEASE, help make a difference in the lives of our children by supporting the Caring Corner at the district conventions and your midwinter conferences; as well as, direct contributions to the Foundation.

Webster James, Kiwanis International Trustee,
Appointed Counselor to Capital District Kiwanis
Bob Cressy
Webster A. James (right), a Kiwanis International Trustee in the second year of a three year term on the Kiwanis International Board, has been assigned as Counselor to the Capital District at the International Convention in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Webster, of Goldsboro, North Carolina, was elected to a three-year term as a Trustee of Kiwanis International at the 90th International Convention in Honolulu in July 2005.

International Board Counselors will be attending all the District Conventions taking place throughout the world in the next few months. Webster and his wife Celia will be attending the 88th Capital District convention in Reston, August 18-20th. International Counselors are International’s representative to us and will bring us advice and counsel based on his experience as well as being a means for the Capital District to communicate with the International President and Board.

Webster was the charter president of the Fort Myers Palm City Kiwanis Club and has belonged to the Kiwanis Club of Goldsboro since 1991. He served as Governor if the Carolinas District in 1999-2000 and led the district to second place ranking in new club building for North America.

Similar to all Counselors, Webster has additional assignments and will be counselor to the Nebraska-Iowa District and to Key Club International this year.

Before joining the International Board, Webster served as chairman of the International Committees on Public Relations and Branding and Marketing for North America. He also served as a member of the Magazine and the New Club Building Committees.

Webster is owner and president of Comprehensive Communications Services. He is a member of the National and North Carolina Association of Broadcasters and the Society of Broadcaster Engineers. He has been an ordained as a Deacon in the Roman Catholic Church. He and his wife Celia are parents of two children.

They will be our guests at all meal function and Webster will address us at the Governor’s banquet Saturday evening. He will attend the Capital District Board and the Foundation meetings, both delegate sessions and the installation of district officers and trustees.

Please take the opportunity to personally welcome them to the Capital District and take the opportunity ask questions, voice your opinions and listen to his advice and experiences given for our benefit.

Capital District Convention Aug 18-20, 2006 Draws Closer
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 the 4th and latest Convention Newsletter.

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 We look forward to seeing each and every one of you in Reston next summer.

Register for the 88th Annual District Convention online! Go to and click on "ONLINE CONVENTION REGISTRATION" for the secure form. Once you register through the site, you will receive an e-mail confirmation and the address to which you should send payment if you are paying by check.

Taking Advantage of Corporate Partners in Your Community
David Elswick
A few months ago, I spent 240 hours surfing the Internet searching for corporations that would support efforts by my Kiwanis Club. I was amazed by how much support is out there. And I think the volume shocked my fellow Club members. I documented what I had found in such a way, that anybody reading my material could also go to the right web pages and read the same material. Wal-Mart and Food Lion are just 2 of many where it takes several web pages to just list some of the projects they have supported.

I have only been a member for about 15 months and have been to 2 regional meetings. The thought struck me that most Presidents at those meetings were focused on the wrong issue as their #1 problem. All but one of the Presidents said the #1 problem was "getting new members". But they all sounded so depressed ----- how could they get anyone excited about joining the Kiwanis?

BUT (a big BUT), if their Clubs could host more, or better, projects - their members might become more excited. And would have something interesting to offer to a prospective member. But to do this, they need more community support, so I contacted you.

I found enough corporations that will support youth centered projects, there could probably be a separate article on Reading Programs, Assistance from Store Employees, Fund Raisers, Scholarships, etc. But the problem with that approach is - each Club is different and they have critical needs now. So what I am submitting is:

Read CP Intro which describes how/why corporations fund community based non-profits.

Then read CP Corporate Community Partners - possibly the Top 7 Corporations that are likely to offer support and to be located near a Kiwanis Club. A mixture of the types of support. Contains several quotes from corporate web sites that shows how they view charitable giving at the community level.

[P.S. A Tip 'o the Hat to David Elsick for submitting this article and the two linked articles. David has promised an additional article for next month. He teases, "Do you know that there is a federal program that mentions Kiwanis? It's a matching program. If a Kiwanis Club will provide $500 for a student scholarship to somebody who is active in their community, there is a federal program that will match the $500." - Ed.]

Attention President-elects for 2007-2008 — Kiwanis Leadership Development Program (KLDP)
Harold Laurent
This is a reminder to Club President-elect for the 2006-2007 administrative year that your preparation for your year as Club President (2007-2008) begins with the first session of the Kiwanis Leadership Development Program (KLDP) at the District Convention on Saturday, August 19. Don't miss this important opportunity. Register now for the convention and be sure to attend this 2-hour workshop.
Kiwanis DateLine

Christiana Atibil, Executive Specialist, Kiwanis International

Click here for the July 14, 2006 issue of the Kiwanis Dateline which contains upcoming events and notices from Kiwanis International. Click here for the July 28, 2006 edition.
New Monthly Online Reporting System

Bob Powers

"...all clubs must report online beginning with the October 2006 report."

For the past two years, the Digital District and Administration and Club Operations Committees have been evaluating a developing Club Management Information system now known as the Kiwanis Portal. We have found that the Portal offers significant advantages for the Capital District and our clubs, so beginning with the October 2006 report, we will change the format of the report and the way it is processed. We are changing from a decentralized processing system to a central database maintained on the Kiwanis Portal server. The reporting module portion of the Kiwanis Portal is free to clubs and districts.

The new format contains the same data elements as the old format plus additional data elements related to the Annual Report and Distinguished Club Criteria. View a prototype of the new format by visiting the District Web Site:

and clicking on the New Format button in the Quick Links menu on the right side of the screen. Programming the new format is underway and we don’t expect many changes.

The new system provides many advantages for the District. Club Secretaries will no longer have to file separate annual reports nor will they have to apply for Distinguished Club Status. The International will have access to all the necessary data from the monthly reports.

Leadership from Division to International will be able to view a wide variety of management reports. For example, once the database is populated, a Lt. Governor could generate a list of all clubs in the Division whose service hours have declined by ten percent or more over the previous six months – an indicator of possible problems in a club.

Kiwanis Portal has the potential to become a one stop shop for all of a club’s administrative needs. If development proceeds as planned, in a couple of years Secretaries may be able to access the International database and add or drop members, make corrections to the data, file election reports, etc.

In order to realize the full benefit of the new system, the District Board has directed that all clubs must report online beginning with the October 2006 report. The change over will be straight forward. Secretaries will continue to click on the Monthly Report button on the District Web Site home page. For the September report this link will lead to the format we have been using. For the October report, the link will lead the Secretary to a page to register the club and set a personal password. After that, clicking on the Monthly Report link will lead to a logon page and then the new report format.

Past-Gov. Warren Kane Announces Lt. Gov. Citations for 2004-2005

Warren Kane

The following 2004-2005 Capital District Lt. Govs. Capital qualified for one of the four levels prescribed by Kiwanis International

Gov.'s Citation - 50% of the clubs in the division achieving distinguished:
Lt.Gov. Harry Kriemelmeyer, Division 22, 80%
Lt.Gov. William E. "Bill" Overstreet, Division 20, 55%
Lt.Gov. R. Brian Bell, Division 10, 50%
Lt.Gov. Frank Sanders, 50%
Lt.Gov. Kenneth M. Smith, Division 5, 50%
Lt.Gov. Jeffrey Tull, Division 7, 50%

Outstanding Leadership Citation - 40% of the clubs in the division achieving distinguished:
Lt.Gov. Gregory Miele, Division 17, 40%
Lt.Gov. M. Baxter Vendrick, Division 16, 40%

Outstanding Performance Citation - 35% of clubs in the division achieving distinguished:
Lt.Gov. Arthur Bornschien, Division 23, 38%
Lt.Gov. Aubrey Skeeter, Division 21, 38%

Honorable Mention Citation - 25% of the clubs in the division achieving distinguished:
Lt.Gov. Catherine Elder, Division 13, 33%
Lt.Gov. George Ginn, Division 4, 33%
Lt.Gov. Steve Miles, Division 18, 33%
Lt.Gov. Kenneth H. Tracy, 27%

I think the most important news of the moment is that the June District Statistics just released show a net gain for the year of 17 members. This is the second consecutive month of the District being on the positive side after years of less and less members being reported each month.

District History Trivia
John Fox
I would like to thank Marty Weiss from Leisure World in Division 17 for providing input on the District History Trivia. Therefore, the trivia section has been revised and updated. More can be added, I’m “all ears”.

I want to expand this with Regional trivia too. I am hoping the 50 questions and answers I put together about my Region can be applied to the other 7. It just will take time to search them out. If you find something or have an idea about a topic, please let me know. I can reached via email jfox@radford.ed. Can you answer these questions without looking them up?

  • Name the District club that sponsored a club in the Middle-East.
  • Name the clubs that formed the Capital District.
  • When was our District Secretary Ellis Stroup a Lt .Governor?
  • When was the Capital District Circle K organized?
  • Who was the first District Chair for Circle K?
  • Who was the District Historian who held the position for 20 years?
  • When did the History site first appear on the web?
Training and Education Committee Report
Tom Varner

As we approach the month of August, the new Capital District Leaders should have completed their training. Governors are trained by Kiwanis International, Lieutenant governors are trained by Certified Kiwanis Instructors following Kiwanis International guidelines, and CLUB OFFICERS are trained by Certified Kiwanis Instructors in their Regions. One thing that is common in all of this training is the opportunity to meet with one’s peers at all levels, to identify potential sources of help, knowledge, and assistance among these other leaders, and to have fun.

The only way any of these things can happen is for the leaders to attend their training sessions. Your Certified Instructors will be there if there is training scheduled. The CLUB OFFICERS have a responsibility to come to the training sessions. It is very common to hear that –“I have been to training” or “I have done the job and don’t need training”. Both of these may be true, but what about meeting your peers and helping others. Kiwanis is about service and sharing. If you do not attend your training, you may be cheating another officer by not sharing your knowledge.

Beginning with the 2006 – 2007 President Elects, Club Leadership Development Training will begin at the District Convention in Reston on Saturday, August 19, 2006. We would like to see all 180 plus President-elects in attendance, but that is not practicable. We are hoping to have well over half of these CLUB LEADERS. Remember, it is not only what you can gain, but what you can give to your peers, the 2007 – 2008 class of Club Presidents.

Kiwanis Club of Blue Ridge Reaches Goals
Doug Butler

Immediate Past President Terri Hirst of the Kiwanis Club of Blue Ridge (Winchester, Va.) applies the Distinguished Club Patch to the Club's Honor Banner. Ms. Hirst's club exceeded the membership goals and community service project for the year during the year she was President.

Kiwanis Club of Elkton Awarded Distinguished Club Honor
Patricia Justice

The Kiwanis Club of Elkton was awarded the Distinguished Club Honor for the 2004-2005 administrative year from Kiwanis International. To win the award the Club had to demonstrate excellence in three categories—Service, Education and Growth. Projects such as Mr. Reader, where members read books to elementary school classes and then each student is provided with a copy of those books. This program is run at Gilpin Manor Elementary and Chesapeake City Elementary. The Club has sponsored this program for several years and donated thousands of dollars to purchase the books for the students. The Club also continued its sponsorship of several Builders and Key Clubs. Builders Clubs are service clubs at the middle school level. Key Clubs are service clubs at the high school level. The Club also added four new members. These are just a few of the reasons the Club received this honor. Furthermore, Dale Collins was presented with a Distinguished Secretary pin to acknowledge the fantastic work he has done in that position. (Pictured above from left to right—Bill Moore—Treasurer, Dale Collins—Secretary, John Jodlbaur—1st VP, Sue Garafola—2nd VP and Patty Justice—President)

Long-Time Member Speaks of his Experiences

Patricia Justice

On June 8th, the Club had a special speaker, Harold “Doc” Collins (right). Doc had initially joined the Elkton Kiwanis in 1947 and was an active member for many years and later retired from the club. But then in 2004, he decided to renew his membership and has been frequently attending meetings. He spoke about his experiences in Kiwanis. In 1946, he returned from the service to Elkton and opened up his chiropractic practice. A friend of his asked him to join Kiwanis. Doc was not sure at first because the dues back then were $25. Meetings were held at the Howard House Restaurant and there were 40 members. He soon took over as Secretary and held that position for 7 1/2 years. As Secretary he had many duties, such as writing weekly newsletters, colleting dues and recording attendance. As an aside, Doc’s son, Dale, who is also a very active Kiwanian, has held the position of Secretary for our club for a number of years.

Doc was elected as President in 1954. Some of the fundraising events he recalls being involved with were the selling of Fruitcakes (2lb loaf for $3.00). Peanut Day and the Club also sold Christmas Trees. For a few years, Club members would test there acting skills and put on a minstrel show at Elkton High School. They also had Ladies Night twice a year. It was not until 1987 that women were allowed to be members. This event would be a formal dinner and dancing with live music. There were regular interclubs with other area Kiwanis clubs and Doc told the story of how a car full of Kiwanis members got a speeding ticket on the way to an interclub meeting. Several members were nice enough to chip in to pay for the ticket. Doc stated that one of his favorite service projects was a Fishing Rodeo for kids 12 and under. He said it was a lot of fun working with the kids. For his years of service in the club, Doc was awarded with Life Membership to the Capital District Foundation in 1995. Overall, Doc said he has had a lot of fun in the club. He has found that the Kiwanis organization gave him many opportunities to serve his fellow man and he made long-time friends. He’s observed that times have changed, but the service that we do must continue. So he hopes Kiwanis will go on and flourish. The club members at the meeting enjoyed Doc’s talk and it spurred lots of stories and questions. Thank you Doc for sharing.

Kiwanis Club of Elkton Donates Stuffed Animals

Patricia Justice

In May 2006 the Kiwanis Club of Elkton donated several stuffed animals, coloring books and crayons to Union Hospital in Elkton. These supplies will be used in the Emergency Room and in the Children's ward. The project was the brainchild of Vice-President, Sue Garafola. She showed excellent skills in requesting donations and purchasing of the items for this project. Donations of stuffed animals were received by Wal-Mart, Nino’s Restaurant (where the club holds it meetings) donated 35boxes of crayons and Milburn Orchards donated 25 coloring books. Sue worked very hard on this project and should be very proud of what she was able to accomplish in a short amount of time and with very little funding. Kiwanis focuses on children and what better way to do that then by giving them something to comfort them when they have to be in a hospital. (Kiwanis members pictured from Right to Left are President, Patty Justice and Sue Garafola)

Photographs of Gov. Yvonne's Visit to Chincoteague Kiwanis Club

Thomas Lust

In last month's July edition of the eBuilder, Gov. Yvonne described her visit to the Chincoteague Kiwanis Club: "What began as a casual invitation turned out to be one of the most enjoyable visits I have had in recent memories. I had the absolute pleasure of being hosted by Chincoteague Kiwanis Club President, Betty Mullins, during my visit to Chincoteague Island. It all began over a year ago when Betty invited me to visit the Island. I said I would take her up on her offer one day. As fate would have it, Betty attended one of the sessions I conducted during DelMarVa’s Midwinter Conference and at that time she and I agreed upon the date that I would make the visit." Click here for images of that memorable visit!

Kiwanis Club of Chesterfield Supports Comfort Zone Camp

Pat Wasiuk

Lynne Hughes, President and CEO of Comfort Zone Camp accepts a check for $1000 from Dale McIntosh, the president of the Kiwanis Club of Chesterfield. Comfort Zone Camp is the nations largest bereavement camp for children who have lost a parent, sibling or primary caregiver. For more information visit their website If you would like to learn more about the Kiwanis Club of Chesterfield call Dale McIntosh 228-6206. The Kiwanis Club meets at Independence Golf Club Tuesday nights at 6:30.

Kiwanis Club of Grafton Learns of Local Mall History/Plans

Greg Davy

When the Coliseum Mall opened on Mercury Boulevard in Hampton near I-64 in 1973, it represented a gleaming new state-of-the-art shopping opportunity on the Peninsula. In fact, according to the Mall’s marketing director Karen Smith (right), it was pretty much the only game in town for Peninsula shoppers.
The goal for the mall was to create a strong, economic engine for the region, which it succeeded in doing for 33 years, Smith said. But shopping tastes and patterns change over time, as so many things do. So much so, in fact, that owner Mall Properties Inc. of New York, NY, in order to keep a competitive edge, is now in the process of completely transforming the center from a ‘70s-era enclosed mall to a “town center” concept to be known as the Peninsula Town Center.

“There are those who wonder why developers are going back to the ‘outdoor’ shopping experience, rather than the perceived convenience of a covered mall,” Smith told Grafton Kiwanians. “It may surprise you to learn that the Town Center concept, which is well established in Europe, has really caught on in this country in the last decade or so. And nearly all of them say they are doing very, very well.”

The $220 million investment is a classic public-private partnership between Mall Properties Inc. and the City of Hampton, Smith said, in which no tax dollars will be used to fund the project, which stands to immeasurably help the local economy. “The shopping experience designed for the stay-at-home mom is now a thing of the past,” Smith said. “Developers are now designing their shopping centers to appeal to their main demographic – today’s working woman – by making them much more pedestrian friendly, providing more activities for children, more places to eat, and more varied services such as banking, doctor’s offices and other offerings not usually associated with shopping centers of the past.”

Demolition of the existing shopping center will begin after the coming Christmas season, and construction is expected to be completed in early to mid 2009.

New College President Addresses Kiwanis Club of Grafton

Greg Davy

When College of William & Mary President Gene Nichol was invited to attend a student-faculty reception recently on campus, he thought he knew what to expect. Similar functions he attended at what he calls some of the nation’s much larger “flagship” universities he has served over the years rarely attracted more than a few dozen students, he told Grafton Kiwanis Club members. The campuses were simply too large and impersonal to generate much student interest in such social gatherings.
“When I walked into the room at the William & Mary function, however, I was completely blown away: There had to have been a thousand people there – the vast majority of them students,” Nichol says.

That experience was one of many Nichol has had since taking the president’s seat at the Williamsburg campus that has deepened his appreciation and respect for the quality of the education and overall campus life available at the nation’s second-oldest university.

Nichol is familiar with William & Mary, having served as the director of the school’s Institute of Bill of Rights Law from 1985 to 1988. But, because of the law school’s relative isolation from the rest of the campus, he says he never gained a full appreciation of the close-knit nature of campus life until two decades later, when he became president.

“There are things William & Mary can point to with justifiable pride that few, if any, other ‘major’ universities can,” Nichol says. “The student-teacher ratio is 11 to 1, which is unheard of at most of the larger universities. And our athletic program has among the highest graduation rates anywhere. We are especially proud of the fact that every single student in last year’s football program graduated.”

Kiwanis Club of Front Royal Hosts Special Breakfast

Elaine Ryan

Kiwanis Club of Front Royal hosted a breakfast on July 8, 2006 for children with cancer. The sponsoring organization is "Special Love, for children with cancer" located in Winchester, Virginia. The event was Fantastic Friends Weekend, July 7 - 9 held at the 4H Center, Front Royal, VA. This is a salute to best friends for 13 - 17 year old current and former cancer patients and their best friends (with or without cancer). Our club has been hosting breakfast for this event for a number of years. It is mutually gratifying to all who attend.

Division 8 Hosts Annual Picnic

Rita Rife

Division 8 hosted the Second Annual Picnic at the Breaks Interstate Park, July 25. Members traveled from eight of the ten Division 8 clubs for fun, fellowship, and excellent food. The evening started out with a horseshoe competition and ended with an idea exchange. A spokesman from each club explained several of their successful fund raisers and then answered questions from the floor. Just a few fundraisers are the July 3 Blast, Dickenson County Fair, Horseshows, Octoberfest, Plumb Alley Day, Car Shows, Pancake Breakfast and Kiwanis 5K Races. Service projects are varied and included Special Field Day, Kids Day, College Scholarships, Russell Fork River Cleanup and sharing the Christmas spirit at nursing homes. Division 8 hopes to continue to arrange events so local club members can be better acquainted and work together to increase members, organize more Key Clubs, and do more service projects

Kiwanis Club of La Plata Recognizes Two

Linda Parong

Right, Gordon Mann, Chairman of Speakers for Meetings, accepts a certificate and a Kiwanis tie tack for appreciation of serving in his position. Left, Member Jonnie Mann, Potomac Region Trustee, accepts a certificate and Kiwanis ear rings for appreciation of serving in her position.

Kiwanis Club of Greater Ocean Pines/Ocean City Help with Bold Drive

Lynne F. McAllorum

Pictured right Kiwanis Club of Greater Ocean Pines/Ocean City members assisting blood donors at the Blood Drive on Friday 7/19/06 as the drive was winding down. (Left side front to back of table are donors Linda Mintz and Robert Terlizzi having refreshments to restore blood sugar after donating in the bloodmobile at the OP Library. Right side of table front to back are Kiwanians Joe Bagdon and Bob Abele and Darlene Bagdon, wife of Joe who chaired the event. Also assisting during the 8 AM to 3 PM donation period were Kiwanians Kerry Hartung, Mary Froelber, Al Bridgeman and Steve Rosen who worked earlier shifts.)

Kiwanis assists at every blood drive held at the library and will be there for the August 26 blood drive from 1 to 6 PM.

Other local community services provided by Kiwanis include the selling and refurbishing of the brown & orange house address signs which both the Ocean Pines Police and Fire Departments encourage residents to use. The signs are placed in front of homes at the driveways to enable emergency services to identify the house address more easily when responding to emergency calls. Signs cost $15 and re-painting is $8. Contact Kiwanis member Aris Spengos at 410-641-7392 or by e-mail at

Ocean Pines senior citizens, 65 and over, can receive help with basic chores at no cost by calling 410-208-0183 and leaving a message indicating name, address, telephone number and type of assistance needed. Chores like replacing smoke detector batteries, hard to reach light bulbs, and furnace filters, or unsticking doors or windows or cabinets, or moving boxes or other minor maintenance projects are performed by local Kiwanis members.

Greater Ocean Pines/Ocean City Kiwanis Club Helps Seniors

Lynne F. McAllorum

The Greater Ocean Pines/Ocean City Kiwanis Club has a program which provides volunteers who perform minor household chores for seniors (65+ years old) living in Ocean Pines at no cost to the resident. The Kiwanis Club recognizes that many seniors are no longer physically able to perform minor repairs around the house. To hire a private contractor is often too expensive. As a result, minor repairs are frequently put off until it is too late and the minor repair becomes a major problem. Examples of the type of chores performed are:

1. Changing batteries in smoke detectors
2. Changing furnace filters
3. Unsticking doors, windows and cabinets.
4. Changing those “hard to reach” light bulbs
5. Moving boxes
6. Minor home maintenance projects.

If you need some assistance or simply want to obtain some home maintenance advice from a Kiwanis volunteer, call (410) 208-0183 and leave a message indicating your name, address, telephone number and the type of assistance needed. A local Kiwanis volunteer will contact you and make an arrangement to inspect the problem. They will then arrange for the work to be done or advise you of resources to solve the problem. There is no charge for the labor involved in the repairs if performed by a Kiwanis volunteer.

Kiwanis volunteers are limited in the types of chores they can perform. For example, they cannot do work which requires a technical license or manpower intensive projects such as raking leaves or cleaning gutters. In these cases, the volunteers can provide advice or point out resources to solve the problem.

This service is being provided by the Greater Ocean Pines/Ocean City Kiwanis Club as a part of their community service program. For further information regarding the Kiwanis Club or the Senior Chore Program, please call either Al Kastner, Kiwanis Club President (410) 641-5091 or Bill Long (410) 208-0183;

Police Chief Speaks to Kiwanis Club of Greater Ocean Pines/Ocean City

Lynne F. McAllorum

Ocean Pines Chief of Police spoke to Kiwanis Club of Greater Ocean Pines/Ocean City on July 26th at the club's weekly meeting at the OP Country Club. There was good news and bad news.

The good news is that Ocean Pines and Worcester County is a safe place. In fact, the 2005 crimes figure for Ocean Pines was down, but the bad news is, with the increase of people coming to live on the Eastern Shore, crime is on the rise. More people equals more chance for crime. Property crime is down but violent crime is on the increase. (Picture is Kiwanis Club President Al Kastner thanking OP Police Chief Massey for speaking to the club.)

The message is that even though we live in a safe community, everyone has to be on the defense to prevent crimes of opportunity. That means doing things like locking car doors and house doors, not allowing newspapers to accumulate on the driveway and even picking up those of your neighbors who are not living here year round, and calling in to police when you see suspicious people or events.

Chief Massey said, "Don't take for granted your community will always be safe." If we look out for ourselves and one another, we can help to prevent crime in our community and keep it a safe place to live. Forewarned is forearmed!

Kiwanis thanks Chief Massey and the OP Police Department for their dedicated work in service to our community.

Kiwanis Club of Mitchellville Foundation Sees NY Play

Cynthia Marbury

The Kiwanis Club of Mitchellville Foundation had a very successful fundraiser on July 15, 2006 in the form of a one day bus excursion to New York City to see the play "The Color Purple". The club had a full bus of fifty-seven passengers. Although many of those were Kiwanians, more were supporters of the club, some of whom are interested in the club and its service activities. It was a great combination of fun, fundraising, community outreach/education and recruitment.

Tabb Club Sells Hot Dogs

Vivian Tanzer/Kruger

The Kiwanis Club of Tabb, Virginia sold Hot Dogs for the second year at the Yorktown, Virginia 4th of July Celebration.

Northern Neck Kiwanis Club Provides Dictionaries

Mahlon Brown

The Northern Neck Kiwanis Club in consultation with school officials is undertaking a project to provide middle school students grades six through eight in Lancaster and Northumberland counties with a dictionary at the beginning of this school year. Each dictionary will have a Kiwanis emblem on the inside and will be inscribed with each individual student's name. This is a sizeable project involving about 600 students. The Club plans to continue the project in following years, presenting dictionaries to students as they enter grade six.

Past Div. 19 Key Club Lt. Gov. Kelley Kolar Receives Award

Mike Didawick

Past Key Club Lt. Gov. for Division 19, Kelley Kolar, was presented with the Robert F. Lucas Outstanding Lieutenant Governor Award and a $4,000 Youth Opportunities International Key Club Scholarship recently at the Key Club International Convention in Boston. Kelley was a member of the John Handley High School Key Club which is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Winchester. (Pictured L to R: Brea MacIssac, Current Key Club Lt. Gov. for Division 19, Recipient Kelley Kolar, Winchester Kiwanis President Mike Didawick.)

Kiwanis Club of Charlottesville Leaders at Montreal Convention

Jim Hart

Three leaders of the Kiwanis Club of Charlottesville attended the 91st annual Kiwanis International Convention in Montreal in late June. Pictured are (from left) Past President Jim Hart, Past Southwest Region Circle K Governor Morgan Estabrook, and Current 5th Division Lt Gov Designate Herb Ely.

Charlottesville Kiwanis Independence Day 5K Run

Jim Hart

More than 300 runners were attracted to the 23rd Annual Independence Day 5K sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Charlottesville in partnership with the Charlottesville Track Club. More than $7,000 was raised to benefit Camp Holiday Trails, a camp for children with special health needs. Participants were 54% male and 46% female, with ages ranging from 5 up to 79. The top male finisher was 15 year old Tyler Stutzman with a time of 16:55. And 14 year old Kathleen Lautzenheiser finished first at 19:10, just a bit ahead of her twin sister, Leia. Pictured are race event coordinator PLG Dick Fowler announcing the winners. Also portrayed is the remarkable range of runners, from the very young to the more mature. Brown Automotive Group was a major sponsor, at the top of a list of more than thirty local businesses.

Rossmoor Kiwanis Foundation Gives Big Check to Children's Hospital

Bill Stabler

The Kiwanis Club of Rossmoor and the Rossmoor Kiwanis Foundation recently paid a visit to Children's Hospital in Washington, DC for a tour of the hospital and presentation of a donation to Children's National Medical Center. Pictured presenting the check to John W. Thomas (left), Chief Operating Officer of the Children’s Hospital Foundation, are Kiwanis Club of Rossmoor President Jeannette Stabler, Rossmoor Kiwanis Foundation President Anne Abbott and Foundational Board Member Ann Holliday. Mr. Thomas gave the club members a guided tour of the hospital, including the emergency communications center, premature infant facility and the new research facility. Including this year's donation, the Rossmoor Kiwanis Foundation has given more than $30,000 to Children's Hospital in the past four years.

Pembroke Kiwanis Town Center 5K Race November 11th

Susan Long-Molnar

The second annual 5K and Kids Run at Town Center is getting bigger and better already. The Red Tavern will once again serve breakfast and the day before, Pembroke Kiwanis is putting together a Taste of Town Center with this exciting business district's restaurants. Bob Miller, President of MSA, P.C. (pictured with the City's Mayor and one of last year's runners) has already signed on as a Gold Sponsor as well as Chem Dry (each at $1500) and returning presenting sponsors, APEX and Dick's at $5000 each.