October 2007 Edition
      David Maloney, Editor        
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KI Pres. Nelson Tucker Visits Capital District; Receives Award From "Reading Is Fundamental, Inc."
The internationally known organization "Reading Is Fundamental" (RIF) held its Third Annual Gift of Reading Awards Gala on September 21st at the Andrew H. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC. Accepting the awards for Kiwanis was none other than our 2006-2007 Kiwanis International President Nelson Tucker with his First Lady Alva. Presenting the award to Kiwanis and President Nelson was Lynda Johnson Robb, RIF Chairman Emerita. more
Key Leader Program Underway
As I write this article for the Builder, the Capital District is about to hold its very first Key Leader Weekend. All statistics point to it being one of the most successful initial weekends ever held. With only a few days left to register, 35 students are already on board. Included in that number are five Key Club officers who have stepped up to the plate and volunteered to serve as the very first Student Facilitators. They are Anne Elder from Virginia Beach, Terrance Clark of Largo, Carolyn McCauley from Christ Church School, Emily Engberg and Hyo bin Sung both from The Salisbury School in Maryland. These students will cover the leadership curriculum at the same time they will be practicing great leadership skills as they each head up break-out neighborhoods. more
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Gov. Msg. Thanks from Bob Cressy WOW! Spotlight Halloween Parade

Governor Art's Corner
by Gov. Art Riley

Change creates opportunities, and the change in Kiwanis administrative years creates many opportunities for us within the Capital District. These opportunities include continuing proven services, improving existing programs and creating new initiatives that meet newly-identified needs. As Kiwanians we each have the responsibility to respond to these opportunities.

During this past 2006-07 administrative year, Vickie and I have had the opportunity to travel the Capital District. We have met many Kiwanians and have gained a greater insight into the needs of our District. Those needs include membership growth, new club building, expansion of Service Leadership Programs, improved community service and improved promotion of Kiwanis. During the 2007-08 administrative year these needs will receive our priority attention. These priorities compliment the strategic plan of Kiwanis International and are established to support local clubs. There are many opportunities for clubs to join in these efforts. Clubs are encouraged to work with Lt. Governors to identify opportunities to build new clubs, develop club growth plans, plan to build new Key Clubs, K-Kids or Builders Clubs, and visit existing Service Leadership Clubs. more

Thank You, My Friends, For a Magnificent Journey!
by Bob Cressy, Governor 2006-2007

What a magnificent journey it has been to be your Governor and First Lady for this past Kiwanis year. Nancy and I thank you for the privilege and honor of being with so many of you in this Kiwanis year. We are proud to have been involved in your projects, celebrations, conferences and conventions. We have all had FUN and accomplished a lot together. The SECRET is People, you know - - YOU! "One Can Make a Difference"; you have proved it again. This is the BEST time to be a Kiwanian! more

Kiwanis - a "WOW" Evening!
by Don Schroeder, Heart of Virginia Region Trustee

I don't exactly know how to write this, but strongly feel that I must. I just returned from attending the VCU (Virginia Commonwealth University) opening of the "Mary and Frances Youth Center, the home of the Lobs and Lessons and other youth programs" in Richmond VA. This vignette is not about those youth programs. It's about being a Kiwanian.

A little background of why I was at this activity. As incoming district trustee for the Heart of Virginia Region, I was invited along with two other Kiwanians from the Colonial Heights club (Jim O'Connell and Dusty Anderson) to the open house and dedication of this facility. The hope of VCU is that we Kiwanians might accept the "Lobs and Lessons Program" as a regional project. Some of the principals at VCU were very knowledgeable of our work for the Family Care Center, Pediatric Trauma Center, at the VCU Medical College of Virginia. They believe we might be a good partner for this current VCU project: Lobs and Lesson. more


In the Spotlight - Doris Rogers Montgomery
by Rosemary Cummings, Chair, CPR-M Committee

Meet Doris Rogers Montgomery (right), a member of the Greater Landover Kiwanis Club in Maryland. Doris' husband, Joseph, brought her in as a Kiwanis member 23 years ago. Doris is a retired Government employee (now self-employed), a past Club President, and past Division 1 Lieutenant Governor. She is the chairperson for her Club's 13th annual Mardi Gras Scholarship Fundraiser program, where the Club has presented 36 Debutantes over the last 13 years and presented over $36,000 in scholarships monies. Her other project is Bingo at the Millium Nursing home every second Saturday of each month. more

Leesburg Kiwanis Hosts 50th Annual Halloween Parade
by Suzanne Wright

On October 31st at 6 PM the Kiwanis Club of Leesburg holds its 50th annual Halloween parade in Leesburg. Children, and the young at heart, are invited to line King Street between Ida Lee Park and Safeway and have candy come to them as they watch bands, colorful floats and groups pass by. To help us celebrate this anniversary year, our Grand Marshal will be Leesburg's Mayor Kristen Umstadt. It was a Kiwanis member and former Leesburg Mayor Frank Raflo who helped start this spectacular event 50 years ago. more

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