Category: Indiana District of Kiwanis

#1 Club of our Indiana District!

And no ceremony is complete without a cake to celebrate.


Thanks to everyone who helped make this event a success.  It was a great opportunity to bring so many community partners together in one place at one time to celebrate the good things going on in Scott County for our kids!  The Scottsburg Kiwanis Club appreciate the partnership with so many outstanding groups and individuals and sincerely appreciate the opportunity to work together to benefit our kids!



The Scottsburg Kiwanis Club is Honored!


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 ConventionChartered 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 IndianaScenic 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 HospitalPictured are Lt Gov Vanover presenting the banner to President Terry Davis, Immediate Past President David Wilson and Secretary Al RiggleThe 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 memberThe 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.

Ross St Clair receives the Kiwanis International Legion of Honor


The Scottsburg Kiwanis Club recently recognized Kiwanian Ross St Clair with the Kiwanis International Legion of Honor and pin for 25 years of service to Kiwanis and the kids in Scott CountyPictured are from left to right Kiwanis President Terry Davis, Ross, and Kiwanis Scenic Hills Division Lt Governor from the New Albany Club, Matt VanoverRoss has been active in various programs and projects with the Kiwanis including the Flag Program, Taco Wagon, Pancake Breakfasts, Spaghetti Dinners and is a former club Secretary. He donates hours of service each year to Kids First.  Congratulations to Ross for his service to our kids!



K Kids visit to the preschool

One of the most successful efforts our Kiwanis Club has embarked on the past six years is the sponsorship of Service Leadership Programs in Scott County.  As Kiwanis, we believe the best way to improve a community is to improve the kids in that community. Our Service Leadership Programs do that
There are two different types of Service Leadership Programs we sponsor in Scott county, programs like the BUG Progrram and Clubs like K-Kids, Builders Club and Key ClubOur Kiwanis Club in cooperation with both SCSD1 and SCSD2 sponsor the BUG Program in all five elementary schools in Scott County (~300 Students)We also sponsor two Key Clubs (SHS and AHS), a Builders Club (SMS) and two K-Kids Clubs (VFES and LES).  All of these clubs develop leadership through community service.  We have outstanding Faculty Advisors, Angela Bray (SHS), Rusty Jones & Chandra Tally (AHS). Lisa Sutton (SMS), Katie Sawin (VFES) and Lee Anna Willett (LES).  We have a strong team of Kiwanis Advisors to help me with these clubs, Terry Davis (AHS), Monte Roth (SHS and LES), and Eric Mullins (VFES)
All these students are learning how to think about how they can improve their community and school, how to plan projects, how to organize and schedule, how to speak and promote projects.  They are all making a difference in our community and our schools and I couldn’t be more proud of the students and advisors.  Several of our graduates are now in Circle K (the college version of SLP) continuing their development as leaders and community servants
A great example is the project the LES K-Kids just completed at the end of the school year.  They volunteered to assist with the Lexington Good Faith Pre-School giving up their recess to volunteer with these young pre-school students.  Just look at the pictures to see how much fun these students had serving these younger members of their community.  These are our leaders of the future
Thank you for the opportunity to work with them!  Thank you to all our faculty advisors and Kiwanis advisors.  You are making a difference and I’m proud to serve with you!

Scottsburg High School Key Club members Jesse Mays and Izzy Staser


Scottsburg High School Key Club members Jesse Mays and Izzy Staser recently spoke at the Kiwanis dinner meeting at The Kitchen on the Square about their experiences attending the Key Club Indiana District Leadership Convention in Muncie, INPictured with Jesse and Izzy is Kiwanis President Terry DavisJesse just finished serving as the Key Club Scenic Hills Division Lt Governor and was re-elected to serve as Lt Governor for 2017-18 Scenic Hills includes Key Clubs at Scottsburg, Austin High, Henryville, Jeffersonville, and Charlestown High Schools and Renaissance Academy.  As Lt Governor she serves on the Key Club Indiana District Board.  Izzy is finishing her year as Vice President of the Scottsburg High School Key Club.  She has served as Chair for the Community Service Committee and will serve next year as the Webmaster for the club.  The students attended the three day convention which included projects, workshops, seminars, a gala dinner and election of officers for the District for 2017-18.  The club members thanked Jesse and Izzy for their presentation and discussed the importance of providing this opportunity to more students next year.


Don Cooper – 40 years of service as a Kiwanis member


Kiwanian Don Cooper was recognized at a recent dinner meeting of the Scottsburg Kiwanis Club at The Kitchen on the SquarePresident Terry Davis presented Don a Kiwanis International Legion of Honor Certificate and pin commemorating 40 years of service as a Kiwanis memberDon has served the Scottsburg Kiwanis Club in various capacities over these forty years including serving as Lt Governor of the Scenic Hills Division and Scottsburg Kiwanis Club PresidentThe club members thanked Don for his service to the kids in Scott County and Southern Indiana.


Charter ceremony for the new LES K-Kids Club

I want to take a minute and brag about this bunch of kids.  If you look closely, they have big smiles and have dressed in their “Sunday Best”. We had our charter ceremony last night for the K Kids and I was so impressed with the whole formal component that Al Riggle and Monte Roth, Kiwinis Advisors, organized.  The officers were sworn in and the members received their certificates.  

The most exciting part of the whole evening was the support shown from our community, local and county wide. The turn out was amazing and our kids got to experience first hand that what they do for our community really matters and we appreciate what they do.
I am so very proud to work with these kids!  If you see them in the hallway, please tell them what good things they are doing and to keep up the good work.
Lee Anna
Last night we held the charter ceremony for the new LES K-Kids Club.  Twenty members were inducted, club banner and gavel were presented and officers and board members were installed.  I want to thank Monte Roth, Bunny South, Chris Wakeman and Tiffany Barrett for your assistance and support last night Monte did a great job helping with the kids and taking picturesBunny and the SHS Key Club (Alexis Campbell, Haley Bryant and Rachel Pelfrey) helped make the event a success and provided refreshments.  Thanks to those Key Club members who made baked goods for the reception.  Thanks to Chris Wakeman for presenting the club banner and gavel to President Raeann Baker.  Thanks to Jesse Mays for installing the new officers and Rachel Pelfrey for helping with the ceremony,  Thanks to Sarah Everett for representing the SMS Builders Club.  Thanks to Rusty Jones and Chandra Tally for representing the AHS Key Club.  Thanks to Chuck Rose for providing the invocation.  Thanks to Nick South Jr for hosting the event and giving us the opportunity to work with these outstanding students.
A special thanks to Lee Anna Willett for making the club possible as the Faculty Advisor.  Please see Lee Anna’s note below.  We presented Lee Anna the Starfish Award for making a difference last night.
Thanks to everyone who made this club possible.  These kids are off to a great start.  I’m so proud of them!

Isabella Staser, Vice President of the SHS Key Club; and Jesse Mays, Scenic Hills Division Lt Governor from the SHS Key Club


The Scottsburg High School Key Club sent two members to the Key Club Indiana District Leadership Convention in Muncie, Indiana.  Pictured are from left to right Isabella Staser, Vice President of the SHS Key Club; and Jesse Mays, Scenic Hills Division Lt Governor from the SHS Key Club. Izzy was a candidate for the District Bulletin Editor and Jesse is the current and newly re-elected Lt Governor for the Scenic Hills Division.  The students engaged in workshops, attended presentations, an evening Oscar Like ball and participated in the District elections, retirement of officers and installation of new officers.  The Key Club is the oldest Service Leadership Program sponsored by Kiwanis International.  It develops leadership skills through the vehicle of community service Congratulations to both these outstanding Key Club students.