The Builder for April 18th, 2013
There were 19 Kiwanians present at our Thursday luncheon meeting at Stonetree Golf and Fitness Club. K Paul Matthies and K Susan Davey were tending our front desk, selling our raffle tickets and collecting luncheon money.
K Paul did double duty as well as our mystery greeter for the day. Several Kiwanians, busy with filling in their attendance slips and passing along money, missed the opportunity to greet K Paul with a hearty handshake. They passed along more money later for that infraction...
K Reg Martin led the club in the reading of the Objects of Kiwanis. PP Elwood Moore selected The Maple Leaf Forever as our sing along song of the day. Several members knew the melody and those who didn't provided an interesting harmony...
Francesca Dobbin, Executive Director of the United Way Grey Bruce, was introduced by Past Governor Gary. Francesca spoke about their school backpack program. She explained that while the school boards are to provide materials for children, having their own supplies is greatly appreciated by the families. This alleviates the stigma of poverty in the classroom.
Last year the United Way handed out 2017 backpacks to elementary and high school students. They work with a number of local agencies including the Children’s Aid Society, Keystone and schools to do so. The Early Years Centers are a great help in distributing the backpacks. The Woman's shelter also receives backpacks for their clients. She explained that families may call 211 to access help 24 hours a day.
Funding for this project is received from the Community Foundation, the Legion, Rotary Clubs, the Stuff the Bus, the Bruce Power Golf Tournament along with individual donations. Working with Holiday luggage and Crayola along with buying in bulk helps to reduce the costs of the backpacks and contents significantly. Francesca will be approaching the Kiwanis Board for a funding donation for the backpack program in the near future.
Hear Ye! Hear Ye!
President Gord updated the club on dates ahead, in particular, the Kiwanis Festival of Stars being at the Roxy Theatre on April 29th from 7 to 10 p.m. Several Kiwanians have volunteered to work front of house and back stage as well. All members are encouraged to come out and hear the stars perform at a cost of $11.00 per person. This is a wonderful night filled with incredible talent.
K Susan Davey reported that the Builders Club of Notre Dame had their induction luncheon on Thursday, April 17th. After the pizza lunch and cupcakes, the Club officer pins were presented. Mrs. Eccles has led the Builders Club for 15 years and our Kiwanian Susan has been the club advisor for 13 years. A dedicated pair to be sure! The Builders Club donated $250.00 to our Eliminate project that was the result of a fundraising such as their recent book sale.
DS Julia Levine is grateful to Elle Canada magazine for publishing a terrific article about MNT in the South Sudan. It is a detailed article about the efforts of UNICEF that we in Kiwanis are helping to fund. As the Eliminate rep for Divisions 8, 9 and 10, DS Julia will be attending a one day MNT workshop in Toronto this weekend focussing on increasing fundraising efforts. Our club is to be heartily congratulated on our Model Club status. You have made a difference in the world.
A Fine Time!
K Bob Miller has returned from a vacation south. as well as a cruise. In an attempt to mitigate his fine, he pleaded his case, presenting a Kiwanis meeting attendance certificate. Despite this commitment to attending a meeting while away he was fined. No good deed goes unpunished...
K Reg Martin biked his way around North Carolina and wheeled in a fine for his efforts. PP John Prettie confessed to a day away at the Shaw festival to see a splendid version of Guys and Dolls receiving an encore fine.
DS Julia paid a happy toonie for escaping with just eleven stitches in her attempt to walk through glass walls at her financial advisor's office...full contact financial planning is a real headache...