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The Scottsburg Kiwanis Club has hosted a Flag Program in Scott County for over fifty years Every major holiday, sleepy residents wake up to see Kiwanis Flag Teams slowly pulling four trailers with nearly fifty American Flags each reaching out to the four corners of Scottsburg.  These teams post the national colors on businesses and residences who are flag partners.  These flag partners donate $30 a year to the Scottsburg Kiwanis to support programs and projects for kids in Scott County and in return the Kiwanis mount a bracket in front of their business/residence and raise an American Flag eight holidays each yearIt’s an important fundraiser for the Kiwanis and a great community service to make our community more festive and patriotic during the holidays.  It’s also become a tradition that residents expect to see early morning and early evening as the flag trailers return to retrieve the national colors.  In many cities and towns the local government owns the flags and hires someone to post the flags on important occasions.  In Scottsburg it’s the citizens and the local Kiwanis Club who own the flags, put them out and take them in each holiday.
Monte Roth, fellow Kiwanian, usually pulls the trailer to post flags on the City Route.  He has been most successful in getting youngsters to help put out the flags.  Some of the kids are Boy Scouts, some are members of Service Leadership Clubs the Kiwanis sponsor in Scott County Schools.  All are often accompanied by proud parents.  These pictures from Patriots Day show Billy Harris and his son Will helping post flags on the City Route around the SquareA new generation providing a priceless service.
Sometimes we don’t know how much people notice what we do in Scott County.  I attended a commemorative service for 911 at Scottsburg High School that morning after we had put the flags out.  I was proud of the comments I heard from several students who told me they knew September 11th was an important day because as they rode their buses to school the American flags were flying all along the bus routes. 
John Mastin was Chair of the Flag Program for many years and did a superb job.  He’s one of a long line of Kiwanians who have made this program special.  This is one of our signature programs.  We should never take it for granted.  It touches the hearts of members of our community in ways we may not always know.    We owe a special thanks to our flag teams.  Some of the current members are John Mastin, Brent Inman, Terry Davis, Ross St Clair, Don Cooper, Chris Wakeman, Monte Roth, Dave Church, Dave Kilburn, Bob Riley, Jim Lakner, and Jim Lewis.  Thanks also to all our Flag Partners, nearly 190 plus, whose support of this program allows Scottsburg to put on its colors every holiday, rain or shine, snow or ice, heat or cold

Vienna Finley Elementary School K-Kids Charter

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The Scottsburg Kiwanis Club and Vienna Finley Elementary School hosted a charter ceremony for the Kiwanis Kids Club on 19 February 2016. Kiwanis Kids or K-Kids, is a signature Kiwanis Service Leadership Program designed to develop leadership and character in club members through the vehicle of community service. The VFES K-Kids Club is the first in Scott CountyPictured is Kiwanis Club President Elect Ryan Penrod presenting the club banner to K-Kids Vice President Haylie Smith.  Mrs Vanessa McClary, former Kiwanis Indiana District Governor and current District Administrator for K-Kids helped install the charter officers: Abby Masterson, President; Haylie Smith, Vice President; Brentley Spaw, TreasurerCharter members are Draven Lamb, Ella Rahe, Haylie Smith, Ashley Kiefer, Ella Siekman, Bryanne Paris, Isabella Mauk, Lucas Toppe, Karson Higdon, Jackson Taylor, Dawson Richey, Isaac Asdell, Brentley Spaw, Victoria McNeely, Gabe Hines, Maecy Ritchison, Nate Bannerman, Peyton Preston, Brindley Herp, Adrianna Mayo, Conner Taylor, Molly Mauk, Abby Masterson, Brooklyn Hunley, Sydney Craig, Haley Thomas, Abbey Martin, Taylor Towne, Gracie Owens, Alyssa Williams, Kaydee Unger, Hannah Thomas, Bryton Robbins, Tucker Adams, Aaron Stidam, Christi Patterson, Caleb King, Arlie Smith, Skyler Womick, Kadin Richardson, Austin Banks, Savannah Holcomb and Chloe NortonThe K-Kids is an international organization for elementary school students.  These students develop and carry out service projects for their school and community.  They also participate in fundraising projects and use the money earned to support local charities or school concerns.  The K-Kids elect their own officers, conduct regular meetings, and establish their own committees.  Projects suggested by members are conducted under the supervision and cooperation of the faculty advisor, school administrator and sponsoring Kiwanis Club.  The K-Kids objectives are to provide opportunities for working together in service to school and community, to develop leadership potential, to foster development of a strong moral character, and to encourage loyalty to school, community and nation.The core values are Character Building, Leadership, Inclusiveness and CaringThe faculty advisors are Mrs Katie Robbins-Sawin and Mrs Tammy Staser and the Kiwanis advisors are Al Riggle and Eric Mullins.  Also pictured are Kiwanis Advisor Al Riggle with Indiana DIstrict K-Kids Administrator Mrs Vanessa McClary and Vienna Finley Elementary School Principal Mrs Tiffany BarrettThe K-Kids first project is to support the Scott County Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl For Kids Sake.