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January 2006

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

Gov. Yvonne Holley

Happy New Year to each of you, and I wish you peace and joy as we begin 2006. I hope you included Kiwanis membership growth on your list when you were making your New Year’s resolutions. Membership is the lifeblood of our organization and we must make and keep membership growth a priority. More members mean we can ultimately enhance our opportunities to change the world one child and one community at a time. What are your membership goals and visions for the New Year?

If you are like me, your priorities shifted during the holiday season, and now we must refocus on our original goals and visions for the New Capital District. This is the season for midwinter conferences, and this is the first year we will not hold a District Midwinter Conference. Each of our 8 regions has scheduled a midwinter conference. They are all one-day events designed to educate, inspire and motivate our members. If you haven’t already made plans to attend your Region’s Midwinter Conference, please take a moment and register now. It is my wish and my vision that every club will be represented at their Region’s conference with at least an interclub, along with members of their sponsored programs. On January 14, in Harrisonburg, VA, Region C (Divisions 5 & 19) will be the first to hold a Regional Midwinter Conference in the Capital District. I am excited and am looking forward to attending your conferences and having the opportunity to meet and interact with members of the different regions within our district. I was very pleased and surprised to have received so many positive responses (128) regarding my official Act of Kindness Day. One response, in particular, I would like to share in its entirety:

Gov. Holley,

I'm the President of the Kiwanis Club of Salem, Va and I wanted to let you know about this past weekend after reading your article in the eBuilder. We started off on Friday with our City Christmas Parade. Our club for the past 23 years has assisted with the parade in organizing the floats. This year also marked the first year that our club has had its own float in the parade. On Saturday morning we assisted with the Ye Olde Salem Christmas program by giving away cider and roasted chestnuts. We also sponsored horse drawn carriage rides for children. On the other side of Salem, we set up the local Kroger store and rang the bell for the Salvation Army. We worked the entire day for them so they did not have to pay someone to do it. Then our biggest project took place on Saturday as well. The Team Virginia Military Family Support Center in Roanoke received about $25,000 worth of donations that we along with the Botetourt and Roanoke Club solicited at area Wal-Marts for our Fill the Humvee project.

I have been in the Kiwanis Club since 2001 and after this weekend, I felt very proud to be a Kiwanian. Our club of 66 members pulled off one of the biggest weekends in our history. The best part of this story is that December has become a slow month for us, except for the parade. We added about 9 new members in August and September and decided that to get the members involved we needed to get out and do something. Of course, we had no intention to have all come together on the same weekend, but we had to work with outside sources (Salivation Army and the, National Guard) and it just so happened that December 3rd was the only day the Humvees and Wal-Marts were available and the only day the Salvation Army could give us an open schedule. I know this didn't fall on your Dec. 17 date of making a difference, but I thought you may like to know what the Div. 2 Salem Kiwanis was up to.

Thanks,
Paul Bowles – President
Kiwanis Club of Salem, Va

This is definitely a club in action. So often we have clubs that are doing GREAT things, and we never know about it because fail to share that information with others. This was too good not to share.

The last month of the 2005 calendar year as Governor was quite busy and a lot of fun. My December schedule began with my official visit to Division 22 and Division One being held the same day. I visited Division 22 for a luncheon and Division One later that evening for a black tie event. A big thank you to PLG Harry Kriemelmeyer and his wife Millie for the pre-visit dinner and chauffeuring me to Division One's event. I also want to thank LG Doris Montgomery and members of Division One for the surprising contribution they made to my Governor’s Project of Reading and Mentoring of young children. Immediately following my official address to the group, LG Montgomery initiated an exciting “Happy Dollar” fundraiser that resulted in a total of $1,001.87 for my Governor’s Project.

Since I was already in the area, I took advantage of the opportunity to attend Division 17’s Vienna Boys’ Choir Concert fundraiser, Division 17’s Council meeting, Shepherd Park’s and Metro DC Young Professionals’ Kiwanis Club meetings, the Spingarn Key Club Christmas Party, and the Arlington Kiwanis Club’s Christmas Party. The time I spent in Divisions 1, 17, 20 and 22 during my five-day stay in the area was quite rewarding because I got the chance to interact with many member within the divisions.

Let’s be reminded that we will celebrate our 91st birthday on January 21. Happy Birthday, Kiwanis International!

Together we CAN, together we WILL in 2006.

2006 KI Montreal Convention June 28 to July 2
 

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.

Note: Those attending the 2006 KI Convention in Montreal, Quebec, Canada will not be required to carry a passport. (Passports for travel to Canada will not be required until December 31, 2006.) However, a passport is your best means of personal identification. If you don't have a passport, be prepared to provide a photo ID and proof of US citizenship such as a birth certificate or naturalization certificate.

Capital District Convention Aug 18-20, 2006

Jeffrey M. Wolff, Meeting Chair, 2006 Capital District Kiwanis Convention

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.

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.

Hampton Rhodes Region Announces Midwinter Conference

Harold Laurent

The Hampton Rhodes Region has announced that its Midwinter Regional Conference will be help February 11, 2006 at the Old Dominion University Webb Center in Norfolk, VA. Included will be educational sessions including: club growth, membership retention, SOAPs, Service and more. Click here for a list of programs. For complete information including a registration form, go to http://www.capdistkiwanis.org/HRMW/.
Potomac Region Announces Midwinter Conference

Jonnie Mann

Please come & join us for the first Potomac Region Mid-Winter Conference "Tools to Survive & Thrive" to be held March 4, 2006 at the College of Southern Maryland LaPlata Campus, LaPlata, MD. Educational and training sessions will include:

  • Why Kiwanis?
  • Revitalizing Membership
  • Roles & Responsibility/Presidential Leadership
  • PR & Communication
  • SOAP - Key Club, Circle K & Transition to Kiwanis

There will be an exhibit area to include the District Foundation Raffle & Silent Auction. Also, an exhibit covering the International Convention in Montreal & the District Convention in Reston, VA. Plus other exhibits. Registration cost will be $40. We have been working hard to put together an educational and fun conference for the Potomac Region. Plan to come to LaPlata March 4, 2006. See you all then!

Kiwanis History

submitted by Rosemary Cummings, Capital District TAG Team

Kiwanis became international with the organization of the Kiwanis Club of Hamilton in Ontario, Canada, in November 1916. However, the organization's official name, “Kiwanis Club,” was not changed to “Kiwanis International” until the Constitutional Convention in Denver in 1924.

The first Kiwanis headquarters, a two-room office, was opened in Chicago in 1918. Kiwanis continued to rent larger and larger offices in the “Windy City” until 1957, when the first Kiwanis International building was dedicated. This building served Kiwanis for 25 years but was eventually outgrown. In 1982 the sale of this valuable property allowed construction of a larger building in Indianapolis, a site with lower costs and greater convenience than downtown Chicago.

Club delegates approved in principle the establishment of Kiwanis districts at the Providence, Rhode Island, convention in 1918. The purpose of Kiwanis districts is to promote communication and interchange between clubs and assist in carrying out the administrative responsibilities of Kiwanis International. Most of the original 29 districts were organized by the end of that year.

The Inciter
Inciter

The November/December 2005 issue of The Inciter (Kiwanis Marketing and Public Relations E-newsletter) is now ready to view at: http://www.kiwanis.org/pr/inciter/.

Read about:

  • Branding Campaign News Release
  • Good Photos Increase your Publicity Success
  • The 2005-06 Kiwanis International Family Store Catalog
Suburban Frederick Holds Record Gift-Wrap Fund Raiser
Phil Pople
The Kiwanis Club of Suburban Frederick held its 18th annual gift wrap at Francis Scott Key mall in Frederick, MD from December 10th through December 24th. In what proved to be a very successful year, the club netted $15,000 which will go towards local charities. The gift wrap is by far our club's biggest fundraiser, but without the help of our wonderful volunteers we would never be able to pull it off. Our sponsored youth groups from Middletown Middle School, Tuscarora High School, Walkersville High School and Mt. St. Mary's University along with the parents and Cubs of our sponsored Cub Scout Pack 285 put in enormous amount of hours toward our success. The gift wrap is also great for public relations. Customers get to find out who we are and what we are all about. We get all sorts of compliments from our patrons for the amount of sacrifice that it takes to do this project. It's also a great way to obtain prospective new members. With all the years the club has held this fundraiser, its become a tradition. People come to us every year to have their presents wrapped. We become their "life-savers," as they put it (especially for the men who often procrastinate and put off their shopping until the last minute!) Its a great way to meet people, and a great way for them to learn what Kiwanis is all about.
Ellicott City Kiwanis Co-sponsors Roger Carter Homework Club
Bob Scarburgh
Twenty-three area teens were recently given the tools to fulfill their ambitions as a new computer lab was outfitted for the Roger Carter Center in downtown Ellicott City and Internet service was provided by Comcast. The project was the result of Howard Councilman Chris Merdon's visit to the Kiwanis club to speak on local government. After a discussion, he observed how the club did their work in the community. Previously, the members of the homework club did not have Internet access for research and only two computers to share between 20 students and it was difficult for the members to be productive. Often, the program's director would print out pages of research pulled from the Internet on her home computer. Mr. Merdon contacted officials from Comcast and they agreed to extend their free Internet and digital cable to the Center. The Kiwanis donated $4,000 for computer terminals and the ribbon cutting for the project was done on November 17. Present were officials from Comcast, Kiwanis Club of Ellicott City, Howard County Parks and Recreation, and Howard County officials. Robert Scarburgh, club secretary (pictured above), spoke on Kiwanis and how it serves communities world wide and locally.
Hampton City Council Presents Proclamation to By the Bay Club
Judy Pantelides
Hampton Mayor Ross Kearney presents Mr. Charles French, By the Bay Kiwanis President, a proclamation on behalf of the Hampton City Council, in recognition of the Kiwanis club’s support of a variety of community projects in Hampton, especially those in aid of young people, such as encouraging student success in school.

The Kiwanis By the Bay has a mission to build the community and serve our children and young adults, focusing especially on the neighborhoods of Fort Monroe, Phoebus, and Buckroe. This Kiwanis Club, as noted by the Mayor, has involved young people in community service by sponsoring a Key Club at Phoebus High School and Rivermont School and K-Kids service clubs at Moton, Bryan, and Forrest Elementary schools. They have a number of local service projects and also supported international projects like the Kiwanis UNESCO partnership to end Iodine Deficiency Disorders, the greatest cause of mental retardation and birth defects in children worldwide.

Kearney presented the proclamation at the 9th year anniversary celebration at the Hampton Yacht Club. Kiwanis By the Bay meets Thursday at Phoebus High School at 7:00 a.m. in the Blue Phantom Inn.

Kiwanis DateLine

Denise Parker, Executive and Board Services Kiwanis International

Click here for the Dec. 16, 2005 issue of the Kiwanis Dateline which contains upcoming events and notices from Kiwanis International.
TAG Team Enters 2006 with a Flourish

John Montgomery

On the first Saturday of 2006 (Jan. 7), the Capital District TAG Team will host a training day in Fredericksburg for district committee members working with Growth, New Club Building and Communications and Public Relations. Capital District regional trustees and lieutenant governors will also be participating. The Jan. 7 event will be held at the Holiday Inn Select in Fredericksburg starting at 8:30 a.m. and concluding by 5 p.m.

TAG is an acronym for “Together Achieving Growth,” an exciting membership program designed by Kiwanis International. Some 300 Kiwanians throughout North America have received TAG Team training at Atlanta, Las Vegas and Indianapolis in the past year, and the Jan. 7th event will be the first opportunity to expand this training into the district’s support committees.

The Capital District members that have already received the training (Governor Yvonne Holley, Rosemary Cummings, Catherine Elder, J.R. Harris, Pat Jablonski, Gus Lamond, John Montgomery, John Tyner, Lynwood Watson, Jack White and Tom Ganse, Capital District TAG Team chairman) will lead the Fredericksburg session. Overviews of the KI and Capital District strategy will precede breakout sessions dealing with the charges of specific committees.

Ganse and his committee met four times at various sites in 2005, and have developed a detailed plan to help grow the district’s membership during the next three years. Part of this plan is based on extensive trend analysis of individual club growth histories. The TAG Team has already met with several individual clubs that have requested assistance in reversing recent membership losses.

The Capital District TAG Team has also developed a web-based format for resources that will debut in the coming days. At press time, details were being finalized as to how Kiwanians might access this information, but specifics will be announced in Fredericksburg.

Ganse and his team also will be presenting at Regional Conferences throughout the Capital District during 2006. Watch this space for more details.

Participants at the Jan. 7 meeting are asked to notify District Secretary Ellis Stroup this week of their attendance so he will be able to provide the hotel with an accurate head count in advance.

Circle K Y’All Conference Jan. 20-22, 2006

Monica Price, Capital District Governor Circle K International

You are cordially invited to attend Y’All Conference from January 20-22, 2006. Y’All Conference is a 27 year tradition in Circle K International that typically rotates between the Georgia District and Alabama District. However, this year Capital has been selected to host the conference. The Capital District Board of Officers has already invested several hours of planning to make this Y’All Conference one to remember. The weekend will take place in Williamsburg, Virginia at the Great Wolf Lodge, home of the Tidewater-64 Division. During the weekend there will be several fellowship and service opportunities. In specific we have team building activities, small group activities, a service project, and a scavenger hunt all planned for the weekend.

If you are interested in attending there is a form located on the Capital District web site: http://www.cdcki.org/documents/YALL2006_RegistrationFormKiwanis.pdf specifically for Kiwanians. This form allows you to pick and choose which events and sessions you are interested in attending instead of paying for the entire weekend. If you are interested in staying overnight at the Great Wolf Lodge a room for one or two is $196.90/night that needs to be pre-paid to the District Administrator Jeffrey Wolff with meals. Additionally, if you plan to stay overnight and are interested in the indoor water park, the passes are included with your room. If you are just coming for the day and want to use the indoor water park please note that on your registration form.

We hope you are excited to join us in Williamsburg, Virginia for a weekend of fellowship, service, and tons of fun. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact myself (governormonica@gmail.com) or our Conferences and Conventions Chair Ashley Cooper (ascoope1@vt.edu) We can't wait to see you there!

Alexandria Kiwanis Club Hosts Joint Service Luncheon

Perry Carvellas

On November 17, 2005 the Alexandria Kiwanis Club was host for the Joint Service Luncheon held at the Radisson Hotel in Alexandria, Va. The luncheon was to honor the many organizations in Alexandria that provide services to the needed members of our Community. There were twenty service organizations present and recognized. Our honored guest speaker was Marsha Evans, President and Chief Executive Officer of the American National Red Cross. Ms Evans spoke to us about the valuable contributions made by the service organizations and the mission and activities of the American Red Cross. There were about 121 persons in attendance, including a congressional representative, a state delegate, the mayor, fire chief, police chief, Kiwanis past Governor, our Lt Governor and many other dignitaries. Ms. Evans talk was informative, well received and very much appreciated.
Rehoboth Kiwanis Club Sets Up Creche

Rosemary Cummings

Since just after World War II, Rehoboth Kiwanis Club has traditionally set up a Creche scene each December at the Bandstand overlooking the boardwalk and ocean in the center of Rehoboth Beach. When the Creche did not appear anywhere in town this year, neighbors and the news media contacted long-time Kiwanian Jack Eliason. This year, the community service project felt the effects of progress with the Rehoboth Streetscape Renovations. This necessitated Club President, George Blacklock locate a new site. Wilmington Trust on the main thoroughfare agreed to have the Creche set up on their front lawn. Key Clubbers (one on crutches) from Cape Henlopen HS teamed up with Kiwanians to assemble the Creche on a cold December Saturday morning. The completed scene gave a life-like effect to the Streetscape, complete with lights timed to go on at dusk. The Creche will be on display until after the New Year’s Day when the team will reverse the process to store the life-like statues until next year.
Kiwanis Clubs of Montgomery County Hosts “Vienna Choir Boys”

Betty Gardiner

The Kiwanis Clubs of Montgomery County, Maryland hosted a gala event at the Strathmore Music Center. The renounced and world renowned “Vienna Choir Boys” appeared on Sunday afternoon, Dec. 11, 2005 with an outstanding performance. The event benefited the Carol Jean Cancer Foundation of Laytonsville, Md., which operates Camp Friendship, a camp for children with cancer. At the request of Kiwanis, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra arranged for a private meeting with the Vienna Choir Boys and their conductor, Martin Schebesta, in the VIP Comcast Lounge after the performance. It was indeed thrilling for the children of Camp Friendship to personally be able to meet the performers. The Vienna Choir Boys range from 10 to 14 years of age. Today two of the boys performing were American.

This was a fundraiser were all Kiwanians of Division Seventeen join together and work as a Team. We sold close to 600 tickets for the event and all profits will go to Camp Friendship. This is one of the largest fundraiser in many years, said Lt. Governor Elect and fundraising chairman, Betty Gardiner. We were pleased to have Governor Yvonne Holley, Past Gov. Linwood Watson, Past Gov. Scott Brewer. Gov. Elect Bob Cressy, Trustee Jonni Mann and of course Division Seventeen. Lt. Governor Gary Boswell in attendance. Thanks for the support of our surrounding divisions and Kiwanians and friends everywhere.

Colonial Heights Kiwanis Club Recognizes Members

Jim O'Connell

The Colonial Heights Kiwanis Club had its annual holiday party Dec 3. The past president award was given to Frank Lundie (pictured to the left current President Dusty Anderson awards the Past President award to Frank Lundie.) Herb Miller was recognized as the Kiwanian of the Year (pictured upper right Frank Zehrer awards Herb Miller the Kiwanian of the Year award.) Lowell Thomason was recognized for his contribution to the club and for many years of service. Connie Hack was recognized for his contribution that helped establish the original scholarship fund. Hack and Thomason will each have a $1000 scholarship awarded in their honor to Colonial Heights High School seniors (pictured lower right are Lowell Thomason, left, with Connie Hack).

Beginning with 2006 high school graduation exercises; the club will award a total of six $1000 scholarships; two in honor of Thomason and Hack, and four in honor of four other outstanding Kiwanians ( Bill Humphries, Jordan Temple, Wayne Clayton Spivey and Mary Ann Hogan).

Tuckahoe Kiwanis Benefits VA Food Bank

Ray Clemen

Members of Tuckahoe Kiwanis, along with Kroger store managers, filled boxes with food for the annual Virginia Tech versus Virginia " Feed the Hungry" contest. The Virginia Foodbank is the beneficiary of the money raised from the sale of the boxes at Kroger Food Stores in the Richmond area.
Mount Airy Club Feeds the Crowd at This Year's Christmas Parade

Bill Butts

Mike Karolchik, Norm Bogarde and Dave VanGosen, seen here in the photo, along with other Mount Airy Kiwanians braved the cold weather on Saturday, Dec. 3 to cook up and provide steaming hotdogs and bratwurst for the crowds who attended the annual community Christmas Parade in downtown Mount Airy. The effort was both a service project for the town and a modest fundraiser for the club. Steve Benney, project leader for the event, commented at the end of the day: "Next year, we definitely need to have more brats and as well as bring along some lanterns-- it's tough to cook hotdogs in the dark!
Mount Airy Kiwanis Donates New Reading Carpet to Local Library

Bill Butts

Charlotte, Danny, and Elizabeth Moore (left to right), children of Kiwanis Club treasurer Angie Moore, enjoy the new carpet that the Kiwanis Club of Mount Airy donated to the Mount Airy Branch of the Carroll County Public Library on December 21. Head librarian Cindy Ahmann accepted the carpet from Beth Jacobs and Mrs. Moore, members of the Young Children Priority One committee, for permanent placement in the children's reading alcove of the library. Beth Jacobs commented on the donation: "The carpet is a practical addition to the children's section of the library and it will also help us locally promote Kiwanis support for the importance of books and reading for young children".
Mount Airy Kiwanis Makes Donation to 'Cuddle Up and Read' Program

Bill Butts

St. James Nursery School director Pat Castle (left) receives a donation from Mount Airy Kiwanians Angie Moore (center) and Beth Jacobs, members of the Young Children Priority One committee, in support of the school's "Cuddle Up And Read" program. This is a 4-month program that encourages families to read together. At the end of the program, the school also assembles reading totes for Carroll County Head Start students.
Mount Airy Kiwanis Presents Books to Carroll County Healthy Start Program

Bill Butts

Mount Airy Kiwanian Beth Jacobs (left), chair of the Young Children Priority One committee, presents 120 new board books to Laurie Johnson of the Carroll County Health Department. Ms. Johnson and staff will disseminate these books to new mothers and their babies as they leave the hospital, to enjoy together often. This project directly supports the Carroll County Healthy Start program.
Mount Airy Kiwanians Provide Christmas Gifts for Springfield Hospital

Bill Butts

Angie Moore and Pat Norwood (Left to Right) stand behind a small mountain of presents that Mount Airy Kiwanis club members provided in mid-December to Springfield Hospital, located in nearby Sykesville, MD. The Mount Airy club actually conducts two service projects to benefit the Hospital each year-- in mid-December in time for Christmas, and mid-year as a "Christmas in July" project by the club.
Inter-Club Definitions

Jacquelyn Lowe

An inter-club meeting is a meeting staged by two or more Kiwanis clubs (including clubs in formation), or by a Kiwanis club and any KKids, 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 must be in attendance (a lieutenant governor can only be included if he/she is a member of the participating club). Inter-clubbing 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, and district, as well as interdistrict get-togethers.
Kiwanis Club of Chincoteague Has Active Fall

Betty V. Mullins

October, November and December were busy and productive months for the Kiwanis Club of Chincoteague. In October, we had a prospective membership dinner. Our speaker was Lt. Commander Dana Reid, new commander of the Coast Guard Group Eastern Shore. We now have eight new members - John and Susie Besecker, Leah Hurdle, Tom Myers, Tom Fague, Margaret Vargas, Steve Daisey, and James (Frenchie) Lacoursiere. “I’m a Terrific Kid” certificates were presented to twelve Chincoteague Elementary School students in recognition of their efforts to be responsible citizens and students. On December 3rd, members were at the Chincoteague firehouse serving refreshments for the Christmas Parade, and on December 7th, a very successful pancake supper was held at Bill’s Seafood Restaurant. Funds from the pancake supper provided food and gifts for the needy at Christmas. We continue working on the update to the Chincoteague 2006-2007 telephone book and gaining more new members. Several members will be attending the first annual Delmarva Region Midwinter Conference in Bridgeville, Delaware in January.
Gaithersburg/Germantown Club Holds Santa/Cookie Party

Connie Maguire

The Club does several hands-on events during December. Especially meaningful for us is the Santa/Cookie Party which has become an annual event that the whole Club looks forward to with much excitement and joy. To see the happiness on the faces of the children is wonderful. The Santa/Cookie Party is held for the children of families living at Seneca Heights, a transitional housing facility in Montgomery Co.

On December 17, 2005, our President, Diane Thomas, and our newest member, Emilie Crown, went toy shopping. On this marvelous 4 hour journey, they visited Stan Miller and his Olney Kiwanis Club to acquire approximately 200 toys which they then needed to sort out by age. We want to express our appreciation to the Olney Club for all their hard work collecting Toys for Tots and then distributing them to the Division 17 Clubs like us who need them. Also on December 17th, we had a group (Deb Malkovich, Abby Spencer, & Kathy Thompson) meet at Deb Malkovich’s home to bake cookies for the party. The Cookie Factory elves started their jobs at 12:30 pm with a goal of 10 cookies per child. All assignments were completed nicely, and the elves say they had a lot of fun doing it.

Our next assignment was to have Santa’s workshop wrap the 200 gifts for the children. We did this on December 21st during the afternoon for about 5 hours. We were very grateful to have some of the Gaithersburg High School Key Club members also help us wrap the toys. Then we sorted the toys by family and put them in large sacks to transport to Seneca Heights for the party at 6:00 pm.

Santa, George Sauer, (Rockville Kiwanis Club) and his elves (G/G Kiwanis Club) distributed to each family a big sack of wrapped toys which were to be opened on Christmas morning. Some of the Seneca Heights children participated with us in decorating the cookies that were made for them previously on Saturday, December 17th. Afterwards Santa and his busy elves spent time with the families enjoying all the other “goodies” that they had brought. Once it was over, Santa and his busy elves left for the North Pole to continue getting ready for the really big Day.

We all look forward to doing this project again next year. The event is made even more special because it shows how the Kiwanian Family comes together and helps each other with its projects. Once again, we want to thank fellow Kiwanians (The Olney Club, George Sauer (Rockville Club), and our Sponsored Youth from the Gaithersburg High School Key Club for helping us serve the children in our community. (Shown above are L-R Back Row - Delbert Flowers, Deb Malkovich, Jon May, Kathy Thompson; Front Row - Santa – George Sauer).

Pikesville Club Happenings

Clarence Barnes

Our club President, Stanley Goldstein, purchased and delivered 6 complete food baskets for needy families in the area over the holidays.

The Pikesville High School Key Club is busy conducting reading classes at Wellwood International School and participating in Habitat for Humanity in Baltimore City. They are also collecting blankets for babies which will be distributed to area hospitals.

The Pikesville Club is proud of one of our Past Presidents Dr. Robert Y. Dubel. We recently read in "The Hill" a publication from McDaniel College an article that said Bob and his wife Helen have traveled to all seven continents and sixty six countries. Bob became a member of our club in 1956 and is still a senior member. He is also a retired Superintendent of Baltimore County Schools. He and Helen are still on the move.

The Pikesville Club and Towson-Timonium Club will host Governor Yvonne on January 12, 2006 at the Holiday Inn in Timonium, MD. We look forward to her visit
Kiwanis club of Christiansburg Holds 51st Annual Kid’s Christmas Party

Tom Johnson

The Kiwanis club of Christiansburg held its 51st Annual Kid’s Christmas Party on December 20. More than 40 children, ages 4 to 12, and several adults were guests of the club. The children were selected for the club by teachers in the Public School System. The club issued the invitations, and arranged transportation as needed.

After Domino’s pizza, and soft drinks, two Kiwanian song leaders led the children in some Christmas Carols and songs, accompanied by a Kiwanis wife on piano. When they sang “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town” loud enough, Santa magically appeared through a doorway the children were not watching. Assisted by Kiwanians, Santa then passes out the numerous presents for each child. Toys are purchased from a local Wal-Mart at a generous discount. Each club member buys from his own pocket clothes for a child (or two) that have been listed as needs for that child. The club spent $4726 in Service Account money, most of which was raised by the Annual Christmas Tree sale profit of almost $4,000.00 this year. We have no way of knowing how much was spent by the members.

This, obviously, is the highlight of our Kiwanis year. As our club’s “oldest” member (years on earth XX, years a Kiwanian 38) I have attended many of these parties. It is always inspiring to me when I hear comments by newer members about how they enjoyed the shopping at Wal-Mart, and how much the party meant to them. That reassured me about the future of our club, and of Kiwanis in general.

Kiwanis Club of Blue Ridge

Doug Butler

Pictured left: Little (l to r) Amari Smith, Asia Shephard and Kaylee Corbin of the Freemont Day Nursery in Winchester (Va) enjoy relax reading on the Kiwanis Reading Rug donated to the Nursery by the Kiwanis Club of Winchester, Va. Pictured right: Kiwanians (L-R) Joanne Lloyd, Leroy Rogers and Robin Wolfe of the Kiwanis Club of Blue Ridge, Winchester (Va) enjoy working the Red Cross Blood Drive check in table on Christmas Eve. Kiwanian Allen Stine, right, signs in on the donor sheet. Fifty pints of blood was donated.
Pocomoke City High School Kiwanis Key Club Officers for 2005-2006

Ralph Chinn

Pocomoke City High School Kiwanis Key Club Officers for 2005-2006 have just been installed. From left to right, Division 15 Lt. Governor, Ralph Chinn; Key Club Officers, Vice President, Stephanie Blevins; President, George Chancey; Secretary, Lynaya Morris; Treasurer, Monique Douglas; Key Club Advisor, Mrs. Deborah Corbin; and Pocomoke City Kiwanis Club President, Ronald Kiefer.
Delmarva Region Holds Welcoming

Rosemary Cummings

The Kiwanis Clubs of Divisions 7, 11, and 15 will host a special day to welcome Kiwanians at all levels – officers, club leaders, and general members to the new DELMARVA Region. The event is Saturday, January 28, 2006 at the Union United Methodist Church in Bridgeville, DE. Cost is $15 for Kiwanians and $10 for Key Club members and Guests. Outstanding presenters will provide innovative ideas and valuable information about Kiwanis, sponsored youth organizations, and club management as Kiwanis approaches a century of service.

Capital District Kiwanis Governor Yvonne Holley will attend the conference and will share her vision for Capital District Kiwanis for the New Year both as the featured luncheon speaker and as a forum presenter. Concurrent with the Club programs will be a program for Key Club members. Students from the Key Clubs will attend the conference as the guests of the sponsoring Kiwanis clubs, who will assist with registration costs and transportation. Dr. John Hollis will lead off the day with a Motivation session for Club Officers. Forums will include sessions on New Member Orientation, New Member Growth & Retention, Rebuilding Small Clubs, New Club Building, Internal Communications & Newsletters and External Communications. Programs for Sponsored Youth will include Reading & Mentoring, Read Aloud Program, Junior Achievement, an H O B Y Seminar, and Terrific Kids. A wrap up session will close the day around 3 PM. For more information, check out Region News on the Region web site www.kiwanisdiv711.org.

Manassas Battlefield Club

Linda Baird

The Manassas Battlefield Club of Kiwanis had a busy holiday season! We assisted local law enforcement agencies in Prince William County by wrapping gift items bought for needy families! We also brought holiday cheer to local nursing homes during our annual Christmas Carol outing on December 16th!
Charlottesville Kiwanis Club Tree Sale a Success

Jim Hart

The seventy-third year of Christmas tree sales by the Charlottesville Kiwanis Club was a resounding success. Pictured are Albemarle High School Key Clubbers assisting past club president Jim Hart performing a " fresh cut stumpectomy" on one of the 389 trees sold between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Net proceeds from the sales of trees and 27 hand-made and decorated wreaths reached over $9,600, all of which goes into the project fund assisting mainly children and youth in the Charlottesville area. The Charlottesville club once again managed to procure the freshest and fullest Frazier firs, white pines, and Leland cypress, and marketed them at the best prices. Only a handful of trees were left when club leaders decided to donate them to The Salvation Army and to close down the lot five days before Christmas.
New Aktion Club of Greater Williamsburg Spreads Christmas Cheer

Julie Murphy

The new Aktion Club of Greater Williamsburg spread Christmas cheer and singing carols to 92 patients and staff members of Sentara Williamsburg Community Hospital recently. The Aktion Club gives adults with disabilities the opportunity to serve the community while promoting Kiwanis International's objectives. The club is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Williamsburg in cooperation with the Arc of Greater Williamsburg with support from the Jamestown High School Key Club.

This was the club's first project. More than 25 caring folks participated, including Aktion Club members, Key Clubbers, Darla Krupski, the Arc Advisor, Arc volunteers and friends, Rolf Kramer, Kiwanis advisor, and his daughter, Jennifer. (Shown upper right are Aktion Club Carolers; foreground, L-R: Frankie Doley, Darla Krupski, Kate Warrick; rear: Billy Kempton and Lianna Reagan.)
Band of Kiwanis Merry Men Adopt a Highway

Julie Murphy

On December 17th, Kiwanis Club of Williamsburg members (L-R) Kevin Walsh, Bobby Dwyer, Rick Overy, Bill Wren, Steve Montgomery and president Scott Zimmerman (not pictured) did their part in keeping their piece of Williamsburg's highways clean and free of trash and debris. In 1985, club member Ed Wigley proposed the club take this on as a community service project. Since then, four times a year, look for Kiwanians at their Adopt a Highway spot. Bobby Dwyer now leads this merry band. For information, call 873-7333.
Santa Stops by Head Start; Kiwanis Elves Help Out

Julie Murphy

The Kiwanis Club of Williamsburg asked Santa to visit all the very good boys and girls at Williamsburg Head Start. The Kiwanis Club’s “Reading is Fun” program, a Young Children Priority One project, brings 20 club members each month to class to read. The 70 children receive their own copy of the ‘book of the month.’ Santa brought beautiful new toys to all the children. It’s hard to say who enjoyed the annual Christmas Party more, the kids or Kiwanis. (Pictured: Williamsburg Head Start's good girls and boys with teachers (L) Kimberly Bailey and Margaret Rose (R). At rear, L-R, Kiwanis members Dennis Welch, Emeric Fischer and Tom French.)
Kiwanis Club of Williamsburg Supports Salvation Army's Red Kettle Campaign

Julie Murphy

Members of the Kiwanis Club of Williamsburg bundled up against the cold to man the Salvation Army's red kettle and ring the bell for donations at Wal-Mart and K-Mart. (Pictured are club members Martha Madeira (l) and Gary Ripple (r) are joined by Susan Ripple.)
Chincoteague Kiwanis Provides Refreshments at Annual Old Fashion Christmas Parade

Thomas Lust

Chincoteague Kiwanians prepared and served refreshments to participants and spectators of the Chincoteague Annual Christmas Parade, Saturday, December 3, 2005. We prepared and served coffee, hot chocolate, soda, hot dogs, cookies, and chips in the Chincoteague Firehouse on Main Street. The parade ended right in front of the firehouse and everyone was eager to warm up, meet Santa Claus, have some refreshments, and socialize with friends and neighbors. Many Eastern Shore Fire Companies and other organizations participated. Trophies and monetary awards were presented for various accomplishments - most members present, farthest distance traveled, etc. Another wonderful Christmas event.
Clowning for Bridgeville — 'Crabby' Williams is Kiwanis Club's New President

from the Washington News Journal; submitted by Rosemary Cummings

Frank H. Williams Jr., who was recently installed president of the Kiwanis Club of Bridgeville, clowns around a lot. He's Crabby, a professional clown since 1992 with the Boumi Shrine in Baltimore, and he has a few tricks up his sleeve to increase local awareness of Kiwanis, an international service organization.

For starters, Williams knows 4,400 housing units are under construction in Heritage Shores, a mammoth development south of the U.S. 13 and Del. 404 intersection and newly annexed to Bridgeville. Additionally, he is cognizant that Sussex County has experienced a 55 percent growth rate since 1990, the highest in the state, and he knows most of that growth has come from people moving into the county. Like himself. Beyond that, he is intent on spreading the word of Kiwanis, the club with the motto "serving the children of the world."

"We serve everybody," Williams said quickly. "That means children of all ages." He ticks off community projects in which his club has invested either money or workers or both. "We just spent $7,800 to refurbish [Bridgeville's] Christmas street lights," he said proudly. Each May, the Kiwanis places Americans flags on Bridgeville street poles, replaces them in October with the town's Apple-Scrapple Festival flags, then in November puts up the Christmas lights. Other commitments include service to the Bridgeville Fire Company, the Bridgeville Senior Center, the Bridgeville and Greenwood public libraries, the Woodbridge Little League, the Woodbridge PTA and Pop Warner Football.

"We sell a lot of chicken at our barbecue. That's where our money comes from. We raise about $30,000 a year," said Williams. The popular wayside barbecue at Scotts Corner, where Del. 404 intersects Del. 36, about four miles southwest of Greenwood, stops traffic on weekends from May to October. "We let other organizations come in and raise money too, but the Kiwanis always mans the barbecue."

More than 30 men and women are members of the Kiwanis Club of Bridgeville and meet the first and third Mondays of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of Union United Methodist Church at Laws and Market streets. "We always invite people to come to our meetings, and we're always looking for new members," pitched Williams, adding the Kiwanis service area mirrors the Woodbridge School District. "The explosion in population of seniors and young people with developments like Heritage Shores will not only be good for Kiwanis but for other service organizations in the community. Everybody will benefit."

Williams, a former senior auditor in the Inspector General's Office of the Social Security Administration, moved to Bridgeville from Crownsville, Md., in 2001 after he retired. He chose Delaware "because the taxes are so high in Maryland." A Master Mason, he soon got involved with Kiwanis and credits Jeff Tull, now a club director, for fanning his interest. Williams serves as president until next September. "Frank was in the federal government and was pretty limited in what he could do. Now that he is retired, he is trying to do a little bit of everything and I'd say he does an excellent job. He's really fired up," Tull said.

"He and his wife have been great additions to Bridgeville and the community," added Tull, 2004 lieutenant governor for Division 7 and Division 11 of the Capital District of Kiwanis, which covers Delaware and part of Maryland. The oldest of three children, Williams said he was "weaned on crabs" in his native Crisfield, Md. During World War II, his father moved the family to Baltimore where he built Liberty ships. In elementary school, Williams recalls teachers thought he wasn't paying attention. "I was born deaf," he said. He attended a school for the deaf before being mainstreamed into public school and has worn hearing aids since he was 5 years old.

After receiving a degree in accounting in three years, he worked for the Anne Arundel County government for about 15 years, and then took successive jobs with an HMO, a bank and an accounting firm before joining the Social Security Administration in 1979. When he became a Shriner, he joined the organization's clown unit "because I couldn't sing and I didn't play a musical instrument." Crabby makes appearances at birthday parties or parades almost every weekend. As a Shriner, he is also a Shepherd and transports youngsters to Shriners hospitals in Philadelphia and Boston.

And, helping children of all ages is what Williams does best. "If it's not clowning," he says, "it's Kiwanis."

Pembroke Kiwanis Serves Community

Susan Long-Molnar

For Pembroke Kiwanis, November and December proved true to what Kiwanis is all about for our community. From gift baskets to Clasp Bingo to volunteering for the Salvation Army gift distribution, Pembroke Kiwanis came through for those in need this season. For the Salvation Army gift distribution, Kiwanians spent half a day taking Moms around to all of the toy stations set up in a facility in Virginia Beach. It was heart warming to see the Moms' excitement over the gifts, dressed bears and stockings for their children. Of course, this young adult during our Clasp Bingo event says it all (upper left) as she wins gifts for her Christmas shopping for friends and family. Club member Wayne Foshay pictured with two Clasp participants (upper right) was named Kiwanian of the Month for his many contributions, including organizing the club's holiday food baskets for needy families.
Kiwanis Club of Rossmoor Hosts Chamber Singers Concert

Bill Stabler

The Kiwanis Club of Rossmoor hosted its annual “Christmas Holiday Concert” on December 21. The Magruder High School Chamber Singers (pictured), directed by Peter Schmidt, gave members and guests a wonderful program of traditional, popular, Christmas, Hanukkah, holiday and patriotic songs. The vibrant young singing group included two members of the Key Club of Magruder High School, which is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Rossmoor.

On Wednesday, January 4, 2006, we will welcome Capital District Kiwanis Governor Yvonne Holley for her official visit to Division 17. This is our regular meeting night, so we are meeting in the Crystal Ballroom with members from the other Kiwanis clubs in Division 17 (Montgomery County).