The Builder for November 24th
Over one hundred Kiwanians and guests attended President Linda's evening social at the Inn on the Bay. While a final total has not been announced, it appears that we have raised approximately $3000.00 towards our Eliminate contribution. It was a great kickoff to this worthwhile project.
International Trustee Dr. John Button was our guest speaker at Thursday evening's event. He is truly a committed spokesperson for our cause. He was last year's global Vice-Chair of the Eliminate Project. Dr. John gave a empassioned speech about our new global initiative.
He explained that Kiwanis International and UNICEF have joined forces to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus. This is a deadly disease that steals the lives of nearly 60,000 innocent babies and a significant number of women each year. The effects of the disease are excruciating — tiny newborns suffer repeated, painful convulsions triggered by light, sound and touch.
To eliminate MNT from the Earth, more than 100 million mothers and their future babies need to be immunized. This requires vaccines, syringes, safe storage, transportation and thousands of skilled staff on the ground. Kiwanis has pledged $110 million to achieve this ambitious undertaking.
We have started to do our part through the generosity of many. We appreciated the bucket draw prizes donated by President Linda, the Roxy Theatre, CAA (courtesy of Kiwanian Michelle Kobryn), Merry Maids (courtesy of Kiwanian Katherine Kenny), Bob Nichol, Kiwanians Don Sweatman, Stew Andrew, Julia Levine and PG Gary Levine. Many thanks as well to our silent auction donors Kornblum's Kiwanian Lorne Rich, Kim Davis, artists Kiwanian James Culligan, Eleanor Pawling, Noel Martin and expert framer Ruth Parsons. Thanks as well to our baker, Honorary Kiwanian Ann Kelly, for her cookies and pie.
What a fabulous Santa Claus Parade! You can tell that Kiwanian John Cottrill and his partner Colleen really enjoyed clowning around. I see a whole new career on the horizon...
Congratulations to Chairperson Kiwanian Reta Dimis, her committee and all of the Kiwanians who donated time, talent and treasury to see it through again this year.
You may see all of the photos taken at our Kiwanis Santa Claus Parade and of our Eliminate Social Event on our website: Gallery of Photos Thank you to PG Gary Levine for capturing our memories.
Don't forget to let Kiwanian Jim McManaman know when you are able to help sell trees. The lot is open daily. This is an important club fundraiser. Many hands, wearing gloves, make light work.