February 2009
David Maloney, Editor
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Capital District Goes Country! - 94th Annual Kiwanis International Convention Goes To Nashville June 25th - June 28th, 2009
by Nancy Cressy, District Chair, On To Nashville

HOWDEE!! It's that time of year again! It's time to make reservations to attend the 94th Kiwanis International Convention in "Music City", Nashville, Tennessee! It's the home of Country Music's Hall of Fame & Museum, our Kiwanis Night at the Grand Ole Opry, great BBQs, and line dancing just to name a few. Music abounds from country, jazz, blues, classical to rock 'n' roll. And don't forget to take a side trip to Graceland, home of Elvis, in Memphis before or after the convention. Make it a grand vacation! ...more

Initiative for Africa Update

by Raga S. Elim, Ph.D., Chairman, Capital District Committee on International Understanding

On behalf the Kiwanis Capital District Committee on International Understanding, I would like to invite all of you to become "Friends of the Initiative for Africa." I hope you will accept...As of today, we have raised only $7200. We still have distance to go, but with your immediate intervention and help, I am confident that we will make it. ...more

  • Mid-Winter Training Schedule
    Delmarva Regional Midwinter Training Ocean Pines, MD Sat 1/17/2009 concluded
  • North Virginia Regional Midwinter Training Northern Virginia Sat 1/24/2009 concluded
  • Heart of Virginia Regional Midwinter Training Heart of Virginia Sat 2/7/2009
  • Hampton Roads Regional Midwinter Training Hampton Roads, VA Sat 3/7/2009
  • Presidential Regional Midwinter Training Sat 3/14/2009
  • Potomac Regional Midwinter Training Sat 3/21/2009
  • Mason Dixon Regional Midwinter Training Sat 3/28/2009
  • South West Virginia Regional Midwinter Training Sat 4/4/2009

Register Now for 2009 DCON
by Charles Marks, DCON Chairman

The DelMarVa region is now taking Registration and Advertising requests for the Capital District Kiwanis 2009 Convention at Dover Delaware. We will be staying at the Sheraton Hotel. Please call early for reservation at 1-888-755-1450 or on-line at sheratondover.com. The reservation code is "Capital District Kiwanis Convention".

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Gov. Tom's Msg. New Aktion Club Tricycle M.L.K. Books

Now More Than Ever
By Governor Tom Ganse

If one takes the time to read more critical and balanced trade publications, and looks past the mainstream media's sensationalism surrounding the current economic conditions, one could easily develop the opinion that we are experiencing a natural correction to the euphoric but unsustainable market conditions of the past decade or so. Some might even go so far as to say this correction is similar to the one this country experienced in the 1930s following what became known as "the Roaring Twenties;" a decade so named because of the devil-may-care disregard for economic fundamentals in favor of the get-mine-now lifestyle. ...more

New Aktion Club is Chartered in Montgomery County, Maryland, Sponsored by Division 17's Montgomery Village Kiwanis Club
by Past Governor Bob Cressy

As a Kiwanian, have you ever had the joy of working with fellow Kiwanians, agency professionals and prospective members to build a new Aktion Club for adults with disabilities? Well, the Montgomery Village Kiwanis Club in Division 17 sponsored and chartered the "Community Services for Autistic Adults and Children Aktion Club" ("CSAAC Aktion Club" for a short name) at an evening ceremony in Montgomery Village, Maryland. ...more

Chesterfield Club Presents Custom Tricycle
by Charlie Adams

The Kiwanis Club of Chesterfield's Immediate Past President Neal Robertson presented Jack Coombs with a customized Rifton tricycle. He is a sixth grader with cerebral palsy who attends Bailey Bridge Middle School in Chesterfield County, The tricycle will assist him with his physical therapy and allow him with much greater mobility. The Chesterfield Club became involved at the request of Jack's mother, Sandra, after she had exhausted all efforts to get their health insurance company to cover the cost.


Martin Luther King Day
by Doris Montgomery

The month of January is always filled with thoughts of the beginning of a new year, a new dedication to thinking positively, to planning to do better, to helping others. Perhaps in short our goals are found in our mission statement: "Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time". ...more

Mount Vernon Club Distributes 160 Books
by Bruce Malkin

On January 9, Joanne and Bruce Malkin, Erin Rhoads, and Lisa Caputo of the Mount Vernon Kiwanis Club (MVKC) distributed free books to over 160 pre-kinder children at the Gum Springs Head Start Center in their area. This is an ongoing program that puts about 500 new books into the hands of young boys and girls every year. Lisa is the Program Coordinator for the MVKC. Maxine Maloney is the Fairfax County Head Start Director for the Gum Springs Center.

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