Kiwanis Named Outstanding Club for District of Indiana
The Scottsburg Kiwanis Club was named the Outstanding Club in the District of Indiana by Gov Kris Bowers at the Mid Year Convention. Chartered in 1961, the Kiwanis Club has earned Distinguished Club honors six times. This is the first time they’ve been awarded the Outstanding Club Award. There are 184 Kiwanis Clubs in the District of Indiana. Scenic Hills Division Lt Governor Matt Vanover from the New Albany Kiwanis Club presented the Outstanding Club Banner at a ceremony in Scottsburg hosted by Kiwanis Corporate Member Scott Memorial Hospital. Pictured are Lt Gov Vanover presenting the banner to President Terry Davis, Immediate Past President David Wilson and Secretary Al Riggle. The honor is bestowed on a club for making a significant difference in their community, increased membership, number of service hours per individual member and fundraising/donations per individual member. The Scottsburg Kiwanis Club in partnership with Scott County School District 1 and 2 sponsor two Key Clubs (AHS and SHS), a Builders Club (SMS) and two K-Kids Clubs (VFES and LES). They also sponsor BUG Programs (Bring Up Grades) at all five elementary schools in the county. Several members from the community spoke about significant programs and projects the Kiwanis do in Scott County for our kids. Heather Crites, SCSD2 Health Coordinator, spoke about the Vision Screening Project conducted in partnership with Kiwanis International and OneSight Foundation to help identify kids with vision problems and assist them getting the needed corrective lens or professional care to improve their vision, thereby improving their ability to be successful in school. One hundred sixty-six tenth graders were screened this year and nineteen were identified as needing some kind of assistance. Tiffany Barrett spoke about the K-Kids clubs sponsored at VFES and LES for 4th and 5th graders to develop leadership skills through community service and the BUG Program and the impact it has on third graders to improve their grades. She talked about the ability of BUG to reach some students to motivate them to improve their grades who were in danger of flunking out of school. Nancy Riley spoke about the support Kiwanis provides to the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, an incredible literacy program that provides free books to kids in Scott County from birth to age five. Over 900 kids in Scott County receive these books monthly due to the support of Kiwanis and many groups and individual donors in Scott County. Juanita Lowry spoke about the Flag Program and how it makes the county and city festive during holidays, promoting patriotism while raising money for Kiwanis programs and projects. This is the oldest program sponsored by the Scottsburg Kiwanis Club having been conducted for over fifty years on eight holidays each year. Chuck Rose talked about the ability of Kiwanis members to listen to needs in the community and then act on those needs. One such program was the birth of the Lexington Good Faith Pre-School in Lexington. Kiwanis have supported this school since its conception providing our kids the opportunity to be prepared when they start Kindergarten. Judy Davidson spoke about the support the Kiwanis provide Clearinghouse and especially the Salvation Army Bell Ringing during the holidays to raise money for Clearinghouse. Last year over $23K was raised through the bell ringing. Lisa Sutton talked about the Builders Club and how it develops leadership skills in middle school students and teaches them the importance of community service and making a difference in the community. This year the SMS Builders Club raised over $800 for the Child Abuse Prevention Program. She also talked about the Math Incentive Program. The Kiwanis funded this program to give SMS Math teachers the means to provide incentives to students as they reached milestones and made progress throughout the school year in the math programs. Jene Bridgewater spoke about the various programs Kiwanis support at the Scott County Community Foundation including the Summer Meal Program ensuring good food is provided some of our most needy kids in Scott County during the summer. Deanna Jackson spoke about Kiwanis support for CRADLE. She highlighted Wes Clark and the modifications he does to donated baby beds to ensure they meet current safety standards and are available to be donated to moms. She talked about the service project conducted at CRADLE where rooms have been added, electricity installed in the storage building and repairs have been conducted on the roof. Over fifty people attended the celebration and enjoyed food provided by Adrian Smallwood. The Kiwanis thank all their community partners for the opportunity to work together on projects and programs to support the kids in Scott County. None of these successes would have been possible without the teamwork of all the partners. The Kiwanis are honored to bring this award home! Kiwanis believe the best way to improve a community is to improve the kids in that community! Anyone interested in learning more are welcome to attend their regular club meetings on Thursday evenings at 6:30 at The Kitchen on the Square in Scottsburg.