October 2008 Edition
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The "K-Family Weekend" Brings Together the Key Club & CKI Boards with Kiwanis Leadership Team
a Photo Essay by Immediate Past Governor Bob Cressy

Have you ever been on a "K-Family Weekend"? You'd never forget it, I'll tell you. Just what is a K-Family weekend anyway? Well, its definition is really the Kiwanis Family Weekend. Its purpose is to gather the current Key Club Board, the CKI Board and the new Kiwanis leadership team, especially all of the 2008-2009 Lieutenant Governors, SLP advisors and K-Family Governors. They assemble for most of three days to work and play together, to share ideas, plans and to get to know one another while coordinating their goals. more or view event photo album

A Year in the Making – First K-Kids Club in Capital District, Division 19: E. Wilson Morrison Elementary School K-Kids Club
by Michael Laing

It started in May 2007. Michael Laing, then President of Front Royal Kiwanis Club, sought permission to start a K-Kids Club at the school where he teaches, E. Wilson Morrison Elementary School. Principal Margaret Holmes agreed to have the club with the stipulation that only the top three grades be eligible for membership. more

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Mt. Airy Kiwanis Honors Former Member & Park Founder
by Bill Butts

Earlier this month, the Mt. Airy Kiwanis Club celebrated the vision and leadership of one of its members, Wayne Norwood, with a picnic and special dedication ceremony at Prospect Park in Mount Airy. The occasion was the 30th anniversary (1978 - 2008) of the opening of Prospect Park, the very first of the town's parks and recreation areas. Included in the dedication were the club's donation of two new, all-weather benches (with more to follow) that the club is donating to the park, as well as a commerative plaque honoring Norwood.

In the early 1970's, a few years after a two-year stint as the club's President, Norwood was serving on Mt. Airy's Town Council when he first conceived of the idea of the town setting aside acreage and creating its first park for the benefit and enjoyment of all of its citizens. The Mt. Airy Kiwanis club quickly got on board and committed to establishing the park as one of their club goals for 1974. Several years followed during which Norwood persistently communicated, brought stakeholders together and coordinated the project. County and local government stepped forward with funding, and the Mt. Airy club members provided the volunteer labor to clear the area, help lay out the park and contribute and build picnic tables. Finally, in July of 1978, the park was dedicated and opened to the public.

Wayne's vision proved accurate and as the town and community grew, so did the space and planning set aside to provide additional park areas. Norwood was a member of the Mt. Airy club for 36 years and served as its President on 3 different occasions. Wayne Norwood is one of the Mt. Airy's best examples of a Kiwanian truly making a difference and we are pleased to honor his legacy with the Prospect Park dedication.

Pictured in the photo taken at the dedication event are (Left to Right): Marion Taylor--Mt. Airy Kiwanis Club President; Angie Moore--Club Treasurer, project coordinator for the dedication event and daughter of Wayne Norwood; Frank Johnson-- Kiwnais member and current Mt. Airy Mayor; and Pat Norwood-- club member and widow of Norwood.

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